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Columns

Thursday, July 30 2009

Rudy Wurlitzer, Bob Dylan, Bloody Sam, and the Jornado del Muerto

Dylan’s beautifully simple ballad captures the paradoxical fear of and longing for death that is the hallmark of Wurlitzer’s narratives and what lurks at the heart of the human experience.


Thursday, February 5 2009

Conversing with Rudy Wurlitzer: ‘A Beaten-up Old Scribbler’

My conversations with Rudy Wurlitzer were not unlike a road journey itself with plenty of unplanned side trips along the way.


Reviews

Tuesday, October 26 2004

Straw Dogs (2004)

Perhaps David's decision is heroic, given the circumstances, but the accumulated images of his passivity remind the viewer that better choices.


Blogs

Friday, March 20 2015

Sam Peckinpah's 'Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid' Is the Last Great Western

This is not just a great Peckinpah film, but perhaps Hollywood’s last great classic Western, a film of tremendous self-reflection and deep sadness.


Thursday, September 15 2011

'Straw' vs. 'Straw'

Sam Peckinpah had politics - national and gender - on his mind when he made his movie. Rod Lurie just has a few pretty faces.


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