Author Topic: Django Unchained  (Read 5970 times)

ian

Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #25 on: 20 January, 2013, 07:01:47 pm »
Jackie Brown - excellent. Classic noir

Reservoir Dogs - excellent.

Pulp Fiction - good cinema, I loved the multip-facted story and the way that he builds up a story for more than one character.

Inglorious Berstards - Stupid style over substance. Stay away from historical events.

Kill Bill etc. Style over anything. meh

This really.

Inglourious Basterds was pretty awful after the intro, turning into hackneyed film-buff panto. Kill Bill(s) were simply indulgence. I doubt QT asks for or gets much criticism, and as such, he needs it more than most. It's a bit like no one being willing to tell Elvis that he didn't need another burger.

It's not normal, mundane dialogue that made Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, and Jackie Brown so good. People don't talk like that, not in the real world. It's extremely stylised dialogue, but it's clever, and riffs. If it has actually been genuine mundane dialogue the movies would have never worked like they did. I'll wait for Django Unchained to appear on a seat-back, but I don't have high hopes.

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #26 on: 20 January, 2013, 07:26:29 pm »
This really.

Inglourious Basterds was pretty awful after the intro, turning into hackneyed film-buff panto. Kill Bill(s) were simply indulgence. I doubt QT asks for or gets much criticism, and as such, he needs it more than most. It's a bit like no one being willing to tell Elvis that he didn't need another burger.

Well that's true of a few other directors too.  Peter Jackson is also currently suffering an attack of belief in his own publicity.
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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #27 on: 20 January, 2013, 07:46:44 pm »
I'll see your Peter Jackson and raise you a George Lucas.  A downward graph if ever there was one.

Andrew

Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #28 on: 20 January, 2013, 08:09:02 pm »
I'll not have you saying anything against my mate Peter! ;)

Nah, it all seriousness, I thought LOTR to be tedious and overly long. I'll not be going anywhere near The Hobbit.

Another tedious claim-to-fame; I went to see the Ralph Bakshi version of LOTR with Jackson when we where around 13. He was very much into animation at the time (Bakshi's 'Fritz The Cat' was the first - and only? - R rated cartoon??) and that was more his interest than LOTR per se. At the time, King Kong was amongst his favourite movies, and pretty much all the Ray Harryhausen movies. Seems well odd to think back now.....

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #29 on: 21 January, 2013, 12:05:38 am »
Saw this last night. My first trip to the movies for 12 years so don't expect a Barry Norman review.

The horror of the slave trade / period was brought home. Yes, there is violence, one scene especially involving a recaptured escaped slave, that we (3 of us went) couldn't watch and plugged our ears. But there are some very strong performances and a good plot. There are some lighter comedy moments too.

It was 2 hrs 45 mins but didn't drag on.

Mojo is being awakened.

ian

Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #30 on: 21 January, 2013, 09:32:17 am »
This really.

Inglourious Basterds was pretty awful after the intro, turning into hackneyed film-buff panto. Kill Bill(s) were simply indulgence. I doubt QT asks for or gets much criticism, and as such, he needs it more than most. It's a bit like no one being willing to tell Elvis that he didn't need another burger.

Well that's true of a few other directors too.  Peter Jackson is also currently suffering an attack of belief in his own publicity.

Yes, and no one said "Erm, Ridley..." during the making of Prometheus either. They really should have.

Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #31 on: 22 January, 2013, 12:35:40 am »
Seen it now. One of the worst films I've seen in my life

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #32 on: 22 January, 2013, 08:59:10 am »
This really.

Inglourious Basterds was pretty awful after the intro, turning into hackneyed film-buff panto. Kill Bill(s) were simply indulgence. I doubt QT asks for or gets much criticism, and as such, he needs it more than most. It's a bit like no one being willing to tell Elvis that he didn't need another burger.

Well that's true of a few other directors too.  Peter Jackson is also currently suffering an attack of belief in his own publicity.

Yes, and no one said "Erm, Ridley..." during the making of Prometheus either. They really should have.

I fully believe Peter Jackson was given the go-ahead for "The Hobbit" on the one condition that he spun it out into 3 films.

There really aren't 3 films in the book but I think the Studios look at anything like this as a franchise now. Pay for 1 film and get 3. 

Don't be surprised to see "The Hobbit 2 - Son of Bilbo" in 5 years time.

