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Straw Dogs 1971

A young American and his English wife come to rural England and face increasingly vicious local harassment...

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Today was.....I don't know.

I got up early for me, and watched movies till it was time to go to work. I sent in an application for a job too, which has me uber-excited. I need to pray for help, I NEED to get this job.

Work was weird. First round wasn't busy, and Barb stopped in to check her schedule, and chatted for a while. It's official, I've got a damn crush. Damn women...they're my weakness. Oh well, I've stifled these things before.

I don't know what went wrong, but by the end of my shift I felt horrible. My shoulder was aching, my knee was aching, and I just felt like I had no energy. Maybe it's the lack of sleep.

That's funny, because I'm still up. Much conversation made me need to watch Straw Dogs again, and my appreciation for it grew much. Hoffman's transformation from mild-mannered to "I've had enough" is wonderfully done, a reminder that everyone has a breaking point. Great performances, and some chilling scenes. It's also good to see David Warner. I never noticed, but there's a bit of similarity to it in Assault on Precinct 13. I'd say more, but Jen would claim I'm stalking her again.

Now I'm watching Moonlight Mile, a sentimental favorite of mine. Great performances by all, and I really love Ellen Pompeo. I think I own her last three films (this, Old School, and Daredevil) , and I think I might continue that trend with time.

Tomorrow's a day off. Thank God, I need it.
Straw Dogs - A



- Straw Dogs is the story of man that moves with his wife to a small town in England, where he begins to be harrased by a group of locals. In a nutshell, it is similar to Taxi Driver but I consider it better because of its faster build up and bigger, longer expolsion of rage. I found Straw Dogs powerful, gripping and at times distrubing. At times I found myself wanting to push Hoffman's character into a rage and by the end of the movie I was wanting bloodshed. Plain in simple, Straw Dogs is a great movie.
Anyone who ever questioned how hardcore Dustin Hoffman is has obviously never seen this movie (Straw Dogs). Watch it. It is necessary viewing.
Violent and disturbing. The rape scene was creepy and offending and the violence really comes out of knowhere. I was dissapointed to say the least.

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Huh. Hmm. Well, interesting is certainly a word I would use to describe this film. Good is not a word I would use to describe this film.

Not that it's bad either. My main feeling is that the story, the premise is interesting and certainly raises some valid points about the state of masculinity and the evils of lust and sexual desire, but that's all it did for me. As a film it failed on several levels.

First and foremost, some of the performances were simply awful. I can take bad acting and usually look past it, if not totally ignore it, but this was just too much. Even the normally guaranteed Hoffman was a bit sketchy in parts. It really took me out of the film as I spent a good bit of time cringing at lines.

I also don't know what Peckinpah was trying to accomplish with this film. He had a good thing going with the physical attraction to Amy and her non-chalant attitude, leading to her subsequent rape. Suddenly the film changes gears and begins to adopt some western themes reminiscent of other classic works, such as the small town controlled by local riff raff and the one man makes a stand. While this isn't a big issue, what really hurt was by changing gears the film lost a lot of intensity and fell into an identity crisis of sorts.

There were some very nice elements to the film though. The editing was superb, especially the sequence of the social gathering at the church when Amy is recalling her rape amongst the chaos of activity. However, for every good scene there were two bad scenes. For instance, the scene in which Amy sticks her gum on David's blackboard was laughable. Literally. Both my wife and I laughed out loud.

I'm interested to read the novel and see if some of the themes were evident there as well as the film, or if Peckinpah just used artistic license. It could have been a great film and a very intense study of human nature, but ended up being a muddled mess with highlights.
Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs is a powerful, tension-building, and explosive drama about a couple that moved to a seemingly quiet town hoping to find respite with tragic results!! Riveting and disturbing, this is one of Dustin Hoffman's lesser known movies (in fact, I've never heard of it until I saw the Criterion DVD at Blockbuster recently) and controversial in its initial release. I haven't seen Peckinpah's more renowned The Wild Bunch yet, but this movie is definitely daring even in today's standards and draws you in early on--in the opening scene, we see Dustin Hoffman's young and attractive wife walk through town not wearing a bra and her nipples are clearly outlined in her shirt. You knew then that you're in for a treat!! And what a treat it is-- not for the faint of heart since the violence in this movie has apparently incensed viewers and critics who saw it then and was even banned in some countries. The Criterion DVD even has some scenes in the

******SPOILER AHEAD******

controversial rape scene that wasn't shown in the theatrical release and now shown for the first time on DVD. Don't forget to listen to the audio commentary which gives us insightful analysis of the characters and their motivations. This is a challenging movie to watch but one that I highly recommend!!





Last 5 movies at the theaters:

(out of ****)

The Grudge * Easily the worst movie of the year...just glad I got a refund but still a waste of my time
Shark Tale **1/2 More bait than bite but got me hooked just the same
The Forgotten * Intriguing, but in the end, utterly forgettable..I'll take any X-Files episode over it
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow *** Cool...retro cool!! Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow have great chemistry and won me over
Resident Evil: Apocalypse **1/2 A better than average zombie movie...kick-ass

Last 5 movies on video:

Straw Dogs ****
The Wicker Man **1/2
Repulsion ***
Saved! ***
Super Size Me ***1/2
Violence with substance.
Stray Dog (Kurosawa, 1949) -



Stray Dog is a film that showcases both the potential for brilliance and the mistakes of a young director. It is clear through this film that Kurosawa had an eye for filmmaking early on. Stray Dog is filled with glimpses of pure cinematic brilliance. It is also clear through this film that Kurosawa had not yet mastered his technique. The film could have benefited greatly from tighter editing and a more restrained use of music. It is interesting to see that many of the techniques that Kurosawa would use in his later masterworks are clearly present in this film. Stray Dog is thoroughly engaging but its runtime does run a bit long. Though Kurosawa was not a master of filmmaking at this point, it is easy to see why this film may have raised a few eyebrows in its day.