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2013-01-08 08:31:32 PM
5 votes:
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 07:47:13 PM
5 votes:
Promising to bring to an appropriately extreme climax the argument thattrivializes slavery

Wait, when did it trivialize slavery?
2013-01-08 08:37:50 PM
3 votes:

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
2013-01-09 12:44:42 AM
2 votes:

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.
2013-01-08 10:18:58 PM
2 votes:

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.
2013-01-08 10:07:35 PM
2 votes:

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 09:52:24 PM
2 votes:
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 08:41:33 PM
2 votes:

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 08:22:14 PM
2 votes:
$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
2013-01-09 11:16:06 AM
1 votes:

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 09:17:35 AM
1 votes:

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 09:10:44 AM
1 votes:

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


i1139.photobucket.com
2013-01-09 08:41:54 AM
1 votes:
'Those dolls were our only hope.'

No...there is another...'

www.figurerealm.com

'Thank you Black Dynamite.'
2013-01-09 12:54:58 AM
1 votes:

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.
2013-01-08 11:38:09 PM
1 votes:

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 11:29:53 PM
1 votes:
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 11:18:25 PM
1 votes:

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 10:26:05 PM
1 votes:

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 10:17:00 PM
1 votes:
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 10:16:11 PM
1 votes:

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 10:05:07 PM
1 votes:
Catcher Freeman gonna ride up in here and cut all these cracker's heads CLEAN OFF!
2013-01-08 10:04:59 PM
1 votes:

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 09:59:59 PM
1 votes:

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 09:54:07 PM
1 votes:
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 09:23:46 PM
1 votes:

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 09:23:19 PM
1 votes:
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 09:15:57 PM
1 votes:

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 08:47:01 PM
1 votes:
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 08:13:03 PM
1 votes:
I see whut yoo did thar Subby.
2013-01-08 08:12:39 PM
1 votes:
Where are these protesters for the Japanese action figures that sexualize women?
 
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