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1.13.2013

Django Unchained


Mrs. LL and I went to the 7th Street Movie Tavern on Saturday on the first leg of a month long trifecta where we are going to try and see three Best Picture nominees. You obviously know the first one. The others are Zero Dark Thirty and Lincoln.

First things first. I don't think I'll ever go to a theater again that doesn't have food service. In fact, I don't think I've been to anything else in the last three years. Secondly, 7th Street has reserved theater seating over the Internet. Man, I'm all over that concept.

I'm also a big fan of Quentin Tarantino movies. Pulp Fiction is at the top of my list with Reservoir Dogs being a distant second. Death Proof might fight for the second spot as well as a quasi Tarantino flick called True Romance. I liked the Kill Bill flicks and InInglorious Bastards but, overall, slightly disappointed.

This movie? Fantastic. The basic premise is that of a bounty hunter (a great German character played by Christoph Waltz) who searches for and "finds" a slave named Django (Jamie Foxx who is beyond great in this role) to assist him in identifying three former evil plantation hands who have become wanted by the U. S. Government. The next plot is a search across the South to find Foxx's character's wife -- a slave who has been sold to an unknown but eventually discovered plantation owner played by Leonardo Dicaprio.

As to be expected, it is bloody -- very bloody -- and shocking. But it also has some incredibly funny and tender moments. If you like Tarantino, you'll loved this. If not, stay away.

And, finally, the "n word" is launched about a hundred times in this movie -- appropriate if you want to capture America back then (and now?). But that dialog can be uncomfortable. Especially for me once I noticed the inter-racial couple at the end of the row.

26 comments:

Katy Anders said...

I saw it on Friday and thought it was pretty fantastic- way better than I expected. Christopher Waltz made the movie for me, particularly that opening scene.

Still, I know that Tarantino said he had to use the n word for authenticity purposes, but I doubt that the word ever formed 75% f Americans' vocabulary. I mean, when they make a movie of your anonymous commenters, THEN maybe I'll believe that the word is used that much, but until then...

Anonymous said...

It's a wonder black people don't get uncomfortable when they call each other that N word.

Speaking of the inter- racial couple, I think they had a pretty good sense of what they were getting themselves into. Hopefully, it wasn't a first date idea!

The Jackal

Hank the Rottweiller said...

Yes, I gotta hand it to you. You liberal weenies have always been adept at ignoring reality in favor of numerous idealistic fantasies about how you think the world should be.

Nigger? Yea, I'll quit sayin' it when the niggers quit sayin' it.
That doesn't seem like such a tough call in the real world

The Donald said...

Hmmm. Wonder if Herr Waltz's outfit will become a popular CAS costume?

Anonymous said...

Who gives a harry rats ass who Django is or was anyway? F'n Boring and a waste of time to spend one penny to go see it.

They're nothing but people you're making extremely rich by buying into their crap.

Anonymous said...

If she doesnt want to be embarassed, then she needs to find a white boy.

Anonymous said...

Silver Lining Playbook is the best of the movies nominated, though Lincoln will probably win everything. I was surprised Moonrise Kingdom was not nominated. Also don't know why Chistopher Waltz was not nominated for best actor instead of best supporting actor.

Anonymous said...

Donald:Are u GAY? Who cares if Her Waltz's costume is anything?

Anonymous said...

If the inter-racial couple was a married couple, you can bet they've had THAT discussion before.

Anonymous said...

the "n word" is launched about a hundred times in this movie -- appropriate if you want to capture America back then.

Didn't they actually use Negro in that time period, as it colored people then said the word 'black' was derogatory?

Anonymous said...

We love the blood, the shooting, the torture, the suffering. We promote it by buying movie tickets to see it. But when we see it for free on the news, we get all upset.

Anonymous said...

Hurrah for violent Hollywood!

Now that's entertainment!

Anonymous said...

The box office top ten list was in the Telegram today. I will probably watch 4 or 5 of them when they make it to TV.

Anonymous said...

I hate Jamie Foxx and he had a small pecker

Anonymous said...

Did you buy your tickets on Fandjango?

(stolen from Jimmy Fallon)

The Devil said...

