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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Django Unchained becomes Quentin Tarantino's highest-grossing hit   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 125
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2013-01-17 10:34:09 PM

BokChoy: Haven't seen the film but I can guess that, being a tarantino film, it will have long stretches of tangential dialogue between two characters, intercut with some ultra-violence and 70s blaxploitation or spaghetti western soundtracks, while the plot wanders to nowhere in particular.


you say that like it's a bad thing.
 
2013-01-17 10:37:27 PM

brap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHskZOaL7fU


Original Django body count.  When a guy shows up to your muddy town dragging a coffin full of weaponry, you better get out of Dodge.

This film spawned a gazillion Italian spin-offs.  Really took the Spagetti Western to new heights of abject violence.


Some Japanese spin offs as well:

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/Though Japan/America have been ripping eachother off since WWII
 
2013-01-17 10:39:06 PM

TommyymmoT: 4seasons85!: Am I the only one who didn't enjoy the film? It was way too long!

And not even a laugh track! And where was Ray Romano, or at least Jim Belushi?


??? I'm not sure what you are trying to say.
 
2013-01-17 10:40:17 PM
I think the most awesome person to sit beside on a NY-to-LA trip would be Quentin Tarantino. Three hours of non-stop movie talk, geeky trivia, and probably some weird but wild stuff I can't anticipate. Just an absolutely fascinating three hours.

I also think the absolute WORST person to sit beside on a trans-Atlantic flight would be Quentin Tarantino. That's the sort of interminable conversation that could only end in a gunshot, or since one won't be handy, sudden decompression and a long, cold fall.
 
2013-01-17 10:41:42 PM

Pixiest: Samuel L Jackson stole the movie.


Well yeah. They steal things you know.
 
2013-01-17 10:43:13 PM

skinink: And the scene where the old white slavemaster tries to get rid of his rheumatism by putting his bare feet on the stomach of a slave child.


If it was a young female slavemaster that'd be right up Tarantino's alley.
 
2013-01-17 10:44:40 PM

calbert: it was kind of a mess, an enjoyable mess with great performances, but still messy.


Isn't that basically every Tarantino movie? That's his schtick -- great ensemble cast with a crazy plot that gets out of control and too much dialogue full of pop culture references. A big, hot, steaming, glorious mess.
 
2013-01-17 10:45:06 PM
Is it seriously 2:45 long?

No way I'd sit through that.
 
2013-01-17 10:49:45 PM
Saw it yesterday. Loved it.
Pacing was fine, and the Don Johnson/Jonah Hill scene acted as a fun interlude.
Ending was kinda hokey, but really my only complaint.
 
2013-01-17 10:49:45 PM

Riotboy: I just wish that chick wearing the bandana mask had a bigger part.

/she was so mysterious


SPOILER:

She didn't have a jaw.
 
2013-01-17 10:50:24 PM

quizzical: Django's character just didn't have enough lines for a movie that was supposed to be about him. It seemed like Django didn't say more than two or three sentences at a time


That's your quintessential spaghetti anti-hero! He never says much, has a mysterious past, walks into town on a lone horse, rights the wrongs and leaves without a word. What did you expect him to do, spit out philosophical injustice like Martin Luther King?
 
2013-01-17 10:53:10 PM

4seasons85!: TommyymmoT: 4seasons85!: Am I the only one who didn't enjoy the film? It was way too long!

And not even a laugh track! And where was Ray Romano, or at least Jim Belushi?

??? I'm not sure what you are trying to say.


I was referring to your attention span, but you have to admit, that movie would have been pretty awesome if they had a laugh track, and shot Ray Romano.
 
2013-01-17 10:56:52 PM

unyon: Mugato: skinink: Then I guess you really wouldn't have liked the scene where they showed Django's massive cock.

What? Tarantino's never had nudity in any of his films and he has to start with black cock?

/there's way too much cock in movies nowadays

No there isn't any nudity.  There is a uncomfortably long shot of Foxx's taint and ball sack, though.


He also had some Kerry Washington nip in this movie. Also I'm pretty sure he almost had some Bruce Willis's junk in Pulp.
 
2013-01-17 10:59:13 PM
I enjoyed it, but it felt like Tarantino was spoofing his own movies at times.
 
