In Contention

Tell us what you thought of ‘Straw Dogs’

Posted by · 10:51 am · September 16th, 2011

One last solicitation for thoughts today, on Rod Lurie’s “Straw Dogs” remake. I already offered my receptive opinion of the film, but I’m curious what everyone else has to say. So cut loose with your thoughts when/if you get around to it this weekend.

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Lurie’s ‘Straw Dogs’ finds its own way

Posted by · 4:48 pm · September 14th, 2011

I should really write something about Rod Lurie’s “Straw Dogs” remake, which, naturally, has been met with a lot of skepticism ever since it was announced. “How dare someone tinker with Peckinpah,” etc. As if Peckinpah is beyond reproach. He’s not, I’d argue, and Lurie’s version of the novel that Peckinpah’s film was based upon […]

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‘Straw Dogs’ poster

Posted by · 5:52 pm · June 14th, 2011

Rod Lurie’s “Straw Dogs” will be hitting theaters this September. The trailer hit last month. Today, the poster. I’m glad marketing went head-on by not just invoking, but straight up reconstituting the striking imagery from the original film’s one-sheet. If you’re gonna do it, might as well go all out. Lurie revealed it today via […]

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‘Straw Dogs’ trailer

Posted by · 4:56 pm · May 13th, 2011

Some call the idea of remaking Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs” sacrilege. Others understand the film is hardly untouchable. Whatever your take, Rod Lurie’s re-imagining in the bayou (held up due to ratings issues, among other things) is finally on the way, dropping in September. Yahoo! Movies dropped the trailer recently. Check it out by clicking […]

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12/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:24 am · December 11th, 2009

• Jeffrey Wells conveys the sentiment from director Rod Lurie: Kathryn Bigelow will win the Oscar for Best Director this year.  Agreed. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Scott Bowles talks to the man of the hour: James Cameron. [USA Today] • Steve Pond sits down with “Mary and Max” writer/director Adam Elliot. [The Odds]

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The Academy opens the doors to 134 new members

Posted by · 10:56 am · June 30th, 2009

The headline says it all.  After bringing in 105 new members last year, the Academy has just announced a new list of 134 names to join their ranks. Actors include Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Jeffrey Wright (woo-hoo!), James McAvoy, Casey Affleck (who should have been brought in after his 2007 nomination), James Franco, Michael Cera […]

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Director Lurie writes up “real man” Roger Ebert

Posted by · 12:24 pm · May 4th, 2009

Director Rod Lurie recently presented his film “Nothing But the Truth” (which finally benefited from a mass-market release by landing on DVD last week) at Roger Ebert’s Ebertfest.  Using the sad news of Ebert’s paper, the Chicago Sun-Times, filing Chapter 11 in March as a spring-board, Lurie writes up a nice love letter to the […]

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Filmmaker publicly sticks it to Nikki Finke…finally

Posted by · 9:31 pm · March 31st, 2009

Okay, it should be noted at the top that director Rod Lurie’s op-ed against the more-in-the-news-than-ever Nikki Finke is running on Sharon Waxman’s website, The Wrap, and that Waxman and Finke have been at each other’s throats, it seems, for a while now.  The dust on that journalist cat fight was kicked up once again […]

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SANTA BARBARA: ‘Truth,’ Winslet light up the town

Posted by · 12:20 am · January 24th, 2009

I’ll dig into individual film reviews in due time.  It’s been a slow start up here in Santa Barbara but the first two nights have been charming enough. Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth” gets better and better each time I see it, particularly where Lurie’s work as a writer is concerned.  Some beats are […]

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What movie were you watching?

Posted by · 4:15 am · December 19th, 2008

The last-minute switcheroo suggests, perhaps unintentionally, that Rachel is less a martyr to the cause than a schemer looking to cover her tracks. The muddying of her motives might be truer to life, but it obliterates the movie’s tidy morality play and leaves us wondering whether the bad guys had the right idea after all. […]

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12/13 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:27 am · December 14th, 2008

• Rod Lurie wants to steer comparisons of “Nothing But the Truth” away from Judith Miller, evokes Susan McDougal. [Los Angeles Times] • The company behind releasing his film, meanwhile, goes into chapter 11. [Variety] • Is the Academy ready to award digital performances? [Variety] • Sasha Stone spotlights the seasons actor reunions. [Awards Daily] […]

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Getting around to the BFCAs

Posted by · 10:26 am · December 9th, 2008

A late night premiere and after party kept me in bed most of the morning.  It happens.  So I’m just now coming around to today’s BFCA announcement.  First, some reactions (full disclosure, I am a member of the organization). First and foremost, the group subtracted one category (Best Family Film) and added another (Best Action […]

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11/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:04 am · November 22nd, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells hangs with the “Revolutionary Road” crew in the Big Apple. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Ditto Glenn Kenny, who moderated the post-screening Q&A. [Some Came Running] • David Poland waxes on about how much he thinks “Revolutionary Road” fails, and judging by his charts, clearly hasn’t seen “Australia” yet. [Movie City News] • Steve […]

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New original song contenders from ‘Madagascar,’ ‘Truth’

Posted by · 12:29 pm · October 27th, 2008

It looks like that rather flimsy Best Original Song category is finding a few more contenders to hopefully erase the embarrassment of last year’s nominees (three for “Enchanted,” nothing for “Into the Wild” — at least “Once” took the gold). First up, will.i.am and Hans Zimmer have cranked out four new tracks for “Madagascar: Escape […]

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Release date for ‘Nothing But the Truth’

Posted by · 9:31 pm · October 2nd, 2008

Yari Film Group has locked in the release date of December 19th for Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth,” hoping to cash in on the awards season on the heels of mainly positive reaction at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.  My thoughts are here. In my opinion, the film’s best chances at nominations are […]

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9/10 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:12 am · September 10th, 2008

• Journos continue to catch up with the two-week-old narrative: Toronto isn’t an Oscar playground this year.  [Entertainment Weekly] • Anthony Breznican, thankfully, tries to come at it from a slightly different perspective. [USA Today] • James Rocchi sits down with Darren Aronofsky for some choice words in Toronto. [Cinematical] • Jeffrey Wells is in […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Nothing But the Truth” (***)

Posted by · 1:19 pm · September 8th, 2008

I gave a brief reaction to Rod Lurie’s “Nothing But the Truth” a few weeks ago, but I thought now would be a good time to fully explore what the film has to offer.  Debuting tonight at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Truth” holds up on multiple viewings and, given the particulars of the narrative, […]

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