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Movie Review: ‘CREED’ – A He Said, She Said Take On The Knockout Film!

Movie Review: ‘CREED’ – A He Said, She Said Take On The Knockout Film!

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Springtime is the best time of year for catching on some of the flicks you are excited to revisit or catch up when you missed it on their initial release. Icon Vs. Icon’s husband and wife team, Delores and Hank Price, Jr., recently turn their attention to 2015’s “Creed” and are ready to offer up their takes on the jawn. Check it out below!

She Says: ”Creed” is a film with a dual purpose. It is a sequel/spin-off to the beloved “Rocky” franchise that stays true to its titular hero that we know and love. At the same time, it sends the franchise in a new direction, and in doing so creates a “Rocky” for a new generation. “Creed” marries the fantastic and outlandish world of 1980s Rocky with the modern day, HBO 24/7 world of boxing. In doing so, it offers realistic, believable scenarios for the film’s characters and their development, while also honoring those who passed in earlier installments.

Obviously this was a Hank Price selection as it wouldn’t have been my first choice for movie night so I won’t go into much plot as I’m sure his review will delve into “Rocky” excess with a heaping helping of punch drunk Italian moxie. In simplistic terms: Apollo Creed’s widow finds his illegitimate son, Adonis, at a detention facility for youth and takes him in because she’s just really nice. Dolla dolla bills y’all and time passes. Adonis doesn’t want the dolla dolla bills because he dreams of boxing stardom like his daddy. He finds sad Rocky in Philly, who eventually agrees to train/mentor him, and a love interest who is damaged like he is (he had a crappy childhood, she’s a magnificent singer who’s losing her hearing). He doesn’t want to be known as Creed’s son but, of course, it comes out. Rocky gets sick and Adonis urges him to fight his disease just as he is fighting for his dream, figuratively and literally. Blah blah blah emotions blah blah blah a sequel is set up at the end.

So, Saturday night I wanted the moving images to make me forget about life for a while, or more specifically 122 minutes. My preconceived notions weren’t far from the mark. The movie was enjoyable with dynamic, believable characters, emotions, blood, sweat and tears. It provided entertainment for me, a “Rocky” novice, while also providing entertainment for Hank, a “Rocky” aficionado (why don’t you put that on your resume Hank?). Did it deserve an Oscar nomination? No, but then again I didn’t think “Mad Max: Fury Feminism” deserved one so do whatever you want with my opinion. Sylvester Stallone did a wonderful job portraying an aged fictional icon while Michael B. Jordan shined (he also could legitimately be Carl Weather’s lifeblood).

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The movie is different from earlier installments as times have changed in society but it stays true to providing a film for men with secret emotions. Men have emotions but are taught to hide them behind mugs of beer, porno rags and guy stuff. However, they emerge because, contrary to popular belief, they exist. They won’t cry when Shelby Eatenton Latcherie dies at the end of “Steel Magnolias” (20+ year old spoiler, sorry not sorry) but will cry during the “Rocky” franchise. Hank and I cried during “Creed” but we also drank a bottle of bourbon and I love a good cry and Sylvester Stallone’s iconic characters always provide fuel for my salty tears. As Simple Jack said in “Tropic Thunder,” this movie makes my “eyes rain.”

Besides it being an enjoyable film, I’m left wondering about Sylvester Stallone. Why don’t people celebrate him as a screenwriter? I don’t understand. I know he didn’t write the screenplay for “Creed” but he wrote the other “Rocky” films, creating this world and these eternal characters. Maybe he is celebrated more than I know but I just think of Sly Stallone and his ridiculous Rocky slurring, punch drunk voice and am left confused. Also, I could have used a little more character development with Adonis, a little less “Rocky” training by chasing chickens and running the streets of Philly like a crack addict. We met this tough and hard kid in the opening of the film and I wanted to know more about him because that would help me know more about 17 years later him. Ya feel me?

Anyway, it was a good film. Did it change my life? No, but honestly I’m just looking for some entertainment. Aren’t we all?

