Knock at the Cabin, by Albert W. Vogt III

Okay, so, I believe I wrote somewhere recently that I am trying not to be so critical.  I know this is difficult as the root word from that adjective is my self-appointed job.  The director of the new release I saw this weekend, M. Knight Shyamalan, makes abstaining from too much criticism harder.  That movie, by the way,…

Creed, by Albert W. Vogt III

Now that we have gotten the entire Rocky franchise out of the way, it is time to address the next cinematic prodigy of pugilism.  It starts (again) with Creed (2015).  In case you are not an idiot like myself and have not recently rewatched the entire previous series, the name in the title refers to Robert “Rocky” Balboa’s (Sylvester Stallone) former…

Rocky Balboa, by Albert W. Vogt III

Through the first five movies in the Rocky franchise, the title character’s love interest and eventual wife, Adrianna “Adrian” Balboa née Pennino was played by Talia Shire.  Shire is still alive and well, thus clearly available for this last of the series to bear the famous fictional boxer’s name.  There is a cynical notion that Hollywood does not want…

Rocky V, by Albert W. Vogt III

Here we are, Rocky V (1990).  The series at some point became a punchline for how many sequels have been made.  I will not trouble with you any of the jokes, but you can probably get the picture just by knowing there is a fifth one.  And this is not even the last iteration.  Having said that, I am not sure…

Rocky IV, by Albert W. Vogt III

It was inevitable that I would run out of ways of introducing movies in the Rocky franchise.  Like many real-life athletes, they probably hung around for too long.  Their box office returns would say otherwise.  I mean, even Tom Brady won Super Bowls in his forties.  That does not change the fact that he is old, by athletic standards.  Then again, I…

Rocky III, by Albert W. Vogt III

How do you keep a franchise going when your main character, the title one in the Rocky franchise, is supposed to always be the underdog?  The answer lies with sports.  The problem is that not everyone enjoys these pastimes.  A good movie will bring most anyone to the theater, but the material will only keep a large audience’s attention for…

Shotgun Wedding, by Albert W. Vogt III

This past weekend had nothing remarkable released, so I did not go to the cinema.  It was just as well.  It was my birthday weekend and I felt like I had much better things to do than to sit through Infinity Pool.  Then again, the same could be said for today’s film, Shotgun Wedding (2022).  Why the different premier year, you may…