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On March 24th, 1975, struggling actor Sylvester Stallone spent his last few dollars to see boxing champ Muhammad Ali fight Chuck Wepner. Thought to be an easy win, Ali surprisingly met his match: a career brawler who was having the fight of his life. Fifteen rounds and an Ali knockdown later, Wepner lost. But the scrappy no name fighter inspired Stallone, who emerged from a twenty-hour writing binge with a screenplay and an underdog character named Rocky Balboa.
The script quickly became a hot property in Hollywood, and several attempts were made to purchase it for stars like Burt Reynolds and Ryan O’Neal. But Stallone refused, knowing full well that no one could play the part like he could. Stallone eventually got his wish at United Artists, and under director John G. Avildsen, the rest became movie history. Released in 1976, Rocky was a global sensation, winning a Best Picture Oscar »
- Danilo Castro
One of the great strengths of the Rocky franchise is its sense of a true continuing narrative, rather than a momentum-devoid series of rehashes orchestrated purely for financial gain. From the original Rocky through Rocky III, and again with 2006’s Rocky Balboa, the series’ characters actually change in interesting, logical, and significant ways from film to film. We’ll neglect the more perfunctory Rocky IV and Rocky V for this argument, but it’s remarkable nonetheless that such a blockbuster film series has maintained such a sense of narrative integrity for the lion’s share of its run. Balboa seemed poised as a lovely swan song to the franchise’s legacy, but, like Rocky himself rising from the mat to claim an unlikely late-bout victory, the new film Creed proves that there’s still a surprising amount of juice in the decades-spanning series.
And it does so by shifting the »
- Patrick Dunn
Creed, quite simply, is a winner. It is a fantastic film that will stir your soul. Boxing dramas can be hideously contrived. Creed is formulaic at times, but its great strength is that it surpasses convention. Creed builds relationships, establishes depth, and takes the audience on a journey that is profoundly uplifting. We also get to see a legendary actor and movie persona at their best in decades. Creed is not Rocky VII. It is a continuation of the story with a new character as the focus. Director Ryan Coogler, who stunned the world with his gripping debut - Fruitvale Station, delivers a knockout blow with Creed.
Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis "Donnie" Johnson, the illegitimate youngest child of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), who was killed fighting in Rocky IV. Orphaned as a child. He bounces from foster homes and juvenile detention, until his adoption by Apollo Creed's »
Directed by Ryan Coogler
Creed, the seventh film in the venerable Rocky series, feels completely fresh despite revisiting some very familiar territory. Proving that his stellar 2013 debut Fruitvale Station was no fluke, writer-director Ryan Coogler cleverly disguises this quiet character drama as a boxing extravaganza. Coogler’s knack for perceptive dialogue and subtle characterization harkens back to the spirit of Stallone’s original masterpiece. The lack of a compelling villain prevents Creed from eclipsing the original, but it’s easily the second best film in the series and a quality picture in its own right.
When Apollo Creed died in the ring during Rocky IV, he left behind not only a brilliant boxing career, but an unborn son. The product of an extra-marital affair, Adonis ‘Creed’ Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) has spent his entire life shadow-boxing his father’s legacy. Creed puts »
- J.R. Kinnard
Yes, Creed – as in Apollo. Who knew one of the most popular and tragic characters in the Rocky mythology had a son? This is the premise in the latest installment of the Rocky franchise (technically Rocky 7, for those of you keeping count) titled Creed.
At first I thought this was just a clever way of disguising the fact that this is indeed a “Rocky movie”, because let’s face it, after the triumphant original (Rocky, 1976) not all the sequels lived up to the standard. The first few were good, but after Rocky IV (1985) – the one where he beats “the Russian” – Rocky V (1990) and Rocky Balboa (2006) just felt old and desperate. And not done very well. Even Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone, couldn’t save them. So naturally the idea of another Rocky movie couldn’t have been an easy pitch, not to mention there was a certain disappointment that everyone’s »
- Melissa Thompson
The Rocky franchise was more aptly named than possibly any other in the history of cinema. The first one was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, while others in the series, well, they’re terrible. However, having said that, Rocky IV is not one of the terrible ones. It is in fact quite good, something that those spoilsports over at Cinemasins apparently don’t understand. They think this movie has problems, a whole mess of problems in fact. Go check out every single one in this new video. If we were going to nitpick, maybe there a few issues with Rocky IV. The movie is, possibly, slightly montage-heavy, but seriously, they’re awesome montages. The music is always cool and no movie knows how to put together a montage like a Rocky movie. This is the film series that brought us Eye of the »
Ryan Coogler’s rollicking reboot of the Rocky series, Creed, stars Michael B Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the son of heavyweight boxer Apollo Creed (former arch-nemesis of Rocky Balboa). Adonis, a child from an extra-marital affair, never met his father – in fact, he came into the world shortly after Apollo was squarely walloped through the pearly gates by Soviet propaganda pugilist Ivan Drago in 1985’s Rocky IV.
