Excerpt: Screenwriter David Sumner and his wife Amy decide to move back to Amy’s hometown in Mississippi to get rid of the city and its hectic nature. However, after arrival it quickly becomes clear that the locals have their own ideas and ways of doing things.
Excerpt: David Sumner (Dustin Hoffman) is a simple man, he’s a young mathematician in America who is tired of the endless violence. He seeks to take up a quieter, more serene lifestyle, so he moves to the English countryside.
Excerpt: Into the remake debate we enter as Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs is closely remade with just a dose of flash. What really matters? Accuracy? Respect? Tension? It’s too complex and too convoluted to debate at length, because sides bicker and no one looks at the end product.
Conclusion: Rod Lurie's remake of Sam Peckinpah's classic psychological thriller, 'Straw Dogs,' suffers from a lack of the same slow build-up of apprehension and suspense which made the original such a memorable piece of filmmaking.
Conclusion: Straw Dogs isn't an all-time great movie or the definitive remake or re-imaging, but it's a solid, all-around performer that frazzles the audience's nerves, challenges the audience's minds, and captures the audience's attention and imagination and never lets go.
Excerpt: Sam Peckinpah’s most controversial film Straw Dogs finally makes its way on to Blu-Ray this week, just in time for its 40th anniversary and to coincide with the release of the remake (out in the UK on 4th November, and reviewed here ).
Summary: The film’s listed as one of those 1001 Movies To See Before You Die and with good reason. It was a statement movie that wasn’t really appreciated until years late. Still, it might still not have made it to Blu-ray if not for the remake.
Conclusion: While it’s easy to sympathize with David and Amy’s plight, they both in their own way and perhaps subconsciously, helped make it happen. Amy, by flashing the men and constantly pushing David to be more aggressive than he wanted to be.
Excerpt: There's an important line between violence in movies that's meaningful and simply gratuitous. Movies have the ability to open our eyes to worlds we may never understand in our own lives, and pure brutality can make an impact, whether tied into characters and stories we care about or shown for simple...