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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 10:19:15 PM
I wonder where the "Oprah peeing" black market real life action figure from Beloved is?
 
2013-01-08 10:23:40 PM

Wayne 985: 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.


I agree completely.  Django was supposed to be a Gary Cooper/Clint Eastwood type.  You can't have him emoting all over the place.  Thing is, Fox is such a damn good actor he can show emotion under the hard exterior.  Watch him in the scene where Dartanian is ripped apart by the dogs.  The suppressed rage in his face is sublime.

Wayne 985: I swear Sam Jackson was channeling Uncle Ruckus.


My thought exactly.  I'd be shocked if either he or Tarantino didn't have Ruckus in mind with that character.  It was spot on.
 
2013-01-08 10:26:05 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 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.


Amistad was pretty brutal, but the difference is in that movie, because of the language barriers, there was no real interaction between the slaves and anyone else, save for Djimon Honsou, so the audience was kept at an arm's length.

Here, since the slaves had been in America a long time, you heard the slaves begging for help that wasn't going to come, and you could understand them, which made it much more brutal, IMO.

Plus, Amistad was more of a courtroom drama than anything.
 
2013-01-08 11:03:06 PM
Does Django come with an action taint?
 
2013-01-08 11:07:38 PM

The My Little Pony Killer: 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


There are Jews in Hollywood?

/" As you might imagine, these Django Unchained action figures aren't going over very well"
//Actually, I don't imagine that. Action figures of movie characters are not rare, even for movies made for adults, and generally go over well
 
2013-01-08 11:18:25 PM

largedon: [encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com image 218x231]
Why would anybody want an action figure (ie doll) of this guy?

/Nothing's obscure on Fark


(raises hand )
I'd want one...it'd go well with my Charlie Christian, Les Paul, Chet Atkins and Richard Thompson action figures...
 
2013-01-08 11:29:53 PM
Oh, you'll love this.

Spike Lee, douchebag extraordinaire:

"I cant speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it," he told Vibe magazine. "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors."

So...

'I can't speak on it, but I'm gonna speak on it.'
 
2013-01-08 11:38:09 PM

largedon: [encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com image 218x231]
Why would anybody want an action figure (ie doll) of this guy?

/Nothing's obscure on Fark


Django Reinhardt isn't obscure ANYWHERE.
 
2013-01-08 11:39:46 PM

Nadie_AZ: Wait, when did it trivialize slavery?


for me it was right about when i read "Genuine Slave-Owning Action Grip". not coincidentally, that's also when it became funny.
 
2013-01-08 11:41:30 PM
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/aug/19/local/me-activist19

Maybe the prison biatch should bribe and/or intimidate the toy manufacturers.
 
2013-01-08 11:51:20 PM
What the hell for?
 
2013-01-08 11:52:25 PM

Apos: Please reassure me that this is nothing more than tasteless satire.


NRP had a story on it today.
 
2013-01-08 11:55:11 PM
Sure, you can watch one, but can anyone ever really OWN a movie?

/Part-time MPAA lawyer.
 
2013-01-08 11:57:44 PM

flamingboar: 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.


The grey ones or the rainbow color ones?
 
2013-01-08 11:58:41 PM

Mr. Ekshun: Sure, you can watch one, but can anyone ever really OWN a movie?

/Part-time MPAA lawyer.


I feel an urge to shun you for some odd reason.
 
2013-01-09 12:02:15 AM

Forbidden Doughnut: /// ...even if it wasn't as gory as Reservoir Dogs..


Did we watch the same movies? Because those squibs were some of the juiciest ones I've seen outside of a Troma flick.
 
2013-01-09 12:44:42 AM

CeroX: 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?


And in fact, my visceral thrill at watching slavers get wrecked in gory ways by a freed slave does more than 50 well meaning "thoughtful" movies about slavery.
 
2013-01-09 12:53:08 AM
www.about-face.org
But buying white "slave dolls" still OK.
 
2013-01-09 12:54:58 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 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.


I edited my previous post to cut out a paragraph about Amistad. Most of the well meaning stuff seems to reduce the victims to mere objects of suffering.

