Dog’s Movie House: “The Revenant” To Reverential For Its Own Good!



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Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant"

Leonardo DiCaprio in “The Revenant”



There are films that are destined to be Oscar-bait.  Last year’s “Birdman” was one of those films and, while it is entertaining enough, Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s film was too stylized for my taste. Well, he’s back with a film that definitely qualifies as Oscar-bait, and unfortunately my enjoyment of the film is not on par with many of my colleagues. “The Revenant” features some incredible scenes and an awards-worthy performance by Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, but it also suffers from long shots of the wilderness that kill the film’s pace and a script that doesn’t develop the characters as well as they should. It makes for a frustrating experience. Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Hateful Eight” Very Good Tarantino!



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Samuel L. Jackson In "The Hateful Eight"

Samuel L. Jackson In “The Hateful Eight”



I love Quentin Tarantino as a filmmaker, but I’m most enamored of him as a writer. The dialogue he writes for his films is profanity-laced poetry that rolls off the tongues of his actors like water over Niagra Falls. It’s the wonderful originality in his scripts that allows me to overlook the fact the most of his films are homages of the classic films he watched in his youth. Tarantino’s latest, “The Hateful Eight” is a nearly three-hour potboiler of a film that doesn’t really pick up from the action standpoint until about two-thirds of the way through, but the wonderfully written characters and terrific performances will keep you riveted the entire way through. Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “Sisters” Raunchy Fun From Fey And Poehler!



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Tina Fey And Amy Poehler in "Sisters"

Tina Fey And Amy Poehler in “Sisters”



Now if you’re one of the few people not lining up to see the new Star Wars movie, you do actually have a decent option at the theaters.  In what I consider to be a nice spot of counterprogramming we have the new comedy “Sisters” featuring Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.  There are laughs a plenty and a considerable amount of heart, along with another funny supporting performance by WWE wrestler John Cena that nearly steals the show.  If Jedi or space battles aren’t your thing the “Sisters” just might serve as a viable alternative.  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Force Awakens” Lives Up To The Hype!


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Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewie (Peter Mayhew) in "The Force Awakens"

Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Chewie (Peter Mayhew) in “The Force Awakens”




It’s finally here. . .and it doesn’t disappoint!  After the underwhelming response to the prequel trilogy and 32 years after we last encountered Han, Luke, and Leia in a galaxy far, far away,  J.J. Abrams has reinvigorated the most popular space opera in history with a thrilling, emotional, and action packed start of a new trilogy.  Abrams has made a film that can be enjoyed by all fans, new and old alike, and his craftsmanship and attention to drama are wondrous to behold.  Continue reading

The Kenblog: Why Star Wars Matters!



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Chewie, Luke, Obi-Wan, And Han Solo On The Falcon in "Star Wars" (1977)

Chewie, Luke, Obi-Wan, And Han Solo On The Falcon in “Star Wars” (1977)






Believe it or not, there are actually people out there in the world whose universe does not revolve around the cinematic phenomenon that is “Star Wars.”  (I know, weird right?)  They don’t understand the passion, the history, or the overall cool factor that Star Wars brings to the masses who do get it.  To that end, I will attempt to explain the importance of Star Wars, not just to me but to all those who are going to be spending a couple of hours with roughly a billion of their closest friends this weekend when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” screens for the first time.  Don’t worry: I’m not trying to convert the unbelievers out there.  I’m just trying to help you folks to understand the phenomenon a little more. Continue reading