Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some more old radio fun, this time in honor of Sidney Poitier who died today at the age of 94. In honor of Mr. Poitier’s accomplishments both onscreen and off, I’m including a couple of Jack Benny programs featuring Eddie Anderson as Rochester, Jack’s long-suffering valet. In reality, the African American Anderson was one of the first noteworthy black performers on mainstream radio and Benny paid him handsomely. It was extremely rare in an era in which the two most popular black characters on the radio (Amos And Andy) were played by two white actors. With Benny’s help, Eddie Anderson was one of the first pioneers in the world of integrated entertainment. Enjoy and feel free to comment either below or on my Facebook page. So Sayeth The Kendog!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some sobering news. Two titans of Hollywood have left us. Peter Bogdanovich, legendary director of classic films such as “The Last Picture Show” and “Paper Moon” passed this week at the age of 82. And today we lost the legendary Sidney Poitier at the age of 94. A titan of both cinema and civil rights, Poiter was not only an extremely talented actor but a voice of reason and dignity during the turbulent civil rights era of the sixties. Both will be missed!Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at a sports docudrama that chronicles the career of legendary quarterback Kurt Warner. It’s titled “American Underdog” and details Warner’s rise from grocery stocking clerk in an Iowa grocery store to Hall Of Fame quarterback. The story beats are familiar but the performances and the fact that this is based on a true story make this film a heartwarming journey that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some old radio fun in honor of the new Amazon film “Being The Ricardos” which chronicles a tense week during the shooting of the “I Love Lucy” program featuring Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball and Javier Bardem as Desi Arnaz. It’s a wonderful film and at one point it shows how Lucy got her idea for “I Love Lucy.” She was doing a popular radio show called “My Favorite Husband” with Richard Denning. This would provide the framework for what would become one of the most popular television series in history. So enjoy these two episodes and feel free to comment below or on my Facebook page. So Sayeth The Kendog!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at a brand new Matrix film. This one’s called “The Matrix Resurrections” and features Keanu Reeves return as the techno-savior Neo for the first time in nearly twenty years. Normally I’d be leary about popping out another Matrix movie, especially since Neo sacrificed himself so handily in finale of the original trilogy. But returning director Lana Wachowski definitely has something in mind for this particular tale and it adds enough new elements to feel like more than a mere rehash of the first film. The result is a trippy, self-aware journey back into the war between humans and machines anchored by excellent performances from Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss.Continue reading