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Everything You Never Wanted To Know About The Original I Spit On Your Grave

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In 1978 Meir Zarchi released I Spit On Your Grave another in the line of rape-revenge films.  A film that would have never been made without Last House on the Left, and Deliverance, but this time they centered on the rape and the revenge without any social context interweaved into the plot.  The tagline for I Spit On Your Grave was: This woman has just chopped, crippled and mutilated four men beyond recognition...  but no jury in America would ever convict her!  The second title for the film read: Day of the Woman.  This film shows the strength within womankind to stand up for themselves when they are mistreated.  The main problem with I Spit On Your Grave as being a feminist piece is that Zarchi draws out the rape scene for way too long.  The four men each get a separate chance to take advantage of the woman, and each time they let her go before they catch her again.  From the moment the rapists pull the victim’s boat onto shore and try to grab her the sequence lasts for twenty-five …

Catfish

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To review Catfish is problematic in several ways.We could provide spoilers and dive into the plotline, but since most people haven’t seen the film yet, we would ruin the experience.Another potential problem of a review would be jading your preconceived notions about the film itself and therefore again ruining the experience.So in this difficult position we would like to briefly discuss the hype machine of this film.
Countless interviews have been done with Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman that all describe the authenticity of the film.In an early showing Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) told the two that their film was the best mockumentary he’d ever seen.Henry & Ariel’s response to allegations that their film is a hoax add more intrigue to the hype machine: we could have never imagined the direction this film went.The biggest problem is the gimmick of the trailer or it is the film’s saving grace, we can’t tell.In the trailer references to Hitchcock are tossed around without regard,…