In the light of the recent mass shootings, I find it highly inappropriate that anyone would partake in these violent movies. It is really disgusting if you ask me, not joking here. There are obviously a high number of mentally-ill people in our society that cannot handle these images.

We have to change our culture of violence. If we do not, more and more innocent children will die in vain. It is time for Hollywood to do some serious soul searching. Every dollar made from this film is blood money earned off the backs of dead children.

Anonymous said...

Everyone needs a house nigger like old Steven.

Anonymous said...

I think those people can't decide what they want to be called. Black, Colored, Negros, African Americans, The only word that everyone can agree on (even them) seems to be Nigger. I think it has a nice ring to it. Nigger Nigger Nigger. Its better than Jungle bunny or porch monkey. Just my opinion. And if they don't like it they should go back to Africa. And when they decide to go back, I hope they have a greasy meskin under each arm.

Anonymous said...

10:48
Thank You. I was thinking the same thing..

Katy Anders said...

@10:11:

Your approach is the way free speech used to be handled.

In England in the old days, they'd decide whether something was obscene or not by the "11-year old girl" standard. Essentially, if they thought it would ruin the sensibilities of an 11-year old girl, they'd ban it...

...Thereby only permitting books and entertainments permissible for little children.

I'm not sure we ought to allow ourselves to ONLY have access to information and entertainment that can't potentially be used wrong by a hypothetical nutcase.

We'd have no guns, video games... or shoelaces.

The Devil said...

Ohh, Katy, where to begin. Where did I call for a ban or censorship on violent movies/video games etc. I said we had to change our culture, which, last time I checked, meant that we need to reduce our demand for such material. It starts with us, as consumers, to lower that demand. Hollywood comes next, because much of what they do affects our culture...to help wean us off the need to consume mass amounts of violent imagery. Were at that "chicken or the egg" stage with this; do the violent movies/video games continue to grow because we have more violence in society, or do we have more violence in society because of Hollywood's mass production and glorification of it?

I am no fan of the Nanny state approach, as you tend to suggest I am. You ban large sodas, people that want more will buy 2 or 3. You ban gun magazine capacity, the next crazed mass shooter will bring more clips and more guns. The culture of violence, in itself, shoud be what is front and center in our minds following the recent mass shootings. It is sad that our leadership has failed us in understanding this, and seeks a solution through means which only result in less freedoms for the majority of us, and does nothing to address the underlying problem.

Katy Anders said...

Hmm... Good to hear. Sorry I misinterpreted that.

I doubt that one industry is the cause of violence in our society. People often seem to act as though the media or "Hollywood" exists off somewhere else and imposes its values on us like we're an occupied nation, when really, we're them and they're us.

I don't know that you can pinpoint a factor that causes violent crime. Certainly violent entertainment is way up in recent decades, but violent crime is down quite a bit. Canada has as many guns per capita as we do and Japan consumes as much violent entertainment, yet neither has our violent crime rate.

We should be less violent. But we also get a bad sense of the prevalence of violent crime because of the focus on these freak events like the Newton thing.

Anonymous said...

Hasn't Django been remade about 20 times?

Hollywood is so unoriginal.
Same old crappy violence.

The Devil said...

Katy, point taken on the sensationlistic nature of our media. They do make it all seem worse, don't they.

I was really pointing out extreme violence, like mass shootings, and not overall violence. I worded that rather inelegantly. While I am aware there have been some school shootings back in the day, this is largely a new phenomenon.

I am not blaming Hollywood/video games solely, I do feel they play a larger role than we might think. I don't know, maybe I am the only one out there that thinks it is unnatural for a teenage boy to fantasize and fixate on shooting other people randomnly on some video game. Maybe the unnatural part is that parents enable this behavior for fear that they are not providing something for their child that "all his friends are doing".

As far as pinpointing, I don't know, maybe just a set of things that make up our culture that allow this stuff to happen. My point was, our leaders need to examine that, do the soul searching, and bring the public along on that journey. That is the leadership I would like to see.

The Donald said...

8:00 - No. Sorry to disappoint.

Anonymous said...

Hey, Devil and Katy, WTH are you two doing? This is the wrong place for sensible discussion and debate, take that crap elsewhere. If you want to stay here, you have to start calling each other names and writing in all caps.