Dog’s Movie House: “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials” Enjoyable For Fans But Not As Fresh As Its Predecessor!

 

 

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Dylan O'Brien In "The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials"

Dylan O’Brien In “The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials”

 

 

 

I found myself pleasantly surprised by last year’s “The Maze Runner.”  It was a more refreshing take on the Young Adult sub-genre of films, with its intensity, focus, and energy.  As the first of a proposed trilogy, I found myself eager to take the next step, following Thomas (the returning Dylan O’Brian) and the other escapees of The Glade and The Maze into further adventures.  Alas, “The Scorch Trials” while featuring decent performances and some energetic set pieces, lacks the original feel of the first film, instead choosing to imitate other superior films, a result that dilutes “The Scorch Trials” into only a passable time waster.  Continue reading

The Trailer Dog Park: Put A Little “Jungle” In Your Book!

 

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I’ve got a couple of intriguing new movie trailers for you.  The first is from Jon Favreau’s upcoming live action version of “The Jungle Book.”  It features a voice cast of such luminaires as Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, and Scarlett Johansson.  It needs a little cleanup on the CGI but looks intriguing as all get-out.  Then we have Chloe Moritz in an invasion movie called “The Fifth Wave” about dealing with some nasty aliens out to either eradicate or enslave humanity and the resistance that fights back.  Both look fairly decent from the previews but you’ll have to wait until early next year to see the finished films and judge for yourselves.  Enjoy and feel free to comment below!  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Everest” Like It’s Namesake – Impressive Looking But Resides In Thin Air!

 

 

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Jason Clarke Leads The Expedition In "Everest"

Jason Clarke Leads The Expedition In “Everest”

 

 

 

I do like man versus nature movies.  Films like “The Edge,”  “The Grey,” and hell, even “Twister” are always on my re-watch radar whenever I see them either on video or on television.  Ad a true story to the mix and that ups the must-see ante for me even more.  So “Everest” based on an ill-fated climb in May of 1996, should have been a slam dunk.  Instead, while entertaining, “Everest” misses the mark of adventure classic due to underdeveloped characters and a script that failed to engage my sympathies fully for the plight of the climbers. Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Visit” A Return To Form For M. Night Shyamalan!

 

 

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Deanna Dunagan in "The Visit"

Deanna Dunagan in “The Visit”

 

 

I have a great amount of admiration for filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.  Ever since “The Sixth Sense” exploded on the scene in 1999 I’ve been a fan of his slow burn, cinematic style.  He’s fallen out of favor since his heyday in the 90s, with bombs like “The Happening” and “After Earth” on his resume.  Apparently his solution is to venture into the world of low budget filmmaking, partnering with Blumhouse Studios (“Insidious: Chapter 3) to write and direct his own entry into the “found footage” horror genre.  While I generally think most found footage films are dubious enterprises at best, I have to say that “The Visit” is one of the spookier horror films I’ve seen in a while and a good return to form for the talented Shyamalan. Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Perfect Guy” Slick But Predictable!

 

 

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Michael Ealy & Sanaa Lathan in "The Perfect Guy.

Michael Ealy & Sanaa Lathan in “The Perfect Guy.

 

 

 

I find it interesting that African American cinema seems to be engaged in the remaking of films traditionally tailored for white audiences.  Some of these films work well strictly on their own merits.  The redo of “About Last Night” for example, featuring Kevin Hart, was extremely entertaining.  That said, simply switching races doesn’t guarantee a fresh take on a movie.  As an example of this, I submit “The Perfect Guy” a film that provides an African American spin on the “Fatal Attraction” sub-genre of thriller.  Unfortunately, the change in race is the only noticeable element in this slick yet formulaic exercise.  Continue reading

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