Screen Junkies » straw dogs http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 11 Dec 2014 22:13:01 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 And The Winner Of Our ‘Straw Dogs’ Caption Contest Is… http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/and-the-winner-of-our-%e2%80%98straw-dogs-caption-contest-is%e2%80%a6/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/and-the-winner-of-our-%e2%80%98straw-dogs-caption-contest-is%e2%80%a6/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:00:42 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240709 And the other winner is...

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It’s time to give away more free stuff. God bless America (or wherever the hell you’re from).

We have a winner in our Straw Dogs caption contest. The funniest caption gets Straw Dogs on Blu-ray. So, I won’t waste any more time. Thanks to all who entered.

Winner: Jay T. Taggart
“When Jim and Amy said they were putting on a show I didn’t know there was going to be a donkey involved…..”

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Caption This Pic And Win ‘Straw Dogs’ On DVD http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/caption-this-pic-and-win-straw-dogs-on-dvd/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/caption-this-pic-and-win-straw-dogs-on-dvd/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 23:14:42 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239714 It's easy!

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It’s time to win more free stuff. God bless America (or wherever the hell you’re from).

You know how it works. Take a look at the pic below, and think of a funny caption. Once you’re finished, post the caption in the comment section below. After a while, I’ll look at your comments and pick my favorite. The funniest caption gets Straw Dogs on Blu-ray.

All entries must be received no later than December 20th, which is also the day Straw Dogs arrives on Blu-ray.

Caption This Pic…

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7 Victims Who Fought Back With A Vengeance http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-victims-who-fought-back-with-a-vengeance/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-victims-who-fought-back-with-a-vengeance/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:58:42 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=239507 They've taken all they can stand.

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Straw Dogs becomes available on Blu-ray™ and DVD December 20th, which means you can watch James Marsden house Alexander Skarsgard in the comfort of your living room. The story centers around Marsden, a big city screenwriter and his hot wife played by Kate Bosworth. When backwater locals notice that nerdy Marsden has a hot wife, they decide to terrorize the couple in the hopes of getting some. These dudes are total charmers.

The brewing conflict explodes and the couple must fight for their lives with James Marsden’s character finding the guts to stand up for himself and his family. That’s why you do not mess with a writer, and by extension a blogger. We’re not afraid to get creative with power tools.

Take a look at all the Sony “Action Unleashed” DVDs!

The Crow

You simply cannot run around killing terrible musicians and their fiancées. Not only is it rude, but it’s also dangerous. You never know when your victim is going to return from the grave with super powers and systematically kill you and your cohorts. Did you learn nothing from watching RoboCop?

Revenge of the Nerds

You can only be pushed so far, even if you’re a nerd. When terrorized by the big men on campus, a group of nerdy students band together to turn the tables on the jocks. In this scenario, an upper-decker simply will not suffice. What they need to do is beat these jerks at their own game. Which means, they best them at the Annual Greek Games, steal their homes, and then their girlfriends.

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Straw Dogs http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/straw-dogs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/straw-dogs/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 23:30:57 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=228089 Director: Rod Lurie Cast: James Mardsen, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard Synopsis: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them,...

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Director: Rod Lurie

Cast: James Mardsen, Kate Bosworth, Alexander Skarsgard

Synopsis: L.A. screenwriter David Sumner relocates with his wife to her hometown in the deep South. There, while tensions build between them, a brewing conflict with locals becomes a threat to them both.

Release Date: September 16, 2011

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9 Film Remakes That Were Surprisingly Awesome http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/nine-film-remakes-that-were-surprisingly-awesome/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/nine-film-remakes-that-were-surprisingly-awesome/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 13:34:43 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=228945 Hard to believe, but sometimes remakes aren't complete trash.

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The remake of the Sam Peckinpah classic Straw Dogs hit theaters over the weekend, and while response was mixed, some high profile critics (including Rodger Ebert) were very supportive of the film. It’s no surprise why film remakes get bashed. Many viewers are sick of seeing their favorite movies cannibalized for the next generation, while others are tired of Hollywood re-using its old ideas instead of backing new concepts. But remakes aren’t always a bad thing. Consider this list of classics, old and new, that were themselves remakes. They say the exception goes to prove the rule, but I’m glad these nine awesome exceptions were given a shot.

1. The Fly

David Cronenberg‘s 1986 horror masterpiece drew its origins from the 1958 cult classic starring Vincent Price. Making use of (then) modern special effects techniques, the movie offers a chilling commentary about the dangers of unchecked scientific progress in a way the original never could. It also made me throw up when I was eight-years old!

2. Cape Fear

The original Cape Fear, staring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, was a striking thriller for its time. But when Martin Scorsese took on the material thirty years later, he crafted a violent and chilling morality play, brutalizing the characters-and the audience-in a way early 1960′s film censorship boards would never allow. Plus, we got that awesome meme of DeNiro laughing maniacally in a movie theater, and that has only changed our world for the better.

