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Dog’s Movie House: “Guardians: Vol 2” Kicks Off The Summer Movie Season With A Bang!

 

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Chris Pratt & Dave Bautista In “Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol 2.”

I’ve been reading the reviews of some of my colleagues regarding Marvel Studios latest release, “Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol 2” and I’m surprised at how many of them seem to say “It’s great . . .but” like some sort of qualification is needed to enjoy a movie.  The biggest complaint I’ve heard is that it’s not the “breath of fresh air” the original was.  Here’s the memo:  “OF COURSE IT ISN’T!”  The is the second film featuring the same characters, similar situations, and all of the things we liked about the first film.  There is obviously going to be a sense of familiarity with the second film.  That doesn’t mean “Vol. 2” can’t be as good its predecessor.  In point of fact both films are equally great, but for very different reasons.  Continue reading

The Trailer Dog Park: “The Dark Tower” Is Here!

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Idris Elba as Roland in “The Dark Tower”

 

 

I am a huge Stephen King fan and I count the Dark Tower Cycle among my favorite of his works.  I also understand that developing this sprawling saga for other mediums like the movies can be a daunting task.  The first film in a presumed franchise, “The Dark Tower” adaptation has been written by Akiva Goldsman and directed by Nikolaj Arcel.   Staying true to the books would probably be impossible, so I’ll have to judge the film based primarily on its cinematic merits and whether or not it gets the spirit of the book right.   Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Circle,” “Sleight”

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Jacob Latimore in “Sleight”

 

 

The summer movie season is soon upon us, with “Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2” coming around the corner.  In the meantime, there are a couple of new releases this week that are worth checking out before the multiplexes get jammed pack with the hordes of fans of Star Lord and Rocket.   One of these films is destined to become a cult hit, while the other stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks and will not be the high point on either of their own resumes. Continue reading

The Trailer Dog Park: “The Last Jedi” Is Here!

 

Howdy folks!  It’s The Kendog with another edition of the Trailer Dog Park!


 

 

Finally we get our first look at “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” released this morning during Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida.   I’ve gotta say I’m pretty excited over what I saw.  This is how you do a teaser trailer:  keep it simple with intriguing visuals and an even more intriguing hook regarding the fate of Luke and Rey.   I love the dark undertones and Luke’s final line at the end.  I have no idea what it means but I can’t wait to find out!   Enjoy the trailer below and feel free to comment.  I’ve also included the latest trailer from “Thor: Ragnarok”  and “It.”  So Sayeth The Kendog! Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Fate Of The Furious” More Insane Automotive Mayhem!

 

 

 

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Vin Diesel As Dominic Toretto In “Fate Of The Furious”

 

 

When “The Fast And The Furious” came out in 2000 I found myself mildly amused at Rob Cohen’s somewhat clunky automotive version of “Point Break.”  The movie made Vin Diesel a star and served as the beginning of one of Hollywood’s move lucrative movie franchises.  The two films that followed did not feature Diesel (aside from a brief cameo at the end of “Tokyo Drift”) and the law of diminishing box office returns seemed to indicate the end of the series after just three films.  But then a funny thing happened. . .director Justine Lin (who helmed “Tokyo Drift”) got together with the original cast of the first film and, along with screenwriter Chris Morgan, reinvented the franchise by focusing on the outlandish heist aspects of the story, turning the films into “Ocean’s 11” on steroids.  The result has been an ever-escalating series of crazy action packed films that get bigger and bolder with each entry.  “Fate Of The Furious,” the eighth film in the series, continues this trend and that’s a good thing.  Continue reading

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