Film Franchises

Dog’s Movie House: “Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts” Is How You Reinvigorate A Franchise- “The Flash,” Not So Much!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here back after two glorious weeks of vacation to return with a whole bunch of stuff for the Movie House! Today we’re talking two early summer tentpoles that will satisfy their fans with varying degrees of success. First we have “Transformers: Rise Of The Beasts” which continues the robot-driven franchise’s move toward coherent, character driven storytelling and away from Michael Bay’s choatic form of filmmaking. Then we have “The Flash” the long anticipated film that marks the DC cinematic universe’s dive into their version of the multiverse. Unfortanately, “The Flash” is too busy with fan service and Easter Egg gimmicks to fully realize it’s potential, making for a fitfully entertaining cinematic experience that, at well over two hours, still feels frustratingly incomplete!

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Dog’s Movie House: New “Transporter” Running On Low Octane!



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Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) takes on a bad guy in "The Transporter: Refueled"

Frank Martin (Ed Skrein) takes on a bad guy in “The Transporter: Refueled”






How much you’ll like the new “Transporter: Refueled” will depend on a couple of things.  First: whether or not the absence of Jason Statham is a deal breaker.  Second: whether a fourth go (five, if you count the television series) at an already derivative action franchise is right up you’re alley for a night at the movies.  For me, “The Transporter: Refueled” is not a total waste of time (see “Agent 47” for a prime example of this) but despite some decent action scenes and some good chemistry between newcomer Ed Skrein (Game Of Thrones) and Ray Stevenson (Thor, HBO’s Rome), this film simply serves as an exercise in action mediocrity. Continue reading