Movie Reviews

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Dog’s Movie House: “In A Violent Nature,” “The Watchers” Uneven Films With Interesting Ideas!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at two different horror films that, in their attempt to deliver something original to the genre, can’t quite overcome their structural and narrative problems to become the excellent films they were hoping to become. The first is “In A Violent Nature” which released last week and is about an undead serial killer trying to retrieve a locket taken from his burial ground in the woods. The next is “The Watchers” a supernatural horror film about a group of people stuck in a bunker in an enchanted forest surrounded by burrowing creatures who like to watch them at night as a form of. . .entertainment? Both films carry interesting ideas, but also present some somewhat glaring problems that making both films only fitfully entertaining.

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Dog’s Movie House: See “IF” And “Furiosa” Before They’re Gone!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here and I find myself pondering the strange phenomenon of underperfoming movies at the start of the summer season! “The Fall Guy,” “IF,” and “Furiosa” are all excellent films with some origninal ideas and fantastic performances, yet the general audiences seem to be staying away from the multiplex. I have some theories, of course, but they don’t come down to the usual “this movie is just another comic book movie” or “nobody wants to see this film because it sucks.” Two films in particular should be generating a lot more interest then they are at this point. Are prices of everything so high that folks are choosing to excise the process of going to the theater to save money? Or are the streaming choices available now squeezing the theaters out of business? Whaterver the reason, both “IF” and “Furiosa” are suffering for it.

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Dog’s Movie House: “Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes” Thrilling Addition To An Excellent Franchise!”

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at the latest in the long-running “Planet Of The Apes” franchise. After the orginal series ran it’s course in the mid-seventies, Tim Burton directed a slick but eventually disasterous reboot in 2001. Rick Baker’s makeup effects were fantastic and there were some very good performances, but the story was a mess and the ending was groan-worthy. It took a good ten years before Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa wrote and produced “Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes,” which turned out to be the first of an outstanding prequel trilogy featuring the rise of intelligent apes and the virus which all but wipes out humanity. It also introduced us to Caesar (the incredible Andy Serkis), the eventual leader of the ape uprising and architect of ape civilization. Now the story continues with “Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes” a story that takes place generations after the events of the most recent trilogy. And boy, is it pretty frickin’ great!

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Dog’s Movie House: “The Fall Guy” An Hilarious Salute To The Movie Stuntman!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at David Leitch’s new film titled “The Fall Guy.” Now if that title sounds familiar it’s because the film is loosely based on the television series featuring Lee Majors that ran for five seasons in the 1980s. This version feature’s Ryan Gosling as Colt Seavers, a professional stunt man who drops out of the industry for a year-and-a-half after a nearly disasterous accident. He’s lured back into the movie business when he finds his one-time crush Jody (Emily Blunt) is directing her first big-budget film. When he gets there, Colt finds himself involved in a dangerous plot featuring a missing star, a murdered stuntman, and a somewhat vengeful would-be girlfriend.

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Dog’s Movie House – “Challengers” Puts The “Love” In Tennis To A Ridiculous Extreme!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a confession: I’m getting old! Yep, it’s obvious age is advancing and is always up to no good. That’s the only explanation for my sudden outbreak of eye-rolling every thirty seconds when Luca Gaudagnino’s latest film showcased a scene filled with sexual innuendo. Guadagnino, known for his racy, relationship oriented movies (“Call Me By Your Name,” anyone?) injects an overdose of sex in this drama involving a former tennis prodigy (Zendaya) turned coach gets involved in a love triangle between her husband (and current client) and her former boyfriend. Oh yeah, and the two men have been friends since they were twelve. Ouch!

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