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

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.

137: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ Box Office Report

137 mockingjay 2Joe strolls in mid-conversation this week and it makes for an awkward moment.

We also discuss the best way to store and access your digital media, Tom talks about Ready Player One, and we finally get to the bottom of this “Mike from China” controversy.

It’s Reel Spoilers 137: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ Box Office Report.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney Joe Buttice
Run-time: 55min


Ranking the “Rocky” Films – Worst to Best

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.


136: ‘Love the Coopers’ Starring John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Olivia Wilde

love the coopers large posterAnd then there were two…

Kevin is still “sick” and Blake had engagement photo retakes. Which leaves Tom and Joe to dissect Love The Coopers.

Every Christmas trope known to man gets blended into a homogenized Yule-paste.

It’s Reel Spoilers 136 – Love, The Coopers

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 3min


135: ‘Love the Coopers’ Box Office Report (11/13 – 11/15)

135 love the cooperAnd then there were three. Dan is out on business and Kevin is out “sick” so Tom, Joe and Blake hold down the fort. Many things are learned this week – why Tom doesn’t play video games, why Joe is good at shooting people, how Disney is targets your children and Michael from China isn’t from China? We’re very confused.

All this plus why Jared Fogle hates the new movie The 33.

It’s Reel Spoilers 135: ‘Love the Coopers‘ Box Office Report.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Blake Fehl
Run-time: 42min


134: 007 in ‘SPECTRE’ Starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Léa Seydoux

James-Bond-Spectre-Poster-LargeSpoilers… Reel Spoilers. We talk Bond this week as Spectre hits theaters. All the Bond elements are in place – women, cars, guns. And Tom might or might not have slept through most of it.

All this plus the return of the Video Recovery i.e. Tom finally remembered to throw it to Dan at the end.

It’s Reel Spoilers 134: Spectre.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice, Blake Fehl
Run-time: 1hr 23min


133: ‘SPECTRE’ Box Office Report (11/6 – 11/8)

133 spectreIn this week’s Box Office Report we finally determine T-Whitt’s profession, and Tom (of all people) desecrates the sanctity of Disneyland.

Plus, Creepy Joe has a choice to make about snake venom.

It’s Reel Spoilers 133: Box Office Report.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice, Blake Fehl
Run-time: 42min


Review: Mamma Mia, Here I Go Again (to the Fox Theatre in St. Louis)

Mamma Mia Tour Poster LargeWithout a doubt, one of the most fun shows you can see live is Mamma Mia! You just can’t beat the energy of the ABBA music, being performed right in front of you by talented musicians, with vocals from an extremely talented cast. It’s like going to a rock concert and a musical, all at once. And that is why Mamma Mia! has been seen by over 60 million people over the past 16 years, making more than $2 billion dollars worldwide.

Most theatre-goers will be familiar with the story (which was also turned into a film starring Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Colin Firth, Pierce Brosnan, and Stellan Skarsgård) of Sophie (Kyra Belle Johnson), a 20 year old bride-to-be, searching for her father to give her away at the wedding. The problem is that she’s never met him, and doesn’t even know who he is. Her mother Donna (Erin Fish) has never spoken of him, keeping her memories in a diary that has been locked away for the past two decades. That is until Sophie finds it, uncovering that her father could be one of three men who Donna had a summer fling with: Sam (Chad W. Fornwalt), Bill (Ryan M. Hunt), or Harry (Andrew Tebo). It seems the only way to get her dad to the wedding is to invite all three prospects to the island where she lives, ensuring at least one of them will do the job.


132: George A. Romero’s ‘Night of the Living Dead’

night-of-the-living-dead-1968-large-posterJoe wanted to do a “Reel Spoilers Rewind” while Kevin wanted to do a Halloween episode. So to shut them both up we did both. It’s a Reel Spoilers Rewind as we focus on Night of the Living Dead – the zombie movie that started it all. And to help us out we brought in horror film expert and aficionado Tim O’Saben from The Tim-O & Harley Show.

Join us as we discuss how copyright laws are fickle, this movie would make a fine musical and question whether or not Rob Cordry is a time traveler.

It’s Reel Spoilers Rewind/Halloween Special, Please Make Kevin and Joe Stop Yelling at Each Other Episode 132: Night of the Living Dead

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 56min


131: Box Office Report (10/30 – 11/1)

131 box office living deadWe’re joined in studio this week by Tim O’Saben from The Tim-O & Harley Show a podcast that focuses on cult, classic and rare horror films. That will make more sense on our next episode.

But for now, he suffers through our Box Office Report because he’s a good sport. In the meantime, Tim calls out poser conventions, Tom makes up nicknames for people “George W” style, and is Joe the father of the American Sniper baby.

It’s Reel Spoilers 131: Box Office Report.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 56min