Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here and anyone who knows me knows that I love spy movies. From the crazy escapism of James Bond to the techno thrills of Tom Clancy to the serious espionage of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy” I love’m all! I’ve also been enamored of Matthew Vaughn’s work on “The Kingsman” series. Vaughn has a jaunty, energetic style that’s all his own and when it’s used effectively, his take on the spy genre is highly entertaining. Well, he’s back with a new potential franchise starter in “Argylle” which is a decidedly PG-13 take on his usual R-Rated shenanigans. With an all-star cast and a twisty, turny plot, “Argylle” is quite entertaining for the most part, but I found there was something missing to keep “Argylle” from becoming a truly fantastic film!Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog Here with a look at “Zack Snyder’s Justice League,” the four hour magnum opus that gives Snyder the opportunity to tell the epic tale of DC’s greatest heroes and their eventual team up to defeat the evil minions of DC’s big bads: Darkseid and his lieutenant Steppenwolf (Not the 70’s rock band) The story behind this cut of the movie is as interesting as the movie itself. Snyder had to abandon the original film due to a tragedy in his family and Warner Bros. brought in Joss Whedon of “The Avengers” fame to finish things up. Whedon however reshot the majority of the movie which made the 2017 release a muddled, tonal mess. There was some good in that film but it was popular neither with the fans or the critics. Then the power of the internet came to for as Snyder’s fans came out in support of his unseen and unfinished cut. Pressure was so great that Warner Bros. not only authorized Snyder to finish his cut, but gave him millions to shoot new scenes. The result is now on HBO Max for your streaming pleasure.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with a look at Netflix’s latest original film, a charming little film called “Enola Holmes” which tells the tale of the sixteen year-old sister of Sherlock Holmes. Gifted with the intelligence of her brothers, Enola’s first real case involves her trying to find her missing mother. Of course, her famous brother’s make an appearance, but this is Enola’s story, and what a captivating tale it is.Continue reading
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While I respect my fellow reviewers, I have to say most of them missed the mark when it comes to their reviews of “Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice.” The movie is neither tired, nor overlong, nor overly gloomy. It doesn’t have the bounce of, say, most of the Marvel movies and it’s certainly not perfect, but “Dawn Of Justice” sticks many more landings than it misses. Director Zack Snyder gets a lot of flak (bordering on outright hate) from the internet community, but aside from one outright flop (“Sucker Punch”) Snyder has done some fine work. His DC Universe may not be all sweetness and light, but it’s certainly an intriguing place worth visiting. Continue reading
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I was never a fan of the Robert Vaughn-starring 60’s television series “The Man From U.N.C.L.E” so I don’t know how faithful this cinematic adaptation is going to be. But I will tell you that, on it’s own, Guy Ritchie’s (“Snatch”, “Sherlock Holmes”) latest is a loving, light-on-its-feet homage to a bygone era of cold war espionage and 60’s fashions. It doesn’t reinvent the wheel and is not particularly deep, but “The Man From U.N.C.L.E. is marvelously entertaining. Continue reading