The Directors: Sam Peckinpah

I love Peckinpah films. They are beautiful, violent, deep and just ballsy. His films at the core are about people who have been left behind by the world. Whether it’s the cowboy (“The Wild Bunch”, “Ride the High Country” and “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid”) a man adapting to a new life in a new country (“Straw Dogs”, “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia”) a trucker (“Convoy”) or an ex con (“The Getaway”) – all these characters are abandoned.  His loyalty of an ensemble group of actors is something I’ve always admired of him (Warren Oates, Kris Kristofferson, Steve McQueen and Ben Johnson – just to name a few).  His films are nothing less than edgy.

1. “The Wild Bunch” – 1969

2. “Ride the High Country” – 1962

3. “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” – 1974

4. “Straw Dogs” – 1971

5. “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid” – 1973

6. “The Getaway” – 1972

7. “The Osterman Weekend” – 1983

8. “Junior Bonner” – 1972

9. “Convoy” – 1978

10. “Cross of Iron” – 1977

Author: Frank Mengarelli

Everybody relax, Frank's here. After going to film school at Columbia College Chicago, Frank decided to underachieve with his vast knowledge of film into a career in civil service. Frank had a brief stint as a film blogger, and then he met the heterosexual love of his life, Nick Clement. The two instantly bonded over their love from everything to Terence Malick to THE EXPENDABLES films. Some of Frank's favorite filmmakers are Terence Malick, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Sylvester Stallone, Oliver Stone and Spike Lee. Some of his favorite films are THE TREE OF LIFE, STAR WARS (all of them), BAD LIEUTENANT, THE THING and ALL THAT JAZZ. Frank spends his free time with his dog Roger, collecting any Star Wars collectible he can find and trying to finish his pretentious, first person narrative novel(la), LARGE MEN IN SMALL CARS..

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