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Thursday, 08 November 2007

Thanksgiving is coming and one of the many things I'll give thanks for that day will be the new Rambo movie coming in 2008. Sylvester Stallone stars again as John Rambo — the last name comes from "Rimbaud", believe it or not — and also wrote and directed.

Stallone has been writing movies since 1976 (Rocky) and directing them since 1978 (Paradise Alley). His first gig as writer/director/star was 1979's Rocky II. He has a memorable though unspeaking part in Woody Allen's Bananas but I suppose Fred "The Hammer" Williamson is the writer/director/star that Stallone resembles more closely.

Apparently, Stallone is also scheduled to write and direct Poe, a 2009 movie based on the life of Edgar Allan Poe. Is there anything he can't do?

The new Rambo movie is called Rambo. This is not what I would have called it. The Internet Movie Database lists the following working titles for it:

John Rambo
Rambo IV
Rambo IV: End of Peace
Rambo IV: Holy War
Rambo IV: In the Serpent's Eye
Rambo IV: Pearl of the Cobra
Rambo: To Hell and Back

Some of these titles are lame, some awesome. Pearl of the Cobra? Where do I buy my ticket? But none of these titles is the right title. Here's a list of the first three Rambo movie titles.

First Blood
Rambo: First Blood Part II

Rambo III

I would call the new movie Rambo II. Better late than never.