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    It's surreally real

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    ... wait, Basterds is in Realer Than Real?
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    When did Mandingo fighting become part of the cultural narrative of American slavery?
    Probably when it was a best seller.
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    I don't see Basterds or Death Proof in the real category. I think that theory would make sense if they said that Jackie Brown was the transition point, because everything after that has been over the top.
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    There's apparently a strong argument for Inglorious Basterds being the defining moment as the turning point for his alternate universe. People have pointed to the fact that the bear jew has the same last name as some characters in the regular universe and that there are apparently some other connections to be found. The argument for it being in the real category goes that, as Hitler was killed by a crack American squad in a movie house in a big massacre, it tended to provide more credence to violence and pop culture as normal things in society. As a result, people in Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs are more comfortable with violence and pop culture as important parts of everyday society.

    I'm writing this poorly, but this has been dissected at length in multiple places. Edit: a quick google search brought this up.
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    Probably when it was a best seller.
    Da Vinci Code was a best seller it doesn't make Jesus was married to Mary part of the cultural narrative.

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    No, that became part of the cultural narrative back around the time of (if we want to be conservative with it) The Last Temptation of Christ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schoolofruckus View Post
    It's probably futile to argue this, but one man's exploitation is another man's empowerment. If you believe Tarantino's only reasons for making Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained are to pad his bank account and glorify himself - which would require you to ignore the fact that he put his own salary on the line in order to get the latter made, among other things - then you'll be prone to believe that he's trivializing atrocity. If you understand that a fundamental motivation for exploitation cinema/cinema in general/art in general is to give voice to those who don't always have one in reality, you'll understand that while the film may be a humorous fantasy, it's not for lack of respect to the severity of history.
    Quentin Tarantino has an undeniable obsession with the word n*gger. In nearly every one of his movies, he indulges in this obsession to varying degrees. "Sicilians were spawned by n*ggers." "Did you see the sign on my house that says dead n*gger storage." "Break out the beeper number, n*gger." He even snuck a n*gger joke into Inglorious Basterds where the Nazi incorrectly guesses an American slave in charades (King Kong was the correct answer.)

    Now, I'm not implying that Quentin is racist - hell the Dennis Hopper monologue in True Romance is some of the funniest shit he's ever written. But to me it seemed like Django was nothing more than a feature length excuse for him to wallow in this obsession for nearly three hours. Maybe I'd have felt differently if Django wasn't the most boring character in the whole movie. Fox was mainly just asked to sit there looking hard and menacing in his sunglasses, while Dicaprio and Waltz got all the great lines. And that was my biggest issue with the movie: SPOILERS: if you're going to kill your two best characters with nearly 45 minutes remaining in the film, your "hero" had better interesting enough to carry the movie by himself. It's not enough that all the bad people get their comeuppance in the end if they're far more compelling than the man you're supposed to be rooting for. If this movie was truly empowering to blacks he would have written Jamie Fox a better character.

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    Hmm, that's actually kind of an interesting point. Not the beginning but the Jamie Foxx issue. That really was the biggest problem with the movie, Django wasn't nearly interesting enough of a protagonist.
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    You touched on this when Woltz died and you got bored

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by bmack86 View Post
    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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    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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    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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