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    So the English teacher nerd needs to chime in here about Django.

    As someone who's taught Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Richard Wright's autobiography Black Boy numerous times, the depiction of "Mandingo fighting" in the movie wasn't at all surprising to me. There's clearly reference in the historical record to slaveholders holding boxing and wrestling matches among slaves (see the work of Frederick Douglass for this), and as I was watching the movie, the "Mandingo fight" reminded me of the "Battle Royal" section in Invisible Man (the black narrator is made to fight other blacks for a college scholarship) or even the section in Black Boy, where Wright and another black man are paid $5 by their white employers to fight each other.

    I'm not disagreeing that the Mandingo fight in Django is brutal and problematic, but it's hardly new and it feels to me like it's much in keeping with the spirit of what we know about slaveowners (even if it's not completely factual). And, on a purely cinematic level, it pretty accurately (and succinctly) illustrates two things: 1) Candie's depravity, and 2) the height of the stakes for Schultz and Django. Even considering all this, I suppose the argument can be made that Tarantino is cheaply using the brutality of the American past as a plot device, but to do so would be to level a similar charge at Ellison and, less so, at Wright.

    I dunno. I just think Tarantino knows exactly what he's doing – what buttons he's pushing – and there's more on his mind than cheap entertainment, no matter how beholden he is to the movies he loved in his youth.
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    Yeah actually good point, fuck this whole argument:

    Sometimes the best way to accurately convey the emotional content of something in the limited time of a movie is to make shit up. It may not be based on true events but it's based on true sentiment. It's a great metaphor for the brutal mentality and disposable nature with which slavemasters regard their slaves. You could lift shit that really happened and have a lynching scene or whatever but that's been done to death.
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    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    I just read this article claiming that Tarantino has defined two distinct universes for his films: the Realer than Real universe, where Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Death Proof and Inglorious Basterds occur, and the Movie Movie universe, where From Dusk Til Dawn and Kill Bill occur. The Movie Movie stuff apparently draws from other films and is more ridiculous in its violence. I could see Django being included in that universe based on that idea (and it makes sense, with her last name.)

    And Jackie Brown is just separate.
    this explains so much. and why jackie brown is the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roberto73 View Post
    So the English teacher nerd needs to chime in here about Django.

    As someone who's taught Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man and Richard Wright's autobiography Black Boy numerous times, the depiction of "Mandingo fighting" in the movie wasn't at all surprising to me. There's clearly reference in the historical record to slaveholders holding boxing and wrestling matches among slaves (see the work of Frederick Douglass for this), and as I was watching the movie, the "Mandingo fight" reminded me of the "Battle Royal" section in Invisible Man (the black narrator is made to fight other blacks for a college scholarship) or even the section in Black Boy, where Wright and another black man are paid $5 by their white employers to fight each other.

    I'm not disagreeing that the Mandingo fight in Django is brutal and problematic, but it's hardly new and it feels to me like it's much in keeping with the spirit of what we know about slaveowners (even if it's not completely factual). And, on a purely cinematic level, it pretty accurately (and succinctly) illustrates two things: 1) Candie's depravity, and 2) the height of the stakes for Schultz and Django. Even considering all this, I suppose the argument can be made that Tarantino is cheaply using the brutality of the American past as a plot device, but to do so would be to level a similar charge at Ellison and, less so, at Wright.

    I dunno. I just think Tarantino knows exactly what he's doing – what buttons he's pushing – and there's more on his mind than cheap entertainment, no matter how beholden he is to the movies he loved in his youth.
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    How you been, Rob? Still got those dreamy peepers?
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    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    The peepers are as dreamy as ever. And, now that I'm living in Georgia, I figure if I just wait long enough I'll probably get to see some Mandingo fighting in action.

    EDIT: Because people here are fucking racist, not because I own slaves.
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    Ha. Yeah really, as someone who lives in Georgia in modern times, is there like ANY doubt in your mind that stuff as bad as Mandingo fighting and worse definitely happened all the time with those twisted Southern fucks?
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    Hannah, I don't know that pigs have big weiners, and my early 20's facination with dogs because of weiner size, I think. If that helps.

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    I think I was making a much more subtle point that was conveyed. My ideological problem with the film wasn't on the level of race qua race, and it certainly wasn't that QT took historical liberties or -- god forbid -- attempted to make a film that wasn't particularly concerned with its own historicity. Rather, I was uncomfortable that the film was turning the gravest part of American history into a blaxiplotation spaghetti Western pastiche, in effect turning America's original sin into something that could be wiped away with cartoonish revenge fantasies and movie mythology. And yeah, on some level it is disrespectful to the victims of American slavery.

    Again, not my principal problem with the film, but something that I could never fully work my way around.

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    Miror would you be saying any of this if Django was made by a black man?
    It's hard for me to answer this question honestly. On one hand, my problem with the film wasn't explicitly racial; I struggled more with how the film handled the nature of historical atrocity itself, less with the race-based nature of the atrocity. On some level, no other filmmaker, black or white, could have made this film. On another level, I will confess to harboring a certain level of the white liberal guilt Randy mocks me for. I'd like to say that I wouldn't cut a black filmmaker more slack for a similarly problematic film, but I don't know if I would.
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    And Jackie Brown is just separate.
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    this explains so much. and why jackie brown is the best.
    Jackie Brown is in a different, Elmore Leonard universe along with Out of Sight and possibly but not necessarily the Get Shorty films, 3:10 to Yuma and the TV series Justified

    Am I correct in thinking that JB is Tarantino's only adaptation?

