Greetings, one and all! Allow me to personally welcome you to the year 2018. Man, if you are anything like me, just saying the words “welcome to 2018” gives you the chills. Then again, it is pretty cold at the moment, even here in South Florida, so who knows? Maybe those chills are more hypothermia than anything else.
Alternatively, if you’re like me, the fact that it’s 2018 is reason enough to be excited out of your mind. Just look at all the big and exciting movies set to come in the next 365 days of life. Whether it’s the next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a long-awaited adaptation of your favorite book, a remake of one of your most cherished films, the sequel to one of your favorite movies, or something completely new and original, 2018 appears to have a ton to offer moviegoers over the next 12 months.
Some movies may end up exceeding expectations and other will fall well beneath them, but for now, let’s highlight some of the movies I’m personally the most excited to see this year. Continue reading SBox Soapbox: My Most Anticipated Movies of 2018
Picking my Top 3 movies was probably the most difficult part for me. The following three movies are just so good and resonate so much with me that I could change the order right now and be satisfied with my selection. However, this movie and #2 were particularly difficult to place. For me it was a battle between the personal and the incredible, which believe it or not wasn’t an easy choice. So by a close and indecisive margin, let’s first tackle the personal with Creed. Continue reading My 2015 Movies: Creed (#3)
2015 brought about a major coincidence in the world of sequels. Three of this year’s biggest movies happened to be the seventh installment of their series: Furious 7, Creed (technically Rocky VII), and The Force Awakens (aka Star Wars: Episode VII).
The best part about this was that all three were really good movies. Each of them are arguably the best in their respective franchise, share the same genre, and were significant films in the context of their respective franchises. Furious 7 was the final film with series mainstay Paul Walker, representing the end of an era for the series. Creed was the spiritual successor to one of the greatest boxing franchises of all-time and will kick off a new potentially awesome series. The Force Awakens was the return to form for the first and greatest space opera ever, bringing Star Wars to a new generation and restoring hope to a franchise that was on a bad foot previously.
I had the privileged of seeing all three this year and thought why not end the year with a fun little comparison. Which film was the best seventh installment of their franchise? Continue reading SBox Soapbox: Battle of the Sevens (Furious 7 vs. Creed vs. Force Awakens)
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Let’s be real. The 1976 film Rocky (aka Rocky 1) is the greatest boxing movie of all-time. There, I said it! Feel free to disagree if you want, but that’s my personal, albeit possibly biased, view. I say biased, because of where these films take place. Philadelphia is my hometown. It’s where I call home despite the fact that I’ve been away from it almost four years now.
Now in Philly, there are certain things you must love in order to properly call yourself a Philadelphian: cheese wiz, Will Smith,
Bill Cosby and the Rocky movies. I personally was late to seeing the Rocky movies for the first time. I was about 11 when I was shown Rocky II-IV. I saw the first one on my own and to this day have yet to complete V, let alone start VI. Nonetheless, I love the Rocky films I’ve seen, and was even excited when I heard rumors of a possible “Rocky 7” years ago. Eventually this idea became Creed.
This is probably the most nervous I was about a film this year, even more than The Force Awakens. We’ve had lackluster Rocky movies before, so it’s incredibly possible that this could end terribly. It was a huge sigh of relief when people started saying the film was great, but I had to see it for myself. It took longer to get to it than expected, but I finally saw it a month later in a small, yet surprisingly packed, theater. All I can say now is, “Thank God!” Continue reading SBox Recommends: Creed (Movie Review)