The 4 best roles of Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone has more or less admitted that his days of being an action hero are over after confirming that he will no longer be playing the iconic John Rambo ever again. On the UK chat show, The Jonathan Ross Show, he also stated that he plans to act in movies that have a stronger dramatic theme.

The 69 year old actor, who is born from Italian heritage, won a Golden Globe award for his latest movie, Creed, a spinoff to his hit boxing themed movie series, Rocky. He has also been nominated for an Oscar award for Best Supporting Actor for the same picture. Stallone has had an illustrious career so far, and it will be interesting to see how it continues from here.

Although it is strongly believed that both his career and his acting ability is one dimensional, let’s examine those claims by delving into some of his best work to see if that holds up to scrutiny.

1. Rocky

The one that started it all, Rocky has a heavy historical making of process that almost saw Stallone never get to play the title character! The Rocky films have been heavily parodied throughout the years, and one would be forgiven for mostly referring to the unrealistic fight sequences to come to the conclusion that the Rocky movies, especially the sequels, are nothing but cheesy B-fiction. But the original installment had a substantial dramatic approach that was mainly character driven. The fight scenes at the end were narratively told with a highlight effect with the exception of the first and last rounds. It was really only from the third film on that things started to go toward the route of fantastical, as even the first sequel contained many elements that the first picture employed.

2. Copland

Copland was sadly the start of Stallone’s 1990’s demise, and it was unjustifiably so. You have to give credit where it’s due when an actor, mainly known for playing peripheral characters, dips his toe in deeper waters. Copland is a relatively indeterminate film about police corruption in New Jersey. Stallone plays half deaf sheriff, Freddy Heflin. Instead of seemingly infinite shootouts and car chases, Copland is a dramatic thriller that takes its time to unfold. But sadly for Sly, the film sunk and has disappeared without much of a vocal recalling from anybody. That is a shame, but that goes to show the extensive damage that stereotyping can achieve. Do your best to seek this one out should you be in the least bit curious!

3. Daylight

This road tunnel disaster movie was released in 1996 and was probably the last great action film that Stallone acted in that decade before roaring back ten years later with Rambo in 2008. Kit Latura is a former fire commander who was once involved in a rescue attempt that went tragically wrong. When a tunnel in New York City collapses and attempts to persuade the authorities that he should be involved doesn’t materialise, he sets about going it alone to search for any survivors and getting them out. Daylight’s narrative always made sure that the action scenes had their consequences for the characters involved, some really serious in particular. But being a disaster picture, one should expect that. It is a little more serious than what Sylvester had done up to that point, possibly with the exception of the 1980’s film, Over The Top due to that film’s own main theme of what a devoted father would do to get rightful custody of his son. Right up until the end, you never know whether Kit will ever make it out alive with the rest of them! Daylight is one of those movies you watch every time it shows on television.

4. Creed

Okay, so the author here admittedly thought that the new Rocky spinoff was rather dry and could not connect with the film’s main protagonist. But there must be a reason why Stallone was nominated for an Oscar and has already won a Golden Globe award for it! Being mindful to not include any spoilers due to Creed’s still current release, the character of Rocky Balboa has to fight a battle that is a lot different to what he has faced before, all the while training the son of his former nemesis, Apollo Creed. Sometimes there was a feeling of Deja Vu when watching this movie, and memories of Rocky V may come to the minds of a few, but Creed was still different enough to separate itself in particular from the creative camp feeling of Rocky III and Rocky IV and is more in line with Rocky Balboa and the first two installments. Creed 2 is set for a 2017 release with Stallone again taking a close back seat.

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Pop-Up Masturbation Booth Opens In New York City

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(PCM) Yes, this is probably as disgusting as it sounds! Sex toy company Hot Octopuss has placed what appears to be a phone booth at the corner of 28th and Fifth Avenue, however it’s purpose is definitely not for making a phone call. The purpose of the booth is to give users a place to shell out some self-love in a private setting when they are unable to make it back to the safety of their bedrooms and/or bathroom stalls at work.

The company claims that they had the idea after a Time Out survey revealed that 39% of men admitted that they masturbate a work.  Hot Octopuss figured they would save them that embarrassment and just create a private booth right on the street.

The booth contains a folding chair and a computer for looking up just what you would imagine and it has already been getting a ton of “traffic”! We are hoping that is more out of curiosity, however you never know these days!

Hot Octopus founder Adam Lewis had the following to say about their “GuyFi” booth:

“At Hot Octopuss we are all about looking for new solutions to improve everyday life and we feel we’ve done just that with the new GuyFi booth. We hope the city’s men enjoy using the space we’ve created in whatever way they want. It’s completely free of charge… all that we ask is they thank us when they get their promotion!”

Obviously there are some strong questions about legality surrounding setting up an alleged masturbation booth in the middle of Manhattan, so of course the company has covered its’ bases by saying:

“We may be insinuating that these booths could be used in whichever way anyone would like to ‘self soothe,’…but the brand is not actively encouraging people to masturbate in public as that is an illegal offense.”

Right, sure you’re not! Either way the booth definitely has people talking and we are sure it’s just a matter of time before the protests for it’s removal begin.

