First off, let me just say that I loved the book, A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron, and was really looking forward to seeing the movie…
And then the horrific TMZ video came out, documenting potential abuse by the dog trainers on the set of the film. The writers, producers, and actors involved in the production — along with millions of moviegoers — were all justifiably horrified by what they saw on the disturbing clip.
However, later, after Cameron and the studio execs viewed ALL of the footage that took place during that day of filming, it was revealed that the video clip had been edited out of context to maximize the impact of the traumatic footage.
Unfortunately, by that point, the
cat pooch was out of the bag, so to speak.
Gavin Polone, the big dog lover/producer on the film, wrote a compelling Hollywood Reporter column breaking down the whole incident, which explains the nasty dog fight brewing between PETA and Hollywood. (I’m assuming that part of PETA’s position has to do with the sad fact that past dog movies like 101 Dalmatians and Beverly Hills Chihuahua have inspired numerous “bad fad” pet adoptions — which later resulted in countless Dalmatians and Chihuahuas being returned back to rescue shelters once the new owners got “bored” with their new puppies and couldn’t handle all the responsibilities that it takes in caring for an animal.)
Tragically, no matter where you stand on this issue, there are no winners, as all dog movie fans and dog rescue advocates alike have been harmed during the making of this film.
The best-selling novel, A Dog’s Purpose, will soon have dog lovers arguing the age-old adaptation question, “Which is better — the book or the movie?”
If anything could unite this country, it’s probably not a politician — but a lovable Dachshund — if you believe the trailer for Wiener-Dog (not to be confused with Weiner, the documentary about the controversial former New York U.S. representative). This little IFC release tells the story of one dog’s life tied together by four different owners.
Since it’s an indie film directed by Todd Solondz (Welcome to the Dollhouse), chances are the movie might be a bit of a downer — but at least this trailer looks like it has a few definite feel-good doggie moments!
(SPOILER ALERT: It has been brought to my attention that the ending of this movie is very disturbing, especially for Dachshund/dog lovers, so please beware!)
Here’s “The Present” — an award-winning student film from future Pixar animation wunderkinds, Jacob Frey and Markus Krantzler — that is a gift to all dog lovers! (Vimeo)
This week while everybody’s talking Broncos and Panthers in Super Bowl 50 –– not to mention Puppy Bowls — there’s also a big cat fight brewing at the cineplexes.
If you’re a cat lover, then you’re in Seventh Heaven — and I don’t mean the TV show! We’re talkin’ talking kitty movies, baby. Key & Peele’s Keanu vs. the Kevin Spacey-voiced Nine Lives…
“Every love story is a ghost story.” – David Foster Wallace
Laurie Anderson, the well-known performance artist, uses DFW’s words and more in her new deeply personal film about love and loss, as she documents her difficult experiences with losing family members, spouses (Lou Reed), and, of course, her lovely Rat terrier, Lolabelle, in Heart of A Dog.
Ever wanted to experience a day in the life of a professional cat photographer? Well, now you can get all the hairball-y details in Mark Zemel’s adorable new short doc, The Purrtraitist! (The Atlantic)
Sad news today in the celebrity dog world when word came that Uggie, the lovable Jack Russell terrier in the 2011 film, The Artist, was put to rest this past Friday. He will not only be remembered for his charming presence on the silver screen, but also his “infinite love for chicken and hot dogs”, one of his trainers said. (NY Daily News)
Even our little Chihuahua friends need a little R-and-R…
War is hell…even for dogs, as we see in this upcoming Warner Bros. family flick, Max.
There’s a new Hungarian dog flick out now called White God — but this is more than just your average dog movie. The foreign film chews on much bigger social/political issues as you can see in the trailer below…
While film lovers were divided over Birdman and Boyhood, Disney’s short film, Feast, took the golden boy home for Best Animated Short. You can see the trailer below — or do a deep dive search on YouTube to see the complete six-minute short.
Ryan Reynolds develops a sixth sense in his new movie, “The Voices” — but he doesn’t see dead people — no, he just hears the deepest, snarkiest, inner-most thoughts of his pet cat and dog in this bloody, dark comedy. (pics: ImpAwards)
Keanu Reeves has come a long way from The Matrix. Who cares about red pills or blue pills when we all know the hardest pill to swallow is when some evildoer dares to harm his beloved Beagle! And see how Keanu handles this tragedy in his newest high-dogtane thriller, John Wick…
The Skeleton Twins, a new dark comedy starring Saturday Night Live alums, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader, comes out in limited release this weekend — and I got a chuckle out of the first Marley & Me joke that opens the trailer…