Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with a fond remembrance of legendary director Ivan Reitman who passed away this week at the too-young age of seventy-five. As a child of the eighties, Reitman and his work was an indelible part of my childhood. His work with such luminaries as John Landis, the late, great Harold Ramis, and Bill Murray were as much a part of my growing up as Star Wars or Steven Spielberg. I won’t go into all of his biographical details here: you can find them all at other sources. I will say that he was one of my doorways into a more adult form of humor. The fact that he managed to insert it successfully into PG movies made his brilliance all the more amazing. Of course, he did his share of R-Rated films, classics such as “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and “Stripes.” But it was “Ghostbusters” that managed to combine legit scares and frat house comedy into a winning combination. At 12 years of age, I was old enough to get the adult humor along with some of the scary stuff. (After all, what other mainstream film would feature a dream sequence in which one of the Ghostbusters gets, ahem, serviced by a female ghost?)
Reitman was also the first director to really realize Arnold Schwarzenegger’s comic chops. Both “Twins” and “Kindergarten Cop” still hold up today because Arnold’s sense of humor and absurdity shines through, and a great deal of that is due to Reitman’s guidance. From all involved, Ivan Reitman was a kind man both on and off screen and his unique brand of humor and filmmaking will be missed. So Sayeth The Kendog! (Below I have clips from some of his best known movies. Feel free to comment below or on my Facebook Page!)Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog!
This latest edition of The Dogcast features two of the wide releases for this Friday, July 15 2016. We’ve got Bryon Cranston’s latest “The Infiltrator” a true-life story about one man’s efforts to take down drug lord Pablo Escobar in the 1980s, and the new version of “Ghostbusters,” directed by Paul Feig and starring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Just press the play button below to hear my thoughts on both films, especially the ones regarding “Ghostbusters.” I think you’ll enjoy them. As always, feel free to comment below as The Dogcast is an ever evolving thing. I’m getting better at the editing process and hope to use this format way more often. Thanks again for your patience and don’t forget to listen to me Friday nights on the Pat Walsh Show on KFBK AM 1530! So Sayeth The Kendog! Continue reading