Martial Arts Films

Dog’s Movie House: “The Sea Beast” & “Paws Of Fury: The Legend Of Hank” Ambitious Animation With Mixed Results!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at some animated films that have hit the big and small screen in the last couple weeks. Animation has become more and more sophisticated over the years, with Disney/Pixar and Universal leading the way, often telling stories that are as emotionally complex and visually inventive as their live action counterparts. However, ambition only gets you so far as the execution has to be there to make it a compelling film. Last week we received a prime example of how the animation craft can create something truly marketable. “The Sea Beast” is a Netflix original that should have been on the big screen. It’s that good! This week we have a Nickelodeon film called “Paws Of Fury: The Legend Of Hank” a comedy-adventure involving a dog (Michael Cera) attempting to become a samurai in an ancient land filled with cats. It’s also an animated homage to “Blazing Saddles.” but more on that later. “Paws Of Fury” aims high to be a kiddie version of a Mel Brooks film, but uneven execution and multiple (unfunny) references to a classic film its target audience has no idea exists make this one a bit of a misfire.

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The Kenblog – Some Great Martial Arts Fights In Honor Of “Shang-Chi!”

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with some of the best martial arts fight sequences in the movies. This is in honor of “Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings” which is a kick-ass martial arts film in its own right. In this edition I’m including some classic Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan as well as some vintage Keanu Reeves and even a little video game action along with a few other surprises. So enjoy the scenes below and feel free to comment either here or at my Facebook Page. So Sayeth The Kendog!

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Dog’s Movie House: “Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings” An Awesome Marvel Martial Arts Film!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at Marvel’s latest entry into their acclaimed and popular cinematic universe. It’s called “Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings” and it’s a wonderfully entertaining film that successfully introduces a new hero the the Marvel family as well as creating a nearly perfect marriage of kung-fu and super heroics. “Shang-Chi” also features terrific performances, laugh-out-loud humor and more than just a little bit of heart.

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The Trailer Dog Park: “F9” and “Mortal Kombat” for the Ten Year-Old Kid In All Of Us!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with another edition of the Trailer Dog Park. This one features a new trailer from “F9” the ninth film in the blockbuster “Fast And The Furious” franchise. It looks like some of the special effects still need a little touching up, but otherwise it looks like another physics-defying, bromance inducing thrill ride. Here we get to see the return of Han from the dead (wonder how they pulled that off) and introduce John Cena as Dom’s long-lost brother. (Seriously, it took nine films to find out Dom had a younger brother?). Next we have the latest trailer for the new “Mortal Kombat” which promises to step up the violence and action to properly honor the game upon which the film is based. A who’s who of martial arts actors get the plum roles and it looks like director Simon McQuaid has a hit on his hands. “Mortal Kombat” hits theaters and HBO Max next Friday. Enjoy and feel free to comment here or at my Facebook page. So Sayeth The Kendog!

“F9” Featuring John Cena

Dog’s Movie House: “Welcome To Sudden Death” formulaic but enjoyable action flick featuring the underrated Michael Jai White!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a new film on Netflix featuring a guy who should be a waaay bigger star than he is. The film is called “Welcome To Sudden Death” and the featured actor as Michael Jai White, a talented fellow who, were there any justice in this world, would be near the top of the food chain in Hollywood when it comes to action stars. The film itself is a fairly formulaic affair but has enough slightly off-center performances and decent action to warrant a watch. It also is less than an hour-and-a-half long, which means it doesn’t overstay its welcome. It also features as its biggest asset the cinematic badass known as Michael Jai White!

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