When I heard a movie was being made about Apollo Creed's son, I was pretty skeptical. I love the Rocky movies and was happy with how they ended in 2006. I was a bit more optimistic when I heard it was being led by Ryan Coogler, not Sly Stallone. I was all-in when I saw the trailer in July.
Saw the movie this weekend and it was fantastic. Michael B Jordan was perfect. The cinematography was like nothing ever done in one of the Rocky movies, particularly in the fight scenes. Tessa Thompson is a love interest who is more than a one-note character. And Stallone, here just a supporting act, gives an affecting performance as a character I know better than most people in my life. The music grabs you. Such a wonderful movie. Yes, it is formulaic in its approach, but not in a hokey way. There's a familiarity, but not the feeling of "here we go again".
It's not Rocky VII. It's not another Rocky movie. It's a Creed movie, and it's damn good. Go see it.
I love that Stallone is now apparently the front-runner to win the supporting actor Oscar.
George Michael weighed his options. Maeby had chastised him for not taking risks, and what would be a bigger risk than perpetuating a lie about software just to ignite the passions of a woman? Of course it would be a lie, and since Maeby wouldn't know it was a lie, he wouldn't appear to be taking a risk. Perhaps the bigger risk was to tell his father he was lying, that he came up with it because he wanted his father to leave so he could enjoy what remained of his senior year. After all, he wondered, wouldn't that be the course of action taken by an overtly sexual man, a man who owns a pair of matador pants? He had not responded now for 41 seconds according to his unfailing internal clock, and it was time to come clean.
I will give you Crash, I haven't seen A beautiful Mind. Gladiator was at least watchable. No Country is not even the Cohen Brothers best film, they gave them the Oscar as a lifetime achievement more than anything else.