3. Ocean’s Eleven

I don’t think I’m killing a sacred cow by saying that the original Ocean’s 11 was not a great film. It was mostly an excuse for Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack to hang out in Vegas, get loaded, and call it a movie. But the concept was solid, and director Steven Soderbergh knocked that concept out of the park, crafting the ultimate heist movie and starting the redemption of George Clooney after the debacle that was Batman & Robin. Then the cast made Ocean’s 12, which was mostly an excuse for them to hang out in Europe, get loaded and call it a sequel. Oh well.

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Willa Holland http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/willa-holland/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/willa-holland/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 17:40:17 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=228356 Willa Holland is a small-town cheerleader in 'Straw Dogs.'

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Willa Holland is a small-town cheerleader in Straw Dogs. That’s what we’ve gathered from the production stills, anyway. Holland is best known for her role on “The O.C.” and has appeared in such films as Legion and Chasing 3000.

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9 Most Disturbing Home Invasion Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-most-disturbing-home-invasion-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-most-disturbing-home-invasion-movies/#comments Tue, 06 Sep 2011 15:00:14 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227016 Anybody home?

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The upcoming film Straw Dogs appears to take the home invasion genre to new heights of depravity. So it might be a good idea for you to prepare yourself for the Straw Dogs juju by taking a look at some disturbing home invasion movies from years past.

Funny Games

Michael Haneke’s Funny Games is a remake, but it’s a remake of the director’s own movie, sadistically tailored to American audiences. And it is perhaps the ultimate home invasion movie, using ever weapon in the director’s arsenal to drive the characters (an upper-class suburban family who are attacked by two murderously playful villains) and the audience into a frenzy.

Panic Room

A good home invasion movie grabs the audience by the throat and puts them in a state of almost unbearable suspense – this is certainly the case with Panic Room. There’s a twist, though- for the vast majority of the movie, the mother and daughter being invaded aren’t even in the same room with the dangerous thieves that have broken into their home. It’s thanks to the “panic room” of the title, but what happens if the invaders want to get INTO the panic room?

One Hour Photo

Some home invaders prefer to provide more psychological than physical disturbances. Robin Williams‘ character in One Hour Photo would be a good a good example of this, as he becomes unhealthily obsessed with a family that regularly has their photos developed by him. His loneliness is so real that you might find yourself feeling sorry for him, at least until he snaps and starts threatening the family members with a knife when they don’t meet his standards for the perfect family.

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Posters For ‘Deathly Hallows’, ‘Straw Dogs’ And ‘John Carter’ (Formerly Of Mars) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/posters-for-deathly-hallows-straw-dogs-and-john-carter-formerly-of-mars/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/posters-for-deathly-hallows-straw-dogs-and-john-carter-formerly-of-mars/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 20:00:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216245 Only one of these films is not in 3D, which is fine with me, as I find rural bullying hits too close to home as it is.

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Posters for three upcoming films are making the rounds today, though they seem to have very little in common. Even the shapes of the posters are distinct. That said, since Straw Dogs isn’t exactly a summer blockbuster, John Carter doesn’t hit theaters for another 10 months or so, and Harry Potter has released a million other posters before this, they all have to share a round-up post. Such is life.

The Straw Dogs poster demonstrates how angry James Marsden gets when the sexiest vampire from”True Blood” breaks his glasses.

John Carter would like to say hello. Judging by the poster, the producers would like you to call him “JC.” Are there some religious undertones here? Taylor Kitsch, who plays John Carter, has long hair, so the answer is an unqualified “yes.”

Four new Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 posters came out today, and they look pretty much like the other 5,200 posters we’ve seen for the final installment. They might have been taught at Hogwarts how to defeat evil, but it appears the gang was sick the day they taught everyone about respecting other people’s property.

Star Wars taught us that the bad guy always has the re weapon. What is this poster trying to say? Is Harry actually the villain and Voldemort the hero? Should the title have been Voldemort Jones and the Smooshed Nose of Righteousness?

This poster demonstrates that you can be both the leader of all that is evil and also be visibly self-conscious about your appearance.

If this final showdown demonstrated in the this poster and the previous one isn’t set to Michael Jackson‘s “Beat It” then…missed opportunity.

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Things Get Intense, Awesome In The ‘Straw Dogs’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/things-get-intense-awesome-in-the-straw-dogs-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/things-get-intense-awesome-in-the-straw-dogs-trailer/#comments Fri, 13 May 2011 19:41:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=212061 You've pushed James Marsden's buttons for the last time, Alexander Skarsgard.

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Straw Dogs was clearly a movie that did not need its story to be retold. Movie buffs lamented this remake as lazy and unoriginal. Perhaps they were right about the motivations behind the decision to remake the film, but, as this trailer demonstrates, the end result looks pretty intense and fun.

This remake of Straw Dogs follows the same basic formula as the original, with James Marsden and Kate Bosworth playing the happy couple and Alexander Skarsgard playing the head baddie. Marsden and Bosworth get tormented by Skarsgard until the mild-mannered Marsden stands his ground, much like Dustin Hoffman did in the original.

While the big star of this film is certainly the story, any questions as to whether direction and performances can live up to the original should be answered here. It’s not the original, but it looks like a damn entertaining film. People should harass James Marsden much more frequently if this is the result.

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