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Chronicle Movie Review

Andrew Detmer (Dane DeHaan) is a teenager with real problems.  His father Richard (Mike Kelly) is a real bastard.  He’s just plain mean.  Everything bad in this man’s life is going to be taken out on his son.  In a effort to fight back, Andrew decides to start filming his day-to-day life.   Millions of young people do this everyday on their iPhones, iPads or Flip Cams.  NO SPOILERS HERE

Something happens to Andrew and his cousin, Matt Garetty (Alex Russell)  and a guy he knows from high school, Steve Montgomery (Michael B. Jordan).  As you’ve seen in the Chronicle movie trailer, the trio soon begin having telekinetic ability.   At first, this new talent is only used for practical jokes & insane juggling.

Didn’t Marvel’s Stan Lee write, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that these accelerating powers, Andrew would soon be going to the Dark Side.  There’s a steady build the does indeed have a payoff at the end.  There were shots in this film that were so clever and well executed.  This is pure Sci-Fi fun.

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Big Miracle Movie Review

24 years ago, three California grey whales were trapped under the ice in Barrow Alaska.  Now, this amazing true story is hitting the big screen aptly titled, “Big Miracle.”  This international rescue effort is based on the 1989 book Freeing the Whales by Tom Rose.

Rachel Kramer (Drew Barrymore) works for Greenpeace and is the film’s conscience. Adam Carlson (John Krasinski) is an aspiring reporter in Alaska who first broke story about the trapped whales.  When the plight of the whales catches the eyes & hearts of the world, a media blitz ensues. Soon, the sleepy ice town of Barrow Alaska is crawling with 150 of fish-out-of-water reporters and their crews. One of which was L.A.’s own, Jill Jerard (Kristen Bell).

The thing I liked most about Big Miracle is, the filmmakers kept the movie grounded in reality.  Original ‘whale watch’ updates were plentiful.  So who’s reporting the news here, the likes of Dan Rather & Tom Brokaw.  Original rescue footage was also mixed into to newly shot footage.

The effort to saves these California Greys was extraordinary.  The only way to free the whales was to cut individual holes in the thick ice every 50 feet for five miles to the open ocean.  The local Inuit natives were unlikely allies as they are whalers by trade.  Big Oil also supplied cash and resources as well as the American military. Finally, the Russians also joined the fight for the whales freedom & were a key component in the rescue.

At the end of the day, you’ve got a true story told with original news footage & a sound environmental message.  What’s not to like!?!  Big Miracle is good family entertainment.

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Leo Quinones to Host 1st Annual Golden Collar Awards

Photo Credit: Albert Ruvira

Dog News Daily has tapped yours truly to be the Master of Ceremonies at the 1st Annual Golden Collar Awards. The reason is simple: Dogs in movies stand out & those performances will be celebrated. It’s tongue and cheek folks. This will be a fun awards show, but there’s also good coming out of this. Monies will be raised to help the lives of shelter dogs. Count me in! If I were a betting man, I’d put it all on Uggie, The Dog from The Artist just stole the movie.

Dog News Daily’s 1st Annual Golden Collar Awards™ ceremony takes place on Monday, February 13 at 6:00pm (PST) at The Hotel Palomar in Westwood/Los Angeles, a dog-friendly Kimpton Hotel. The evening kicks off with red carpet arrivals and a private cocktail reception benefiting Los Angeles area dog rescue organizations and shelters.


And the Canine Nominees are!!

BEST DOG IN A THEATRICAL FILM
COSMO as Arthur – BEGINNERS (Focus Features)
UGGIE as Queenie – WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (Fox)
DENVER as Skeletor – 50/50 (Summit Entertainment/ Mandate Pictures)
HUMMER as Dolce – YOUNG ADULT (Paramount/Mandate)
UGGIE as The Dog – The Artist (The Weinstein Company)

BEST DOG IN A FOREIGN FILM
KOKO as Red Dog – RED DOG (Roadshow Films, Australia)
LAIKA as Herself – LE HAVRE (Janus Films, France)
BIINA as Alf – THE DAY THE DOGS DISAPPEARED (Nippon Television, Japan)
ICHICO as Tao – THE DAY THE DOGS DISAPPEARED (Nippon Television, Japan)

BEST DOG IN A TELEVISION SERIES
ROCKY as Arnold – ENTOURAGE(HBO)
CHUNK as Himself – CHELSEA LATELY (E! Entertainment Television)
BRIDGITTE as Stella – MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
DART as Chance – HOT IN CLEVELAND (TV Land)
JASON GANNS as Wilfred – WILFRED (FX)
LAMPCHOP as Yakult – SUBURGATORY (ABC)

BEST DOG IN A REALITY TELEVISION SERIES
GIGGY – THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS / Lisa Vanderpump (Bravo)
MILLOU – THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK CITY / Sonja Morgan (Bravo)
JACKPOT – THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS / Adrienne Maloof (Bravo)
SPARTACUS – ICE LOVES COCO / Coco (E! Entertainment)
HERCULES – PIT BOSS / Shorty Rossi (Animal Planet)

BEST DOG IN A DIRECT-TO-DVD FILM
FRED as B Dawg – SPOOKY BUDDIES (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)
GASTON as Beethoven – BEETHOVEN’S CHRISTMAS ADVENTURE (Universal Home Entertainment)
ANGEL as Chloe – BEVERLY HILLS CHIHUAHUA 2 (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)
ROWDY as Marley – Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment)
RUSCO as Papi – Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2 (Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment)

GOLDEN COLLAR HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Charlize Theron
GOLDEN COLLAR LEGENDS AWARD: Robert Vince



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