Dog’s Movie House: “The Last Witch Hunter” Fitfully Entertaining Vehicle From Vin Diesel!

 

 

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Vin Diesel As Kaulder In "The Last Witch Hunter"

Vin Diesel As Kaulder In “The Last Witch Hunter”

 

 

Full disclaimer:  I’m a big fan of Vin Diesel.  Ever since “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Iron Giant” I’ve always looked forward to his work.  I especially liked his turn in the first Riddick film, “Pitch Black.”   I’ve always thought of him as talented and if you follow him on social media you can tell he’s definitely enthusiastic.  Diesel is at his best when he has strong collaborators like Spielberg, David Twohy, and Justin Lin, but when he’s the primary force behind his projects, the quality tends to suffer a bit.  Case in point:  “The Last Witch Hunter,” a potentially fascinating story about witchcraft saddled with so-so execution and clichéd narrative threads. Continue reading

The Trailer Dog Park: Classic Lit With Zombies, The Coen Brothers Latest!

 

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Here’s another edition of The Trailer Dog Park with a couple of brand new previews for you.  First we have “Pride And Prejudice And Zombies” from the same guy that brought you that classic mashup “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.”  Definite WTF factor working there.  Then we have George Clooney reteaming with the Coen Brothers for a comedy called “Hail, Caesar!”  That one looks like it might be pretty good, and George could us a pick-me-up after the disaster that was “Tomorrowland.”  Enjoy and feel free to comment on what you think!  So Sayeth The Kendog!  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Martian” One Of The Best Films Of The Year!

 

 

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Matt Damon As Nick Watney In "The Martian"

Matt Damon As Nick Watney In “The Martian”

 

 

 

 

I count myself a pretty big fan of Ridley Scott.  After all, he’s responsible for modern classics like “Alien,” “Blade Runner,” and “Gladiator.”  For all of his success, however, he’s hit a few snags lately with bombs like “The Counselor” and “Exodus: Gods And Kings.”  I’m happy to report that Sir Ridley is back in fine form with his adaptation of Andy Weir’s bestselling novel “The Martian,” one of the most thriller space sagas since “Gravity.” Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Walk” Awesome Combo Of Heart And Spectacle!

 

 

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Phillippe Petit in "The Walk"

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Phillippe Petit in “The Walk”

 

 

 

Phillipe Petit (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has an impossible dream.  It’s 1974 and the daredevil and wire walker wants to string a wire between the nearly completed World Trade Center in New York and walk between them.  Of course, such things are illegal, but Petit and his gang of “accomplices” don’t let that stop them and Petit is soon working like some sort of spy in order to accomplish this wondrous feat.  Petit’s attempt to do this will be one of the most spectacular pieces of entertainment you’ll see in the theater this year. Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Green Inferno” Mistakes Gross For Engrossing!

 

 

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Lorenza Izzo In Trouble In "The Green Inferno"

Lorenza Izzo In Trouble In “The Green Inferno”

 

 

In the interest of full disclosure, I have to say I’m not a fan of Eli Roth’s brand of horror.  “Cabin Fever” had its moments, but the “Hostel” movies were soulless enterprises devoid of sympathetic characters, reveling in gore and over-the-top violence as opposed to a subtler racheting-up of the tension found in superior horror films.  In short, Roth’s films aren’t scary to me.  Roth’s latest, “The Green Inferno” is unfortunately more of the same.  He takes a fairly intriguing idea and buries it under bland (and stupid) characters and over-the-top gore that failed to engage me on anything more than a visceral level. Continue reading

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