Indiewire has started a new video essay blog, and has kicked it off with an appreciation of "Rocky" by filmmaker Steve Neave and Matt Zoller Seitz.
Neave describes the movie as essentially a love story -- a man meets the right woman, and becomes a better version of himself. And vice versa. He notes the way Shire is photographed more flatteringly in the final shots. He also reminds us of the movie's first shot -- an image of Jesus over the boxing ring, foreshadowing the salvation to come.
Neave also appears to have been influenced by "The Fighter," since he seems to be channeling Christian Bale's Oscar winning performance.