I Spit on Your Grave

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I Spit on Your Grave
Guillermo del Toro noted that he doesn't know why people get all up in arms over the current reboot/remake craze in Hollywood. The studios have been doing it for decades, he said, and sometimes it results in pretty good movies too -- films that bring something new or different to the core concept of the original. Fair enough, though it does leave one wondering what del Toro would say about the new I Spit on Your Grave then.

I Spit on Your Grave

Time

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Time
Haunting and disturbing, Time is the kind of motion picture that gets under your skin and doesn't let go. It lingers long after the final credits have rolled and, for those who see it with friends, it will provoke endless post-movie discussions. A meditation on identity and how our physical appearance relates to who we are, Time is the product of the fertile creative mind of controversial (some love him, some despise him) South Korean director Kim Ki-duk. Like Kim's previously seen international efforts (Spring Summer Fall Winter...and Spring, 3-Iron), this one takes a seemingly straightforward storyline and twists it to devastating effect during the final act. The result is a production of intellectual and emotional power. It's nowhere close to conventional and aptly fits the term "challenging."

Time

The Virginity Hit

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The Virginity Hit
The idea of a bunch of high school teens trying to get laid was a surprisingly refreshing convention when American Pie reused it back in 1999. The film updated the classic teen sex comedy formula and offered a delicate balance of raunchy and sweet, caring not only about our male leads, but their female lovers whose needs were just as important (if not more so) as the men.

Now, more than 10 years later, things have most certainly changed. The teen sex comedy feels drained once more worn out and often just filled with mindless sex, nudity, drug use and crass behavior. Some of it is funny, but most films fail to deliver anything of note. The only filmmaking team that really seems to find success in the genre is the Apatow gang, but even they've branched off from the genre, focusing less on films like Superbad and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and sinking deeper into more mature films. Director Greg Mottola (who also directed Superbad) had some fascinating and poignant observations in Adventureland, but that film failed to garner much interest.

The Virginity Hit