    Edit: from a book, I mean
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    well the only other people in the movie when i went to see it was a black man in a nice, colourful suit and a black woman with a headdress on, so i feel ok for laughing and enjoying myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miroir Noir View Post
    Rather, I was uncomfortable that the film was turning the gravest part of American history into a blaxiplotation spaghetti Western pastiche, in effect turning America's original sin into something that could be wiped away with cartoonish revenge fantasies and movie mythology.
    I share some of your feelings on this, Mitch, but you lose me entirely with this "wiped away" bit. This film has people talking about our awful history, and doing so from some reasonable perspectives.

    I found Django Unchained difficult and fairly abhorrent but I think that was on purpose. Reading and thinking about it since seeing it has me appreciating it more but I really don't know that I want to see it again, because of all the awfulness.

    I don't think Life Is Beautiful (which was "set it in fucking Auschwitz or something") was trying to laugh at the Holocaust nor trying to say that an obnoxious Italian clown could have fixed everything. Different people process in different ways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    Jackie Brown is in a different, Elmore Leonard universe along with Out of Sight and possibly but not necessarily the Get Shorty films, 3:10 to Yuma and the TV series Justified

    Am I correct in thinking that JB is Tarantino's only adaptation?

    Edit: from a book, I mean
    Jackie Brown ("Rum Punch") and Get Shorty were the same Elmore Leonard universe, which character crossover. Harry Arno comes to mind.

    Tough to measure Quentin's storytelling against the modern master of the crime novel, it's really enough that he captured the essence of Leonard possibly better than anyone else has (Well... wait... Soderbergh in "Out of Sight" was probably the best).

    It's unfair that injured film kids whine about the film they wanted to see instead of the film QT wanted to make. I didn't find Django any less interesting than any of QT's other badasses, he just didn't have as many pop culture references to quote. Waltz and DiCaprio (more educated characters) had the pleasure of enjoying juicier lines, but Foxx did a fantastic job of portraying his character in a very similar way to Laurent in Inglorious Basterds... sometimes the looks of horror and frustration are more powerful than goofy stories and sly jabs.

    More people should read Elmore Leonard, and that's something QT helped happen. Points.

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    Watched Lawless last night. That sucked.

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    As a Zombie movie fan, I have to admit I am looking forward to Warm Bodies. I love the notion of telling the story from the Zombie perspective.
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    The Last Stand is a fucking blast! If you wanted to like the Expendables 2 and were let down, leave it to a gifted Korean filmmaker to give you the awesome 80's throwback action movie you so desperately want. I enjoyed the shit out of it.

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    Watched Silver Linings Playbook last night. Very enjoyable, and im a die hard cowboys fan. But you could basically you could put that Jennifer Lawrence girl in a Joe Gibbs biopic and i'd still watch it.
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    Going back a few pages: Gabe, I'd say watch The Piano Teacher and if it does absolutely nothing for you, give up on Haneke for the foreseeable future. It's the film of his I feel like I'm being taught a lesson the least and the film where I feel like the characters are most fully realized people more than ciphers for a theme.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoulDischarge View Post
    Going back a few pages: Gabe, I'd say watch The Piano Teacher and if it does absolutely nothing for you, give up on Haneke for the foreseeable future. It's the film of his I feel like I'm being taught a lesson the least and the film where I feel like the characters are most fully realized people more than ciphers for a theme.
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    instead. i would recommend Code Unknown and 71 Fragments... because if you are going to embrace Haneke, you need to give up on the idea that the characters in his film need to operate as characters. those films have the best chance of letting you click with his process, because there are no (misleading) indications anywhere in the film at all that you are supposed to consume the narrative in a traditional capacity.

    Silver Linings Playbook was essentially a less honest (ha!) version of Juno. honestly can't believe that I didn't turn it off part way through.

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    Not sure if you guys discussed this or not,
    but recently watched Kill Joe and the movie is still with me, especially the last damn scene.
    I can't decide if i loved the movie or hated it.
    I surely hated all the characters in it, that's for sure.

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    Killer Joe*

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgaretjax View Post
    Silver Linings Playbook was essentially a less honest (ha!) version of Juno. honestly can't believe that I didn't turn it off part way through.
    elaborate on this comparison.
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    Yeah Killer Joe was pretty crazy. It was wayyyyy too over the top but some parts were pretty viscerally effecting (especially the chicken drumstick scene holy shit.) I thought it was a pretty well done dark comedy although wow, the way all of the characters treated the women of the story was pretty sickening. McConaughey was disturbing as fuck

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    Gangster Squad is completely stupid and totally fun. it was exactly what i expected it to be and I loved it. it looks fantastic and is very bloody and awesome. Also, i didn't realize Giovanni Ribisi was in it, and I always forget how much I like him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmgaretjax View Post
    Silver Linings Playbook was essentially a less honest (ha!) version of Juno. honestly can't believe that I didn't turn it off part way through.
    Haha, what's the world coming to! I was trying to figure out which German expressionist made Silver Lining Playbook.


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    Yeah Killer Joe was pretty crazy.

    Killer Joe was twisted enough. I like to believe killer joe and the daughter live happily ever after. The dad was such a putz.


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    Silver Lining and Juno....interesting....

    I went to a screening of Les Mis last night, I didn't want to see the movie in theaters because I thought it was too long and I'd get bored, but went because of the Q&A after and man am I glad I went. I know so many people hate this movie. But I loved it, the performances were incredible and it was so well done that it felt like an hour and a half. I also forgot there was even singing, it was so not the main focus for me. I think there was maybe one scene where someone actually talked and I was just like "holy shit I forgot they've been singing, how odd of them to talk..." I loved it.

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    Thank you, Bryan.

    I'm going to get back to the movie now.

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    I'm predicting right now that we'll see a Criterion treatment of Zodiac by the end of 2014
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