Website Offers Reviews "As A Contact Sport"
Veteran writer/producer Bryce Zabel has launched a new movie review website, MovieSmackdown.com, in which newly released films are compared with early ones with similar themes, content or cast. "The way people actually talk about movies is by comparing them to other films they've loved or hated that are similar in some way," Zabel said in a statement. "So we embrace that reality and treat film reviews as a contact sport that has winners and losers." For example, The Help is compared with Driving Miss Daisy ; The Hangover with Bridesmaids ; Contagion with (1995's) Outbreak. The concept is carried forth with other features on the site. An interview with Rod Lurie, whose Straw Dogs opens today (Friday), focuses on the differences between his film and the original 1971 movie directed by Sam Peckinpah.