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

The Kenblog: Good-Bye To A Legend – June Foray!

 

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Those of you who know me well know one of my entertainment heroes is the legendary Mel Blanc.  His kind heart combined with his incredible vocal skills made him one of the men outside of my family I admired most.  But for all of his skill in creating voices for all of those Looney Tunes characters, he did not do it alone.  Most of his help in the area of female characters came from an equally talented woman whose dedication to the art of animation not only made her a legendary voice actress, but also helped to bring animation in a short form to the attention of none other than the Academy Awards.  I am of course speaking of the late, great June Foray who died earlier this week at the age of 99.   Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Dunkirk” Dynamic, “Valerian” Pretty But Inert!

 

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As an unabashed fan of both Luc Besson and Christopher Nolan, I have to admit I was excited when both filmmakers are releasing new movies on the same day.  Besson has “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets’ adapted from a famous French comic book, while Nolan is releasing the war drama “Dunkirk” detailing the harrowing evacuation of three hundred thousand British soldiers from the beaches of German-occupied France.  Unfortunately only one of these films is up to each of the director’s lofty standards.   “Valerian” is a beautiful film to look at, but a somewhat standard story keeps it from being anything but serviceable.  “Dunkirk” on the other hand is a terrific, immersive piece of entertainment that will stick with you long after you leave the theater.   Continue reading

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