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Straw Dogs Review Roger Ebert

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Roger Ebert just posted his review of Rod Lurie’s film “Straw Dogs”. Great to see that the film is getting great reviews.

Here is an excerpt:

This new version of “Straw Dogs” is a reasonably close adaptation of the 1971 film by Sam Peckinpah. Change the location from England to Mississippi, change a mathematician into a screenwriter, keep the bear trap and the cat found strangled, and it tells the same story. It is every bit as violent. I found it visceral, disturbing and well-made.

James Marsden and Kate Bosworth star in the roles originally played by Dustin Hoffman and Susan George, as an intellectual and his wife who move to a rural area where he can work undisturbed. There is something about this man and his sexy wife that disturbs the locals down at the pub, and what begins as a subtle competition over territorial rights (in the Darwinian sense) escalates implacably into a full-blown lethal struggle. The lesson learned is that the egghead contains the possibility of using great violence when his home and wife are threatened. At the beginning, he doesn’t know that

For the full review please click on the link to jump to his site: Straw Dogs :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews.

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New TV Spot & Photos From Rod Lurie’s STRAW DOGS

Sony Pictures released some great new stills from Rod Lurie’s “Straw Dogs”. I updated the gallery with the new images below:

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the film is due to be released in the US on 9/16/11. Can’t wait.
The page here has the trailer and additional info for the film: Straw Dogs: 

SOURCE:New TV Spot & Photos From Rod Lurie’s STRAW DOGS.

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Why remake ‘Straw Dogs?’

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Rene Rodriguez from The Miami Herald wrote the following review of the film “Straw Dogs”

I saw Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs (due out Sept. 16) this morning and was immediately struck by two things: 1) The film is practically identical to Sam Peckinpah’s original, yet feels completely different (this is easily Lurie’s best work as a director); and 2) the violence isn’t nearly as shocking in 2011 as it was in 1971, but it doesn’t feel as cathartic or rousing as I expected. Instead, the mayhem felt vaguely depressing – a graphic, bloody depiction of the loss of humanity.

Pauline Kael famously referred to Peckinpah’s movie as a “fascist film,” but I doubt she would say the same about Lurie’s version, which boasts a much less graphic rape sequence and still-gory but swift violence that Lurie’s camera doesn’t linger on. I’ve been asking around lately and haven’t found a single person outside of movie critics and film buffs who has seen Straw Dogs: Peckinpah, I think, did a little too good a job at making sure his film was an unpleasant experience.

For the full review please visit Miami.com link below:

Why remake ‘Straw Dogs?’ | miami.com.

For the photo gallery on this site for Straw Dogs see below:

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Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs Poster Redesigned

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The movie poster for the film “Straw Dogs” has been redesigned and is shown above. Director Rod Lurie posted the new poster here: The new poster features the reflection of Alexander Skarsgard’s character-Charlie in James Marsden glasses. The prior poster showed a reflection in the section of the glasses where there was no glass. (shown below)

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The new poster also is all in black and white (except for the phrase “Everyone has a breaking point” a key point of the film). The artwork is amazing in this poster. The tension and drama of the film is very evident in James Marsden’s face. Alexander’s glare also foreshadows the action that fans can not wait to finally see for themselves.

The film is due out September 2011.

There is also a Facebook page for the film. Click here for link: Straw Dogs Facebook page:

Release Dates:

North America

CanadaCanada 16-Sep-11
United StatesUnited States 16-Sep-11

Latin America

América CentralAmérica Central 27-Jan-12
ArgentinaArgentina 24-Nov-11
BoliviaBolivia 3-Nov-11
BrasilBrasil 28-Oct-11
ChileChile 17-Nov-11
ColombiaColombia 4-Nov-11
EcuadorEcuador 2-Dec-11
MéxicoMéxico 4-Nov-11
PerúPerú 17-Nov-11
UruguayUruguay 18-Nov-11
VenezuelaVenezuela 20-Jan-12

Middle East / Africa

البحرين | Bahrainالبحرين | Bahrain 17-Nov-11
القاهرة |  Egyptالقاهرة | Egypt 16-Nov-11
EthiopiaEthiopia 18-Nov-11
IsraelIsrael 1-Dec-11
الأردن | Jordanالأردن | Jordan 16-Nov-11
KenyaKenya 9-Dec-11
KuwaitKuwait 17-Nov-11
LebanonLebanon 17-Nov-11
NigeriaNigeria 9-Dec-11
عُمان  | Omanعُمان | Oman 17-Nov-11
قطر |  Qatarقطر | Qatar 17-Nov-11
South AfricaSouth Africa 18-Nov-11
SyriaSyria 17-Nov-11
United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates 17-Nov-11

Asia Pacific

AustraliaAustralia 17-Nov-11
香港 | Hong Kong香港 | Hong Kong 29-Dec-11
IndiaIndia 21-Oct-11
한국 | Korea한국 | Korea 17-Nov-11
MalaysiaMalaysia 24-Nov-11
New ZealandNew Zealand 1-Dec-11
Pilipinas | PhilippinesPilipinas | Philippines 16-Nov-11
SingaporeSingapore 24-Nov-11
台湾 | Taiwan台湾 | Taiwan 5-Nov-11
ไทย | Thailandไทย | Thailand 8-Dec-11
VietnamVietnam 7-Oct-11

 

For  additional images related to the fiim role please visit the page on this site linked here: The video trailer for the film can be found here:

 

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Straw Dogs in list of 2011 Best Movies To Watch

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Straw Dogs cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Kate Bosworth, and James Marsden

Robert Butler with the Kansas City Star listed Rod Lurie’s Straw Dogs as a movie to watch in 2011. Straw Dogs according to his article is due to be released 9/16/2011 (which is a different date from what was reported earlier) features Alexander Skarsgard, Kate Bosworth and James Marsden.

