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The Substandard on Creed II, Ricky Jay, and Dimming Zones
On this latest episode, the Substandard takes on Creed II and the Rocky oeuvre. JVL buys a flatscreen, Vic remembers seeing Ricky Jay, and Sonny talks about standing "on" line.
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The first Rocky film often is labeled a “sports movie,” but it never was just a boxing film. That 1976 Oscar winner also was a story about romance, family and life in general.
Similarly, the latest film in the Rocky franchise -- Creed II (PG-13) -- isn’t just movie about fighting. It’s about fatherhood, from beginning to end.
Here are four great lessons about fatherhood we should learn from this newest film:
In 2015, the drama Creed defied expectations. The film, which featured Sylvester Stallone returning to the role of Rocky Balboa, served as an addition to the long-running Rocky series while also standing alone as the introduction of a new boxer on the horizon. That new boxer, Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), is the son of the […]
It’s 1985 all over again, as this is essentially a ROCKY 4 reboot, which tells you right away why it’s a lesser film than CREED (4 being my least favorite of the series). However, this film avoids the 80s original’s more obnoxious traits and has a lot of elements that genuinely work.
Many ROCKY 4 details get repeated and not just the fact of the main plot as a Creed-Drago fight; for example the… more
"Creed II" is also about something bigger than a man doing what a man's got to do. Like its predecessor, it is primarily about the vital importance of fathers, even surrogate fathers -- a radical concept these days.
Creed II Review: Formulaic But Engaging Rocky Film
The Rocky Balboa franchise has been around since 1976, 42 years later and the series is still alive and kicking. Three years ago, the franchise took a different direction not focusing so much on Rocky himself, but on the son of franchise favorite Apollo Creed, Adonis played by Michael B Jordan. The film was a smash hit which even saw Sylvester Stallone win a Golden Globe for his performance.
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