#tpt: Creed and Black Books

24 May 2016

Today’s Top Picks

Creed_posterMy first pick for the day is Creed, the spin-off sequel to the Rocky films.  I have always been a huge fan of Rocky and Sylvester Stallone, and this film has been on my to-watch list for a while.

Fans of the Rocky films will recognize the name Creed.  The film revolves around Adonis Johnson (Creed), the son of former heavyweight boxer and champion Apollo Creed.  Determined to make a name for himself without following in his father’s footsteps, Adonis chooses to go by his mother’s name, Johnson.  After being turned away from a prestigious gym in LA where he is from, Adonis heads to Philadelphia in hopes of tracking down Rocky Balboa, his father’s old rival-turned friend.

Rocky training Adonis

Rocky training Adonis

Upon meeting, Rocky turns Adonis away, stating that he is no longer having anything to do with boxing.  However, Adonis is incredibly persistent, and keeps coming back, even referring to Rocky as Uncle.

Rocky eventually agrees to help Adonis train.  Along the way, the duo face many challenges, but ultimately become a true family.  This film was extremely heartwarming and at times, a little sad.

rockyOne of my favourite parts of this movie was the bond that formed between Rocky and Adonis.  Since Rocky and his son aren’t close and his wife has passed away, it was nice to see Rocky finally finding someone to care about and who cares about him.

As far as casting goes, I really enjoyed Michael B Jordan as Adonis Creed.  I also thought it was really neat that most, if not all, of the professional boxers in the film were played by real boxers.  Some of the trainers in the film are trainers in real life too.  I thought this was a really neat way to bring some recognition to these athletes and trainers.

If you’re a fan of Rocky or just really enjoy boxing, this is definitely a film you should check out.


My second pick for the day is the British sitcom Black Books.  Set in a London bookshop, Black Books centers on Bernard Black, the owner of the shop, his assistant Manny Bianco, and their mutual friend Fran Katzenjammer.

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This show has such typical British dry humour, it’s honestly hilarious.  My sister discovered this show first and made me watch it, and let me say, I am so glad I did.

With only three series’, this show is pretty quick to get through.  The friendship between Bernard and Fran leaves you wondering how they ever became friends in the first place, while Bernard and Manny seem to fit incredibly well.  The trio of friends are quite hilarious together, though they very rarely are trying to be.

black books 1

black books 2

I don’t really know what to say about this show other than the fact that it’s too funny and if you like British humour, you’ll definitely like this.  Check it out!

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