Finally got around to watching Avengers: Age of Ultron. Was good but didn't think it was as good as the first. Think it was a case of having too much going on at once at times. Still a solid entry in the ongoing Marvel Universe.
Also finally finished watching the Netflix exclusive Daredevil show a couple of weeks ago. Really, really recommend it even if superhero/comic book stories aren't your thing. Very well done.
Daredevil was excellent. I didn't expect a whole lot from it, mostly because my only experience with anything Daredevil was the terrible Ben Affleck movie, but I was hooked by the end of the first episode.
Finally finished Daredevil. It was amazing! The last couple of episodes were so intense I couldn't stop watching. Now looking for another show to watch. Thinking either Izombie or Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
On the horror set - last night the wife and I watched the 1960 version of Little Shop of Horrors which starred a young Jack Nicholson in the dentist patient role that Bill Murray would play in the 1986 musical/remake.
Not much to write home about but I did make me want to go back and watch the 86 version again.
I've not seen any since the original, which was bad enough.
It's weird seeing movies that are trying to be awful on purpose, but then somehow manage to succeed to such a level that they become actually unwatchable instead of just the LOLwut level of awful they "aspired" to.
Watched the first two episodes of Jessica Jones, and liking it a lot so far. Would have watched more but I know the wife will want to watch it and I'll just end up watching the first couple of episodes again anyway.
Just saw both the new Rocky movie 'Creed' and the new Bond movie Spectre.
Spectre is "just okay" IMO. It's about on the level of one of the middling Roger Moore Bond movies like say "For Your Eyes Only". It contains a ton of callbacks to the other movies and ties all of the Craig films into a single narrative (ret-cons galore), but for me this movie didn't have it the same way that Craig's best two films did--Casino Royale, and Skyfall. I would still rank it above Quantum though. This is a movie that winds up being much less than the sum of its parts. Christoph Waltz as freakin BLOFELD should be an instant clasic, instead, it's just alright. Batista is really good in his silent killer role I should add. Overall though, this is a basic "old school" Bond movie--which is totally fine with me, but coming off a great like Skyfall, it just didn't hit the mark completely. 3/5 stars (could have gone 2/5 but feeling generous)
Creed on the other hand was a great Rocky movie, per the Rocky movie formula. Stallone gives one of his best performances of the entire series. I know some are calling this the second best of the entire series. Being a die hard fan I don't know if I'd go that far. I loved the first two movies, and also 3 and 4 have this great cheesy 80s charm to them.... 5 is underrated, but still the worst of the series by default. Rocky Balboa I thought was a great addendum to wrap things up, to a point that I thought another movie would be pointless, but this one works. 4/5 stars
Post by currentbigthing on Dec 9, 2015 19:50:29 GMT -6
I think Rocky 5 is rated just fine. It's terrible, and that's what most people think. The only kind of cool part is the way life wound up imitating art a little bit for Tommy Morrison not long after the movie made its rounds. I think Rocky 4 is almost crassly overrated by some, with it's being pretty bad in its own right. 3, though, I think might be underrated. Mr. T. alone is worth the ticket price/rental fee.
In the end, I think the lasting legacy of the Rocky series of which its makers might be both least and most proud is its being perhaps the progenitor of the modern formula of one movie begetting many, many sequels.
For the record, I'll still probably check out Creed because I don't know how not to. Same as I'd probably check out a remake of No Holds Barred if they made it.
Ceebs, how you gonna throw shade on some Rocky movies, then at the end, talk about how you would see a remake of No Holds Barred? Granted I like No Holds Barred as some good quality, cheesy entertainment and a throwback to my youth, but in terms of a pure movie viewing experience, that is a terrible terrible film. Even the worst Rocky(5) was better than No Holds Barred.
And you know that shit will be starring John Cena in the lead role