Dog’s Movie House: “American Assassin” Vanilla Filmmaking, “Mother!” Decidedly Not!

 

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Jennifer Lawrence In Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”

 

 

We’ve got two wide releases opening this week and they couldn’t be any more different.  “American Assassin” staring Michael Keaton is a fairly standard actioner that has a rather assembled feel to it, while Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” is an entirely different beast altogether.  Aronofsky’s film is the work of a talented auteur at his most prolific, with engaging performances and a sense of dread that moves through the picture like a cold breeze.  But “Mother!” takes some narrative choices that will leave many moviegoers scratching their heads.  It’s wonderfully crafted but not easily accessible.  I found it to be a frustrating movie.  You might too if you take a chance on this film.  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “IT” A Streamlined Masterpiece Of Horror!”

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Bill Skarsgard As Pennywise The Clown In “It”

 

 

 

As a Stephen King fan, I can tell you that this summer’s “Dark Tower” was an absolute mess and made me wonder about the upcoming adaptation of King’s mega-novel “IT.”  “IT” just happens to be my favorite novel of all time with Derry, Pennywise, and the Losers being my favorite fictitious places and people to visit.  If you could dog-ear a Kindle, my digital copy of “IT” would certainly qualify.  Fortunately,  Andy Muschietti’s (“Mama”) big screen adaptation is not only pitch perfect for the legendary novel; it may be the best horror movie in the last twenty years! Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Hitman’s Bodyguard” Mild Fun, “Logan Lucky” A Near Comedic Masterpiece!

 

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Channing Tatum And Adam Driver In “Logan Lucky”

 

 

With summer winding down, two comedies are competing for the top of a decidedly dour box office.  Like so many things entertainment related, marketing often outdoes quality when it comes to getting butts in seats at the movie theaters.  The first of these is “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” which seems like a no-brainer.  Pairing Samuel L Jackson and Ryan Reynolds in an action comedy seems like surefire box office gold, but unfortunately a limp script keeps “Bodyguard” from achieving true greatness.  Fortunately we have Steven Soderbergh, returning from a five-year mini retirement to give us “Logan Lucky” a delightful heist film with a decidedly southern flavor. Continue reading

The Kenblog: RIP Sonny Landham!

 

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The Late Sonny Landham as Billy In “Predator”

 

 

Some sad news today as it’s just been reported that veteran actor Sonny Landham has passed away from congestive heart failure at the age of 76.  Landham worked in pornography in the early 70’s before gravitating toward acting.  He wasn’t terribly prolific but the roles he played sure made an impression.  He first came to filmgoers notice in a small role as a gang member in Walter Hill’s 1979 classic “The Warriors” before being cast as trigger happy criminal Billy Bear in Hill’s “48 Hours”.    His best known role came in 1987 when John McTiernan cast him as Billy, the Native American tracker in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Predator.”  The role was perfect for him as the film featured minimal dialogue and was heavy on the action.  Billy is the first one to notice that whatever is stalking them in the jungle isn’t human and his futile final stand on the log bridge is one of the film’s most iconic moments.  Landham later tried his hand at politics with very little in the way of luck unfortunately.  Our prayers are with his family and friends and he will be missed!  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Annabelle: Creation” Terrifying, “Dark Tower” Terrifyingly Bad!

 

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Talitha Bateman In “Annabelle: Creation”

 

 

 

Horror, like comedy, is a very subjective genre.  Every moviegoer has something different that trips their “fear” switch.  For me, it’s more about what’s not visible onscreen than overt displays of violence and gore.  For that reason, the various films in The Conjuring franchise are some of the creepiest I’ve ever seen.  With the exception of the very disappointing “Annabelle” I’ve very much enjoyed the James Wan- led franchise and “Annabelle: Creation” is right up there with some of the best horror films in recent memory.   The same cannot be said for the long-awaited cinematic adaptation of Stephen King’s legendary Dark Tower series.  “The Dark Tower” is a overly brief, thematic mess that pays only lip service to King’s sprawling fantasy saga.  Non fans of the books will be mildly entertained, but King devotees will either walk out or throw their popcorn at the movie screen.   Continue reading

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