Montreal Film Journal

2011 LOG (8)

(4 Aug) Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2011, Troy Nixey) 42

(4 Aug) David (2011, Joel Fendelman) 63

(11 Aug) Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982, Amy Heckerling) [ review ] 85

(14 Aug) Red State (2011, Kevin Smith) 88
[ See (14 Jul) ]

(15 Aug) Rocky II (1979, Sylvester Stallone) 54
[ This first "Rocky" sequel is watchable enough, if only for the Italian Stallion's easygoing charisma, plus the always enjoyable performances by Carl Weathers as Apollo Creed and Burgess Meredith as Mickey. And then there's the always rousing training montages, that amazing score, plus the actual fight at the end... But I have trouble with how the bulk of the flick is such a bummer, struggling as it does to pummel Rocky back into being a no-good nobody. Dramatically, the best films in the series have to be the original and the surprisingly affecting "Rocky Balboa," with "Rocky IV" being the most entertaining by far. Your mileage may vary, etc. ]