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I Spit On Your Grave is a revenge film at it’s finest and also a powerful take on feminism. It was there in my HDD for past two years, and the only reason I kept on delaying it is the fact that the movie has been marked as one of the most disturbing, sickening movies ever made. But finally last night after Chelsea’s yet another loss to Man U, I decided to give it a shot.. finally..!!
While many people find it hard to look past the brutality of the rape scenes- they are failing to realize the overall outcome of the film. So what if Roger Ebert called it the “worst film ever made”, he also gave two thumbs up to Speed 2: Cruise Control (which rarely anyone has seen, and those who did end up saying ‘I Spit on your Film’). Clearly the man is not to be trusted.
Coming to the plot – Jennifer is a writer working on her first novel in her rented summer home in some woodsy area. She meets a few nice townsfolk who seem pretty normal and really not all that backwoods-like. They aren’t even close to those in Deliverance which is probably what makes the rape scenes so unbelievably gruesome. Anyways- Jennifer settles into her summer home and one day while sunning in a canoe, two of the boys round her up with a motor boat and pull her canoe to the far off side of the lake. Here she is pulled from her boat and stripped and beaten then raped by the lead guy. After this she runs away- only to be met again by all the men who once again rape her. After getting away a 2nd time she tries to call for help once she reaches her home but is interrupted by-you guessed the men once more. Oooh and raped. Again… And the scenes are really brutal, disturbing and sickening.

After barely escaping with her life, Jennifer rebounds faster than any rape victim in the history of rape victims, and plots her revenge.

As I said before, what makes the rape scenes truly unsettling is that all the men appear to be quite normal. They aren’t toothless hicks who force grown men to oink like a pig before sticking it in their butt. They just truly believe that what they are doing is 100% A-OK. Even their conversation the night before while fishing never really spells out that they are going to rape someone.
What is even more unsettling is the fact that they let her go 3 times. After the first rape I kind of thought, “that’s it?” But then bam rape number two, and bam bam rape number three. And also the actress who plays Jennifer is extremely extremely convincing. You could truly feel her anguish and her screams almost ripped through your body.

Now the revenge sequences I thought were pretty damn good. Although I kind of questioned her decision to kill Matthew, but I suppose in the end it had to be done. He still did it and even though he was egged on, he did jump in on the fun a bit suddenly…so yeah I don’t trust him.

The best revenge and probably the best scene of the movie is the bathtub scene. The red of the blood mixed with all those bubbles is pretty impressive and almost gives Argento’s blood a run for his money- but not really because that would just be preposterous. Then the way Jennifer calmly locks the door and settles down in the chair to enjoy some nice classical music, with the guy screaming in the background…I just really thought that was well done.

My only real complaint about the film was how quickly she bounced back. And how she just took a bath afterwards and laid down in her bed. There is no way she could have known she was suppose to have been killed and that those men wouldn’t be back. It doesn’t entirely make sense that she wouldn’t jump in her car right away and go to the cops immediately. The scenes after that- her taking a stroll in the meadow, and her continuing to write her novel are kind of like….ummmmm hello? You got raped? A lot. But I suppose it’s speaking to her strong character as a woman and her abitlity to move on with her life and not let what happened to her destroy her as a person and all that. It still makes me raise a “I don’t think this makes any sense” eyebrow.

The great thing about this movie is that you are always always on Jennifer’s side. Even when you see that the gas station guy has kids and a wife you never for once feel sorry for him. You might feel a little sorry for Matthew- but when Jennifer has had her last word you truly feel empowered as well. The revenge sequences weren’t some cheap way to get people to watch a horror movie and go wild over violence and blood. They were necessary to the film and it’s overall impact is a strong one. Jennifer comes away from the movie as someone who has literally whacked her rapists in the balls. Yes, she uses her sexuality to appeal to the men in the end but that is what they deserve- because nothing is worse than getting a boner and then having it cut off. Or so I’m told..!!

