Dog’s Movie House: “Burnt” Slightly Undercooked Drama!

 

 

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Bradley Cooper as Adam Jones in "Burnt"

Bradley Cooper as Adam Jones in “Burnt”

 

 

 

You know your enjoyment of a movie is problematic when you find yourself wishing you were watching a different movie involving similar subject matter.  As I watched Bradley Cooper’s latest, “Burnt,” I couldn’t help but think I’d much rather be watching “Chef” the delightful cooking comedy from last year.  Despite a good cast and lots of shots of delectable-looking entrees, “Burnt” suffers from an unsympathetic protagonist and a too-tidy resolution to problems that require more cinematic depth.  Continue reading

The Trailer Dog Park: It’s “Star Wars” Time Again!

 

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Daisy Ridley In "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

Daisy Ridley In “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

 

 

Well in case you’ve been living under a rock, we’ve got a new Star Wars film coming in less than two months and the anticipation is mounting to a fever pitch.  The last time I can remember so much hype for a movie was. . .well, the last start to a Star Wars Trilogy. . .”The Phantom Menace.”  (And everyone knows how that turned out).  So I’ve got the new trailer for you, but I’m adding the one from “The Phantom Menace” to illustrate a point.  “The Phantom Menace” trailer was brilliantly executed and got everyone all geeked out just like the one for “The Force Awakens,” yet the movie (and the whole prequel trilogy, for that matter) underwhelmed.  Now I’m not saying this is going to be the case for “The Force Awakens,” but I always like to temper my expectations for any movie that is so massively hyped as this one.  Trust me, no matter how good this movie is (and I believe it’s gonna be a blast) there is no way it’s going to live up to these insanely unrealistic expectations.  Until December 18th, enjoy the trailers and anticipation.  So sayeth The Kendog!  Continue reading

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

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