Creed: Exactly the Kind of Underdog Moviegoers Repeatedly Embrace

Four decades ago, Rocky, a modestly budgeted boxing film, as gritty, naturalistic, and realistic (within genre conventions, of course) as anything made during Hollywood’s Second Golden Age of auteur filmmaking. Rocky went on to make back its budget by a factor of 225 and, true to its underdog protagonist, win …


James White: A Grand Kind of Bleak

If a drama wants to tap into primal, real emotion, featuring a flawed lead is paramount. For audiences to find a part of themselves in that character, imperfection is necessary so the viewer doesn’t just observe. Instead they can insert a memory of theirs, or a personal struggle, into the narrative. Take one look at Josh Mond’s James White …