Django made no bones about what the fact of owning another person as property meant, and what it did to the persons so owned:persons kept in ignorance, failure to behave as automotons punished at the whim of the msster, and the creation of quislings who toadied to the master's authority, believing it created a purpose for them above their fellows.
 
2013-01-09 01:38:30 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 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."


I had a debate with a friend of mine after that movie. We argued about which slave-owning society was worse: the American South vs. Imperial Rome....

This argument is still going on.

/ at least Roman slaves could ( occasionally ) buy their own freedom
// Roman slavery wasn't based on race
/// Roman slave masters didn't try to bring their slaves "to Jesus" AFAIK ( maybe some of the late-Empire/Byzantine owners did)
 
2013-01-09 01:47:32 AM

medius: 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)


There is no Valhalla. Elysium doesn't exist. What is a young warrior to do?
 
2013-01-09 02:14:45 AM
Having seen the film, I can't see what the controversy is about.

I get it that there is some kind of ironic parallel you can draw between action figure slaves and the fact that you have to buy them. HOWEVER, I doubt anyone who loved the movie enough to buy collector figures is going to be thinking of it in that way. It seems this is some kind of manufactured outrage.

To me, this was a great film. None of the portrayals of slavery were shown in any kind of positive light. In fact, this of all things made me stop an think about the horrible nature of slavery. It made me think about what a shiatty place the United States probably was back in these times.

I think it brings to light some of the realities of what slavery was to a whole new generation, who for the most part doesn't know or think about the worst face of racism this country has ever seen.
 
2013-01-09 02:32:48 AM

No Such Agency: 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.


Um, you know educational boards in several states have banned his books based on just precisely that assertion, right?
 
2013-01-09 02:44:03 AM

CliChe Guevara: No Such Agency: 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.

Um, you know educational boards in several states have banned his books based on just precisely that assertion, right?


Your point is that those "educational boards" are run by idiots and completely wrong to ban Twain's works, right?
 
2013-01-09 03:12:33 AM

ArcadianRefugee: Oh, you'll love this.

Spike Lee, douchebag extraordinaire:

"I cant speak on it 'cause I'm not gonna see it," he told Vibe magazine. "All I'm going to say is that it's disrespectful to my ancestors."

So...

'I can't speak on it, but I'm gonna speak on it.'


... Lee's white, slave owning, ancestors that is.
 
2013-01-09 04:57:47 AM
Forbidden Doughnut:
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: 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."

I had a debate with a friend of mine after that movie. We argued about which slave-owning society was worse: the American South vs. Imperial Rome....

This argument is still going on.

/ at least Roman slaves could ( occasionally ) buy their own freedom
// Roman slavery wasn't based on race
/// Roman slave masters didn't try to bring their slaves "to Jesus" AFAIK ( maybe some of the late-Empire/Byzantine owners did)


Much like the American South, Roman slavery was the underpinning of their economy. It probably raised the standard of living of free citizens the way cheap offshore labour allows us to wallow in inexpensive consumer goods. This meant that countless slaves suffered greatly in mines and workhouses, building roads etc., while the domestic and small-business slaves would have been the "lucky" ones. But no, the Romans didn't come up with bullshiat racial theories about why it was okay, and a slave could be freed and become indistinguishable from a citizen, they just had no innate belief that people had a right to be free.
 
2013-01-09 07:03:36 AM

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..........


SPOILERS DON'T READ!


I assumed he thanked Waltz offscreen when they arranged the initial reunion with his wife at Candyland. Although he may have taken that gratitude back when Waltz shot down Calvin because he couldn't help it and set off the massacre (not that I blame him one bit!). My favorite moment of the movie was Steven's reaction when Calvin got it. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! CALVIN!!!!!!
 
2013-01-09 07:06:44 AM
The action figures are great. Recreating your favorite scenes. Or create an alternate ending.
 
2013-01-09 07:12:06 AM
i985.photobucket.com
Approves, baby
 
2013-01-09 07:20:03 AM

Serial: d we watch the same movies? Because those squibs were some of the juiciest ones I've seen outside of a Troma flick.


Yeah, those were some generous squibs, to say the least. It all made sense, though, when I saw Tom Savini in the film.
 
2013-01-09 08:41:54 AM
'Those dolls were our only hope.'

