Django Reax Mini Round-Up
January 2, 2013, 8:27 pm
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  • Cobb on Django Unchained:

    Now if you asked me a month ago when all the dainties were weeping in the streets about the absence of Frederick Kick Ass Douglass (read blacks as agents in their own liberation) from Speilberg’s courtly drama, I snarled that all they really wanted to see was some black man killing some white men (for money). And you can bet your ass that Tarantino is going to make all that money. And now that QT has ripped the roof of that meme and soaked the silver screen with the blood of righteous retribution, the complaint will squiggle off into another boohooey direction. Or so I predict.

    Good prediction.

  • The Fine Art Diner on Django Unchained:

    I consider this film a great achievement for him, but also wildly dangerous.
    What’s the point of making a pro-socialist/anti-capitalist film? […] There are plenty of ways to arrive at the same conclusion regarding Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Django Unchained: it’s violently socialist. It’s not just socialist, it’s calling for violent revolutions.

    Interesting as always.

  • Stationary Waves on Django Unchained:

    Second, I am empathetic to Spike Lee’s criticism of the film. While I thought the treatment of slavery and the language used was as “tasteful” as any Tarantino film is capable of being, there is something remarkably sickening about being in a theater full of white people laughing their heads off as Samuel L. Jackson repeatedly uses the N-word in a decidedly derogatory manner. […] Therefore, I highly recommend this movie, but suggest that it will be best enjoyed in the privacy of your own home, away from an audience that at times displays a nauseating degree of stupidity.

    Point well taken. I will almost certainly watch it away from other people. But it’s getting to the point where that’s redundant advice, since the movie-theater experience has the potential to spoil any movie, ‘controversial’ Tarantino vehicle or not.

EDITOR’S NOTE: For your background info, we are given to understand that this “Django Unchained” is a moving-picture of some sort. We shall investigate further so as to better inform you, The reader. Just one of the myriad ways that RWCG, Inc. puts our readership first.

But seriously, while I haven’t seen it yet, these reactions make me miss the days when you could just watch a movie. You know, for fun. Now, you have to have all sorts of opinions about it and (worse) stances. Where do you stand on the use of the N-word? Where do you stand on the black guy shooting up white guys? Hell, I dunno.

I note that, from all appearances, and Tarantino flourishes aside, Django Unchained is basically what they call a Western. Now, some of my favorite movies are Westerns. Westerns are usually violent and have creepy or downright disturbing political undertones, but people don’t obsess over them while watching them. Once Upon A Time In The West might be my second-favorite movie of all time. I love it and I enjoy it on a visceral level. But do I have a stance on it? No. If I thought about it, would there be some politics underlying the central drama of it? Of course! I’m quite certain there are in fact. And I like to read such theories, sometimes, after the fact. But I’m very glad I didn’t do so until well after watching, immersing myself in, and enjoying the movie on its own.

Unfortunately I won’t get that chance with Django (nor did I really get that chance with Basterds). I’m not usually one who minds ‘spoilers’ anymore. Often I’ll go ahead and spoil entire movies for myself before seeing them, and still be able to enjoy the movie, because actually when you’re not so focused on ‘what is happening’ you can notice more things, and that’s neat. But I think I need to make an exception for these sorts of, for lack of a better term, ‘political/thematic spoilers’. Basically, I don’t need plot spoiler alerts, but if I’m going to be able to continue enjoying Tarantino movies, I probably do need mega political/thematic spoiler alerts.

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Maybe the solution for having opinions on movies is to only watch bad movies. “oh no! the rubber crocodile is going to eat me!”

Comment by Tim

I’ll have to try that.

Comment by The Crimson Reach

Only just now noticed the name change…

Comment by tangentstyle

I’m considering changing the alias every day just to trip people up.

Comment by The Crimson Reach

Re: “the movie-theater experience has the potential to spoil any movie,”

It also has the potential to MAKE the movie.

Recently I went to a theater presentation of “Casablanca”, and the presence of a crowd of people (all of whom had seen the movie already, and were quite familiar with it) made the experience just great. Everybody chuckled at the right time, and was quiet to listen to the good lines.

On the other hand, when I was “It’s a Wonderful Life”, the theater was practically empty, and while the movie wasn’t any worse than watching it at home, it wasn’t that much better – even with popcorn.

Not typical examples – re-released classics. Just my $.02

Comment by Rick

I’ll agree with that. I do think certain movies (silly horror or comedies) can benefit a lot from the right ‘college-age’ type crowd.

One of the better movie-theater experiences I can recall was Pulp Fiction, which was also probably a younger crowd.

I think these are few and far between though. Mostly, the crowd is (at best) nonexistent or a nonentity, like your It’s a Wonderful Life example, or (all too often) an outright distraction.

It depends heavily on audience makeup, of course, so it’s a crapshoot, but one that seems less and less worth wagering.

Comment by The Crimson Reach

You make a great point about feeling like one has to have a stance on movies, rather than just enjoying them. I do think one of the fun “features” of a Tarantino movie is talking about it after you’ve seen it, but it’s also true that movies are best when you just turn them on and enjoy them. I think a lot of this stems from the fact that Facebook/Blogging culture has generated a population of people who have a “take” on everything, no matter how mundane. Actually, now that you mention it, Tarantino himself contributed to this phenomenon with all those “intellectual discussions about Madonna in Reservoir Dogs” scenes in his movies. So we’ve come full circle.

But, if it’s possible to go back, it’s probably a good idea. The fact that I love “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly” has more to do with spending time with my dad than with any of the film’s messages.

I’m going to build that into my movie reviews from now on.

Comment by RPLong

Tarantino must be an acquired taste. Pulp Fiction was kind of entertaining. I used to like Reservoir Dogs but then rewatched it and hated it. Kill Bill 1 was so awful I can’t even remember if I made it to the end.

Comment by Matt

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