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Straw Dogs Trailer – Clueless Cash-In or Honourable Homage?

The teaser trailer for Rod Lurie’s remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic Straw Dogs hit the ‘net this week. The 1971 original, Peckinpah’s most controversial film was banned in the UK for many years due to its violence, and a particularly contentious rape scene. As with much of Peckinpah’s work, Straw Dogs was full of artistic brilliance but its reputation was marred by criticism of some of the more edgy elements. That such a great movie has found itself boiled down to the film with ‘that scene’ is a great shame. Beware potential spoilers for both the original and the remake below. Continue reading

Remakes – Is Any Film Sacred?

 It was just a couple of days ago, when I wrote about the evolving Alien prequel, that I stated that I was not, as a rule, against prequels, sequels, reboots and remakes. Trust Hollywood, then, to put this assertion to the test with the news that following the departure of executive Jessica Goodman from Warner Bros, a whole batch of remakes in development hell have been re distributed to other WB execs. On first glance, I didn’t really have a problem with this. The news that proposed remakes that were going nowhere have been shared out amongst execs that may well not take them anywhere isn’t inherently newsworthy. However, when I read the titles that were being primed for reboots, I started to shudder. Lethal Weapon, Westworld and the like are considered classics by many. Thinking reasonably about it, though, and you can find justification. Continue reading