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The “real Rocky Balboa” comes to life through the career of Chuck Wepner in Philippe Falardeau’s latest movie, Chuck. Although the film carries cliché characteristics of a biographical drama centering on an upcoming talent seeking redemption and fame, the movie carries a rather light and humorous flow thanks to the narration of Wepner (Liev Schreiber) who doesn’t take himself too seriously. 370 more words

Screening Room: The New Canadian Wave

My article “Les Auteurs: Quebec Directors Make Their Mark in World Cinema” was published in Film Journal International:

Excepting Toronto’s avant-horror maestro David Cronenberg, the Canadian directors making waves outside their home provinces have tended to be art-house…

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Chuck tells story of boxer who inspired Rocky: You’ll never see Stallone’s films the same again

“You do know me, but you don’t know you know me.” It may sound like an outtake from an old American Express commercial, but it’s actually Chuck Wepner. 357 more words


THE BLEEDER (former title: CHUCK) (USA 2016) ***

Deadlines to Submit your Screenplay, Novel, Story, or Poem to the festival: http://www.wildsound.ca

A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner.

Director: Philippe Falardeau… 575 more words

CHUCK (2017)

A film by Philippe Falardeau

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber

The true story of Chuck Wepner, New Jersey’s liquor dealer, who held 15 rounds against the greatest boxer of all time, Mohammed Ali, at the heavyweight world championship in 1975, before finally losing by Technical KO, which Sylvester Stallone got inspired  and wrote the screenplay Rocky. 260 more words


CHUCK (2017)

 Greetings again from the darkness. “That guy could take a punch.” It’s supposed to be a compliment and knowing nod to the machismo and toughness so valued in the world of boxing. 521 more words


A Split Decision for Chuck

Here’s my NPR review of Chuck, a biopic about Chuck Wepner, the self-sabotaging New Jersey boxer who inspired Sylvester Stallone to write Rocky.  It ain’t bad, but I wanted to love it. 8 more words