Period Movies

Dog’s Movie House: “The Pale Blue Eye” Elevated By Christian Bale’s Performance!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at Netflix’s latest, an adaptation of of Louis Bayard’s novel “A Pale Blue Eye.” It’s a twisty detective thriller set during the winter of 1830 at West Point. The murder of a young cadet has the West Point Administration sending for retired detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) to solve the case before the suits in Washington use it as an excuse to shut the place down. Landor meets a young cadet named Edgar Allen Poe (Harry Melling). Yes, that Edgar Allen Poe, who’s bullied and is trying to find his place in the world but is smart as a whip. Enlisting the young Poe’s aid, Landor finds himself in the middle of a possible conspiracy involving black magic, revenge, and class warfare that puts both his and Poe’s life in danger.

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Dog’s Movie House: “Once Upon A Time. . .In Hollywood” Rambles Through 1960’s Tinseltown!

Howdy folks! It’s The Kendog with a look at Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, “Once Upon A Time. . .In Hollywood!”

Brad Pitt & Leonardo DiCaprio in “Once Upon A Time. . .In Hollywood”

This goes out to my good friend Pat Walsh who has been standing tall on his movie-going soapbox for a loooong time opining about the lack of mature, adult fare during the summer movie season. Now we can argue about the creative merits of the big blockbusters but since Pat won’t see them on general principle, it’s difficult to get into creative debates about the individual films. What does matter is that we now have a blockbuster-type film filled with A-List movie stars, adult themes, a dynamic director and nary a sign of Thor and his magic sword, heh!

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Dog’s Movie House: “The Witch” Creepy Slow Burn Horror!



Howdy Folks!  It’s The Kendog!

Puritan Terror In "The Witch"

Puritan Terror In “The Witch”





Horror is a lot like comedy.  It’s a subjective matter in that different people are scared by different things.  Many of my friends are visual when it comes to his scares; they have to see the carnage on screen to get a thrill.  I actually prefer horror films that use the “less-is-more” technique, allowing my admittedly overactive imagination to fill in the gaps.  I say this before I begin my review for “The Witch” because this film caters to folks of the later persuasion.  If you’re looking for instant gratification and oodles of violence and gore, please look elsewhere for your terror-filled thrills.  Continue reading