Howdy folks! It’s The Kendog with a look at Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, “Once Upon A Time. . .In Hollywood!”
This goes out to my good friend Pat Walsh who has been standing tall on his movie-going soapbox for a loooong time opining about the lack of mature, adult fare during the summer movie season. Now we can argue about the creative merits of the big blockbusters but since Pat won’t see them on general principle, it’s difficult to get into creative debates about the individual films. What does matter is that we now have a blockbuster-type film filled with A-List movie stars, adult themes, a dynamic director and nary a sign of Thor and his magic sword, heh!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with a look at Disney’s reimagining of their 1994 classic “The Lion King”
Of the Disney renaissance that began in the late 1980s with “The Little Mermaid” and continued into the 90s, I always found 1994’s “The Lion King” to be somewhat disappointing. The tonal shift from “Hamlet” to “Hakuna Matata” and back again always through me for a loop as did the miscasting of Matthew Broderick as an adult Simba. Imagine my surprise when Jon Favreau’s “live action” update became one of the more enjoyable experiences I’ve had at the theater this summer!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a very serious question: who else is tired of all the sequels being rammed down our throats this summer?
I’m generally not opposed to sequels or continuing franchise movies but they at least have to look like they’re trying, for goodness sake! This summer seems to be one of mediocrity in terms of franchising and revisiting old properties, but never fear! I shall tell you which ones are worth your time and the ones to avoid!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with a look at “John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum!”
Aside from reinvigorating Keanu Reeves’ career, the John Wick franchise has brought an incredible beauty to the world of ass-kicking assassins with breathtaking choreography and fluid camera work. The first film had a simple but wonderfully effective emotional core while the second chapter ramped up the action and the world building as well as the stakes. I’m happy to report that John Wick Chapter 3 ups the ante even more, delivering a ballet of brutality that has to be seen to be believed.
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with some sobering news!
It always sucks when someone you admire dies and especially so when someone dies way too young with so much left to give to the world. This week we had two such legends pass: one a gifted filmmaker in the prime of his career and one a loveable giant of a character actor who was only known for one character (but what a character!)