Dog’s Movie House: “The Menu” A Sharp Comedy Skewering Pretentious Food Culture And Compelling Thriller All In One!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a confession: I’m not a big fan of the current foodie culture. There seems to be a constant game of elitist one-upmanship in terms of holier-than-thou analysis of what the food means to the environment, as if by partaking in such a unique item makes you a better person than the fools who partake of the simple cheeseburger. Pricey and pretentiously annoying, aspects of this type of foodie culture have become the new avenue for cultural elitism. This is the subject that the makers of the movie “The Menu” skewer with much delight, all the while creating a compelling thriller featuring outstanding performances and some unique twists and turns.

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Dog’s Movie House: “She Said” Riveting Film In The Vein Of “All The President’s Men” And “Spotlight!”

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at “She Said,” a powerful film about the two New York Times reporters who broke the scandal involving Harvey Weinstein back in 2017. The tale centers on Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan) and Jodi Cantor (Zoe Kazan) two reporters for the New York Times who team up to do an investigative piece on the harassment culture in Hollywood. After receiving a few tips and doing a little digging, they quick zoom in on Weinstein, who at the time was one of the most powerful producers in Hollywood. What they discover is that Weinstein is a symptom of a huge Hollywood machine that enables powerful producers (mostly white and male) to behave as if they are above the law. Twohey and Cantor must navigate the labyrinth of non-disclosure agreements, financial settlements, and the culture of bullying and blacklisting to get to the truth, finding out first hand what it’s like to go up against the Hollywood machine.

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Dog’s Movie House: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” Is A Stunning Cinematic Ode To Both The Black Panther And Chadwick Boseman!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at one of the most anticipated films of the year. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has the unenviable task of continuing a beloved superhero series without the presence of the hero! When Chadwick Boseman passed due to colon cancer in 2020, not only was his death an enormous personal loss but also left writer/director Ryan Coogler with a real professional dilemma. How do you continue a beloved franchise without the actor responsible for the hero’s popularity? In Coogler’s case, you create a narrative that parallels the grief the cast and crew felt at Boseman’s untimely passing and frame it against the growing pains of a powerful (if fictitious) nation coming to terms with its place in the world. And the result is a stunning, emotional, and cathartic achievement in filmmaking!

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Dog’s Movie House: “The Banshees Of Inisherin” A Wonderful Look At Ireland And A Soured Friendship!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at a wonderful film from writer/director Martin McDonagh (“In Bruges”). It’s titled “The Banshees Of Inisherin” and the setup is deceptively simple: Friends Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendan Gleeson) having a parting of the ways when Colm simply informs Padraic that he simply “doesn’t like him anymore” and wants nothing to do with him. Padraic, a decent but somewhat slow fellow, doesn’t understand why the sudden change in his friend and goes about trying to repair a friendship Colm isn’t interested in having anymore. The disagreement escalates gradually until extreme actions are taken by both sides to settle the matter.

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The Dogcast: It’s Old Radio Time With “The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some more old radio fun in the form of “Sherlock Holmes.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective has been featured in books, films, and television, but one of the most popular mediums used was that of old radio. The two episodes I feature here are from November of 1945 and feature the famous team of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce as Holmes and Watson. They were probably the most popular duo of actors to play the roles, having essayed the roles on both film and radio. In honor of “Enola Holmes 2” enjoy some classic detective old radio on these newly cold evenings! So Sayeth The Kendog!

Sherlock Holmes – The Gunpowder Plot – 11/5/1945

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