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Dog’s Movie House: “The Visit” A Return To Form For M. Night Shyamalan!

 

 

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Deanna Dunagan in "The Visit"

Deanna Dunagan in “The Visit”

 

 

I have a great amount of admiration for filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan.  Ever since “The Sixth Sense” exploded on the scene in 1999 I’ve been a fan of his slow burn, cinematic style.  He’s fallen out of favor since his heyday in the 90s, with bombs like “The Happening” and “After Earth” on his resume.  Apparently his solution is to venture into the world of low budget filmmaking, partnering with Blumhouse Studios (“Insidious: Chapter 3) to write and direct his own entry into the “found footage” horror genre.  While I generally think most found footage films are dubious enterprises at best, I have to say that “The Visit” is one of the spookier horror films I’ve seen in a while and a good return to form for the talented Shyamalan. Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Perfect Guy” Slick But Predictable!

 

 

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Michael Ealy & Sanaa Lathan in "The Perfect Guy.

Michael Ealy & Sanaa Lathan in “The Perfect Guy.

 

 

 

I find it interesting that African American cinema seems to be engaged in the remaking of films traditionally tailored for white audiences.  Some of these films work well strictly on their own merits.  The redo of “About Last Night” for example, featuring Kevin Hart, was extremely entertaining.  That said, simply switching races doesn’t guarantee a fresh take on a movie.  As an example of this, I submit “The Perfect Guy” a film that provides an African American spin on the “Fatal Attraction” sub-genre of thriller.  Unfortunately, the change in race is the only noticeable element in this slick yet formulaic exercise.  Continue reading

Dog’s Movie House: “The Gift” A Pleasure To Unwrap!

 

 

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Joel Edgerton as Gordo in "The Gift"

Joel Edgerton as Gordo in “The Gift”

 

 

 

Debuts behind the camera can be a tricky thing, especially if you’re an actor.  Angelina Jolie, Ben Affleck, and others have had success as directors, but other acting luminaries such as Sally Field, Jean-Claude Van Dam, and Johnny Depp have found that changing their day jobs not quite as successful as they might have thought.   So it’s with a great deal of delight that I report that actor Joel Edgerton (Warrior, the upcoming Black Mass), has crafted a solid effort in the thriller genre not only as star and director, but as a writer as well with the vastly entertaining “The Gift.” Continue reading