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(Onion AV Club)   Apparently, there is a lucrative black market for Django Unchained action figures   (avclub.com) divider line 93
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2013-01-08 07:47:13 PM  
Promising to bring to an appropriately extreme climax the argument thattrivializes slavery

Wait, when did it trivialize slavery?
 
2013-01-08 07:53:35 PM  
Please reassure me that this is nothing more than tasteless satire.
 
2013-01-08 08:10:35 PM  
I trivialized to slave leia many times

/the article is dumb, they only have a case if there aren't white ones.
 
2013-01-08 08:11:51 PM  
The last time I saw a thread about this, it had quickly devolved into a discussion about Jews in Hollywood.

/this is not a bookmark
 
2013-01-08 08:12:39 PM  
Where are these protesters for the Japanese action figures that sexualize women?
 
2013-01-08 08:13:03 PM  
I see whut yoo did thar Subby.
 
2013-01-08 08:21:15 PM  
I am not embarrassed to say I want a Schultz figure. Favoritist Tarantino character evar.
 
2013-01-08 08:22:14 PM  
$200 for those pieces of garbage? Here's what $200 will get you in the 12-inch figure range:

www.comicsinfinity.com

www.comicsinfinity.com
 
2013-01-08 08:31:07 PM  
Why does the market have to be black?

moogi-images.s3.amazonaws.com
 
2013-01-08 08:31:32 PM  
I'm black and I'm having a hard time seeing the bad in this movie.
/Think Spike Lee is pissed that he didn't come up with it first
 
2013-01-08 08:36:18 PM  
So we should just ignore slavery and pretend it never happened? Bullocks
 
2013-01-08 08:37:50 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: I'm black and I'm having a hard time seeing the bad in this movie.
/Think Spike Lee is pissed that he didn't come up with it first


If Spike Lee had made it it would have ended with all the characters looking at the camera and saying "slavery's bad!"

/Lee can be a good director, but he's as subtle as a brick wall
 
2013-01-08 08:40:04 PM  
encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com
Why would anybody want an action figure (ie doll) of this guy?

/Nothing's obscure on Fark
 
2013-01-08 08:41:33 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: , but he's as subtle as a brick wall


I don't know if "subtle" is a word I'd use for Tarantino either. (but he does know subtext, even if he spray paints it in blood)
 
2013-01-08 08:43:10 PM  

Precision Boobery: Why does the market have to be black?

[moogi-images.s3.amazonaws.com image 300x300]


Jeff: I'm saying you can be a football player, it's in your blood!
Troy: That's racist!
Jeff: Your soul?
Troy: That's racist.
Jeff: Your eyes?
Troy: That's gay?
Jeff: That's homophobic.
Troy: That's black!
Jeff: That's racist!
Troy: Damn.
 
2013-01-08 08:46:43 PM  
I bought a Michael Jordan action figure once when I was 12 or so. A friend of a friend contacted me about 10 years later, and offered me $400 for it. I had to go back to my mom's house and rummage through her closets to find the damn thing. Score! I did pick up a Pink Floyd The Wall figure while partying in Toronto a few years back. For the bar.
 
2013-01-08 08:47:01 PM  
These people would be angry if they saw all my action figures. Mostly anime imports and a few Street Fighter ones. And Daleks, lots of Daleks.
 
2013-01-08 08:50:47 PM  
I have a handful of Leia, Oola, Anakin and Shmi action figures. Looks like I'm the devil!
 
2013-01-08 08:52:21 PM  
Soooooo.... what? the controversy is that a white guy made a movie about slavery so that makes it trivialized?

It's a revenge story... something tells me that a former slave getting revenge on his former owners is not exactly trivial... but then i haven't actually seen the movie so what do i know?
 
2013-01-08 08:56:44 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: I'm black and I'm having a hard time seeing the bad in this movie.
/Think Spike Lee is pissed that he didn't come up with it first


That was my take on the controversy...

/ watched the movie last week
// I liked it, but some parts were VERY uncomfortable to watch
/// ...even if it wasn't as gory as Reservoir Dogs..
 
2013-01-08 09:03:50 PM  
Was it a true Story?

