Filmed over two years, Team khan is a new Fly-on-the-wall documentary about British professional boxer Amir Khan.
Directed Oliver Clark and Blair Macdonald the film follows Khan and his team in their quest to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr., the best boxer on the planet…
If I followed the sport of boxing, I’d already know how this film ends. Since I don’t, I’m therefore drawn to this one for insight into the life of a boxer and how the sport affects the athlete and people closest to him.
Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone and Tessa Thompson, Creed is more than I expected. Having never seen any of the previous Rocky movies, I was imagining plenty of fighting footage for at least one third of the time. Luckily, as a lover/ non-fighter, I’m glad to say that this isn’t the case.
What I love most about Creed is the way it seems to focus on the stories of the main characters and their relationships with each other, more so than on actual boxing. Nevertheless, Creed is still very much a boxing movie and fans of the sport, especially fans of the Rocky movies will have a good time.
I tuned in because the I liked the trailer. Also, I’m just someone who never seems to tire of well told stories about pivotal life decisions. Especially when the stories are about people choosing to do what is in their heart over what is expected / comfortable. Creed which is written and directed by Ryan Coogler is a movie that captures what that journey can be like.
Watch it for the relatable themes of human experience, choreography of the main fight sequence, well paced editing and camera work.
Antoine Fuqua is the man in the director’s seat for Southpaw, the movie where Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Billy Hope, a successful boxer seeking redemption after an unbearable tragedy derails his life completely.
Gyllenhaal’s physical transformation is noticeably impressive but it comes second to everything he manages to achieve with his character’s emotional journey.
As you watch the movie, you may find yourself cursing testosterone for being the cause of at least one of the bad things that happens to Hope. However, what seems like an absence of good sense likely also plays a large part.
Overall, there’s nothing particularly surprising or refreshingly new in Southpaw. Though there is one key aspect of the plot that would have been a great surprise – had it not been revealed in the trailer months prior.
Watch Southpaw because you like the filmmaking team and you’re curious about the movie’s exploration of redemption, regret, second chances, starting over and of course, the sport of boxing.
Forrest Whitaker, Naomie Harris and Rachel McAdams also star.
I’m guessing that Rocky (1976) fans will be very excited right about now. The trailer for Creed (2015), the seventh Rocky film and spin-off from the Rocky film series just arrived and ‘promising’ is the word.
Starring Sylvester Stallone as former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa, Creed sees Balboa serve as trainer and mentor to young boxer Adonis Creed played by rising star, Michael B. Jordan.
Fans of the Rocky films will know that Adonis Creed is the son of the late Apollo Creed, a friend to Balboa as well as a former rival – all of which makes for an interesting dynamic between the two main characters.
I’m going to confess right to the fact that I’ve never seen any of the Rocky movies. Yes, shock horror. However I am contemplating finally changing that fact just in time to watch this new release and also to keep FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) at bay.