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    Rating the Rocky Movies: Part II

    Every artform is open to interpretation. We all like different things. So I’m sure there are people who disagree with my bottom four choices. That’s okay. I understand why people love the other Rocky movies; or if they even prefer one of the Creed movies, which are slick and well-made. I look at them from the point of view that I want them to be true to the original universe. Rocky III and Rocky IV feel as if they stray, trading substance for glitz. The Creed movies feel like they’re hitting the same beats but (for me) not generating the same emotion. They play like remakes trying to again capture…

  • 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…