/then may be a point
//this ain't dead n-gg-r storage!
///relax x 3
 
2013-01-08 09:12:01 PM  
Those are dolls end of story
 
2013-01-08 09:14:36 PM  


Apparently, there is a lucrative black market for Django Unchained action figures


I see what subby did there..... kudos
 
2013-01-08 09:15:57 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Promising to bring to an appropriately extreme climax to the argument that it trivializes slavery

Wait, when did it trivialize slavery?


Fixed for grammar the article was lacking. I think they're mocking the outrage race baiting trolls who wish to make the movie "controversial".

/hope so at any rate.
 
2013-01-08 09:16:39 PM  
or...rotsky

/whatever
 
2013-01-08 09:18:51 PM  

Tyrone Slothrop: drjekel_mrhyde: I'm black and I'm having a hard time seeing the bad in this movie.
/Think Spike Lee is pissed that he didn't come up with it first

If Spike Lee had made it it would have ended with all the characters looking at the camera and saying "slavery's bad!"

/Lee can be a good director, but he's as subtle as a brick wall


He's good as long as you keep him the hell away from the script.
Every movie he self-penned after Malcolm X has been preachy to the point of irritating.
 
2013-01-08 09:23:19 PM  
drjekel_mrhyde:
I'm black and I'm having a hard time seeing the bad in this movie.

What with the black hero basically being Rambo in a cravat, fighting racist ass hats for a couple hours of high octane screen time? Yeah I can see that.

I don't get why simply portraying slavery in a film is somehow racist. I doubt anyone is making films about how much fun it was. It's like saying Mark Twain was racist for having a slave in his book, despite his obvious revulsion towards slavery.
 
2013-01-08 09:23:46 PM  

stoli n coke: Tyrone Slothrop: drjekel_mrhyde: I'm black and I'm having a hard time seeing the bad in this movie.
/Think Spike Lee is pissed that he didn't come up with it first

If Spike Lee had made it it would have ended with all the characters looking at the camera and saying "slavery's bad!"

/Lee can be a good director, but he's as subtle as a brick wall

He's good as long as you keep him the hell away from the script.
Every movie he self-penned after Malcolm X has been preachy to the point of irritating.


A Spike Lee Joint is like watching somebody masturbate in public. Unwatchable claptrap.
 
2013-01-08 09:32:51 PM  

Insatiable Jesus: stoli n coke: Tyrone Slothrop: drjekel_mrhyde: I'm black and I'm having a hard time seeing the bad in this movie.
/Think Spike Lee is pissed that he didn't come up with it first

If Spike Lee had made it it would have ended with all the characters looking at the camera and saying "slavery's bad!"

/Lee can be a good director, but he's as subtle as a brick wall

He's good as long as you keep him the hell away from the script.
Every movie he self-penned after Malcolm X has been preachy to the point of irritating.

A Spike Lee Joint is like watching somebody masturbate in public. Unwatchable claptrap.


So, you are saying Spike Lee should keep his joint in his pants?
 
2013-01-08 09:33:03 PM  

Insatiable Jesus: stoli n coke: Tyrone Slothrop: drjekel_mrhyde: I'm black and I'm having a hard time seeing the bad in this movie.
/Think Spike Lee is pissed that he didn't come up with it first

If Spike Lee had made it it would have ended with all the characters looking at the camera and saying "slavery's bad!"

/Lee can be a good director, but he's as subtle as a brick wall

He's good as long as you keep him the hell away from the script.
Every movie he self-penned after Malcolm X has been preachy to the point of irritating.

A Spike Lee Joint is like watching somebody masturbate in public. Unwatchable claptrap.


Clockers, 25th Hour, and Inside Man were all very good movies. Primarily, because he had someone else write them.
 
2013-01-08 09:38:08 PM  

Forbidden Doughnut:
/ watched the movie last week
// I liked it, but some parts were VERY uncomfortable to watch
/// ...even if it wasn't as gory as Reservoir Dogs..


