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(The Hollywood Reporter)   Django Unchained becomes Quentin Tarantino's highest-grossing hit   (hollywoodreporter.com) divider line 27
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2013-01-17 08:11:19 PM
3 votes:

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.

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

I chalk this up to the passing of Sally Menke.

it makes you appreciate the extraordinary job she has done on his other films.
2013-01-17 11:28:08 PM
2 votes:
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 10:15:55 PM
2 votes:
What a fun movie. I love revenge movies and Westerns.

Also, SLJ playing the sinister, hateful house negro that really runs the plantation was the best performance that I have seen from him maybe ever. He was fantastic to the point that I thought he deserved a Best Supporting Actor nomination.
2013-01-17 09:51:47 PM
2 votes:

LegacyDL: I can understand why the plot makes no sense, but still it's not like I came and was expecting


It's not a spaghetti western, it's a myth cycle (it slaps you over the head with that fact) and it makes as much sense as most myths.  It's actually a really good mythic hero tale, full of blood, bravado, impossible escapes and (possibly) incest so once the mythic hero motif was established it was easy enough to forgive the plot holes.
2013-01-17 09:41:48 PM
2 votes:

The All-Powerful Atheismo: and which can't act.


In lieu of acting, Quentin Tarantino should stick to getting drunk on late night talk shows.

He's very amusing when he's stewed out of his mind.
2013-01-17 07:41:15 PM
2 votes:

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Fun movie. But dont think about it, 'cause the plot is stupid.


Yup, great movie, just don't think too hard about it.  Like Prometheus.
2013-01-20 10:18:32 AM
1 votes:

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



well sh*t fire! the n**gars we sell to lequint dickey got it worse than that!
2013-01-18 04:08:08 PM
1 votes:

inclemency: 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


You know, like slavery.
2013-01-18 09:47:03 AM
1 votes:

moothemagiccow: No, see, that's what I was bothered by. There are loads of old movies already. Why spend 100 million dollars on something that's been done before, repeatedly, for much less? This was Tarantino's most self-indulgent movie.


Every Tarantino movie is a self-indulgent movie. He's a film geek. More specifically, he's a film geek who gushes over the films he grew up with in the 60s and 70s.

So his career spans those interests. That's all he does, is make movies with topical content that is either a homage or a riff of the movies he loved watching as a child, from blaxploitation to kung fu to crime/mafia to grindhouse. And there's nothing wrong with that -- it's what all film makers do. Even Lucas styled Star Wars after 30s Flash Gordon serials. Isn't that what film makers get into movies in the first place?

Tarantino has made a good movie of every 60s and 70s trope. He even has a Nazisploitation movie under his belt now.

Django is his spaghetti western. The only genres he hasn't riffed yet are the space opera (I mean something cheesy like Barbarella or Silent Running or Logan's Run, not Star Wars) and the big tits Russ Meyer flick. Then, and only then, can he safely retire.

So while he's ripping off something that's already done, it's not like he's cheapening or trivializing the genre with a substandard imitation. Tarantino has nothing but the utmost respect for the genres his films cover, and while some might be bordering on parody, they're still high budget, good quality, very stylistic additions that play to the genres' aesthetics.
2013-01-18 08:40:23 AM
1 votes:

moothemagiccow: stoli n coke: 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.

No, see, that's what I was bothered by. There are loads of old movies already. Why spend 100 million dollars on something that's been done before, repeatedly, for much less? This was Tarantino's most self-indulgent movie.


If you don't enjoy a Tarantino movie, no one can tell you why they do. To me, his movies are all about the individual scenes and I love the way he creates one. If you don't, eh. Go find something you do enjoy.
2013-01-18 08:39:19 AM
1 votes:

moothemagiccow: stoli n coke: 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.

No, see, that's what I was bothered by. There are loads of old movies already. Why spend 100 million dollars on something that's been done before, repeatedly, for much less? This was Tarantino's most self-indulgent movie.


Well, in that case, why make gangster movies? Or heist movies? Or Westerns? Or World War II action movies? Or spy movies? Or political movies? Or horror movies? Or movies about people in space? Or superhero movies?

There aren't many genres where nearly every story hasn't already been told.

Oh, and given that an average Adam Sandler flick costs 70 million now, 100 million on a large scale action movie starring 2 Oscar winners isn't that shocking.
2013-01-18 08:27:39 AM
1 votes:

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 08:21:01 AM
1 votes:
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 12:52:51 AM
1 votes:

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.
2013-01-17 11:08:18 PM
1 votes:

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 10:56:52 PM
1 votes:

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 10:50:24 PM
1 votes:

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 10:49:45 PM
1 votes:
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 10:37:27 PM
1 votes:

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:

animeholicph.files.wordpress.com

/Though Japan/America have been ripping eachother off since WWII
2013-01-17 10:32:13 PM
1 votes:
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.
2013-01-17 10:11:20 PM
1 votes:

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

I don't like Jamie Foxx, either, but it's worth watching for the rest of the cast. Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Don Johnson all put in some excellent performances.

I read that Michael K. Williams (Omar in The Wire) auditioned for the role of Django at one point. I think he would have done a better job than Foxx.


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.
2013-01-17 09:53:28 PM
1 votes:
I just wish that chick wearing the bandana mask had a bigger part.

/she was so mysterious
2013-01-17 09:45:24 PM
1 votes:

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.

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

I chalk this up to the passing of Sally Menke.

it makes you appreciate the extraordinary job she has done on his other films.


Because you're a film editing expert. Got it. Gotcha.
2013-01-17 08:24:32 PM
1 votes:
I liked it until THE MOVIE JUST KEPT GOING AND GOING
WHAT THE fark GET TO THE POINT

/what did that thing run, 490 minutes?
2013-01-17 06:11:18 PM
1 votes:

Pixiest: Samuel L Jackson stole the movie.


Marking the first time a black man was put in blackface.
2013-01-17 05:54:23 PM
1 votes:
Samuel L Jackson stole the movie.
2013-01-17 05:43:23 PM
1 votes:
Fun movie. But dont think about it, 'cause the plot is stupid.
 
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