Senna (2010)

An artist of racing in the rain. I’m not much of a racing fan, in fact I used to make fun of it a lot. I’ll never be a Nascar fan but I do have a newfound appreciation for Formula One racers. Ayrton Senna was incredible on a track. This documentary about his racing career was full of victory and drama. Senna was handsome and really talented. He represented his country of Brazil really well. I loved the rivalry he had with that mean ol’ Frenchman Prost. An inspiring and sad story, God took Senna from us too soon, but at least he lived life in the fast lane.

88/100

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Southpaw (2015)

Once I realized that this movie was the same as all other boxing movies… it went south quickly. Jake Gyllenhaal had an excellent performance and Forest Whitaker was also quite excellent. Aside from the acting and maybe the crazy workouts Jake had to do to get ready for this role, this could have been just any other boxing movie. It doesn’t hold a candle to any of the Rocky films. The Boxer Hope wasn’t really a person to look up to… he drinks, does drugs and curses. He’s a good family man for the most part, but he’s kind of just a dumb boxing thug. Rachel McAdams isn’t in this long enough to comment on her acting, she did seem sweet though, which she normally doesn’t play parts like that. I’d hang up the gloves and not make any more boxing movies, I just don’t see another good one coming out that doesn’t just copy old ones before it.

53/100

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Creed (2015)

Rocky is starting to become a mythological figure and now he’s training the next generation of boxers. I love this movie series. Rocky is such an excellent character and I just love sitting on my couch eating potato chips while watching training montages. Michael B. Jordan was great as the son of Apollo Creed. I didn’t care for the romance in the story because nothing will match the love of Adrian and Rocky. The fights were all really good and I loved the final match-up. I do think this movie felt like more of a reboot of the first Rocky, but the original Rocky is also really great. There is just no way you can’t be pumped during this movie. It makes you proud to be an American. The Rocky movies can go all 12 rounds with most sports movies, go ahead and knock this one out.

87/100

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Unbroken (2014)

There was nothing broken about this movie, other than the fact that this was a terrible movie to witness. That doesn’t mean it’s a bad movie, it’s just hard to see one person suffer, and then think he’s in the clear… just to suffer some more. If it wasn’t for the nice ending to this movie, I would have hated it. You have to have some good with the bad in these kind of stories or you’ll fatigue the audience. There’s only so much suffering one can take in a single sitting. I applaud Louis Zamperini for his die hard spirit and he was a fantastic American. I’m very sad for what happened to him and I’m glad his story was told… but this was not good entertainment.

77/100

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Rocky IV (1985)

Rocky vs. The Red Scare. This Rocky is just slightly less good than its predecessor as I felt like the corny ending really hurt the film. Otherwise, as usual this movie will get you pumped and might want you to start playing some Punch Out! on Nintendo afterwards. I always love the training montages and the soundtrack is so excellent. I loved watching Rocky train in the U.S.S.R. and it was cool seeing Stallone and Dolph Lundgren duke it out in the ring. This movie was pretty sad toward the beginning but it does have some touching and funny lines too. I really have to give Stallone credit for the writing, directing and crazy calisthenics that he had to do for this film. This film isn’t necessarily the champ but it beats the boxing shorts off of most Russian films. USA! USA! USA! Wrap yourself up in a star-spangled flag because this movie is as American as it gets.

76/100

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Rocky III (1982)

This movie wasn’t exactly solid as a rock but it didn’t sink too low into the depths of mediocrity either. Rocky once again is back at it, being a newly minted champion he lives the high-life doing commercials and charity events. Speaking of the charity events, my favorite scene was the charity event where Rocky fights against Hulk Hogan. It was terrifying and funny at the same time. The best part of the rocky movies are the training montages and the final inevitable fight against the bad guy of the film. This time it’s against Mr. T and he’s a brutal opponent. I can’t help it but these movies really pump me up. The eye of the tiger song is featured in this film and it really gets your blood pumping, also the Rocky theme song is still a great one to get you in the mood of an epic boxing match. This isn’t the best Rocky film, but it’s better than some of the spit bucket movies that are out there. Yo Adrian!

78/100

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Rocky II (1979)

A rocky start but with a solid ending this movie is the reigning champ. I loved how the start of this movie was the very last couple minutes of the first film, getting fans caught up if you forgot what happened at the end of the first Rocky. I also liked how they showed what money and fame can do to a person and how newly minted athletes really should hire a financial adviser or take some personal finance classes. Rocky goes on a spending spree and ends up having to take some menial jobs to get by. I still absolutely love Adrien and Rocky together. They are a fantastic movie couple, one of my favorites. I also love the idea of Apollo Creed not being satisfied with a split decision and wanting to knock out Rocky. I loved the training montage again and rematch. Just a really fun sports movie in general. If there wasn’t so much drama that you have to sit through in the middle of the film before the fight, this movie would be better than the first. Still, it’s a really good movie and compliments the original nicely.

82/100

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