I agree. I saw it on opening day, some of it behind my fingers.
/brutal
 
2013-01-08 09:40:50 PM  

thrgd456: So we should just ignore slavery and pretend it never happened? Bullocks


Yeah, right. We already had Chicken George and Kunta Kinte (Toby! His name is Toby!) and a whole awesome miniseries. Roots was the original
 
2013-01-08 09:52:24 PM  
My 2 cents:

I saw "Inglorious Bastards" and LOVED that one,
and when I saw the trailer for "Django Unchained", and liked it a lot as well,
I had high hopes for it.

But I watched it on the weekend, and it was just "good". Not horrible, but not great either. It was way too long. I expected more tension. I expected more emotion from Foxx's character, (instead he was all walled-up inside, except for a second or two of bleary/teary eyes in regards to his wife. SPOILER Also, did he never thank Waltz's character for reuniting him with his wife? SPOILER)

that being said, I loved Waltz's character. And Leonardo wasn't too shabby either.

/I wonder what would've happened if Waltz's character had shook Candie's hand..........
 
2013-01-08 09:53:29 PM  
I miss Dave Chapelle.
 
2013-01-08 09:54:07 PM  
I thought some of the movie was a bit uncomfortable to watch. My date, who is black, asked me about it and we had a pretty interesting conversation about it.

Also, I read an interview that Tarentino had with Henry Louis Gates and it was pretty interesting to see what Tarentino was thinking and why he did what he did. It also makes sense in that whatever was in that movie isn't as bad as what slavery really was...it's probably high time that we, as Americans, accept that it really freaking sucked and white washing it (heh) in movies is a stupid thing to do.
 
2013-01-08 09:59:59 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: My 2 cents:

I saw "Inglorious Bastards" and LOVED that one,
and when I saw the trailer for "Django Unchained", and liked it a lot as well,
I had high hopes for it.

But I watched it on the weekend, and it was just "good". Not horrible, but not great either. It was way too long. I expected more tension. I expected more emotion from Foxx's character, (instead he was all walled-up inside, except for a second or two of bleary/teary eyes in regards to his wife. SPOILER Also, did he never thank Waltz's character for reuniting him with his wife? SPOILER)

that being said, I loved Waltz's character. And Leonardo wasn't too shabby either.

/I wonder what would've happened if Waltz's character had shook Candie's hand..........


I agree with all of this.

Everyone I talked to agreed that the ending seemed drawn out and there could've been some cut out to get to the climax. Also, to a person, five/six people have said it is exactly what you would picture a Tarentino film to be and just good enough to see, but not good enough to say it was a really good movie.
 
2013-01-08 10:01:20 PM  
Django Unchained was awesome.

I had a great time yelling at the screen, but I didn't feel guilty about it because the theatre was full of black people so everyone was.
 
2013-01-08 10:03:37 PM  
This was the best Tarantino film since Pulp Fiction, but the toys are admittedly weird. I'm not sure who they would ever be geared toward.
 
2013-01-08 10:04:46 PM  
I guess my Edith and Archie Bunker action figures must be worth a veritable king's ransom by now.
 
2013-01-08 10:04:59 PM  

Nadie_AZ: Promising to bring to an appropriately extreme climax the argument thattrivializes slavery

Wait, when did it trivialize slavery?


At no point in that movie did I think "I'm barely noticing the slavery," or "Hey, slavery isn't quite as bad as I thought."
 
2013-01-08 10:05:07 PM  
Catcher Freeman gonna ride up in here and cut all these cracker's heads CLEAN OFF!
 
2013-01-08 10:06:17 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: My 2 cents:

I saw "Inglorious Bastards" and LOVED that one,
and when I saw the trailer for "Django Unchained", and liked it a lot as well,
I had high hopes for it.

But I watched it on the weekend, and it was just "good". Not horrible, but not great either. It was way too long. I expected more tension. I expected more emotion from Foxx's character, (instead he was all walled-up inside, except for a second or two of bleary/teary eyes in regards to his wife. SPOILER Also, did he never thank Waltz's character for reuniting him with his wife? SPOILER)

that being said, I loved Waltz's character. And Leonardo wasn't too shabby either.

/I wonder what would've happened if Waltz's character had shook Candie's hand..........


