Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at two female-centric action films that give the ladies a chance to be front and center with the violence and mayhem. The first is “Gunpowder Milkshake” featuring Karen Gillan as an assassin who is outed by her employers after a couple of untimely mistakes. The second is Amazon Prime’s “Jolt” featuring Kate Beckinsale as a woman who suffers from major anger issues and is forced to put said issues to work when her would be boyfriend is murdered. Both films aren’t classics of the genre but are a lot of fun and get by on the charm and ability of the strong female cast.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at “Snake Eyes” a reboot of the G I Joe film franchise featuring the origin story of everyone’s favorite black-clad ninja. This tells the tale of Snake Eyes before he joined the Joes and his history with both the Yakuza and the Arishekage Ninja Clan. Now, in full disclosure, I was never much of a GI Joe fan when it came to the toys during the 1980s. I was purely in the camp of Kenner’s Star Wars toys and later the Masters Of The Universe. But I did enjoy the first two films for what they were and the idea of a backstory for the coolest looking character in the franchise had piqed my interest. Unfortunately “Snake Eyes” is somewhat mediocre with only a few cool fight scenes and some out-there storytelling elements to make it an agreeable time-waster.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with another appearance on the Pat Walsh Show. This one’s from last Friday, June 16th. Not only do we talk about the death of Biz Markie, we also get into a spirited discussion of my own overall health which, by the way, is on the uptick over the last three months since I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. We also talk about the movies “Space Jam: A New Legacy” and the Netflix film “Gunpowder Milkshake.” Enjoy the rebroadcast and as always, feel free to comment either below or on my Facebook page. I would like to thank Pat Walsh, Mark “The Voice Guy” McKee, and the lovely and talented Kendall Tobe for letting me be a part of their wonderful show! So Sayeth The Kendog!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at “Space Jam: A New Legacy” in which Lebron James plays a basketball game with the Looney Tunes, including Bugs Bunny, against a team of digitized NBA and WNBA stars working for a rogue AI named Al G. Rhythm (Don Cheadle). Two things to get out of the way: this film is better than the original “Space Jam” in 1996 (although that’s a pretty low bar to clear) and this review is going to be colored a bit by my perceptions of the Looney Tunes which is probably a product of my age. That said, this is a busy film that has a few fitful moments of humor and heart but is way too stuffed with Warner Bros. catelogue of IPs to work as an entirely coherent film.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with some non-movie related news that still sucks anyway. On of the pioneering rappers of the eighties and great antidote to all the gangster rap that was all the rage at the time has died at the too-young age of fifty-seven. Biz Markie, one of the rappers along with The Fat Boys and Doug E. Fresh who brought human beatboxing into the mainstream and had a signature hit with his delightfully off-tune “Just A Friend” was known as “The Clown Prince Of Rap,” Markie, born Marcel Theo Hall, had been in ill health recently and had supposedly suffered a stroke earlier this year. In addition, he’d been struggling with Type 2 diabeties,
Markie came up when I was in high school in the late eighties, hitting his peak with the 1989 hit “Just A Friend,” a comedic song about a relationship with a girl who’s seeing another man on the side, but simply calls said man just a “friend.” Of course what people remember most about that song is the heavyset Markie at the piano with a white wig caterwauling the chorus at the top of his lungs. This bit of comic hilarity turned out to be improvised as Markie has said he couldn’t get anyone to come into the studio to sing the chorus. He ended up doing it himself and the rest is history. He would also appear in films like “Men In Black II” and become one of the most prolific DJs and collaborators in music history. In a musical arena where rappers take themselves so seriously most of the time, the comedic style of Biz Markie marks him as a true original! He will be missed! So Sayeth The Kendog!