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He Says: We suspected we’d seen the last of the Italian Stallion in “Rocky IV” when he toppled communism and southpawed the Cold War into submission. We thought we’d seen the last of Philadelphia’s Favorite Son in “Rocky V” when he suplexed Tommy Gunn and his mega mullet into the street and knocked George Washington Duke 10 feet in the air with a gut punch. But in 2006, we were rewarded with the nostalgic and inspiring “Rocky Balboa,” which we knew was the Stallion’s last ride, and would have been a fine end for the character. Thus, it’s ironic that in this era of sequels, reboots, and remakes, the Rocky franchise, which was widely mocked for its sequels, has found new life in “Creed,” one of the best films of 2015 (in my humble opinion, anyway).

My better half did a fine job summarizing the story, so I’ll just get to some of my thoughts. SPOILER ALERTS AHEAD…….TURN BACK NOW…..

The fan service is tremendous. Bringing back Apollo’s widow as Adonis’s adopted mother and introducing Wood Harris (Avon Barksdale from “The Wire”) as the son of Apollo’s (and Rocky’s) trainer, Duke, tie the story to the past while creating characters that will undoubtedly appear in future installments. I loved when Adonis brought up the secret fight between Rocky and Apollo at the end of “Rocky III”/beginning of “Rocky IV” and thought it was a cool twist that Apollo won the fight. The fight sequences were fantastic and well-filmed. I liked the HBO 24/7 presentation and stats on each of the boxers that Adonis fought. And the acting, particularly by Stallone and Jordan, was some of the best in the franchise. Stallone in particular somehow found a way to make that ol’ lug Rocky even more lovable.

 

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My only real issue with the film is that it too closely follows the plot of “Rocky,” much in the way that “The Force Awakens” too closely follows the plot of “A New Hope.” Of course, “Creed” has to end with Adonis fighting the heavyweight champion, and it would have been unrealistic for him to win, but it didn’t have to end the exact same way “Rocky” ended. I am interested to see how “Creed II” will play out, with Conlan going to prison and presumably vacating the title. Perhaps Adonis has to fight Danny Wheeler, trained by Apollo’s trainer’s son, in a quasi-rematch from Apollo’s gym for the title and then defend it against a hungry Conlan in “Creed III”? I’d love to see if there’s any way to shoehorn Clubber Lang or Ivan Drago in one of the sequels somehow. I kind of doubt it, but I’m sure Stallone and Co. can find a way to do it.

If you’re a fan of any of the Rocky films, even the early ones, or just sports films in general, “Creed” will have you fist-pumping and jumping out of your seat until the final bell.

Winner by Decision: 4.5 Paulie’s Robots out of 5.

Follow the online ramblings of the dynamic duo on Twitter at @deloresprice80 and @thehenrypricejr.

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 175: Long Time, First Time

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 175: Long Time, First Time

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This week on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jason and Jeremy welcome APC Super Fan Hank Price (no relation) to the third mic position. Hank fills us up with some delicious conversation as he tells us all about his current holiday beer picks. Jeremy has a scotch update that is sure to give you a headache before talk turns to all things gaming. Hank has spent some time at Icon Vs. Icon as the resident gamer, so we find out what is in his system. Jason shares the latest details for the next contest over at IVI and gives us a tease of what is coming to the site in the upcoming weeks. Looking for something to do this weekend? No worries! The boys have some stellar Pick of the Weeks that are sure to fill you up with joy and excitement. As always feel free to rate and review us on iTunes. You won’t. But we figured we would mention it. Enjoy the free funny, Folks!

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: San Diego Comic Con Posters Unveiled

THE EXPENDABLES 3: San Diego Comic Con Posters Unveiled

In celebration of this week’s San Diego Comic Con, and the most fun action film of the summer: THE EXPENDABLES 3, we have BRAND NEW Comic Con posters and a kick-ass behind-the-scenes featurette! Make sure you take a look at all your favorite action heroes in the stunning Comic Con posters below and join the fun when it hits theaters this AUGUST 15! 