2013-01-17 10:59:26 PM
not bad
better than Ingl Bast

and i liked that it didn't pretend slavery never existed.


spike lee is a farking moron for slagging Django- he didn't watch it, did he?
dumbass.
 
2013-01-17 11:01:35 PM

TheLopper: I enjoyed it, but it felt like Tarantino was spoofing his own movies at times.


I don't think that's possible when the only movie he's ever made that didn't feel like a spoof itself was Jackie Brown.
 
2013-01-17 11:08:18 PM

quizzical: Foxx did alright with what he had. Django's character just didn't have enough lines for a movie that was supposed to be about him. It seemed like Django didn't say more than two or three sentences at a time. Waltz, Jackson, and DiCaprio seem like they stole the movie because they actually get speak in monologues, and have conversations with each other.


Yeah, it seemed more like Django; Along For the Ride. But maybe that's just because I love Waltz's work in this movie.
 
2013-01-17 11:10:41 PM

TommyymmoT: 4seasons85!: TommyymmoT: 4seasons85!: Am I the only one who didn't enjoy the film? It was way too long!

And not even a laugh track! And where was Ray Romano, or at least Jim Belushi?

??? I'm not sure what you are trying to say.

I was referring to your attention span, but you have to admit, that movie would have been pretty awesome if they had a laugh track, and shot Ray Romano.


No. It was good but I felt the part after he first gives up was too long.
 
2013-01-17 11:12:53 PM

4seasons85!: TommyymmoT: 4seasons85!: TommyymmoT: 4seasons85!: Am I the only one who didn't enjoy the film? It was way too long!

And not even a laugh track! And where was Ray Romano, or at least Jim Belushi?

??? I'm not sure what you are trying to say.

I was referring to your attention span, but you have to admit, that movie would have been pretty awesome if they had a laugh track, and shot Ray Romano.

No. It was good but I felt the part after he first gives up was too long.


They could have trimmed about 20, or 30 minutes.
 
2013-01-17 11:14:34 PM

Kibbler: Is it seriously 2:45 long?

No way I'd sit through that.


I'm guessing you're not a fan of Bollywood.   You get your rupee worth, I tell you what.
 
2013-01-17 11:20:35 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: I don't care how rich he gets, I still want to punch QT in the face.

/Not an ITG, I swear


Luckily in Django, he gets blowed up real good

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2013-01-17 11:20:48 PM

brap: I'm guessing you're not a fan of Bollywood. You get your rupee worth, I tell you what.


They have movies on Zelda?
 
2013-01-17 11:24:19 PM

bulldg4life: Waltz stole the movie. There is no discussion.

Also, the movie was 30 minutes too long. Built up to a huge climax....then he surrendered and you had to wait til the real finale.


I became alarmed when he surrendered, leaned over to my girlfriend and asked "this isn't the nadir, the HALFWAY point of the movie, is it? Are we going to watch another 2 hours of him escaping from the Australians hanging out in the deep south, or potentially Australia?"
 
2013-01-17 11:26:09 PM
Saw it last weekend. VERY entertaining!

I'm not really sure where the giant plot holes were, though. Sure it was convoluted, but it made sense to me. I didn't really see any plot holes at least.
 
2013-01-17 11:28:08 PM
I will say this though, the dinner scene at the plantation was the best acting that Leonardo DiCaprio will ever give.

I would've been satisfied with just watching 2 1/2 hours of DiCaprio and Waltz going back and forth at the dinner table with minor interludes from Samuel Jackson and Jamie Foxx.

I liked that it was a Western that took place in the South, that it just accepted that slavery was a thing at that time, and that it threw in a good mix of a con-man/heist movie.
 
2013-01-17 11:38:50 PM
Kill Whitey movies always do good when racism is encouraged
 
2013-01-17 11:40:37 PM
His next film will be about a troubled New York City teen in 1977 Brooklyn from a dysfunctional family who deals with his problems by embracing the disco lifestyle. An artist has to grow, you know.
 
2013-01-17 11:40:40 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Kill Whitey movies always do good when racism is encouraged


7/10
 
2013-01-17 11:41:01 PM

calbert: I will say this though, the dinner scene at the plantation was the best acting that Leonardo DiCaprio will ever give.

