• Movie Rants

    Rating the Rocky Movies: Part I

    I love the Rocky franchise. The movies range from classics to great popcorn entertainment. When I was younger, the fights did it for me. It was just about the entertainment. But as I’ve gotten older it’s been about the substance. It’s a rare thing when a sporting movie can blend the two and find that balance. Over the next two weeks, I’m going to rate the Rocky-universe movies, going from my least favourite to my most favourite. There’ll be spoilers: so don’t read on unless you’ve seen all eight movies, or you don’t care about them being spoiled. Here goes …   8. Creed II Synopsis: Now champion, Adonis Creed…

  • One Terrific Lie

    Character Justification

    When it comes to characters, something else I ask myself is this question: Is the character justified? A simpler way of putting this is do I believe the character is who the story purports them to be? I beat on the new Star Wars Trilogy last week, and will do so again, because it’s an easy target due to its shallow characters that are never meant to be more than archetypes – the humble hero, the cocky hotshot, the frightened sidekick comic relief. Can I believe that a scavenger who’s had no training of any kind whatsoever is capable of being a fantastic pilot, a great mechanic, a brilliant shot…