Year of the Dog

Posted in: Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 27th, 2007

(out of 5)

Gino Sassani

Gino Sassani is a member of the Southeastern Film Critic's Association (SEFCA) and The Critics Association of Central Florida (CACF). He is a film and television critic based in Tampa, Florida. He's also the Senior Editor here at Upcomingdiscs. Gino started reviewing films in the early 1990's as a segment of his local television show Focus. He's an award-winning recording artist for Omega Records. Gino is currently working on his 8th album Merchants & Mercenaries. Gino took over Upcomingdiscs Dec 1, 2008. He works out of a home theater he calls The Reel World. Favorite films: The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Body Snatcher (Val Lewton film with Karloff and Lugosi, not the pod people film), Unforgiven, Gladiator, The Lion King, Jaws, Son Of Frankenstein, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and Monsters, Inc.


  1. Norm S. /
    08/28/2007 @ 3:36 pm


    I have to disagree with your opinion of Chuck & Buck. I think White’s script is outstanding: twisted, uncomfortable, unexpected. And White’s creepy performance is more of the same. One of my favorites for that year.

    I haven’t caught Year of the Dog yet, but I’m looking forward to it. The extras sound great.

    And the animal rights angle is certainly interesting. I just reviewed a documentary called Your Mommy Kills Animals, about the entire landscape of animal rights in the U.S. I interviewed the director as well, and learned there’s a crazy contingent out there that makes most of the noise.

    Talk to you again.

    -Norm Schrager

    EDIT – Hey Norm, I added links to your review and interview into your comment so everyone can have a chance to see your work.


  2. Gino Sassani
    08/29/2007 @ 6:29 am

    Hey Norm,

    I think Chuck & Buck might be an aquired taste.
    I did laugh my butt off on School Of Rock.
    This film is very dead pan and it just didn’t sit well with me is all.
    I don’t think I get Molly Shannon at all.
    I also suspect I just “didn’t get” this film either.
    That made this a hard film to write about.
    Let me know what you thought about it.
    Thanks for checking in.
    Take Care,

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