I would've been satisfied with just watching 2 1/2 hours of DiCaprio and Waltz going back and forth at the dinner table with minor interludes from Samuel Jackson and Jamie Foxx.

I liked that it was a Western that took place in the South, that it just accepted that slavery was a thing at that time, and that it threw in a good mix of a con-man/heist movie.


Interesting fact, DiCaprio cuts his hand badly in that scene when he slams it on the table, he keeps acting through the scene and its his actual blood he smears on Kerry Washingtons face.
 
2013-01-17 11:41:23 PM

Smeggy Smurf: Kill Whitey movies always do good when racism is encouraged


It's a movie about slave owners in the south. What do you want a "kill chinamen" movie?
 
2013-01-17 11:46:13 PM
D'ARTAGNAN MOTHER FARKERS!

Loved that movie, Christof Waltz was uber wundabar!
 
2013-01-17 11:53:11 PM

Ishkur: quizzical: Django's character just didn't have enough lines for a movie that was supposed to be about him. It seemed like Django didn't say more than two or three sentences at a time

That's your quintessential spaghetti anti-hero! He never says much, has a mysterious past, walks into town on a lone horse, rights the wrongs and leaves without a word. What did you expect him to do, spit out philosophical injustice like Martin Luther King?


No, but I think Django could have had some longer pieces of dialog. A longer talk between Django and his wife. Maybe a scene with Django trying to warn Waltz's character about some of the cruelty he would be exposed to while posing as a mandingo buyer (yes, that gets close to your MLK territory, but it would play well with Waltz's actions when closing the deal with DiCaprio). He could have said something to the mine slaves as he made his exit. My overall point is that the title character was underused; the other actors steal the movie because they have more interesting lines and more interesting characters.
 
2013-01-17 11:59:12 PM
In the original Django when anyone asked him a question he would answer with some variation of "I don't see how that's any of your business."  And oh those eyes!  He looks like a muddy wolf.  I think I'm developing my first man-crush outside of Rondo Hatton.
 
2013-01-18 12:04:42 AM

calbert: Nadie_AZ: /can't see out of these holes

that scene did not belong in the final cut. it removed you from the story and it just felt forced and unfunny.


Wrong.

also some of the music choices were extremely detracting.

Wrong.

I know he's not making a documentary or a 'period piece' per se, but there are elements of time spent on authenticity, and then you just throw all of that out the window with a Jim Croce song.

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2013-01-18 12:20:38 AM
Guys, relax. It was a shiatty movie. We don't have to whiteknight Tarantino every time he makes a mess.
 
2013-01-18 12:25:07 AM
Actually, for a Tarantino film, I felt he was keeping the dialogue somewhat sparse and contained. Enjoyed the whole thing, but did feel confusion about the Asian woman with the bandana, figured she was going to be set up for the sequel or something.
 
2013-01-18 12:51:25 AM

kronicfeld: Pixiest: Samuel L Jackson stole the movie.

Marking the first time a black man was put in blackface.


Sounds like you know nothing about the history of blackface. Jeezus, Am I the only one who took African-American theater? Some ign'ant folks up in here.

Bert Williams, one of the greatest artists in American minstrelsy and an early pioneer of black theater (someone who W.C. Fields called "the funniest man I ever saw and the saddest man I ever met"), was black and performed in blackface as he was not viewed as dark enough without it. He was, as my half-black roommate used to say, "high yellow." (Williams and his comedy partner, George Walker, are below. Wiliams is on the left.)

TMYK ====*

upload.wikimedia.org

/was one of three non-black students in the class
//talking about the "black experience" to black people (when you're not black) can be awkward.
 
2013-01-18 12:52:51 AM

calbert: Nadie_AZ: /can't see out of these holes

that scene did not belong in the final cut. it removed you from the story and it just felt forced and unfunny.

also some of the music choices were extremely detracting.

I know he's not making a documentary or a 'period piece' per se, but there are elements of time spent on authenticity, and then you just throw all of that out the window with a Jim Croce song.


Low budget westerns of the 60s and 70s didn't spend much time on accuracy. Several, including Django, used dynamite at a time when dynamite hadn't been invented yet. And there's always the inevitable 15 shots fired from a Colt revolver without the hero ever reloading.

