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Radio Daze: Some Early Jack Benny For Your Old Radio Listening Fun!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with another episode of Radio Daze! This week we’re featuring a couple of Jack Benny episodes from his early stint in 1937. Back then Jack was sponsored by Jello and featured Kenny Baker as his tenor rather than Dennis Day. During this era Benny established his long running radio fued with comedian (and real-life good friend) Fred Allen. Their exchanges are always fun. This is the unofficial start of the feud, with Benny attempting to play “The Bee” on his violin. The second episode deals with the theft of Jack’s beloved violin. Enjoy these episodes and stay tuned for more episodes of Radio Daze! So Sayeth The Kendog!

Dog’s Movie House: “Twisters” Very Entertaining, But Lacking Something From The Original!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here! It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly thirty years since “Twister” hit screens, putting Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt through the physical and emotional wringer courtesy of Jan De Bont (“Speed”). At the time “Twisters” then groundbreaking CGI seemed to put you right in the middle of a deadly tornado with an intensity never seen before. That novelty gave the original film a “wow” factor that made the movie a must-see. Twenty-eight years later the CGI is miles ahead of what it was in 1996 but so is the overwhelming sense of wonder. This is one of the few things keeping “Twisters” from being a classic showcase! That said, “Twisters” is an incredibly well-made film with some excellent performances, a strong story, and the benefit of having some incredible visuals that put you right in the middle of the action!

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The Trailer Dog Park: New Trailers For “Gladiator II” and “Captain America: Brave New World!”

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with another edition of the Trailer Dog Park. This edition features two trailers from two highly anticipated big budget tentpoles. First we have “Gladiator” the long gestating sequel to the Ridley Scott’s 2000 Oscar winner featuring Denzel Washington and Pedro Pascal. Then we have “Captain America: Brave New World” featuring Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, the new Captain America and Harrison Ford replacing the late William Hurt as Thunderbolt Ross, now President Of The United States! Both trailers are quite entertaining and should whet the appetites of cinema fans everywhere! So Sayeth The Kendog!

Dog’s Movie House: “Longlegs” Almost An Instant Horror Classic!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at the highly anticipated horror film “Longlegs.” Writer/director Oswald Perkins has put together of finely crafted bit of procedural horror that, for the first three-quarters of the film, grabs you with some of the most tension-filled scenes in recent cinematic memory. Then the story takes something of a supernatural bent and, while interesting in its own right, some of the tension is diffused just a bit as the mystery of our serial killer is unraveled!

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Dog’s Movie House: “Despicable Me 4” And “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” Show Some Life In A Couple Of Long-Running Franchises!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at two film franchises releasing their fourth installments this week! The first is “Despicable Me 4” starring Steve Carell as the former supervillain Gru and his hysterical Minions. The next is a Netflix Original that brings Eddie Murphy back to the role that made him a superstar forty years ago. You guessed it: Murphy returns as wisecracking Detroit cop Axel Foley in “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F.” While the fourth “Despicable Me” relies on fine vocal performances and the series’ signature slapstick fun, “Axel F” leans heavily into the nostalgia of the 1984 megahit (and to a lesser extent, it’s sequels). In fact “Beverly Hills Cop: Axel F” runs the risk of relying too much on said nostalgia but the performance by Eddie Murphy and his supporting cast keeps the film from falling into a rut!

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