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Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:07 PM

 

Why Spike Lee Should See ‘Django Unchained’

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Tarantino responded in an interview he did with Harvard professor Lewis Gates. He said:

“Personally, I find ridiculous. Because it would be one thing if people are out there saying, “You use it much more excessively in this movie than it was used in 1858 in Mississippi.” Well, nobody’s saying that. And if you’re not saying that, you’re simply saying I should be lying. I should be watering it down. I should be making it more easy to digest. No, I don’t want it to be easy to digest. I want it to be a big, gigantic boulder, a jagged pill and you have no water.”

Jamie Foxx leads an all-star cast playing Django, a freed slave who joins a dentist-turned bounty hunter played brilliantly by Christoph Waltz. They team up to kill the murdering, thieving Brittle brothers, and then to free Django’s wife, a slave named Broomhilda being held at a Mississippi plantation owned by Leonardo DiCaprio’s character, called Candyland.

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There are many A-list actors in this movie, but the one who steals the show is Samuel L. Jackson.

He plays a house slave at DiCaprio’s plantation, and he is a vile character. He’s smart. He’s arguably the smartest character in the movie. He’s been corrupted. He’s turned on his own. And he’s black. So this is not exactly some hate whitey movie, either.

More: http://tv.msnbc.com/2013/01/04/why-spike-lee-should-see-django-unchained/

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:38 PM

1. I wanna see that movie. The trailer looks good......

Gotta skip past the commercial.

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Response to Little Star (Reply #1)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:44 PM

14. Okay it got my attention. I normally think Leonardo is a one shop man.

Meh...he appealed to me here.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 08:45 PM

2. I saw the movie yesterday and I agree with Tarantino. I cried when I saw them beating

Django's wife and when they took her out of the hot box. The character played by Samuel L. Jackson was a real low life POS. It was violent and at times funny I really enjoyed it, I never realized it was over 3 hours long until I looked at the time when I came outside.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Fri Jan 4, 2013, 11:24 PM

3. I thought Christoph Waltz stole the show

with Jackson a close second.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:39 PM

10. Agreed. Waltz and Jackson killed it. The character writing was superb. Authentic for that era.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jan 5, 2013, 07:07 AM

4. Spike Lee Is A Talented Director....


....but he has a unique, longstanding talent for coming off as a jerk with his public statements, even when he's arguing on the side of the angels.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 12:26 AM

5. I feel the same way about Tarantino--they should have a smug off

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Response to yurbud (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:14 AM

6. I Believe I'd Buy A Ticket To Something Like That. (nt)

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Response to yurbud (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 02:57 PM

7. that would be the easiest debate to start. It would just take one question:

"What's wrong with him?"

and both would talk until the audience died of old age.

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Response to yurbud (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 06:33 PM

9. I Think You've Got It Pegged, Yurbud. (nt)

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 03:40 PM

8. Spike Lee is just HATIN

I saw the movie TWICE the second time I took a lady friend who didn't see it so I treated her to a free movie.

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Response to bigdarryl (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:42 PM

13. I tend to be hypersensitive and I am biased AGAINST Tarantino...

Not only that I am a movie snob. Not many films thrill me. I'll watch and review.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 08:44 PM

11. As spagheti western-stylized as it was, Tarantino accurately nailed the extent of slave suffering.

This whole "it could have happened" approach to reinterpreting history is a cool artistic path that Tarantino is carving out for himself. I hope there's a "Django II" that takes place during the Civil War, as Django and his wife make their way through the world of Frederick Douglass, Lincoln, Harriet Tubman and John Brown. That would be a helluva story.

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Mon Jan 7, 2013, 09:41 PM

12. I heard Spike Lee did see it and was not impressed. n/t

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