creed single shot

I think most of us can agree that Creed is one of the best movies of this Holiday season, if not the entire year. Its not just a nostalgia sequel/spin-off as some have written it off as, but a great movie. And since seeing the film two weeks ago there is one sequence which I can’t get out of my head, Adonis’s first professional match as a boxer which is presented in one single shot. Was it really one single take, or was it cleverly stitched together like the scenes were in Birdman? Find out how the Creed single shot boxing sequence was accomplished, after the jump.

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We live in the age of reboots and remixes, where everything that someone loves gets the chance to live on forever. This can be frustrating . How many tributes to Firefly can you people cobble together on YouTube? How many times can Spider-Man get recast before we’re simply tired of him?

But we’ll expose a very specific bias on this front: Friday Night Lights is one of the best shows of the past decade and just thinking about it fills us with warm, wonderful feelings of hope and pride and community. If someone has to take a beloved television series and transform it into an “unauthorized” musical, then you can do far worse. The songs write themselves – you just know the big Act One closer will be a rousing rendition of “Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose,” which will then have a reprisal in the grand finale.

You can find more information on the Friday Night Lights musical after the jump.

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creed review

Creed is a very, very good movie… but it’s a perfect Rocky movie. Here is that familiar, tried and true template given a fresh coat of paint and lovingly restored by people who give a damn. If you’ve ever liked any of the films in this series, this spin-off is going to get your blood pumping and eyes leaking. It’s the movie you want.

However, the real miracle of Creed is that isn’t anything like the Rocky sequels. The follow-ups to the original masterpiece (which is one of the best movies ever made) took a turn for the ridiculous. They got silly and began to lean too hard on series star Sylvester Stallone‘s action hero persona. The warmth, the charm, and the honesty of the first film was resurrected for 2006’s Rocky Balboa, but it’s back in full force in Creed. This spin-off, which finds an aging Rocky training the son of the late Apollo Creed, is second only to the first movie, and that’s because it recognizes what the first movie did so right.

Like them or not (and Rocky III and Rocky IV do offer some absurd pleasures), the Rocky sequels feel like Saturday morning cartoon versions of a genuinely great movie. Creed does the impossible: it coexists with them while avoiding everything they did wrong.

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Lenny Abrahamson directing Frank

You might think Lenny Abrahamson would want to follow up his kidnapping drama Room with something a little harrowing, but instead he’s heading for more dark material. The Irish director has just been set to direct a film about bisexual boxer Emile Griffith. Though a two-time world welterweight champion, Griffith is best known for beating his opponent Benny “The Kid” Paret to death in the ring in 1962 after the latter taunted him with a gay slur at weigh-in.

Get lots more details on the Lenny Abrahamson Emile Griffith movie after the jump.  Read More »

rocky IV 30 for 30

We know /Film is a movie website, but maybe you’ll forgive us for delving into the wide world of sports for a moment. After all, few moments have impacted culture worldwide like the 1985 exhibition boxing match between Rocky Balboa and Ivan Drago. This event shook the sporting world to its core and rattled the foundation of international politics – the world was never the same after Drago hit the mat and Balboa stood triumphant. It’s no accident that the Cold War finally came to an end a few years later.

Now, this astonishing match is finally getting the attention it deserves in a new episode of 30 for 30, ESPN’s acclaimed documentary series chronicling the most important figures and events in the history of sports. Whether you were alive and watching in the days of Balboa’s prime, or too young to realize just how much this event changed life on this planet, this is required viewing.

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Creed Clips

The steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum have become quite iconic thanks to the famous training montage from the original Best Picture winning boxing drama Rocky. Plenty of tourists have ran up those steps and taken countless pictures there in honor of Sylvester Stallone‘s iconic character Rocky Balboa, and now the city of Philadelphia is honoring the forthcoming franchise spin-off Creed with an honorary, celebratory day.

In addition, you can watch just over five minutes of footage from Creed with seven clips that have been released online as we get closer to the release later this month. Get more details on the honorary day and watch the batch of Creed clips after the jump. Read More »

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Still considered one of the greatest track and field stars in history, Owens struck a blow to the notion of Aryan supremacy when he dominated at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. Jeremy IronsJason Sudekis, and William Hurt also star, and Stephen Hopkins directed. Watch the Race trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Get more details on the Brie Larson Battle of the Sexes casting after the jump.  Read More »

Creed trailer

Rocky spawned five sequels over thirty years, some better than others. Now in Creed, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) returns one more time to pass the torch to a new young fighter: Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan), the son of his old friend and rival Apollo Creed. Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) directs. Watch the new Creed trailer after the jump. Read More »