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Village Of Whitesboro Votes To Keep Their Offensive Town Seal

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(PCM) Back in June an image of the town seal for the village of Whitesboro, New York was posted on Reddit and was met with immediate backlash and controversy. The seal which very much appears to show a white man choking a Native American was voted for 157 to 55 and this means it’s here to stay.

The founder of the village, Henry White claims that the seal does not feature any type of violence or choking taking place between the white man and the Native American, but rather the two are engaged in a “friendly wrestling match” … (yeah, we are not seeing that either!)

He goes on to say that those “wrestling matches” helped foster good relations between White and Native Americans.  The mayor of the village Patrick O’Conner also tends to agree that it does appear that there is a bit of strangulation going on, however he also feels that historical facts need to be taken into consideration before the seal could be permanently removed. He also says that he is not offended by it in the least.

After the Reddit posting a petition was crafted to urge the village to change the seal, however after last night’s vote it is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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Village Of Whitesboro Votes To Keep Their Offensive Town Seal

Whitesboro-Seal

(PCM) Back in June an image of the town seal for the village of Whitesboro, New York was posted on Reddit and was met with immediate backlash and controversy. The seal which very much appears to show a white man choking a Native American was voted for 157 to 55 and this means it’s here to stay.

The founder of the village, Henry White claims that the seal does not feature any type of violence or choking taking place between the white man and the Native American, but rather the two are engaged in a “friendly wrestling match” … (yeah, we are not seeing that either!)

He goes on to say that those “wrestling matches” helped foster good relations between White and Native Americans.  The mayor of the village Patrick O’Conner also tends to agree that it does appear that there is a bit of strangulation going on, however he also feels that historical facts need to be taken into consideration before the seal could be permanently removed. He also says that he is not offended by it in the least.

After the Reddit posting a petition was crafted to urge the village to change the seal, however after last night’s vote it is not going anywhere anytime soon.

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DUI Charge Dismissed For New York Woman Who Claims Her Body Brews Alcohol

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(PCM) A New York woman was recently charged with a DUI when she blew over four times the legal alcohol limit when stopped by police, however the entire case was ultimately dismissed after it was revealed that the woman suffers from a condition known as “auto-brewery syndrome”. As it turns out, medically speaking, the woman’s body brews its’ own alcohol.

The disorder is sometimes also referred to as gut-fermentation syndrome and it is extremely rare. It occurs when abnormal amounts of gastrointestinal yeast convert common food carbohydrates into ethanol. The process is thought to take place in the small bowel, and is vastly different from the normal gut fermentation in the large bowel that gives our bodies energy.

When taken to the hospital by police the woman wasn’t showing any symptoms at all that matched her blood alcohol content, so immediately questions were raised and the doctor ordered further tests which confirmed that the woman did indeed suffer from the disorder. The woman’s lawyer was in touch with about 30 other people who suffer from the same condition. Those individuals  can function at alcohol levels such as 0.30 and 0.40 when the average person would be comatose or dying. Part of the mystery of this syndrome is how these people can have extremely high levels and still be walking around and talking and going about normal everyday life.

They do not even begin to exhibit any symptoms of being intoxicated until their bodies reach levels of about 0.30 or 0.40 and even then are only slightly wobbly on their feet. Their bodies appear to take on the abilities of a functioning alcoholic where the body is able to adapt itself to high levels of alcohol being present.

While this woman’s case was ultimately dismissed due to her medical condition, it looks like the D.A. does plan to appeal. Currently, the woman is working on treatment for her condition by using anti-fungal medications and consuming a yeast-free diet with no sugar, alcohol and extremely low carbs.

 

 

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Why Do We Drop A Ball To Celebrate New Year’s Eve?

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(PCM) All across the world folks will be celebrating the New Year with various customs and traditions, however one of the most well-known and well-preserved traditions takes place in heart of Times Square in New York City with the dropping of the now 11,875 pound ball adorned with over 2,500 Waterford Crystals and 32,000 LED lights. Over 1 billion tune in to watch the famous ball drop at midnight to ring in the New Year, but when did the tradition of dropping a ball on New Year’s Eve begin?

History tells us that dropping a ball was a way to tell time. Time balls, like the one we see on New Year’s Eve, were invented in the early 1800’s as a way for sailors to keep track of the exact time of day. The trend caught on and many individuals other than sailors began using time balls to set their clocks.

The tradition of dropping the time ball on New Years Eve in New York began back in 1907 when the very first New Year’s Eve Ball was lowered down a flagpole that was situated on top of the building that housed the New York Times newspaper. The original ball weighed about 700 pounds was crafted out of iron and wood and adorned with only about 100 lights.

Funny enough the original plan was to set off fireworks, as the New Year’s Eve Ball was a back-up plan, however the city officials would not issue a permit for the fireworks display and hence the tradition of the New Year’s Eve ball drop was born. Over the years the New Years Eve Ball has undergone some major renovations and it was eventually moved to it’s now permanent home atop the One Times Square building in the city.

Each and ever year the ball begins it’s 141 foot decent down the pole at exactly 11:59pm and once the drop occurs at exactly midnight the New Year has arrived! Other cities in the country have alternatives to dropping at ball at midnight, however the concept still remains the same. In Wisconsin the drop a light adorned metal cheese wedge, in Memphis it’s a guitar, and in New Mexico there is a brightly lit chili pepper just to name a few!

Happy New Year everyone … enjoy!

 

 

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