Dog’s Movie House: “Badass Monster Killer” Destined For Cult Immortality!

 

 

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Jawara Duncan as Jimmy Chevelle in "Badass Monster Killer"

Jawara Duncan as Jimmy Chevelle in “Badass Monster Killer”

 

 

 

As a movie reviewer, I find that different types of films have different types of ambitions.  You can’t compare “Citizen Kane” to “Enter The Dragon” though both are sterling examples of their respective types of film.  To use the same set of critical guidelines for every film does the film, and the moviegoer, for that matter, a grave disservice and often keeps the reviewer from discovering some of the small, underseen gems of the cinematic world.  To that end, I bring you “Badass Monster Killer” a film made with enthusiasm, heart, and humor on a shoestring budget.   Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Creed” Best Rocky Film Ever Made!

 

 

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Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in "Creed"

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in “Creed”

 

 

 

I’m not the biggest fan of Rocky Balboa, but I will admit to the boxing saga’s influence on my life from a pop culture standpoint.  I grew up with the big lug from Philadelphia and these films definitely have been absorbed by the movie going public as one of the most enduring cinematic franchises of all time.  That said, I was hardly prepared for the emotional gut-punch that is “Creed,” the seventh and perhaps best film the Rocky mythology has every inspired.  This is one of the best films of the year, period.  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Good Dinosaur” Another Pixar Winner!

 

 

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Some Hungry T-Rexes In Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur"

Some Hungry T-Rexes In Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur”

 

 

 

Pixar has a tremendous track record as an animation studio.  Of all of the features they’ve made, only one is considered “Rotten” on Rotten Tomatoes (It’s “Cars 2” in case anyone is interested.  For my part, I find that movie to be very underrated) and so far it’s continued with “Inside Out” which qualifies as one of the best movies of the year.  While “The Good Dinosaur” doesn’t quite reach the heights of this summer’s offering, it is still a fine, emotionally poignant addition to the Pixar canon. Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Mockingjay Part 2” a fitting, entertaining end to The Hunger Games!

 

 

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2"

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2”

 

 

 

 

Of all the YA adaptations to come to the cinema in the past few years, “The Hunger Games” has done it the best.  More adult, more self-assured and flat-out entertaining than the other offerings out there, The Hunger Games’ only misstep was to split the last entry into two separate films.  “Mockingjay – Part 1” though well acted, felt like build up and filler and, quite frankly, seemed unnecessary.   That said, “Mockingjay – Part 2” is a very satisfying conclusion to a tremendously entertaining series, a dark triumph that isn’t afraid to go to some uncomfortable places. Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Night Before” Raunchy Yet Heartfelt Fun!

 

 

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Seth Rogen in "The Night Before"

Seth Rogen in “The Night Before”

 

 

 

I’ve got to hand it to Seth Rogen: the man knows how to make me laugh.  I know he has his share of detractors, but for some reason his brand of humor just vibes with me.  With films like “The Interview,” “Neighbors,” and “This Is The End,” under his belt, he has consistently made me laugh with his films.  Now, with “The Night Before,” Rogen and his talented co-stars have made a raunchy, funny film that’s filled with a surprising amount of heart. Continue reading

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