Ok, The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day has had its fun. I’ll give you one more chance and if you don’t clear out now there’ll be real trouble. I mean it.
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!
I have not seen the Straw Dogs remake despite genuinely enjoying the work of the actors involved. James Marsden is one of our generation’s most likable actors and neither he nor his co-star Kate Bosworth have quite had that perfect role that really takes them to the next level.
Some day I’ll see the movie, probably on Netflix or HBO, but I’m such a big fan of Sam Peckinpah’s original Straw Dogs that I can’t imagine how they could even begin to top any aspect of that film. There’s something raw about Peckinpah’s film. It’s a film of grey areas, with tainted heroes and despicable yet oddly human villains.
Today’s image is from Peckinpah’s film, with the director in bed with Susan George. There’s a joke here, but I’m just going to leave it alone. Straw Dogs is a great film. If you haven’t seen it, make sure to add it to your queue.
Thanks to Jeff Slater for sending this one in. Click to enlargen.
If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s pic is one of those creators with his creations type images. It’s cool enough to make your blood turn green!
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July 27, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST
July 27, 2012, 3:56 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
....my buddy saw it & the premises he described gave me the heeby-geebies....
July 27, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST
Worked with her on a film in Dubai a few years ago: so insecure. So sad. So badly handled... (we cut one of her scenes in the morning, and no-one told her, so at the end of the day, when she thought she still had another scene to go and the wrap was called, she lost her shit. Oops.)
July 27, 2012, 3:59 p.m. CST
by Jack Desmondi
July 27, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST
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July 27, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST
Hollywood's output of drama's is basically dry-aside from Oscar bait. Even though they might not count as "genre fare" Fanboys need to support smart dramas when they arrive in theaters. These are films that don't rely solely on big set pieces, or booming bass sounding scores. (and no, vampiric "melodrama's" don't count) just sayin' Also helps having a Good David Warner appearance to add more grey tones.
July 27, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST
How did Pekinpah do that photo? He looks like a decapitated head on the bed besides Susan George. Sort of like Jack Woltz and the horse's head in 'The Godfather'.
July 27, 2012, 10:12 p.m. CST
Hey, Quint...you get the DVD I sent you? That movie I sent you is one of the greatest movies of all time and has Danny Elfman's best score.
July 28, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST
although I have never seen the movie. (So I have no authority to say anything about the picture.) Thc the photograph is pure art.
July 28, 2012, 1:26 a.m. CST
Is it one of the Star Trek movies with ether Gene Rodenberry or and artist working on a minature, a backdrop or something else?
July 28, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST
Anyone notice no batman comments are allowed on this site anymore? Did I miss the memo. Really strange. I mean the movie had flaws but damn I just saw it wanted to comment.
July 28, 2012, 10:03 a.m. CST
July 28, 2012, 5:53 p.m. CST
Rod Lurie hated the original and truly thought he could do better. Maybe not in filmmaking, but in politics and perspective. That is not my opinion. Listen to his commentary and tell me if it doesn't tick you off. He even uses Peckinpah quotes to in an attempt to "destroy" the original film.
July 28, 2012, 10:52 p.m. CST
Peckinpah's sexual politics are not always well thought-out or even palatable, but "Straw Dogs" is his masterpiece.
It is such a raw expulsion of the directior's personal demons and even despite the filmmaker's intentions (which vary depending on who was talking with Peckinpah at the time) lives as this powerful document about the flaws and fears that destroy a marriage. It exists for me as an incredibly intimate personal experience. The first time that I saw it, pulling myself up front of the TV so that I could confront it, finally seeing this film that I had so dreaded and equally desired to see for some many years, I don't feel that I can now adequately describe my emotions at the time. It is one of those times in which you feel this terrible kinship with an artist who somehow, possibly unbeknowst even to himself, has stripped his film free of hidden pretenses and deceitful Hollywood illusions and exposed his mind and even soul in such a transparent way. It is a high-wire act of a film that works perfectly for me. Not only that, it makes me feel a great sympathy and love for Peckinpah, a director who sometimes disgusts me (the whorish image of women so prevalent in the false hero worship that is "Pat Garret and Billy the Kid," despite its beautiful soundtrack by Bob Dylan). Ebert personally reviles Peckinpah's "Straw Dogs" while not hiding his love of the remake, a film that he feels fixing the original film's "flaws" and troubleing politics. And yet, Ebert was a champion of many of Peckinpah's latter-career films, especially "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia," a film that for him provides the personal connection with Peckinpah that I feel through "Straw Dogs." Ebert for one knows intimately the ravages and personal hell of alcoholism and sees its reflection and revelation in the tortured dream of redemption that "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" is. I recommend reading Ebert's personal essay on "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" in his "Great Movies" column - about as powerful a piece as he ever wrote, comparably to his interview with an aged Lee Marvin. Peckinpah has been for me a difficult director to come to grips with, partly because while at times he is so easy to love he equally at other junctures, with his pure 100 proof spirit of honesty combined with his very idiosynchratic viewpoints on the world, is incredibly hard to love. "Straw Dogs" marks a film for me that stands as individual as any other, quite like the literary theory that views the work as necessarily separate of its authorship. Few works of art make this a viable theory, but I feel that "Straw Dogs" is one - it is almost completely alone in the impact of its influence. It is like a green glass bottle brought heavily and resoundingly upon the head. The blow echoes within it.
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