Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I LIKE THE WAY YOU DIE, BOY:  As summaries go, it's hard to top Tony Scott's quip that Lincoln and Django Unchained weren't so far apart after all: "You could almost imagine the two films, or at least their heroes, figuring in the kind of good-natured, racial-stereotype humor that used to be a staple of stand-up comedy (and was memorably parodied on “The Simpsons”): 'white guys abolish slavery like this' (pass constitutional amendment); 'but black guys, they abolish slavery like this' (blow up plantation)."

I finally had a chance to view the latter yesterday afternoon, which felt thematically appropriate, and while it's not upper-tier Tarantino (and inferior to Inglorious Basterds) it certainly falls into the category of "if you were thinking of seeing it, you probably should see it at some point." The performances are all great, especially Samuel L. Jackson's (we'll get to Waltz in a second post); blood explodes and appears in many interesting places and angles; and for all the bullshit that you get from Tarantino, the movie nevertheless makes the brutality of slavery vivid in a way as to make the fantasyland of Gone With The Wind feel even more ridiculous in retrospect. It's not a great movie, but it's certainly a fun one.

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