Others, most notably Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, used modern music throughout. Hell, that movie's score was almost entirely Bob Dylan songs.

Given that Django was a modern take on that kind of genre picture, I wasn't nearly as bothered by those things as you were.

Most historically accurate Western I ever saw was Heaven's Gate, and that was a pretentious, overlong, self-indulgent pile of donkey shiat.
 
2013-01-18 12:56:58 AM

TommyymmoT: 4seasons85!: TommyymmoT: 4seasons85!: TommyymmoT: 4seasons85!: Am I the only one who didn't enjoy the film? It was way too long!

And not even a laugh track! And where was Ray Romano, or at least Jim Belushi?

??? I'm not sure what you are trying to say.

I was referring to your attention span, but you have to admit, that movie would have been pretty awesome if they had a laugh track, and shot Ray Romano.

No. It was good but I felt the part after he first gives up was too long.

They could have trimmed about 20, or 30 minutes.


I'll agree with that. I thought Samuel L. Jackson was excellent as Stephen though.
 
2013-01-18 01:26:10 AM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: skinink: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Didn't want to see this one because I do not like jamie foxx.

Then I guess you really wouldn't have liked the scene where they showed Django's massive cock.

Well if it was ANY OTHER gigantic black cock, I might have stomached swallowed it.


ftfy
 
2013-01-18 02:01:51 AM
It was easily the best movie I saw last year (I've yet to see The Master though, heard that was great). Very fun movie. The length was just about perfect as well and I rarely say that about a movie that's over 2.5 hours.
 
2013-01-18 02:20:40 AM

Mugato: Smeggy Smurf: Kill Whitey movies always do good when racism is encouraged

It's a movie about slave owners in the south. What do you want a "kill chinamen" movie?


No, I want them docked a half day's pay for sleeping on the job though
 
2013-01-18 02:25:50 AM

OgreMagi: B.L.Z. Bub: I don't care how rich he gets, I still want to punch QT in the face.

I love his movies and I still want to punch him in the face. It's that kind of face.

/I'd apologize afterwards


Both of you punch each other in the balls really hard so we don't have to deal with your offspring.
 
2013-01-18 02:38:12 AM
I enjoyed it thoroughly but found it needlessly violent and cruel at times. We almost walked out after one particularly gruesome scene.

/not a wuss
 
2013-01-18 07:14:37 AM

kronicfeld: Pixiest: Samuel L Jackson stole the movie.

Marking the first time a black man was put in blackface.


Nah, I'm pretty sure Stepin Fetchit got him beat.
 
2013-01-18 07:21:36 AM

skinink: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Didn't want to see this one because I do not like jamie foxx.

Then I guess you really wouldn't have liked the scene where they showed Django's massive cock.


There were a few gasps in the theater, when this scene came. I think a few boyfriends suddenly felt a bit inadequate.
 
2013-01-18 08:15:40 AM

calbert: that scene did not belong in the final cut. it removed you from the story and it just felt forced and unfunny.


That was the only part I liked. The movie was shiat. I could tell from the cheesy theme song at the start. If I wanted to watch goofy old westerns I would.

The girl was not worth it, the German could have come back later and killed Candy, and everyone who doesn't have a warrant out for his arrest happens to be a slimeball. Oh and Django's going to djail like Schultz promised, unless of course someone kills him first.
 
2013-01-18 08:21:01 AM
I saw "Man with the Iron Fists" which QT slapped his name on after the fact. It was awesome and terrible all at the same time.
Fantastic rips on wuxia style kung-fu movies, violent, funny, awesome effects.

And then RZA talks. or tries to. and the movie comes to a screeching halt.
 
2013-01-18 08:27:39 AM

calbert: and then you just throw all of that out the window with a Jim Croce song


That scene was the one that made me cry.
Perfect choice of a song for that scene.

Well played, Q.T.
 
2013-01-18 08:28:47 AM

sage37: Guys, relax. It was a shiatty movie. We don't have to whiteknight Tarantino every time he makes a mess.


When you find yourself agreeing with Armond White and 12% of critics it might be time to admit you are in the minority not liking a movie.
 
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