Dog’s Movie House: “Deadpool” Filthy, Funny, And Fantastic!

 

 

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Ryan Reynolds Rocks As Deadpool

Ryan Reynolds Rocks As Deadpool

 

 

 

 

Science fiction geeks like myself can easily forget the wonderful time in which we live.  For the first time we can see comic book heroes realized as never before on the big screen.  Modern special effects and the movie studios’ visions of dollar signs in their heads have led to a renaissance of very good to great comic movies.  That said, we can’t stop complaining about the little things that bother us about comic movies nowadays.  The biggest complaint I hear is that there is a certain “sameness” (whatever the hell that means) about comic book films, specifically with the ever expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Apparently we aren’t satisfied with the state of things in the world of Comic Book Movieland and something is desperately needed to shake things up.  Well thank goodness for Ryan Reynolds and “Deadpool,” a blissfully violent and funny R-rated romp that serves as not only one of the most entertaining comic book films in some time, but also one of the most entertaining movies in some time, period! Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Zoolander 2:” Fifteen Years Is Too Long To Be This Mediocre!

 

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Derek And Hansel Rock The Runway In "Zoolander2"

Derek And Hansel Rock The Runway In “Zoolander2”

 

 

 

 

As I was watching “Zoolander 2” one thought kept running through my mind:  “How in the hell can so much talent produce so much mediocrity?”  Behind the scenes  you’ve got Ben Stiller as the director and co-writer along with Justin Theroux and Nicholas Stoller.  In front of the camera you’ve got Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, and Penelope Cruz along with a cornucopia of celebrity cameos from luminaries from both Hollywood and the fashion world.  With all of that talent you’d think you’d be watching something fairly entertaining at least, but in the case of “Zoolander 2” all you get is a rousing cinematic case of “meh.” Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: Catching Up In The New Year!

 

Jack Black as Po in Kung Fu Panda 3

Jack Black as Po in Kung Fu Panda 3

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First, a note of apology:  Sorry I’ve been gone for a while, but some health issues forced me to put the Movie House on hold for a bit.  Fortunately it didn’t stop me from seeing some movies and now that things are all better, it’s time to get back to it.  I’m not going to catch up on everything over the last couple of weeks because, let’s face it, there’s a lot of crap out there.  So my advice to you is simply to avoid seeing dreck like “The 5th Wave” or “Dirty Grandpa.”  What I will do with this article is simply catch up on a few films that are probably worth your time. Soooooo. . . .on with the show! Continue reading

The Kenblog: “Oscars” Diversity Controversy Indicative Of Larger Problem!

 

 

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Phew!  I wonder if the folks in Hollywood are secretly loving all of this “controversy” over “lack of diversity” in the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards.  Let’s face it:  the Oscars, despite taking place in the liberal Hollywood biosphere, is represented by a decidedly slanted panel of old white men.  The governing body of the Academy awards was, as of 2013, represented by 93% whites and 77% males with only 2% of the governing body being black.  Is it any wonder why there is a dearth of black representation in the Oscars.  The question is: does it really matter? Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “13 Hours” Has Michael Bay Directing A Film For Adults For A Change!

 

 

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John Krasinski In "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi"

John Krasinski In “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi”

 

I find Michael Bay to be an interesting filmmaker.  He’s technically proficient, but for the most part seem to care next to nothing about the quality of the scripts he uses as the foundation of his films.  Most of his output seems to lean toward juvenile fare such as The Transformers and Bad Boys films, but lately Bay seems to be making an attempt to mature as a director.  “Pain and Gain” while not perfect, was Bay’s most self-assured movie, despite the grisly subject matter, and now he’s taken another step forward with “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi” a film that avoids the volatile politics of a real life incident in Libya in favor of a soldier’s eye view of the assault on a secret CIA compound in September of 2012.  The movie is a mostly successful (if overlong) thriller about the perils of combat in the midst of a culture we as Americans don’t understand.  Continue reading