Michael Keaton

The Kenblog: The Classic Casting Overreaction. . .Nicole Kidman As Lucy!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with another edition of the Kenblog. In this edition we’re talking about classic casting controversies that turned out to be not so controverial after all. It’s actually more about the over-the-top reactions to said casting decisions, most of them made without even seeing anything but a photo of the actor in question. I bring this up because there seems to be something of an uproar concerning the casting of Nicole Kidman as Lucille Ball in the upcoming Aaron Sorkin film “Being The Ricardos.” Apparently it’s a bit jarring (or blasphemous, heh) to have an Australian actress play the beloved Lucille Ball. For the life of me I don’t know why.

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Dog’s Movie House: “The Protege” A Hard Hitting Action Flick With A Couple Of Fun Variations!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at a decent action flick that’s probably going to fly under the radar. I know it’s tough to go to the movies nowadays, but “The Protege” is a film that is really entertaining and has enough quirks and unusual details to elevate it over the standard revenge-thriller plot. The film also benefits from the star-level talents of its trio of leads in Maggie Q, Samuel L. Jackson, and the wonderful Michael Keaton.

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Dog’s Movie House: “American Assassin” Vanilla Filmmaking, “Mother!” Decidedly Not!


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Jennifer Lawrence In Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”



We’ve got two wide releases opening this week and they couldn’t be any more different.  “American Assassin” staring Michael Keaton is a fairly standard actioner that has a rather assembled feel to it, while Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” is an entirely different beast altogether.  Aronofsky’s film is the work of a talented auteur at his most prolific, with engaging performances and a sense of dread that moves through the picture like a cold breeze.  But “Mother!” takes some narrative choices that will leave many moviegoers scratching their heads.  It’s wonderfully crafted but not easily accessible.  I found it to be a frustrating movie.  You might too if you take a chance on this film.  Continue reading