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Sam Peckinpaw's STRAW DOGS is in ways a similar but superior film. I can admire 'DOGS for its many strengths, so long as I avoid viewing it as the MAN-AS-ANIMAL fable that Peckinpaw intended. It isn't that I disagree with his view of humans as domesticated animals. Rather, I see 'DOGS as a rare example of violent drama and technical virtuosity transcending the simplicity of its maker's defense; whether Peckinpaw has a point or not seems beside the point. Of course, the trick with any argument is in having good evidence. In pressing one's point of view, there is often, in or out of the filmic context, an artful description of a scene/scenario, one that reflects the viewer's position. In this way, films have the strange ability to create their own myths, their own arguments. To invest a film with one's views too forcibly can dull the work's independent life with the sententiousness of fables.Read more ›
The demonstration of every human's vulnerability in this film is so graphically and unexpectedly rendered as to make it, in fact, one of the more terrifying films I've seen as an adult. It doesn't mean to remind us of the monster in the closet or the monster in our own hearts so much as it means to remind us that we are flesh and blood exposed to all the monstrosities of the world, regardless the strength of our minds, the intelligence of our emotions. In the end, brutal death is waiting and "deserve has nothing to do with it".
It brings to mind the Charles Bukowski quote: "There are no beautiful women; there are not strong men". For in this film, everything is broken down.
Twenty Nine Palms was a hard one to watch. First it bored us to death with long, untrimmed scenes, seemingly about not too much.
But I didn't think a film that had indulged itself as much as this one would fail to provide a decent payoff at the end.
Well, the film paid off all right.
A lot of what seems to be aimless ballast in the film turns out to have informed the shocking ending.
This guy who looks and acts like Travis Bickel in Taxi Driver, has a lust for sex even Travis, despite his pent up violence, does not display.
Not that the girl wasn't mostly game, though she complained about the underwater sex act in the motel swimming pool. She said her boyfriend "hurt" her.
A group of marines jump into the pool. 'Travis' then asks Katie if he would still be acceptable if he shaved his head like the raucous marines. She said he would NOT be acceptable, but the marines were "very handsome." This is a very ambivalent response to a pretty jealous boyfriend. The hair theme is pronounced in the film. It is a manlihood issue for 'Travis.' At one point Katie asks Jim what he uses on his hair. He doesn't answer.
The Marine discussion is one in a long series of actions, sex play and significant dialog between the couple that inform the violent end of the film.
'Travis' is ambivalent and a little jealous of those marines that broke up the tryst in the pool. Both the raucous marines and the jealousy theme echo in the rape scene near the end and the devastating Tsunami-like backlash later in the motel room.
There's a theme of isolation in the desert and in the two lovers' almost total separation from everyone as they wander from motel to desert and back again.Read more ›
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A boring, pretentious movie that doesn't deliver. It's a tease that never progresses to a fully developed work. Self-indulgent with no redeeming value.Published on March 3, 2013 by Russell Munson
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Could someone please explain to me what happened here? I sat through this entire movie and then it abruptly ends. Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by Christopher Alexander
I thought this was going to be a mild lackluster movie until it got close to the end. There are two scenes that are very disturbing & not for the weak of heart. Read morePublished on August 14, 2010 by M. Gay
I just saw this film last night. I like checking out the amazon reviews of a film I've just seen sometimes, to see what other people thought. Read morePublished on March 22, 2010 by Douglas King
well i recieved the video in 3 days so i cant complain, was in excellent conditionPublished on December 8, 2009 by L. Clark Jr.
There are some movies that warrant reviews because they deserve one and there are some movies that warrant reviews as warnings to the unsuspecting viewer from watching celluloid... Read morePublished on December 14, 2008 by Sharad Yadav
This is a particularly bad film. It's extremely boring and tedious for the first hour or so. The last half hour has a good night scene, and a shocking act of violence, but... Read morePublished on October 1, 2008 by Grigory's Girl