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Film Review - Stallone: Frank, That Is


Director Derek Wayne Johnson is a fan of the iconic 1976 feature, “Rocky.” Sharing that love seems to be an obsession in recent years, creating “John G. Avildsen: King of the Underdogs,” which celebrated the career of the “Rocky” helmer. Last year, Johnson constructed the documentary short, “40 Years of Rocky: The Birth of the Classic,” which showcased rare behind-the-scenes moments from the 1976 shoot. Running out of topics when it comes to all things Rocky Balboa, Johnson finally turns his attention to Stallone. Well, Frank Stallone. It’s a bit a stretch to give the singer/actor his own documentary, but Johnson isn’t easily defeated, piecing together “Stallone: Frank, That Is,” which is more of a loving tribute to the career resiliency of the subject than a gritty examination of a life lived in the shadow of his brother, Sylvester. The idea is to present Frank as more than just a famous last name, and while Johnson doesn’t cut too deep with the effort, he does present an appreciation for a man who’s been hustling his entire life. Read the rest at


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