THE EXPENDABLES 3 team includes your favorite action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …and a new generation of badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.

 

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: Brand New Motion Poster Unleashed!

THE EXPENDABLES 3: Brand New Motion Poster Unleashed!

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Get ready for this summer’s BIGGEST and MOST FUN action film: THE EXPENDABLES 3! This August, watch the ultimate team battle it out against Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson) in the most exciting and kickass event of this summer. In anticipation of the film’s release, we’re excited to share an incredible new motion poster starring the badass who started it all – Sylvester Stallone – along with a BRAND NEW poster below!

THE EXPENDABLES 3 team includes original action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …plus brand new badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out An Explosive New Trailer This Summer’s Biggest Action Event!

THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out An Explosive New Trailer This Summer’s Biggest Action Event!

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Brace yourself for non-stop action as Lionsgate has just unleashed a brand new trailer for ‘The Expendables 3. New Team. New Attitude. New Mission.

Our favorite tough guys are rolling into theaters for the most FUN event of the summer…and we have an explosive new trailer and banner to share! Featuring the largest ensemble of action stars ever, THE EXPENDABLES 3 team includes original action heroes – Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, and Terry Crews …plus brand new badasses – Wesley Snipes, Mel Gibson, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell.
THE EXPENDABLES 3 will be rolling into theaters this AUGUST 15, 2014!

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THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out 16 High-Intensity Character Posters!

THE EXPENDABLES 3: Check Out 16 High-Intensity Character Posters!

Hang on for…ONE. LAST. RIDE. In anticipation of the biggest, baddest, and most FUN action film of the year, Lionsgate has just released THE EXPENDABLES 3 ROLL CALL and 16 CHARACTER POSTERS! It’s time to check out the greatest collection of action stars on the silver screen…ever.  Check them out in the gallery below!
THE EXPENDABLES 3 involves a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet. Check out all 16 character posters and watch the roll call below to witness your favorite action heroes and original badasses (Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger) join all-star additions (Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Harrison Ford, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Victor Ortiz, and Glen Powell)…and see what they’re up against when they come face to face with the ruthless Conrad Stonebanks (Mel Gibson)! Be sure to watch this star-studded cast in all their ass-kicking glory when it hits theaters August 15, 2014.
SYNOPSIS: In THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables — but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.
Cast (Character): Sylvester Stallone (Barney Ross), Jason Statham (Lee Christmas), Antonio Banderas (Galgo), Jet Li (Yin Yang), Wesley Snipes (Doc), Dolph Lundgren (Gunnar Jensen), Kelsey Grammer (Bonaparte), Terry Crews (Hale Caesar), Randy Couture (Toll Road), Kellan Lutz (John Smilee), Ronda  Rousey (Luna),  Glen Powell (Thorn), Victor Ortiz (Mars), Robert Davi (Vata), with Mel Gibson (Conrad Stonebanks), with Harrison Ford (Drummer), and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Trench)

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The Expendables 3: Official Teaser Trailer Unleashed!

The Expendables 3: Official Teaser Trailer Unleashed!

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This summer, Wesley Snipes, Antonio Banderas, Kelsey Grammar, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford will join the cast of THE EXPENDABLES 3! Your favorite living legends and original badasses Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews and Arnold Schwarzenegger return to their roles to do some major ass-kicking

Also joining the all-star cast this year is Kellan Lutz, MMA star Ronda Rousey, welterweight boxing champion Victor Ortiz and Glen Powell.This action hero dream team is officially BACK and READY FOR ACTION! Can’t wait until next summer? Meet the gang NOW in the brand-new TEASER TRAILER that just debuted directly to the Expendables fans across the film’s official social media accounts.

THE EXPENDABLES 3 will be BOOMING into theaters everywhere August 15, 2014.

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Sylvester Stallone’s ‘The Expendables’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray and DVD!

Sylvester Stallone’s ‘The Expendables’ Explodes Onto Blu-ray and DVD!

