Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at the third film in the ever popular Conjuring series. Titled “The Devil Made Me Do It” this is the third cinematic adventure featuring Ed and Lorraine Warren (played by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), two real-life paranormal investigators who run into a case that is their most personal yet. This is also the first film not to be directed by the massively talented James Wan and while that was a cause for concern, director Michael Chaves does an admirable job bringing the scares and atmosphere, even if it doesn’t quite reach the levels of the first two films.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at the long-delayed sequel to one of 2018’s surprise hits. When “A Quiet Place” hit theaters a few years ago, it wowed audiences with it’s lean storytelling, compelling characters, and intriguing premise of having vicious creatures who hunt by sound alone. Director John Krasinski proved to be a master of suspenseful storytelling as well as a gifted lead actor (trust me, you forget all about his character of Jim from “The Office). With all that money being made, a sequel seemed all but inevitable, but the pandemic caused this highly anticipated film from reaching theaters until now. I can say with certainty that this second film is on par from a dramatic, suspense, and science fiction standpoint with the first film.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at Disney’s latest “re-imagining” of an animated villain in the form of “Cruella” a revisionist look that casts Emma Stone as Cruella De Vil from “One Hundred And One Dalmatians” and makes her into a misunderstood underdog (no pun intended)! The idea that every single villain needs a damn backstory is a bit trying at times, but that’s a column for another day. I don’t know if anyone was asking for this type of film, but it’s more entertaining than “Maleficent” in that our protagonist owes more to Joaquin Phoenix’s version of The Joker than a Disney villain.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with a look at a couple of different thrillers including a brand new Saw Movie. Both of these films come with different expectations. The Saw franchise has become a Halloween staple for at least a decade or more starting with a decent couple of films by co-creators James Wan and Leigh Whannel. It’s since devolved into a convoluted narrative mess that “Spiral” at least cleans up as a new beginning. On the other hand, Netflix has a new film from director Alexandre Aja (“Crawl”) that features Melanie Laurent in a tour-de-force performance. The film is called “Oxygen” and is an impressive bit of science fiction cinema.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with another portion of the Pat Walsh Show featuring my appearance on last Friday’s broadcast. Pat happened to be taking a long birthday weekend so I had the extreme pleasure of meeting and working with Bruce Campbell for the first time. In addition to a couple of movie reviews, we spoke about possible remakes of old movies and classic Warner Brothers cartoons. I hope you enjoy listening to this portion of the show as much as I enjoyed recording it. Feel free to comment below or on my Facebook page! So Sayeth The Kendog!