Having been rescued from juvenile detention by Apollo’s widow (Phylicia Rashad), Adonis grows up to be a complex character: a well-paid, white collar La drone by day, and a hardcore slugger on Mexico’s illegal boxing circuit by night. He eventually quits his job, and decamps to Philadelphia in order to persuade a reluctant Rocky – now a restaurant manager – to train him. »
- Ashley Clark
On Friday, one of the most shockingly great movies of the year opens in Creed, the sequel/spinoff to Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky series. I’ll have a full on article about that one in a few days, but today I wanted to pay tribute to the franchise in a way by actually breaking down all of the films within it. Yes, I’ll be going from Rock to Creed, with everything in between, ranking them from best to worst. I did the franchise, so this will be a pleasure to me. Take a look, and remember, this is just how I see things, not necessarily the inarguable truth… Here now is how I would rank the films in the Rocky franchise. 7. Rocky V – The pretty much undisputed worst of the series, it’s the only one that even Stallone seems quick to forget about. It was an attempt to recapture the first one, »
- Joey Magidson
“Creed” approaches a 40-year-old franchise that’s gone the distance — Sylvester Stallone‘s saga of Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa — from an admirably different perspective: that of Rocky’s late rival/friend Apollo Creed’s son Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), who has his own boxing dreams and knows just the mumbling Philly warhorse to help him achieve them. A Balboa-Creed reunion of sorts, after Apollo’s mid-match demise three movies ago in 1985’s “Rocky IV,” the film also reteams Jordan with his “Fruitvale Station” writer-director, Ryan Coogler. But that one-two punch of expectations — energizing a franchise and burnishing the acclaim heaped upon “Fruitvale” — seems. »
- Robert Abele
In just a couple of weeks, the "Rocky" franchise continues and gets revitalized, punching its way back into multiplexes with "Creed." It's rather remarkable that more than three decades on from the very first film, Sylvester Stallone's creation continues to endure and resonate. We've seen the pugilist ride out various eras in American history, including the gritty '70s, the optimistic '80s, and the cynical '90s, perhaps making his biggest impact during the Cold War. Read More: Watch Rocky Return In The First Trailer For 'Creed' Well, that's what the folks at College Humor would have you believe with their amusing "30 For 30" parody which positions "Rocky IV" as the true story of Rocky bringing together the United States and Russia during a time when relations between the countries couldn't be worse. It's absurd and funny stuff, with the five-minute comedy riff playing it very straight. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the quirky, nerdy news that you crave in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this fantastic Friday? Friday the 13th gets mashed up with Weekend at Bernie's, Dragon Ball Z gets a live action fan film and Liam Neeson teams up with Stephen Colbert for a Candy Crush movie parody. But wait, there's more! Another mashup brings Star Wars: The Force Awakens and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia together, and a 30 for 30 parody shows how Rocky Balboa ended the Cold War! Sit back, relax and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Last week, we reported that Activision Blizzard is launching their own movie and TV studio. They also recently made headlines by purchasing the company responsible »
Not too long ago, we got a look at a faux-espn: 30 For 30 special that dealt with the special season of the old California Angels as depicted in the Disney motion picture Angels In The Outfield and the aftermath. Well, the folks over at College Humor are back at it again, this time taking a good look at the events of Rocky IV as if they were real. Now some of you might be asking yourself, "Wasn't... Read More »
- Billy Donnelly
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Takedown of the Day: It's judgment day for Terminator Genisys in the latest hilarious Honest Trailer: Movie Mashup of the Day: Speaking of The Terminator, here he is finding an easier way to travel in time with his very own pedal-car Delorean from Back to the Future. See more cute prints by Chet Phillips of movie characters in little kid vehicles at Geek Tyrant. Abridged Movies of the Day: Don't have time to watch the entire Matrix trilogy? Burger Fiction sums it all up in just 90 seconds: If Movies Were Real: College Humor has another 30 for 30 parody, this one focused on the fictional events from Rocky IV: Cosplay of the...
- Christopher Campbell
Ralph Macchio's birthday -- he turns 54 on November 4 -- reminds us that, not only do we love the Karate Kid, but we love even more a training montage.
You know, that staple of feel-good, fist-pumping, sweat-exuding movies, especially from the aerobicized '80s, that shows rapid-cut clips of the star getting in shape or mastering some arcane fighting technique, usually set to some inspirational, synth-heavy anthem.