It was a feat that many said couldn’t be done. The mission? To gather an all-star cast consisting of the biggest names in action movie history and put the into one explosive flick that oozes testosterone! It was an action movie fans’ wet dream but questions still remained: Could it be done and who could pull it off? As it turns out, there was only one man was brave enough to take on this ultimate challenge. A man who wasn’t afraid to take it to the edge and beyond. That man is none other than the iconic Sylvester Stallone. One of the most influential action heroes of all time, Stallone teamed with writer David Callaham to lay the ground work for The Expendables. Once the ball was rolling, Stallone made calls to the biggest names in action cinema and the rest was history! Answering Stallone’s call to arms for the over-the-top action that the fans have been craving a were a mix the hottest action stars from today and yesteryear, such as Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Terry Crews and Mickey Rourke. To round out the cast, Sly even managed to wrangle two cameos from sliver screen superpowers Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis.

The story begins simply enough, a group of mercenaries are hired for a mission that no one else is brave enough to tackle: Infiltrate a small South American country and overthrow it’s diabolical dictator. The story focuses mainly on Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) and Lee Christmas (Jason Statham), who are the real deal when it comes to a modern day action duos. Once the mission is underway, the mercs realize things aren’t exactly what they seem and all hell breaks loose — much to the delight of action junkies worldwide! Outgunned and outnumbered Ross and Christmas scramble back to The States to assemble their team, only to return to the island and dish out piping hot servings of street justice!

For me, The Expendables not only offers a nostalgic gaze back to the films that I discovered in the mom and pop video stores of my suburban youth. At it’s core, The Expendables is a triumphant return to the classic action cinema of the mid-to-late 80s that made icons out of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Having been raised on the work of many of the actors involved, it was a dream come true to see the finally united onscreen. Not only does the film fill an obvious void in action cinema, I found the film serves as an homage to the films of my father’s youth that featured iconic casts, such as The Wild Bunch, The Magnificent Seven and The Dirty Dozen. While it won’t win any awards for it’s plot, the movie has it where it counts when it comes to action and wastes no time getting down to the nitty gritty. The film is a knock-down, drag out, over the top 80s throwback action blast that represents some of the best qualities of the 80s action flicks on which star/director Sylvester Stallone cut his teeth. Guns, muscles, car chases, explosions, martial arts, beautiful women and a plethora of one lines, The Expendables has it all! Hopefully, we won’t have to wait another decade to see these superpowers re-team!

Rated: 4.5 out of 5

The Expendables explodes onto Blu-Ray Combo Pack, DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on November 23rd!

Visit the official site for the film at www.expendablesthemovie.com or join the fight on Facebook at www.facebook.com/expendablesmovie.

BLU-RAY DISC SPECIAL FEATURES:

DISC ONE

The Expendables: Ultimate Recon Mode” in-movie BonusView feature (Blu-ray Exclusive)

“Comic Con 2010 Panel”  (Blu-ray Exclusive)

Audio Commentary with Sylvester Stallone

“Inferno” feature-length “making of” documentary (Blu-ray Exclusive)

“From the Ashes” Post Production documentary (Blu-ray Exclusive)

Deleted Scene

Gag Reel

Marketing Archive including Trailers and TV spots

Metamenu Remote and BD Touch enabled

D-BOX Motion Control Enabled

DISC TWO

Standard Definition DVD Copy of the feature film

DISC THREE

Standard Definition Digital Copy of the feature film

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES*

Audio Commentary with Sylvester Stallone

“Before the Battle” featurette

Deleted Scene

Gag Reel

Marketing Archive including Trailers and TV spots

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Book Review: ‘Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer! Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema, and Other Important Topics’

Book Review: ‘Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer! Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema, and Other Important Topics’

Most mainstream movie critics often stick to the safe world of artsy and dramatic films. The result of this activity is usually a positive review for a film that most of us will never want to see. When these same critics settle down to watch an action or horror film, the movie going public is usually assaulted with a one star review and the words “stay away at all costs.” Luckily, the common moviegoer has a white knight in their corner. Well, maybe a dark knight now that I think about it. Fresh off the highly successful ‘Seagalology: A Study of the Ass-Kicking Films of Steven Seagal’, movie reviewer extraordinaire Vern has returned with ‘Yippee Ki-Yay Moviegoer! Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema, and Other Important Topics’.

