Tag: boxing

MOVIE REVIEW | Creed (2015)

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“That’s the toughest opponent you’re ever going to have to face.”

In the vast majority of cases, sequels are inferior to the movies that that preceded them in the series. Sure, there’s the odd Empire Strikes Back, or The Godfather Part II, but they are rare exceptions to an almost irrefutable rule. A rule that’s even more concrete is that the longer a series goes on, the sharper the decline in quality will be, with each entry delivering diminishing returns. The Fast and the Furious bucked this trend by embracing and enhancing all of its goofier tendencies from Fast 5 onwards, and it’s been bonkers fun ever since.


A decade or so ago, Sylvester Stallone revived his career making character, Rocky Balboa, for a movie of the same name. Considering the cartoon levels of overblown trash that was Rocky IV, and the failed attempt to go back to his roots that was Rocky V, the artistic and financial success of Rocky Balboa was a surprise to everyone. And it was a nice way to wrap up the series on a high. But the Italian Stallion and his world are apparently too good for Hollywood to leave behind. Because the baton has been passed to a new generation, and I have heard nothing by rave reviews for Creed. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI WEEKEND*** #57. Rocky (1976)

“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.

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“You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!”

Sylvester Stallone has an Oscar nomination.  That is a fact that’s older than me, but no matter how may times I hear it, read it, or wake in a cold sweat thinking about it, it still seems insane.  Sylvester Stallone is the dude who went toe to toe with Schwarzennegger for most of the 80s defining what an action movie was.  He wasn’t a serious actor.  But every five or six years, something compels me to watch Rocky.  And every five or six years, I’m reminded that Sylvester Stallone was a serious actor and writer.  And he earned his Oscar nomination like a son of a bitch.


Working as a leg breaker for a local loan shark, Rocky Balboa (Stallone) is a tough guy in a tough Philadelphia neighbourhood.  But none of that is as tough as his hobby.  An amateur boxer, Balboa submits himself to immense punishment in the ring, with nothing more than $40 to be gained even when he wins.  But that side of his life is threatened when his trainer, (Burgess Meredith as Mickey) declares Balboa a bum and tells him to give up the sweet science.  The one high point in Balboa’s life comes each night when he drops into a local pet shop to awkwardly flirt with Adrian (Talia Shire). (more…)