In 2015, director Ryan Coogler (whose newest film Black Panther was a smash hit earlier this year) brought the Rocky trilogy back to life with Creed starring Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, and even Sylvester Stallone. The sequel to Coogler’s film, Creed II, again follows Adonis Creed (Jordan) under the guidance of former-champion Rocky Balboa. This time around, Adonis faces off against Viktor Drago, the son Ivan Drago. Sylvester Stallone recently stated in an interview he believes this will be the last time he plays this iconic character, so don’t miss your chance to see it now!
It’s December and that means that The 25 Days is Christmas is underway on Freeform! This year they’ve added some great new original features including Life-Size 2 which actually holds up well to the original! As well as No Sleep ‘Til Christmas for romantic comedy lovers. And of course they also have tons of holiday classics to watch all the way until Christmas. I’m especially excited to see The Family Stone added to the lineup this year! See the full schedule here.
A must read debut fantasy novel by Tasha Suri. With rich, dark, and immersive world building and character development, Tasha Suri leaves the reader wanting the next book in this Mughal era India inspired fantasy series ASAP. At its depth, Empire of Sand is about power imbalance and colonialism masked in an intricate and beautifully written plot. With demon-esque spirits, a unique magic system based on unearthly creatures and rites, a resilient heroine, and a people conquered and persecuted for power within their blood, the book is an adult fantasy with a YA sense of wonderment and ease to which the audience feels an instant connection.
On A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, The 1975 serve up a chaotic collection of genres ranging from their signature brand of bright pop to risk-taking melodies that take their cues from the likes of Bon Iver, Oasis, and classic jazz. It’s big, bold and ambitious in a way that shouldn’t work but does. Where the album truly shines, however is in Healy’s impeccable songwriting. The frontman’s autobiographical lyrics offer an intimate account of love and addiction in the digital age that’s both brutally honest and incredibly poignant.