The book contains an eclectic collection of Vern’s extremely funny and unique film reviews. The reviews contained within its 420 pages tend to be rants more than the critiques we’re used to hearing. Most of the films that are reviewed fall into the action, horror, and sci-fi genres. Not to be outdone by his more recognizable peers, reviews of some extremely dramatic films are thrown in for good measure as well. We are not talking about films like Citizen Kane here ladies and gentlemen. I never thought I would see someone seriously delve into the awesomeness that is Brain Bozworth’s ‘Stone Cold’ or my favorite Schwarzenegger film, ‘Commando’. That is what you are getting with this book. A bunch of kick-ass reviews of even more kick-ass films. Yeah there are those reviews of dramatic films that I mentioned, but they are relegated to a couple chapters and still remain very tongue-in-cheek. For example, Vern’s reviews of ‘Brokeback Mountain’ and ‘Zoo’ are something to behold. I literally was laughing uncontrollably at times while reading this book and that was before Vern goes into his thorough investigation into the career of movie badass Bruce Willis, the ‘Die Hard’ series, and why Willis is the greatest action star to date.

While I highly recommend the book, it may not be for everyone. Vern is prone to using a lot of profanity, but that really isn’t a surprise considering the films he is talking about. It is expected that reviews of these films should be just as over-the-top as the films themselves. I’m not sure if ? will ever see this review, but if you do Mike, I would avoid it at all costs. Vern is not a huge fan of your work, especially ‘Transformers’-, and he is definitely not afraid to say so. Whew! He does not like your work! That goes for you too Tony Scott!

Here’s a little tip for you up-and-coming film critics out there, take your lessons from Vern and I guarantee you will have success. You may not achieve “mainstream” success, but you will earn a hell of a lot more respect from the general public than most of the established critics ever will. ‘Yippe Ki-Yay Moviegoer! Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema, and Other Important Topics’ is a 4.5 out of 5. Run out and pick this one up as soon as you can. Here’s hoping Vern is around for a while and eventually returns with an in depth study of 80’s pain in the ass Billy Zabka or perhaps a study of the phenomenon that was the two Corey’s. I think either could make for one hell of a book. Until then… Yippee Ki-Yay Mr. Falcon! — Steve Johnson of Icon Vs. Icon

Click here to order ‘Yippe Ki-Yay Moviegoer! Writings on Bruce Willis, Badass Cinema, and Other Important Topics’ from Titan Books >

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Sylvester Stallone Kills Plans For ‘Rambo V’

Sylvester Stallone Kills Plans For ‘Rambo V’

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Earlier this year, Nu Image/Millennium Films had announced that Sylvester Stallone’s fifth Rambo film had been greenlit. Stallone was to return to the franchise to play the title character and direct the film. Stallone had previously hinted that the next Rambo adventure would see the hero take on a “slightly different genre.” The working title for the film was Rambo V: The Savage Hunt.

However, months later, it appears that Stallone has abandoned the previously announced project. In a recent interview, the legendary pop icon revealed the follow-up has stalled and he’s “99 per cent sure” the character won’t return.

He tells EmpireOnline.com, “I think Rambo’s pretty well done. I don’t think there’ll be any more. I’m about 99 per cent sure.

“I was going to do it… But for Rambo to go on another adventure might be, I think, misinterpreted as a mercenary gesture and not necessary. I don’t want that to happen. I’m very happy with the last Burmese episode, because I didn’t pull any punches on it. I wanted it to be what civil war really is – rough. You can’t candy coat it, and where do you go from there? So that’s (Rambo V) going to go.”

You can read the full article at this location >

The article also reveals that Stallone is working on a director’s cut of Rambo which will restore twelve minutes to the film.

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