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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: “Black Mass” Engaging Gangster Biopic Featuring A Return To Form For Johnny Depp!



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Joel Edgerton in "Black Mass"

Joel Edgerton in “Black Mass”



I count myself as a big fan of the talent of Johnny Depp.  I always admired the way he seemed to take roles that were diametrically opposed to his matinee idol good looks.  Most of his work with director Tim Burton is wonderfully off-kilter and his Jack Sparrow from The Pirates Of The Caribbean series is one of the most iconic movie pirates of all time.  That said, Depp has had a rough few years, seeming to cash paychecks in tent pole films that crashed with a thud more often then soared to box office heaven.  Many fans, myself included, wondered whether or not Depp would ever return to that immersive form of acting that distinguished his early career.  I am happy to report that with “Black Mass” Depp has created a character in his portrayal of James “Whitey” Bulger that is one of the most compelling and chilling in recent cinematic history.  Continue reading