Monday, May 28, 2007

I Spit On Your Grave

This is the Millennium Edition, which I watched because it had audio commentary by Joe Bob Briggs, who was attempting to make the case that it is not a horrible movie that should never be seen by anyone. He takes exception to the claim (specifically by Siskel and Ebert) that it's "the most exploitative movie ever made". Joe Bob says it's practically a feminist tract. In fact, he claims that it's "the most feminist movie ever made", which is a bit of a stretch if you ask me.

Joe Bob makes a decent case, although he overstates things in a few spots. The really interesting thing to me is that this is a full-length film commentary that's really an essay intended to support a point. Most commentaries are, at best, "this is why this movie is good". And that's if you're lucky. A lot of commentaries are just dry recitations along the lines of "This shot was CGI. This shot was on the set. Oh, it was rainy this day. I don't remember this scene at all. But with this commentary, Joe Bob had a thesis ("This movie is feminist, not anti-feminist") and defended it with examples from the text. I'd like to see more of that.

He does lapse from "Joe Bob Briggs" back into his more respectable guise of John Bloom, Mild-Mannered Film Critic a couple of times.


Tom the Dog said...

Joe Bob Briggs was attempting to make the case that it is NOT a good movie? I'm guessing that was a typo?

I'd like to hear that Joe Bob commentary. Because this was pretty bad.

Monty Ashley said...

Oops. Joe Bob's argument is not about whether the movie is good or bad, but whether it's exploitative or feminist. He says "feminist".