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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
Aug212011

Fright Night review - vampires are such assholes

Vampires are not the ideal neighbor. They'll hit on your mom, bring girls over at all hours of the night, and if you try and make a fuss, they'll kill you and your entire family. Hell, they might just kill you anyway. If you live miles outside of Las Vegas in a small neighborhood bordered by nothing but miles of desert, a bad neighbor can really get away with just about anything. Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) and his mother Jane (Toni Collette) learn this the hard way. There new neighbor's name is Jerry (Colin Farrell) and boy is he a huge douche.

Fright Night is Disturbia meets Zombieland meets, well, vampires. And the mix is perfect. The characters are fresh, the film is suspenseful, the villain is calculatingly playful, and the action is thrilling. There have been a heap of crappy movies starring the undead in the last few years, most notably films like Legion (or anything starring Paul Bettany). Fright Night is different. While the plot doesn't sound inventive from a birds eye view—a kid has to battle his vampire neighbor—it's full of fun surprises and a sharp sense of humor.

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