Friday, September 16, 2011

Escape to the Movies: "Straw Dogs"

You think YOU hate the end of Summer? I've got to keep reviewing "dump it in early-fall" nobody-cares movies like THIS...

"Intermission" shows you some of the more unusual stuff you can see on Netflix Instant RIGHT NOW.


6 comments:

Sssonic said...

I feel compelled to point out the oddly-unmentioned fact that Piper and David's extended "They Live" street brawl, in addition to inspiring "South Park"'s "cripple fight", was itself directly based on the extended fight between Clint Eastwood's character and Victor McLaglen's character which was the climax of John Ford's "The Quiet Man".

I also admit it's somewhat odd for me to have you treat a lot of these films, most of which are either fairly ubiquitous in their way (deeply traumatized as I was by it as a child, I seem unable to avoid bumping into people mentioning "Killer Klowns" online) or else have a rather enduring cult legacy even today ("Streets of Fire" isn't quite as well-known as "The Warriors", but it's far from obscure, either; "They Live", meanwhile, seems to be right up there with "The Thing" as the internet's favorite John Carpenter movie), as if no one has ever heard of them before. Maybe it's just because I'm already inclined to find out about their existence or something, but I know of, have seen, or know something about pretty much every film you discuss here, and many of them without actively seeking them out.

Also, thank you for taking "Uncle Sam" seriously and thus giving me the perfect go-to reason to never take any of your movie criticism seriously ever again. Yes, I've seen it, yes I "get" what it's going for. It is still one of the single worst movies I have ever seen and deserves nothing but derision, as far as I'm concerned.

Aiddon said...

Peckinpah must be turning in his grave right now.

Lawrence St. John McGee said...

I watched Fire and Ice the other day and sat stunned afterward. My very next thought was: I wonder what MovieBob makes of this? lol

Sylocat said...

I think the girl in Chocolate was supposed to be Autistic, not "mentally handicapped."

It's still in somewhat questionable taste (though that tends to be a major draw for me, so...), but it's one of the better portrayals of Autism onscreen I think I've ever seen.

HDCottonJr said...

Is it possible that these incessant Hollywood remakes have the one redeeming quality that they advertise older, usually better movies that the general public may not have been aware of? I had never heard of the original, but now I am very interested in seeing it.

Joe said...

I get the sense (being 5 years older than Bob) that much of this list is a showcase of the movies of my cohort, since my friends and I obsessed over many of these movies (Buckaroo Banzai, Streets of Fire, They Live). And I always appreciate his efforts to draw attention to them.

I found They Live to be one of Carpenter's worst, actually. The alley fight scene is fantastic, but the rest of the movie falls flat. I found Piper's delivery just awful, especially on That One Line Everyone Quotes.

And I loved Chocolate. I hope for some kind of Hollywood action Renaissance where they rediscover how to make an awesome fight scene without shaky-cam, slo-mo, CGI, excessive wire work, or X-Ray shots. But without the flagrant disregard for safety of the Thai films.

@HDCottonJr: It could very well be. I was very familiar with other Peckinpah films but somehow had never heard of this one.