By the end of that decade, the training montage had become such an overblown cliché that it fell out of favor, which is why we cherish the few new ones that come along and relish the old ones that still make us feel like slackers. So cue up Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," raise a glass of raw eggs, and drink a toast to the best training montages ever.
11. 'G.I. Jane' (1997)
Training to become the first female Navy Seal, Demi Moore's Lt. »
- Gary Susman
If you crossed Rocky IV with The Mighty Ducks (or better yet, Slap Shot) and made it as a documentary, you might get somewhere close to Red Army. Director Gabe Polsky’s doc takes us behind the Iron Curtain for a gripping look at one of the greatest sports team in history: the Soviet Union’s ice hockey side of the late ‘70s and 1980s. Take a look at an exclusive new clip from the film below.This footage delves into some of the tension at the story’s heart. The Soviet team’s coach Viktor Tikhonov, the closest the film comes to a villain, is the gimlet-eyed fanatic charged with coaching the team to Cold War supremacy. He keeps them under lock and key for all but a handful of days every year, drilling them into joyless automatons without ever quite extinguishing their genius for improvisation and creativity. As the clip reveals, »
[[tmz:video id="0_y2mjk7rl"]] Becoming a Russian citizen won't make Roy Jones Jr. the Kremlin's most feared fighter ... 'Cause Dolph Lundgren says his "Rocky IV" character Ivan Drago would kick Rjj's ass. Lundgren was out in Beverly Hills when we asked about Vladimir Putin recently granting Jones an honorary citizenship during a ceremony in Moscow. That's when Dolph hit Roy harder than Drago hit Apollo ... cause when our guy asked if Roy could take the fake Russian killing machine ... Lungdren talked some real smack. »
- TMZ Staff
War Pigs, 2015.
Directed by Ryan Little.
A misfit army unit go behind enemy lines to confirm the existence of a Nazi super weapon during WWII.
Remember when the first trailers for Inglourious Basterds came out and it made the film out to be a Nazi-hunting bloodbath with little substance other than violence? Wasn’t quite what we got, was it? Ryan Little’s War Pigs (unfortunately 300: Rise of an Empire beat this film to the Black Sabbath song of the same name) comes along with a similar promise and, to an extent, delivers in as much as we get to see an army unit going behind enemy lines during WWII to do a bit of recon and getting spotted by the Nazi troopers in the area. However, War Pigs suffers incredibly by »
- Gary Collinson
Thirty years ago, Marty McFly was riding high with the smash hit Back To The Future, while Sylvester Stallone enjoyed his most successful year yet with the one-two punch of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. It was an era of family sci-fi and teen comedies and bullet-spraying action, where The Breakfast Club and Teen Wolf rubbed shoulders with Death Wish 3 and Commando. Then there were low-key dramas like Out Of Africa and The Color Purple, which were both awards magnets at the Oscars.
Away from all those big hits, 1985 saw the release of a wealth of less successful movies, some of which found a second life on the then-huge home video circuit. Here's our pick of 20 underappreciated films from the year of Rambo, »
Amblin Entertainment is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of two of its biggest hits of all time. These are movies that went onto have a long shelf life, and are both adored by fans. But it seems that the Back to The Future 30th Anniversary celebration has dwarfed The Goonies. That movie is getting released back into theaters, will have a special edition Blu-ray, and a ton of other collectibles that are hitting store shelves this October. But The Goonies isn't being completely left out in the cold. Amazon has something very cool planned, and its something collectors are definitely going to want to get their hands on.
Amazon has started pressing and producing its own line of vinyl records under the Amazon label. And on October 9th, they are releasing 5 vinyl soundtracks to some of the 80s most beloved movies. Including The Goonies, which is getting a special 30th Anniversary release. »
Movie posters are designed to sell the film - but not sell the film out, surely?
Take this as a warning, movie marketeers: giving away all the best bits in the trailer is one thing, but ruining an entire movie with a single image is something else...
(And in case you hadn't guessed, be warned that this article contains spoilers.)
Spoiler alert: Hey look, just beneath Arnie's giant face - that's Jason Clarke's John Connor! And he's on fire! And looks like a Terminator! He couldn't secretly be a Terminator, could he?
2. Rocky IV
Spoiler alert: In Rocky IV, America's very own, um, Italian Stallion takes on the Soviet Union's very own Ivan Drago. Three guesses who wins. Okay, one guess.
Spoiler alert: If you were wondering whether Optimus Prime rides a gargantuan robot dinosaur at the very end of Transformers: Age Of Extinction, »
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