I must say, I love Christina Jackson, and not just because she studied and graduated from the Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey, but because she totally corrected me when I goofed up about her HBO Boardwalk Empire seasons.
If you've been following the Oscar prognosticators, you know the big favorites have been Spotlight, The Big Short, The Revenant, and Carol. How pleasing to find some surprises--sort of--on the academy members' lists!
Supplying a bit of history, the young filmmaker came to him early on with the idea for Creed, and Stallone put him off. Stallone quipped that he wasn't even born until Rocky IV. Then Coogler made Fruitvale Station, a game changer, starring the actor Michael B. Jordan.
It's been a great year for movies, with a diverse assortment of high-profile and smaller scale films, true stories and big surprises, all emerging as some of my favorites for this year. Here's a countdown of my top ten for 2015.
What a weird, often sad, poignant year 2015 has been in pop culture. It was the year of Bill Cosby's demise, Taylor Swift's continual rise, the emergence of Caitlyn Jenner, and the unstoppable power of the force.
Far more than merely trading on the nostalgic fuzzies that come from revisiting a beloved movie institution, Creed confidently builds on Rocky's forty years of accumulated good vibes to blaze its own trail, mining a potent vein of raw emotion in the process.