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Tuesday
Oct042011

Straw Dogs compared: an in-depth look at the 1971 original and 2011 remake

As the release date for this year’s version of Straw Dogs approached, I noticed that expectations among my friends and fellow film-lovers were strikingly polarized. Those already familiar with Sam Peckinpah’s version decried the remake as blasphemy, boldly proclaiming that it would never pack the same punch as its predecessor. On the other hand, many were unaware that it was a remake at all, having never seen, or even heard of, the 1971 version. Though I was familiar with the original, I had never given it a proper viewing (it languinshed for years in the depths of my “to watch” list). But seeing the remake stoked my curiosity, and I finally sat down to watch the original and gauge for myself what all the fuss was about. What follows below is a fairly comprehensive comparison between the two--thoughts and impressions on several major components of each film, and how they stack up.

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Sunday
Jun192011

Five Father's Day movies where bad fathers become great dads

I don't usually capitalize on big holidays to produce my articles, but I realized today that I've been watching quite a few movies about dads lately. So, in celebration of father's everywhere, here are a few of my favorite onscreen movies where a father learns what it means to be a dad. Some are old, some are brand new, but all these guys learn how to love their children and put them ahead of their career. 

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