GUEST ROOM | An Artsy New Year’s Resolution

I haven’t made a real New Year’s resolution in years. Sure, if you asked me in the week leading up to and following December 31 I would have told you some boilerplate goal (Exercise more!). And it’s not that there weren’t a handful of ways I could have improved each year; it’s just that I never took the resolution list to heart. But in 2016, I have a very serious New Year’s resolution. So serious, in fact, that I’m now publicizing it for the Cornell Daily Sun reader base.

A Creed of Humanity and Heart

Man, oh man, do I love Ryan Coogler’s approach to filmmaking. Plugging in the small-scale indie director behind 2013’s searing Fruitvale Station to reinvigorate the Rocky franchise was a brilliant decision. This method has been tried many times before with disastrous results (Josh Trank, Neill Blomkamp), but this time it is a rare and immediately apparent success. Creed shrewdly lands its hardest punches outside the ring, within the boxer’s friendships. It is proof that in Coogler, we are witnessing the emergence of a true auteur who has a knack for effortless intimacy no matter the budget or scale.