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Dog’s Movie House: “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” Is A Stunning Cinematic Ode To Both The Black Panther And Chadwick Boseman!

Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at one of the most anticipated films of the year. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has the unenviable task of continuing a beloved superhero series without the presence of the hero! When Chadwick Boseman passed due to colon cancer in 2020, not only was his death an enormous personal loss but also left writer/director Ryan Coogler with a real professional dilemma. How do you continue a beloved franchise without the actor responsible for the hero’s popularity? In Coogler’s case, you create a narrative that parallels the grief the cast and crew felt at Boseman’s untimely passing and frame it against the growing pains of a powerful (if fictitious) nation coming to terms with its place in the world. And the result is a stunning, emotional, and cathartic achievement in filmmaking!

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Dog’s Movie House: “Black Panther” Great Comic Book Movie: Not Quite The Second Coming!

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Chadwick Boseman In “Black Panther”



Ever since Chadwick Boseman suited up as the Wakandan superhero The Black Panther in “Captain America: Civil War” folks have been quite excited to see T’Challa return in a solo film of his own.  Now that time has finally arrived and my fellow critics are falling all over themselves telling everyone how revolutionary “Black Panther” is, calling the film a game changer and as important to racial equality as King’s March In Selma. (Well, maybe not that last part, but you get the idea.)  Now as a middle-aged white dude I’m in no position to speculate about the influence this movie will have on African-American moviegoers.  I do know that “Black Panther” is an excellent film that does several different things from other Marvel films while firmly entrenching itself in the greater Marvel Universe.  As good as “Black Panther” is, it’s still just a movie though.

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Dog’s Movie House: “Creed” Best Rocky Film Ever Made!



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Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in "Creed"

Sylvester Stallone and Michael B. Jordan in “Creed”




I’m not the biggest fan of Rocky Balboa, but I will admit to the boxing saga’s influence on my life from a pop culture standpoint.  I grew up with the big lug from Philadelphia and these films definitely have been absorbed by the movie going public as one of the most enduring cinematic franchises of all time.  That said, I was hardly prepared for the emotional gut-punch that is “Creed,” the seventh and perhaps best film the Rocky mythology has every inspired.  This is one of the best films of the year, period.  Continue reading