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Still Walking: Aruitemo Aruitemo

Posted: September 1, 2011 in Movies & TV, Reviews

It’s very rare for me to get influenced/moved by movies, but almost every few months I usually come across one such masterpiece that makes me think and wonder about this whole world, humans and human relations. Something related happened with this Japanese movie I just watched this evening.

Aruitemo Aruitemo (Still Walking) is a 2008 japenese movie, directed by Hirokazu Koreeda. With a cast comprising of Hiroshi Abe, Yui Nutsukawa and YOU… yes you, It’s a storyline so simple and still so complex that it entangles you along with it and before you can realize, you became an inseparable part of it.

A son went to meet his parents, living alone in a small town, and the duration of visit.. just one night. That’s it, its just a long tale of those few hours. There’s a father busy reading newspaper when everyone else is busy clicking some family portraits. And the one part which touched me the most – When the mother very lightly, very casually in a simple tone tells that she always had a dream to take her kids out for shopping in a car, their own car. And now for her kids, its just such a simpleton thing… going out shopping in car… no big deal.. “So who’s stopping us mum, let’s go anytime..”  Anytime?? But where is the time ???

It has some inherent sorrow within it, some deep gloom inside every character… there is something breaking inside, something like the old washroom tiles, rotting and becoming weak day by day, nearing a collapse. Its brings you face to face with those hidden sadness of today’s life that you always turn a blind eye to.
And in between all this there are the characters, one who’s thinking what to say to these parents next morning while bidding farewell? what to say to them to solace them that they won’t be alone in their last days ? and the thought that do we really have faith and trust on ourselves?

Don’t miss it, It’s a rare film…

Death Note – A must watch..

Posted: November 14, 2010 in Movies & TV, Reviews

Death Note is one of those few anime that captured me right from the beginning. As being someone very selective, and particularly repulsive of anime this was something different for me, a tight fast packed story line gripping right from the first episode. I highly recommend this to fans of animated series or to horror/thriller fans. This is a well-written, artistic and dark anime indeed.

As depicted in the story line, Shinigami, the gods of death prefer to use note books, or death notes to cause human death. And occasionally, they lose their notebooks accidentally-on-purpose so that a human can find it. That is the beginning of Death Note, a story of a genius student named Light who finds this strange notebook and decides he wants to change the world into a utopia by killing all of the world’s most horrible criminals without any suspicion to him. All he does is write their name in the death note and they’re dead.

The description above sounds dark, and this story is very dark. The lead character seems to have little care for those he kills and in fact finds some enjoyment in the unique ways he can bring about their death. His Shinigami shadow, Ryuk, bound to him because Light now owns the death note, guides him only to the point just beyond complete ignorance but otherwise lets Light do as he wishes. Thus, even despite the fact that it’s nearly impossible to trace the murderer, suspicion does rise. This is when the true horror starts, as we begin to see what Light is willing to do to get him free of suspicion.

Anyone familiar with Shonen Jump’s Hikaru No Go will recognize the artwork here. There is a deep theme of morality VS. Immorality hidden beneath the storyline. While watching, you have to decide, based on your own personal beliefs, what side Light is actually on, moral or immoral, good or evil. Certainly, at face value, Light is a decent human being, studying hard to become a top student, helping his sister with her homework, talking cop-business with his father, but it’s in those moments of inspiration that Light has when you’ll begin to wonder.

And yet, it’s his anti-hero love-ability that makes you keep watching, no matter what your beliefs are. You want him to avoid suspicion, to do away with the criminals, and to get rid of the cops tailing him.

Apart from the thrilling storyline, intellectual encounters of Light with ‘L’, bits of romantic humor thrown away by the character of ‘Misa Amane’, another great thing is the soundtrack, its simply superb, the background score and the themes of Light, Ryuk and Death Note are simply awesome.

In short a must watch for every anime fan, A short (just 36 episodes), gripping and extremely likeable tale… Don’t miss it.