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

Dog’s Movie House: “Detroit” A Searing, Timely Drama!

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John Boyega In “Detroit”




There are some excellent films that are admittedly difficult to sit through due to the unflinching nature of the filmmaker’s techniques of showcasing brutal events on screen.  Kathryn Bigelow’s latest “Detroit” is one of those films.  Detailing the terrifying events that took place at the Algiers Motel during the riots in Detroit in 1967.  Along with her frequent writing collaborator Mark Boal (“The Hurt Locker,” “Zero Dark Thirty”), Bigelow and her crackerjack cast puts the screws to the audience from the very beginning and doesn’t let up until the end credits roll.  This is a film that depicts a terrible time in our nation’s history and serves as a timely reminder that. although we’ve made progress in terms of racial relations, we still have along way to go.   Continue reading

The Trailer Dog Park: More “Pennywise” In Latest “IT” Trailer, Bruce Willis In “Deathwish” Remake!

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Pennywise The Dancing Clown In “IT”




I have to tell you, the new “IT” film is looking really good, based on the trailers and the second one I’m showing actually features Pennywise speaking.  Talk about a spooky voice!  It’s looking like the Stephen King adaptation to see this year as “The Dark Tower” seems to be a bit of a disappointment.  I’ll be weighing in on that movie this weekend, but in the meantime, check out the second trailer for “IT” below.  Also breaking today was the trailer for Eli Roth’s redo of the classic Charles Bronson film “Deathwish.”  Now I’ll be really interested in your opinions on this particular trailer.  The original film was a tense drama about a man turning to vigilantism in order to not only find justice for his family but also to deal with his grief.  Roth’s take on the material seems more like a generic action film, complete with AC/DC soundtrack.  It’s nice to see Bruce Willis out of the direct-to-video gulag and I have high hopes for the film, but this first trailer is doing me no favors.  Feel free to comment below with your opinion.  So Sayeth The Kendog! Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Emoji” lifeless, “Atomic Blonde” awesome showcase for Charlize Theron!


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Charlize Theron as Lorraine Broughton in “Atomic Blonde”




This week we’ve got two theatrical releases from opposite sides of the quality spectrum.  On one side we’ve got “The Emoji Movie” which, besides being an enormous mistake from a conceptual perspective, is in the early running for worst film of the year.  You folks know me as a fellow normally gives most movies something of a pass, but as a public service announcement I’m telling all of you to avoid this animated film like a cinematic plague.  On the other end of things, “Atomic Blonde” gives Charlize Theron a chance to flex her action heroine muscles and boy does she do an incredible job.  It helps that she’s directed by action impresario David Leitch (“John Wick”). Continue reading

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