Movies Based ON Books

Dog’s Movie House: “Dune” Epic Telling Of Frank Herbert’s Sci-Fi Epic. . .Half Of It, That Is!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at the latest cinematic adaptation of “Dune” Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction masterpiece. Combining beloved source material with one of my favorite directors in Denis Villeneuve (“Sicario”) seems to me like a match made in cinematic heaven. Ad an incredible cast and some epic locations and “Dune” should be a work of science fiction genius. Weeeellll. . .not quite. “Dune” is actually quite good and actually amazing in places but it suffers from one problem: It only tells half the damn story! Aaargh! That said, the inevitible “Part II” is coming and hopefully the two films together will make for an wonderful cinematic experience.

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Dog’s Movie House: “Those Who Wish Me Dead” a thriller that benefits from Angelina Jolie and some incredible scenery!

Howdy folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at Angelina Jolie’s latest film, a thriller by Taylor Sheridan titled “Those Who Wish Me Dead.” Sheridan is one of my favorite writers and directors, having penned such excellent films as “Hell Or High Water,” “Wind River,” and “Sicario.” He’s also the creator and primary showrunner for the excellent television series “Yellowstone.” While this most recent film doesn’t quite live up to the some of his others, solid performances and some truly breathtaking photography make this film highly recommended.

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Dog’s Movie House: “Murder On The Orient Express” Good Old-Fashioned Whodunnit!

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Johnny Depp as Ratchett in “Murder On The Orient Express”




You know the saying “they don’t make them like they used to?”  Well, in movies for the most part that’s true.  With the exception of a few filmmakers out there like Christopher Nolan and, to a lesser extent, Mel Gibson, the era of old-fashioned moviemaking has gone mostly the way of the Dodo.  Which is why it’s refreshing to see Kenneth Branagh’s polished version of Agatha Christie’s “Murder On The Orient Express” hit theaters this week.  As old-fashioned as they come in all the best ways, this film is an above average update featuring a captivating story, witty banter, and wonderful performances.

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