Jan 2016 02

2015 was a great year for movies. Audiences around the world were treated to everything from a new Mad Max, to the return of Star Wars and dinosaurs in Jurassic World. Here are my top 10 films of 2015:

10. Trainwreck

Trainwreck PosterAmy Schumer was fantastic in this hilarious film.

Even funnier was WWE wrestler John Cena, even if he was only in the film for about 10 minutes. The film catapulted Schumer from Comedy Central star to legit film star.

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Movie Review: ‘The Hateful Eight’ Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins
Dec 2015 25

The Hateful 8 Poster LargeThe holiday season not only brought the return of Star Wars, but also the return of Quentin Tarantino for film buffs. The director’s latest – and his greatest film to date – The Hateful Eight is an experience unlike anything you’re likely to have in movie theaters this year or anytime soon.

Beautifully filmed in 70-millimeter, the move engages audiences from the very beginning of this three-hour spaghetti western. Watching Tarantino’s latest film is like watching a master at work. He uses beautiful cinematography in the mountains of Wyoming, but also dishes out more fake blood than I’ve ever seen before.

Clocking in at just over three hours with an overture and an intermission, The Hateful Eight is a western “who done it,” featuring top notch acting. With standout performances from Samuel L. Jackson as Maj. Marquis Warren, and Kurt Russell (doing his best John Wayne imitation as John Ruth), the audience gets their moneys worth.

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RIP Scott Weiland, Lead Singer of Stone Temple Pilots Dead at 48
Dec 2015 11

Scott Weiland Stone Temple PilotsGrowing up as a child of the 90s, Stone Temple Pilots was one of the biggest bands of that time. Besides Pearl Jam, one would be hard-pressed to find a bigger musical act.

Frontman Scott Weiland was not only the lead singer of STP, he also fronted Velvet Revolver.

Like a lot of his fans, I feared the day would come where I would be reading about Weiland’s death, unfortunately, that day has come.

Weiland, 48, was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota around 9 p.m. Thursday night. His current band, the WIldabouts, was scheduled to perform. The concert was canceled.

STP rose to fame in the early 90s with hits, “Creep,” “Big Empty,” “Interstate Love Song,” and “Interstate Love Song.”

The band won a Grammy in 1994 for the song “Plush.”

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Movie Review: ‘Creed’ Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone
Nov 2015 25

Creed Movie PosterIt’s been a long time since Sylvester Stallone has delivered a knockout performance, but in the new installment to the Rocky franchise, Creed, Stallone shows he deserves to be in the same ring with many of this years top supporting actor candidates.

While Stallone is great, make no mistake, Creed is all about Michael B. Jordan’s character, Adonis Creed.

From the opening scene, where a young Adonis is seen fighting in a juvenile detention center to the closing scene of the film, Jordan shows he has enough punch to carry the Rocky franchise in a whole new direction.

Ryan Coogler, director of the haunting Fruitvale Station, in which movie girls were introduced to Jordan, as he gave another rousing performance, is at the top of his game. Coogler’s film doesn’t seem like a 2 hour-plus film, as it’s action-packed and an emotional rollercoaster.

After learning he is the son of the former champion, Apollo Creed, Adonis, or Donny as refers to himself through much of the movie, moves to Philadelphia to ask Rocky to train him.

Adonis finds Rocky still operating his restaurant, Adriane’s and all alone. Rocky’s friend, Pauly has since passed and Balboa’s son has moved away to Vancouver.

After being hesitant to train his best friend’s son, Rocky ultimately agrees to take Creed in.

The two have many funny and heartfelt moments in the movie.

Creed not only needs Balboa to train him, so that he doesn’t embarrass his father’s legacy, but Balboa later needs Creed to push him to fight the toughest opponent he has ever faced in any of the films.

Coogler not only hits every punch on the emotional wheel, but the fight scenes are brilliantly filmed. A couple of the fight scenes seemed to pay homage to Raging Bull, arguably the greatest boxing movie ever made.

Jordan seemed to immerse himself into the role of Adonis Creed, looking very similar to the Apollo character that Rocky fans grew to love in the first four films.

While I was a fan of the last Rocky film, Rocky Balboa, I admit it seemed unnecessary at times. Creed never felt that way, as it breathes new life into the franchise and will definitely create a new generation of fans.

Creed gets an A.

Ranking the “Rocky” Films – Worst to Best
Nov 2015 19

With Creed set to release on Thanksgiving, I started thinking of my favorite Rocky films.

I mean, I feel like Rocky should be dead and buried by now, yet he continues to live on. Judging by the trailer for the film, Creed will not feature a fight with Rocky Balboa, but rather, Adonis Creed, son of the late Apollo Creed. With a couple of weeks left before the new film comes out, I thought I would rank the Rocky films in order from worst to best.

6. Rocky V

Rocky V PosterNow, this film is just a piece of s*** – there’s no other way to put it.

Rocky is a punch-drunk boxer, who is forced to retire due to taking too many blows to the head. Tommy Gunn, played by the late-Tommy Morrison, is way over-the-top as Rocky’s predecessor. The acting is cheesy, at best. The ending fight scene is ridiculous. To think that a punch-drunk boxer like Balboa could take out a young champions like Gunn is ridiculous.

It’s been long rumored that Balboa was supposed to die in the fight. As ridiculous as the ending was, seeing Rocky die in a street fight would have destroyed everything he stood for. Nearly everyone who is a fan of the Rocky films is in agreement that the fifth film sucks.

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