No...there is another...'

www.figurerealm.com

'Thank you Black Dynamite.'
 
2013-01-09 09:10:44 AM

Facetious_Speciest: I am not embarrassed to say I want a Schultz figure. Favoritist Tarantino character evar.


i1139.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-09 09:15:03 AM
I thought Django was an awesome movie. In my opinion, not a dull moment in the entire film. Of course, we did play a drinking game every time someone said n*****. Our drinks were empty halfway through the movie.
 
2013-01-09 09:17:35 AM

Forbidden Doughnut: 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..


My take too. I don't know why more attention isn't being paid to the fact that a white director has made a film that makes Roots look like an ABC after-school special. Or is that the problem?
 
2013-01-09 11:16:06 AM

drjekel_mrhyde: /Think Spike Lee is pissed that he didn't come up with it first


i can't imagine spike lee being clever enough to write this, let alone direct it. calvin, shultz, and stephen were amazing characters.


Third_Uncle_Eno: SPOILER Also, did he never thank Waltz's character for reuniting him with his wife? SPOILER
/I wonder what would've happened if Waltz's character had shook Candie's hand..........


he did thank him, as he took his wife's papers from schultz's back pocket.

tarantino explained in an interview with huffington post why schultz couldn't shake his hand. he also said candie would've sold broomhilda for $5K if they had asked him straight up.
 
2013-01-09 11:35:22 AM
Do they have a Django-hanging-upside-down-rockin'-out-with-his-cock-out figure?
And does it come with a comb so you can tame that ferocious mane?
 
2013-01-09 12:19:34 PM
the Kings of Europe were all slave owners.

we are taught that the non-royals were 'serfs' ... lol
they don't want to call it what it was; slaves.

they still try to glamorize the royal families (of slave owners)
the royals want to end the 200 year old democracy experiment and return to fuedalism/serfs (slaves).

and, the same kings of europe not only enslaved their own populaces (serfs), they also enslaved entire nations (the third world). you really should see how they are forced to live. we're taught that their poverty is what makes them th e3rd world. but the truth is that the 3 world is in dire poverty due to the legacy of european kings and their system of fuedalism/colonialism and serfs/slaves.

we're going back there in a hurry.
you'll understand it when it arrives at your own doorstep!
 
2013-01-09 01:08:08 PM
don't know about the movie and its African American Market, but googling shiat for python django became super annoying
 
2013-01-09 04:03:52 PM

not5am: drjekel_mrhyde: /Think Spike Lee is pissed that he didn't come up with it first

i can't imagine spike lee being clever enough to write this, let alone direct it. calvin, shultz, and stephen were amazing characters.


Third_Uncle_Eno: SPOILER Also, did he never thank Waltz's character for reuniting him with his wife? SPOILER
/I wonder what would've happened if Waltz's character had shook Candie's hand..........

he did thank him, as he took his wife's papers from schultz's back pocket.

tarantino explained in an interview with huffington post why schultz couldn't shake his hand. he also said candie would've sold broomhilda for $5K if they had asked him straight up.


Link? I can't find it.
 
2013-01-09 04:21:28 PM
Here ya go.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/20/quentin-tarantino-django-unc h ained_n_2340987.html
 
2013-01-09 09:56:27 PM

Two16: Here ya go.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/20/quentin-tarantino-django-unc h ained_n_2340987.html


Cool. Thanks.
 
2013-01-09 11:28:34 PM

Lt. Cheese Weasel: 'Those dolls were our only hope.'

No...there is another...'

[www.figurerealm.com image 600x463]

'Thank you Black Dynamite.'


Does anyone else love that show so farking much? Being fair to all by being as offensive as possible to everyone has been a winning combination since the first GTA.
 
2013-01-10 04:37:45 AM

Crotchrocket Slim: Lt. Cheese Weasel: 'Those dolls were our only hope.'

No...there is another...'

[www.figurerealm.com image 600x463]

'Thank you Black Dynamite.'

Does anyone else love that show so farking much? Being fair to all by being as offensive as possible to everyone has been a winning combination since the first GTA.


The movie is one of the greatest things I've seen in cinema. I've only seen a few episodes of the awesome show. Only because I'm at work when it's on. I'm going to wait for full season DVDs.
 
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