Eye Candy: Creed

(c)JerseyStyle Photography_Rocky_011116

I watch a lot of movies, but I rarely “go” to the movies.

However, I’ve been out to two movies within a few weeks of each other.

That said, the first one, Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Road Chip, can hardly count as eye candy. That was a day out with my boys.

This past weekend, though, Leslie and I had a dinner and a movie. The movie, the times, was the much watchable CREED.

I’m sure you at least know the partial story, that this is the continuation of the ROCKY franchise. Again, no spoilers here, just in case you still want to see it. If you like the franchise, it’s interesting, go see it. If you’re not really into it, go see it anyway. It’s entertaining.

(That said, maybe I was the only one that recognized the fact that a movie were boxer are smashing themselves in the head was playing in the same theater that CONCUSSION was playing.)

CREED was really nice from a photographic point of view. Very nice use of (apparent) natural light in some of the gym sequences, especially.

However, the thing I really liked about CREED were the subtle nods to the the earlier Rocky films, and to Philadelphia, where I lived for 10 years (no real spoilers here if you haven’t seen it)

* The turtle in Rocky’s living room tank – is that Cuff or Link?

* How Rocky talks about his son having not really getting into boxing, and having a hard time of it in school because of whom his dad was.

* When Adonis is sparing at the Front Street Gym, on the back of his t-shirt is a quote from ROCKY, from the ice skating scene. Hard to see, but a nice nod to that film.

* When Adonis is sitting on the stoop in front of the gym, there’s a sign on the building over his shoulder: Lew Blum Towing. To anyone who’s ever lived in Philly, or had their car towed after illegally parking during a night out, you know who Lew Blum is.

* Seeing Philly comedian Joe Conklin‘s name on the marquee of the Electric Factory. If you listen to WIP sports talk radio out of Philly, you know Joe.

* The run through the Italian Market, of course.

* Bringing back the Gonna Fly Now music, but also the soft, subtle score that was used in ROCKY to denote a quiet, dramatic scene.

I just wished they would have mentioned Butkus the dog somehow.

Overall, a good watch.

Here’s a view from the top of the Philadelphia Art Museum steps, the “Rocky” steps, which I shot a few years ago.

Philly Night

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

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