I had no problem with the length, but the pacing for the final half-hour felt a little clumsy. Still, it was a minor issue for me. The story was smart, and every character was fascinating. True, Django was outshone by the supporting cast, but he was still likeable and intriguing in his own right.

The way he pretends to be an Uncle Tom and the way he deals with Stephen showed this especially well.
 
2013-01-08 10:06:42 PM  

Precision Boobery: Why does the market have to be black?

[moogi-images.s3.amazonaws.com image 300x300]


Well no one is saying that the market is good at running, or that it doesn't have a receipt for those goods. It just happens to be a giving member of the community!

\obscure?
 
2013-01-08 10:07:35 PM  

archnem: Catcher Freeman gonna ride up in here and cut all these cracker's heads CLEAN OFF!


Speaking of that, I swear Sam Jackson was channeling Uncle Ruckus.
 
2013-01-08 10:09:00 PM  

Wayne 985: Third_Uncle_Eno: My 2 cents:

I saw "Inglorious Bastards" and LOVED that one,
and when I saw the trailer for "Django Unchained", and liked it a lot as well,
I had high hopes for it.

But I watched it on the weekend, and it was just "good". Not horrible, but not great either. It was way too long. I expected more tension. I expected more emotion from Foxx's character, (instead he was all walled-up inside, except for a second or two of bleary/teary eyes in regards to his wife. SPOILER Also, did he never thank Waltz's character for reuniting him with his wife? SPOILER)

that being said, I loved Waltz's character. And Leonardo wasn't too shabby either.

/I wonder what would've happened if Waltz's character had shook Candie's hand..........

I had no problem with the length, but the pacing for the final half-hour felt a little clumsy. Still, it was a minor issue for me. The story was smart, and every character was fascinating. True, Django was outshone by the supporting cast, but he was still likeable and intriguing in his own right.

The way he pretends to be an Uncle Tom and the way he deals with Stephen showed this especially well.


I feel (as does my girlfriend) that it was pretty outstanding. We were both entertained highly all the way through. The near three hours seemed to pass as almost only an hour. The plot seemed to be making progress at all times and the whole thing was fun.
Went in not knowing much besides it involved a bounty hunter and a man looking for his wife. I came out much happier than I expected.

\different tastes and all that.
 
2013-01-08 10:12:08 PM  

psychoace: Those are dolls end of story


They are dolls...With Guns. Won't somebody think of the slave owners?
 
2013-01-08 10:14:57 PM  
I hated IB, but absolutely loved DU. Tarantino's best film since Pulp Fiction, a transcendent film experience. Best film of 2012/13 hands down. Can't wait to see it again.
 
2013-01-08 10:16:11 PM  

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: I hated IB, but absolutely loved DU. Tarantino's best film since Pulp Fiction, a transcendent film experience. Best film of 2012/13 hands down. Can't wait to see it again.


aye, but I quite likes IB too.
 
2013-01-08 10:17:00 PM  
Interesting tidbit:

I heard an interview with Waltz on NPR.  Apparently the first portion of the movie where his character is riding in the wagon with the goofy bouncing tooth on it, which I thought really shifted the movie into a great touch of surrealistic humor at the outset, was never intended at all but was borne of necessity.

The traveling scenes were originally intended to occur entirely on horseback.  However, while filming one of the scenes that appeared later in the film, Waltz fell off his horse and injured his leg so badly he was unable walk for a while.  Worse, he was under doctors orders not to ride a horse for at least three months.

So rather than delay shooting, Tarantino made lemonade out of lemons and came up with the idea of the tooth wagon.
 
2013-01-08 10:18:58 PM  

goatleggedfellow: Nadie_AZ: Promising to bring to an appropriately extreme climax the argument thattrivializes slavery

Wait, when did it trivialize slavery?

At no point in that movie did I think "I'm barely noticing the slavery," or "Hey, slavery isn't quite as bad as I thought."


It had the opposite effect of trivializing slavery on me.

I thought several times during the movie, "Jesus Christ, we (Americans) did some horrible shiat to slaves."

In my opinion, DU portrayed a harsher picture of slavery than Amistad, because Tarantino humanized the slave characters beyond mindless savage charicatures.
 
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