Mr. Butler states why this film is one to watch in this excerpt:

Straw Dogs” (Sept. 16): Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 original — about a milquetoast professor who must defend his sexy wife and his vacation farmhouse from raging local thugs — is simultaneously terrific and ridiculous. A remake could be a big mistake, but I’m eager to see what director Rod Lurie (“The Contender,” “Deterrence”) and his cast (James Marsden, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard) can do with it.

Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2011/01/05/2561101/down-with-superheroes-we-look.html#ixzz1AIehDySY

Down with superheroes! We look elsewhere for 2011’s best movies – KansasCity.com.

The gallery below has images from Straw Dogs cast and filming. I know fans of Alexander have been patiently awaiting the release of the film. Sounds like we may have a little bit longer to wait.

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Q & A with Rod Lurie

2010mar4tbseas3_n9s0Sam Littman recently interviewed Filmmaker Rod Lurie. Rod  continued his tradition of coming to Syracuse University to present his most recent work, “Straw Dogs,” to a large audience Friday night at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

A remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial 1971 film starring Dustin Hoffman and Susan George, Lurie’s film is just as brutal and certainly holds its own when compared to its predecessor. Here, Lurie talks to The Daily Orange about the process of remaking the film and how his version will compare to the original picture.

To be bold: Were you trying to one-up Sam Peckinpah?

Nobody, least of all myself, can one-up this master. That was not my ambition. There’s definitely an ambition to try to make a fantastic film, but it would have been a fool’s errand to say that you’re going to make a better film than Peckinpah. The truth is that Peckinpah is one of the great masters in all of cinema, one of the most imitated directors of all-time, and I frankly don’t have the experience nor do I think the genius of Sam Peckinpah. He was rather extraordinary in what he was able to create and he also had balls the size of Texas to make a movie like this. My vision is a personal one. I’ve had some critical success in my time, but what I would really like to see is a movie that’s regarded as a really well made film but also is a commercial success, and I’m hoping that this movie has the opportunity to be both.

What inspired you to remake “Straw Dogs,” a film that is widely considered to be a landmark in cinema?

Well, “landmark” is the key word here; it’s a more appropriate word than ‘classic.’ First of all, when you have an opportunity to make a film, you take it very seriously. My producing partner, Marc Frydman, came to me and told me that he thought he could pick up the rights to “Straw Dogs” for a remake, and at first I thought he was bananas, that we would simply have a bullseye on our backs regardless of how well the film would be made. And that probably still is the case. But the point is that the film, even if you look at the oeuvre of Sam Peckinpah, is not a classic. In fact, I’ll take it one step further. Let’s say that “The Wild Bunch” is church, and “Straw Dogs” is state. And what I mean by that is that with “The Wild Bunch,” Peckinpah, in all his genius, created a genre, created something that had never been done before. I think that with “Straw Dogs” he was playing in the same playground as “The Wild Bunch.” Also I think that unlike “The Wild Bunch,” which was very specific to its era and its location, “Straw Dogs” was eminently remakable (re-makable, not remarkable) as a story because it could be moved to the United States and could be set in modern times.

Is the transposition in setting from England to the American South vital to the film’s meaning, or did you change it merely to give the film a different feel?

I did certainly change it to give it a different feel. I know and lived in the American South, I don’t really know the country sides of England although I lived in England for a while. Those kinds of towns in England I don’t think really exist in the same way as they did 40 years ago when this film came out, but these towns do exist in the United States. The thing about these towns is that very few people are moving into them. People are moving out. So basically the same families have been in the same homes now for over a century, and the truth is that because people don’t move into the towns, the same mindset remains, be it political, racial or religious.

Alexander Skarsgard is absolutely dazzling in the film. How does he compare to Del Henney, the actor whose role he inherited?

Well this is the one area where I will lay my cards out and tell you that we did exceed the original in the casting of Alex. We found Alexander before he really exploded, and he met with myself and with Clint Culpepper several times, and we were unsure because he wasn’t necessarily a big name and Alexander in person is unbelievably sweet, and very Swedish. But he translated into something absolutely extraordinary and I think that the Charlie in our film is somebody that you can much better understand why Amy was ever into him in the first place. In the original film I don’t necessarily think that you spend an hour, especially the women in the audience, arguing who you would rather see Amy with. In this film that certainly is the case because he comes across as very down-to-earth, very rugged, very much a man, very unpretentious, which is sort of the opposite of how David is perceived in the film. You’re going to see the emergence of Alexander as one of the biggest stars in the world. I doubt I’ll be able to get him on the phone in two years.

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