Movie Musicals

Dog’s Movie House: “The Little Mermaid” Live Action Remake Is Halle Bailey’s Coming Out Party!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at the latest Walt Disney live action “remake!” This one is a new version of the 1989 classic “The Little Mermaid.” The 1989 film is an important landmark for Disney Animatin as it marked the beginning of their rennaisance after suffering sub-par results for the better part of two decades. “The Little Mermaid” is one of those redos that manages to honor the original while adding enough original stuff to it to make the film a thoroughly enthralling experience!

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The Kenblog: My Favorite Movie Musicals!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog Here with a top five list of my favorite movie musicals in honor of the rousing film “In The Heights” just released today. Now notice I did not say “best musicals” which gives me a free pass in not including some of the classics of yesteryear. My choices normally revolve around my cinematic sensibilities, which are odd to say the least. As my father famously said, “sometimes you have to be just a half a bubble off to do this job” (of course he was talking about my desire to play the partially suicidal role of indoor soccer goalkeeper at the time, but the phrase still applies). So off we go with my very, very subjective list and you can feel free to disagree or agree with me in the comments below or on my Facebook page. So Sayeth The Kendog!

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Dog’s Movie House: “In The Heights” A Terrific Movie Musical!

Howdy folks! It’s The Kendog here with a confession: I generally don’t care much for musicals. I enjoy some of the classics, of course, but there’s something about actors singing their dialogue and spontaneously throwing themselves into dance that just takes me out of the movie. It was especially true in my youth but as I’ve gotten older (if not wiser, heh) I’ve been forced to re-examine my biases toward the venerable cinematic genre and I’ve discovered that a lot of my enjoyment (or lack thereof) has to do with the music. For example, I hated “Les Miserables” because the music reflected the grim nature of the film. With “In The Heights,” the effect was the opposite. The music was so infectious, bouncy and enjoyable that it heightened my enjoyment of the film. Or maybe I’m just overthinking a bit. (It’s possible.)

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Dog’s Movie House: See “La La Land,” Skip “Resident Evil”


Howdy folks!  It’s The Kendog!


Emma Stone And Ryan Gosling In “La La Land”



It’s definitely a tale of two movies this week.  I finally caught Oscar favorite “La La Land,” and I have to say it’s a darn sight better than any of the new releases this last week.  Is it worth the fourteen Oscar noms?  Well that’s a matter of opinion and I’ll let you know mine in a minute or two.   I can say “La La Land” is a vast improvement over the final (hopefully) installment of the long running “Resident Evil” franchise.  If this were a boxing match between two directors, Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash,” “La La Land”) would beat Paul W.S. Anderson (“Mortal Kombat,” “Resident Evil”) down like a government mule within a single round.

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