Movie Review: Rocky (Movie Number One)

This week, My English class and I have just finished watching Rocky, the 1976 movie that earned its place as one of the greatest motion picture of all time, and on e of the most inspiring ones yet.

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The setting takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where the plot revolves around Rocky Balboa, a dedicated boxer and an enforcer for the heads of a bank.

Rocky is a sort of person whom some may refer to as a “bum;” He is a tall, hefty, middle aged man with a noticeable swagger that can be visible  in the way he carries himself in and outside of the boxing ring, a characteristic that usually works to his advantage when dealing with low-lives and cheap-shots with his muscular, daunting stature he holds over those who look down on him.

However, although these attributes may be looked down upon in one way or another, the viewer is able to look past that and see Rocky for who he really is; A protective, yet kind person who is dedicated to devoting himself fully to his passion (Boxing) and his true love, Adrian.

I think we’re all able to connect with Rocky in one way or another, and I feel like I was connected to him through running.

One of the most famous scenes in the movie is Rocky’s run to the top of this huge building overlooking the city. On his first attempt, he only makes it halfway up the stairs before having to stop and walk the rest of the way. As he practices over and over however, he finally reaches the summit and basks in all his glory.

As a runner myself, I’m well aware of all the strength and toil it takes to reach your goals. Practically all of my cross-country races involve hills, and they come in all shapes and sizes, some are larger than others. They’re not easy to get over, but I know that I can’t stop; If I stop I’m disqualified and unable to run a PR and feel good about myself because I quit over momentary pain.

I’m sure that people have said before to you  that everyone faces hurdles in life, some are big and some are small. But the thing is, once you clear a big hurdle and its finally behind you, you may often forget to look back at all the hard work you’ve put in to recognize it as the accomplishment it is.

When we see challenges as hurdles we see them as setbacks,  a fly in the grape juice, yet another wall we must tear down to pass through.

This differs from looking at them as hills; Hills can’t exactly be knocked down, but with a boatload of determination, a spoonful of grit, and a teaspoon of hope, they can be achieved and conquered. Once you reach the summit of a hill, you can sit back and admire the beautiful view on the valley floor.

 

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I for one, believe that we should stop seeing challenges as hurdles, but instead of hills, as the chance to accomplish something extraordinary rather than to deal with an issue and brush it aside.

So dear reader: Carpe Diem! Seize the day! Turn obstacles into opportunities, take life by the reins and go on the crazy roller coaster ride that will make you alive with the wind and one with the gods.

And many years from now, when you are on your deathbed, look back on that mountain of a hill you just conquered and smile-For the journey was worth every second of it.

-Heather

 

 

 

Settling for Nothing

Soooooooooooo track season’s done. And let me say, it was far below expectations. 😦 I ran the 1600m, and I REALLY wanted to break 5:30. But I didn’t. I didn’t even come close. After the race, I felt worn out, frustrated, and extremely disappointed with my performance. Even though track season’s been going well for me and I was THIS CLOSE to breaking 12 minutes in the 2 mile, all my last hopes to PR in the mile were in this one final race.

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Life can be tough, and sometimes you just can’t reach your goals. Take instance from ‘The Count of Monte Cristo.’ Dantes had imagined a happy life with the woman of his dreams, and had arrived home to Marseilles feeling confident that he would succeed into making this dream into a reality. The exact opposite had occurred. Fernand, jealous of Dantes’ relationship with Mercedes, and Danglars, jealous of Dantes’ future as a promising young captain, plotted together, and framed him for plotting with Napoleon by carrying a letter from the Isle of Elba. So Dantes was eventually sent off to the dreaded island prison, the Chateau de If, and only a couple leagues away from his home town and his fiancée, who was seduced by Fernand, who became her husband.

Now my situation is obviously not as perilous as Dantes’, but I think that we can all relate to it in one way or another. Of course we all have these big goals in mind, many of these concerning school and getting into certain colleges, such as UC Berkeley, UCLA, USC, Princeton, Harvard, etc. But of course you’re going to face competition and there are people who want you to fail so they can succeed.

There are two roads you can take. On one of them, you just give up all together. The first one I like to call the ‘Annie Oakley Road.’

Annie Oakley once said: “Aim at a high mark and you’ll hit it. No, not the first time, nor the second time. Maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect.”

Annie Oakley lived back in the 1800s, but she still retains her position as one of the best shooters who ever lived. Basically, the bottom line to going this way is: “If you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This is obviously a possibility, but Dear Reader, I’m sure I’m boring the heck out of you with such a mainstream tagline. Let’s face the pros and cons of this decision:

CONS:

1. Trying over and over may wear you out

2. What if you have an even better goal?

3. Takes your focus away from other activities

PROS:

1. There are no limits to what you can succeed

2. Resilience pays off in the end, and you have something in life to look back upon

3. Dreams are much bigger than other activities

You may ask: Why do you have it listed cons first then pros second? Because the cons are what people are GOING to say to you. They’re going to say you’ll just get tired, that you have other things to do, and there are other things you can accomplish. Everyone lists the good side of never giving up, but no one ever really reflects the possibilities of failing this dream and the cons of achieving it.

You know what I say? CHALLENGE them. Prove them wrong! You might ask yourself: How could a small, insignificant person change the world/ make my mark on the stone of Greatness? Well you know what? Those are the only people that ever have.

So back to my mile time. Wait a second. No, that’s already done. Been there, done that. There’s nowhere to go but up, as George S. Patton once said: “Success is how high you bounce once you hit rock bottom.”

So I’m going to start focusing on the dreams of the future instead. Cross-country season’s coming up; And I’m excited.

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-Heather

 

 

 

 

 

The Count of Monte Cristo and Random Questions

So I’ve just finished ‘The Count of Monte Cristo!’ Best. Book. EVER. I was enraptured from the very beginning, and I would give it an 11 out of 10! Finally, a novel with a little bit of everything: Humor, romance, action, and  A LOT of suspense.

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I’m planning to watch the movie soon-it looks pretty good, and I can’t wait to watch it! I doubt I’ll have a chance anytime soon though because Finals are coming up, so that means I’ll be cramming up the hours by studying. 😛 So dear viewers, here is a list of random questions because I just feel like asking them (Don’t be afraid to respond by commenting! :)): 1. If you could learn any language fluently, what would it be? Why? 2. If you could travel back to a certain time period, who would you meet and what would you do? 3. Do you like running?

I know this isn’t one of my best posts, but sometimes you’ve just got to cut it short every once in a while. Until next time, Hasta la vista!

-Heather

P.S Here’s the movie trailer from 2002