Movies Based On True Stories

Dog’s Movie House: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” Fitting, Fiery Swan Song For Chadwick Boseman!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog with a look at Chadwick Boseman’s last film and it’s a corker! It’s called “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and although Boseman is in a supporting role, he rules over the film in one last great performance. Set in a recording studio in Chicago in 1927, Boseman and Viola Davis lead a sterling cast in a drama about art versus commerce and the Black experience during the early part of the 20th century.

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“Love & Monsters,” “The Trial Of The Chicago 7” Lead To A Good Time At The Movies!

Howdy folks! It’s The Kendog with a couple of recent releases to keep you entertained over this cold, rainy weekend. I’ve been off the movie review path for a week or so, and for that you have my apologies, but I think these two recent movies will put some spring in your cinematic step, as it were. The first is a really well done monster film called “Love And Monsters” starring Dylan O’Brian as a young man searching for his love during a monster apocalypse. The other is “The Trial Of The Chicago 7” a dramatization of the trial of the seven individuals charged with inciting riots at the 1968 Democratic convention. For different reasons, both films are entertaining and thought-provoking in equal measure.

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Dog’s Movie House: “Creed 2,” “The Green Book” Among The Best Of The Year!

Howdy Folks!  It’s The Kendog with a look at “Creed 2” and “Green Book.”

Adonis Creed and Victor Drago face off in “Creed 2”




This fall is turning out to be a banner year for dramatic films.  Usually the holiday season boasts action fare and family fare in equal measure, and to be sure we have films like “Ralph Breaks The Internet” and “The Grinch,” but this year dramas like “Widows” have taken some of the spotlight.  But while”Widows” isn’t doing much at the box office, movies like “Creed 2” and the excellent “Green Book” are looking to compete for filmmakers dollars over the holiday season.

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Dog’s Movie House: “Operation Finale” Quietly Effective!


Howdy Folks!  It’s The Kendog with a look at “Operation Finale!”

Ben Kingsley as Adolph Eichmann in “Operation Finale”




As more an more of the World War II generation are leaving us it will be up to historians and, yes, filmmakers to keep an accounting of that devastating time period so history doesn’t repeat itself.  Adolph Eichmann was a true monster in human skin: on of the primary architects of Hitler’s Final Solution and thus responsible for the Holocaust.   There have been stories about Eichmann brought to the big screen before, but “Operation Finale” deserves to be seen because it demonstrates quite effectively the banality of evil in a way that audiences may find disappointing if they don’t know what they’re looking for.

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Dog’s Movie House: “Geostorm,” “Only The Brave,” Two Different Sides Of The Natural Disaster Coin!


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Extreme Weather In “Geostorm”



Timing is everything when it comes to the movies.  Release them at the right time and you have a huge hit on your hands, but suffer the misfortune of real-life events mirroring the subject matter of your film and the audiences will stay away in droves.   Witness this week’s two weather-related films: the disaster fantasy “Geostorm” and the true life tale of the Granite Mountain Hotshots “Only The Brave.”  The two films vary wildly in quality, but both have the misfortune of being released just after an entire slew of very real, very terrifying natural disasters have struck the country.  This means that audiences are going to be understandably disenchanted with the prospect of watching natural disasters reenacted on the big screen for their entertainment.  In the case of “Only The Brave” this is a real tragedy.   Continue reading