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Posts Tagged ‘Sam Peckinpah’

Film Critic Michael Sragow Introduces Himself to Register Readers

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The idea that Michael Sragow was hired as Orange County Register film critic at age 60, shortly after taking a Tribune Co. buyout from the Baltimore Sun, is the kind of surprise-happy ending that usually only happens in the movies.

Sragow this week is finally getting down to the business of picking up where he left off at the Sun, until reviews from Chicago Tribune colleague Michael Phillips began more recently taking budget-precedence. He’s also shared a wonderful introductory essay, revealing that Skyfall was his favorite movie of 2012 and that his all-time number one dates back to the Bond year of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service:

A great movie, like my all-time favorite, Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, quickens my whole system…

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Director Rod Lurie Joins Twitter Brigade

As of June 13, writer-director Rod Lurie (The Contender, Commander in Chief) is on Twitter. The one-time LA film critic has apparently recognized the importance of interacting on social media, especially when you have dared to remake a Sam Peckinpah classic like Straw Dogs (Lurie’s version, with James Marsden and Kate Bosworth, comes out in September).

One of Lurie’s very first tweets predicted that a new level of stardom will greet another one of his remake’s co-stars, Alexander Skarsgård, best known for the role of Eric Northman on HBO’s smoldering vampire series True Blood. A number of other tweets have had to do with Lurie’s love of the cards:

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