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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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 »

Michael B Jordan as Boba Fett

Due the box-office fallout and reported behind-the-scenes trouble on the reboot of Fantastic Four, director Josh Trank ended up being removed from the next installment of the Star Wars Story spin-off series of films. The film was rumored to focus on Boba Fett, but it has now been pushed back in favor of Phil Lord & Chris Miller’s spin-off following Han Solo instead.

However, that doesn’t mean that Disney has given up the hunt for someone to step up and replace Trank in the director’s chair for the project being developed by Simon Kinberg. Reportedly, Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray (who just signed on to direct Furious 8) was being considered for the Star Wars Story, and along with that, he said there’s a possibility of seeing Michael B. Jordan as Boba Fett.

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Creed TV spot

This winter brings the promising spin-off Creed, which is also a spiritual sequel of sorts to the iconic Rocky franchise that Sylvester Stallone has kept going for decades. Michael B. Jordan plays the son of the late Apollo Creed, one of Rocky’s most formidable opponents, and he’s anxious to get in the ring and follow in his footsteps (though hopefully without dying).

A new TV spot has just popped up online showing Rocky training the young new boxer Adonis Creed, but then there’s a little tease of one particular point of drama in the movie. In this Creed TV spot, it appears Rocky isn’t exactly in the best shape and may spend a little time in the hospital. Would this spin-off be so bold as to kill him off and truly pass the torch to Michael B. Jordan? 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 »

Michael Jordan Fantastic Four Empire

After the epic bellyflop that was Fantastic Four, you’d think Michael B. Jordan would want to stay away from comic book movies for a while. But perhaps he subscribes to the “if at first you don’t succeed…” mantra.

Jordan has just entered negotiations to star in Blood Brothers, MGM’s buddy action-comedy based on the Dark Horse graphic novel of the same name. Get details on the Michael B Jordan Blood Brothers movie after the jump.  Read More »

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Fantastic Four reviews

To some it may seem like continuing to shine a light on the failure of Fantastic Four is beating a dead horse. But where Fantastic Four stumbled lies a fascinating look into the studio filmmaking process as executives and the director keep playing the blame game and more details about the troubled production come to the surface.

The latest bit of information on Josh Trank‘s comic book reboot involves a description of a major action sequence that was cut out of the film, something that Fantastic Four could have used much more of in the final cut. This particular sequence involves many of the shots of The Thing that we recently highlighted from the trailers which ended up not appearing in the movie at all.

Find out what we know about the Fantastic Four deleted scene after the jump, but beware of spoilers! Read More »

Fantastic Four cuts

Arriving in theaters just this past weekend, Fantastic Four is now the worst reviewed Marvel comics adaptation ever. The future of the franchise is uncertain even though the studio is staying committed to the franchise and characters, if only to keep from hurting the movie even more.

So the big question, especially after director Josh Trank distanced himself from the final cut of the movie on Twitter, is what went wrong with Fantastic Four? There has been a lot of digging into the behind the scenes drama during the production of Fantastic Four, and it’s clear that there were plenty of problems from both Trank and the studio.

In addition, a look back at the footage released in trailers and behind the scenes featurettes shows that plenty of edits and cuts were made to the movie, resulting in the cut that Trank is clearly unhappy with. Learn more about the Fantastic Four cuts and problems after the jump! Read More »