Dog’s Movie House: “In The Heart Of The Sea” Disappointing Effort From Howard And Hemsworth!

 

 

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Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase in "In The Heart Of The Sea"

Chris Hemsworth as Owen Chase in “In The Heart Of The Sea”

 

 

 

Ron Howard is one of our most successful filmmakers and Chris Hemsworth is one of Hollywood’s rising stars, yet the first film they did together, the underseen “Rush” tanked at the box office.  It’s a terrific film but for some reason it failed to connect with audiences.  Now they’ve teamed up again for “In The Heart Of The Sea,” the fact-based tale that inspired Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick.”  Now I can’t speak about the box office prospects for the film (although industry analysts say “murky”), but, considering the talent involved, “In The Heart Of The Sea” is a decidedly underwhelming affair.  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Krampus” Twisted Holiday Fun!

 

 

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When I first saw the trailer for “Krampus” the new horror comedy from Michael Dougherty (Trick ‘r’ Treat) I wasn’t sure what to think, but I was giving Dougherty the benefit of the doubt because “Trick ‘r’ Treat” is one of my favorite horror films of all time.  After watching the film I’m glad I kept an open mind and if you, dear moviegoer, do the same, you’ll find “Krampus” to be a refreshing bit of demented holiday fun.  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Badass Monster Killer” Destined For Cult Immortality!

 

 

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Jawara Duncan as Jimmy Chevelle in "Badass Monster Killer"

Jawara Duncan as Jimmy Chevelle in “Badass Monster Killer”

 

 

 

As a movie reviewer, I find that different types of films have different types of ambitions.  You can’t compare “Citizen Kane” to “Enter The Dragon” though both are sterling examples of their respective types of film.  To use the same set of critical guidelines for every film does the film, and the moviegoer, for that matter, a grave disservice and often keeps the reviewer from discovering some of the small, underseen gems of the cinematic world.  To that end, I bring you “Badass Monster Killer” a film made with enthusiasm, heart, and humor on a shoestring budget.   Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Creed” Best Rocky Film Ever Made!

 

 

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Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in "Creed"

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in “Creed”

 

 

 

I’m not the biggest fan of Rocky Balboa, but I will admit to the boxing saga’s influence on my life from a pop culture standpoint.  I grew up with the big lug from Philadelphia and these films definitely have been absorbed by the movie going public as one of the most enduring cinematic franchises of all time.  That said, I was hardly prepared for the emotional gut-punch that is “Creed,” the seventh and perhaps best film the Rocky mythology has every inspired.  This is one of the best films of the year, period.  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Good Dinosaur” Another Pixar Winner!

 

 

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Some Hungry T-Rexes In Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur"

Some Hungry T-Rexes In Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur”

 

 

 

Pixar has a tremendous track record as an animation studio.  Of all of the features they’ve made, only one is considered “Rotten” on Rotten Tomatoes (It’s “Cars 2” in case anyone is interested.  For my part, I find that movie to be very underrated) and so far it’s continued with “Inside Out” which qualifies as one of the best movies of the year.  While “The Good Dinosaur” doesn’t quite reach the heights of this summer’s offering, it is still a fine, emotionally poignant addition to the Pixar canon. Continue reading

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