Sylvester Stallone understands the concept of little victories as well as anyone since Tom Laughlin brought Billy Jack into town the first time to fight for everyone who wouldn't. Unironically, it was hippies he was protecting then. Flowers in the gun barrel didn't work as well as kicking ass back then, either.
After an engaging round one that saw Jordan move into the role of fighter and Stallone gracefully filling the role of trainer, Creed II gives us a development not only worthy of the series, but in better than most of the other films.
o Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 - 2017 Written and Directed by James Gunn Starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, Kurt Russell I am so happy this film didn't stink. It could be a little bit of an overreaction to the fact that it doesn't that I … Continue reading Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (*****): More please
Creed - 2015 Director Ryan Coogler Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashād, Tony Bellew, Graham McTavish Screenplay Coogler, Aaron Covington, Stallone As a tribute to a classic series, Ryan Coogler could not have taken a better angle. The thought of Rocky's kid taking the throne was mercifully left in the garbage bin of history with the last proper entry in the … Continue reading Creed (****): One step at a time, one round at a time…
Rocky The Complete Saga - 1976 - 2015 Rocky - 1976 Director John G. Avildsen Starring Sylvester Stallone, Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, Burgess Meredith, Joe Spinell, Tony Burton, Geraldine Hughes Screenplay Sylvester Stallone Synopsis Down and out low ranking boxer Rocky Balboa (Stallone) gets the shot of a lifetime when he is randomly picked to take on the World Champion … Continue reading Cool Papa E Reviews Rocky / Creed The Complete Saga
The Expendables 3 - 2014 Director Patrick Hughes Starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Kellan Lutz, Ronda Rousey, Glen Powell, Victor Ortiz, Robert Davi, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger Screenplay by Creighton Rothenberger, Katrin Benedikt, Sylvester Stallone The first two episodes of this series went down the toilet bowl. The first was a decent attempt at creating a story with some … Continue reading The Expendables 3 (***1/2) – Holy crap! It’s not bad!
Grudge Match - 2013 Director Peter Segal Starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal Screenplay Tim Kelleher, Rodney Rothman It's been so long since Stallone has been in a film that seemed unguarded of actor's egos, one has difficulty picturing him going through the editing process with each of the actors, saying, "Do you think … Continue reading Grudge Match is as tired as it seems
Homefront - 2013 Director Gary Fleder Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Rachelle Lefevre, Frank Grillo, Clancy Brown, Izabela Vidovic Screenplay Sylvester Stallone based on Homefront by Chuck Logan Stallone's film formula has been the equal to "he punched me first" for as long as I can remember. Statham has been doing the same stuff since he stopped working with Guy Ritchie. It was only … Continue reading Homefront – Statham gets the “benefit” of Stallone’s experience
Escape Plan - 2013 Director Mikael Håfström Starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jim Caviezel, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Vinnie Jones, Vincent D'Onofrio, Amy Ryan, Sam Neill, Faran Tahir Screenplay Miles Chapman, Jason Keller Having skipped many of Sylvester Stallone's mid '80's early '90's fare, such as Over The Top, Lock Up, Cobra, Oscar, Stop! or my Mom will Shoot, etc., I sometimes wondered if … Continue reading Escape Plan (***): Character actors beware
Bullet to the Head - 2013 Director Walter Hill Starring Sylvester Stallone, Sung Kang, Sarah Shahi, Christian Slater, Jason Momoa, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Screenplay Alessandro Camon based on Du Plomb Dans La Tete by Alexis Nolent This is Stallone's version of a comic book movie. It has few things to recommend it. One of them is getting to view a career of Stallone head shot photos as police … Continue reading Bullet to the Head: This is why Stallone can’t work alone