Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at the long-delayed sequel to the 1986 classic piece of cinematic machismo, “Top Gun.” This one’s called “Top Gun: Maverick” and, despite the Covid-19 delays and restrictive filming conditions, I’m happy to say that “Maverick” not only honors its predecessor; it surpasses it in terms of sheer thrills and cinematic craftsmanship. At the forefront is the ageless (well, almost) Tom Cruise, slipping into the character of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell like a comfortable pair of old slippers. He and director Joseph Kosinski have made a rousing, old-school Hollywood blockbuster that is guaranteed to have audiences cheering, clapping, and laughing in their seats.Continue reading
Dog’s Movie House: “Scream” A Worthy, If Somewhat Overly Clever, Edition To The Classic Horror Franchise!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a frightening admission. I am getting old! Yes, I did just turn 50 a week ago, but that’s not the reason I’m saying this. It’s just that I realized that it’s been 25 years since the release of the first (and best) horror classic known as “Scream.” The brainchild of late horror master Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson, “Scream” was one of the first “meta” horror films that winked at the audience while scaring the hell out of them at the same time. By having its protagonists know the ins and outs of classic horror films and using those tropes to survive a killer stalking them, “Scream” was able to both make fun of and honor the horror genre in a way that made the slasher film both funny and scary at the same time. Now, several movies and a television series later, “Scream” has returned as the fifth installment and is more “wink-wink, nudge-nudge” than ever before. It’s also pretty good, tying in members of the old franchise with new characters and executing a few brutal kills along the way.Continue reading
Dog’s Movie House: “F9: The Fast Saga” and “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” Too Overstuffed To Match Previous Entries!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a look at two franchise films that disprove the saying “you can never have too much of a good thing! “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” is a sequel to the sleeper hit starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson back in 2017 while Vin Diesel and company return in the oft delayed ninth edition of the blockbuster Fast And The Furious Franchise, this time with a bunch of returning characters from other films along with the series most accomplished director in Justin Lin. Both films are highly anticipated and, unfortunately both fail to deliver on the promise of their previous entries.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here back after a couple of weeks of holiday mirth-making (subdued though it may be) to jump back in to the movie swimming pool. The end of the year brought us two blockbusters that would normally be released directly into theaters but because of circumstances are getting sent to the streaming services. “Wonder Woman 1984” after several delays got released simultaneously into theaters and HBO Max and Pixar’s latest “Soul” went directly to Disney Plus. It’s a shame these two films can’t be seen on the big screen because both are fine pieces of entertainment, with “Soul” being one of Pixar’s finest in the last few years.Continue reading
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with a very serious question: who else is tired of all the sequels being rammed down our throats this summer?
I’m generally not opposed to sequels or continuing franchise movies but they at least have to look like they’re trying, for goodness sake! This summer seems to be one of mediocrity in terms of franchising and revisiting old properties, but never fear! I shall tell you which ones are worth your time and the ones to avoid!Continue reading