I'd love to see them try and film the Silmarillion though...I think I made it through the first 10 pages before quickly checking whether it got any  more accessible later in the book.  It didn't.  It's in a draw somewhere, unread.

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #33 on: 23 January, 2013, 10:12:47 am »
I have to say that I was surprised when I saw the Hobbit. Jackson may have stretched the plot a bit but it worked. He appears to have taken events described in the LOTR book (comments and explanations of the Hobbit book) and expanded them.

My children loved it anyway - and that's what it primarily is - a delightful childrens story. Unlike the LOTR which crosses the line into a more adult world.
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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #34 on: 23 January, 2013, 02:03:40 pm »
I think Roots has the slave history perspective sewn up in the same way that jaws has the shark movie sewn up. Roots is a set text in some schools now.
I hope they remember to call it a novel, not history. I suppose highlighting the plagiarism that Haley had to pay someone compensation for, & the proven discrepancies in the timeline (supposed ancestors dying years before the birth of supposed children, being in North America years before being supposedly being captured in Africa, etc) would be too much to ask.
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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #35 on: 23 January, 2013, 10:30:00 pm »
Watched this last night and I've not been able to get it out of my head...

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #36 on: 24 January, 2013, 12:01:05 am »
I agree to some extent..I can't figure out how much he's taking the piss or if he's really that full of it.

I will say this: He is the first one in *ages* to bring up the subject and does so in non-preaching manner.
He also says as much in the Ch4 interview before it gets derailed: People are talking about slavery now.

Most other Westerns deal with the subject either through the Civil War or the aftermath..or completely ignore the issue.

I didn't like the last 2 shoot-outs very much, but can only assume that it was overplayed on to play it down.
It was so over-the-top that it could not in any way be interpreted as being realistic...


Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #37 on: 30 January, 2013, 07:42:49 am »
Saw it last night. Could have been about ninety minutes shorter.  :-\

It had good bits (mostly the bit with the KKK), but it needed a serious edit. And what was with the Quentin Tarantino cameo scene where they've all got Australian accents and are talking about "blackfellas"?  ???
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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #38 on: 30 January, 2013, 10:56:01 am »

Andrew

Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #39 on: 30 January, 2013, 11:44:40 am »
I suspect it's not for my generation.

I suspect I know what you mean. Perhaps it's all too post-modern-ironic for me or something. I only know that I'm not seeing what others seem to.

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #40 on: 30 January, 2013, 05:23:41 pm »
I don’t think it’s a generational issue particularly, I think it’s a case of liking or not liking his style.  I liked Reservoir Dogs, loved Pulp Fiction but have tended to enjoy each successive film he produces a little less.  Ms Weasel really enjoyed Django, my 74 year old dad really enjoyed it and as far as I know my 20 year old nephew also loved it.

It’s also not a simple divide of liking or not liking violent films either – I like excessively violent films if it suits both the genre and context of the story being told.

I think the issue I have with the violence in both of Tarantino’s recent films is that the genre of the film changes as the violence comes in, especially in Django Unchained and it just seems overdone and clumsy in style to me.

And as everyone else said, the film is far too long.

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #41 on: 30 January, 2013, 05:49:35 pm »
As this has become a general 'tino appreciation thread....

After seeing Jackie Brown I bought the soundtrack CD and had it on continuous play in the car for quite a while, including one holiday when family manotea headed off for a sojurn in france. The kids loved singing along to "The Tenessess Stud" though I insisted on skipping track2. Of course by the time we got back they were reciting it in unison. All together now, "Who's that?"...

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #42 on: 30 January, 2013, 05:57:42 pm »
I suspect it's not for my generation.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/25/bloody-mayhem-tarantino-django-seriously
That is a really good review.
I will see this film, because I really enjoy blood spattered violent action movies, especially where there is a vengeance angle.  They get my pulse going. I expect its a form of porn really.  QT has managed the almost impossible feat of gore porn with a top dressing of intellectual/insider in joke knowingness so we can do film buffery while relishing the gore.  I recall in the 70's there was a porn movie called Emanuelle that achieved a similar thing - one could get a bit of a stiffy while admiring the camerawork.  On that basis this is clearly a very good film.  I dont thoink it matters if its long as long as the gore keeps coming which is what I will be hoping for.
Whenever I have seen him in interviews etc he has made my skin crawl though - he must be the smuggest person in that town full of very smug people.
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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #43 on: 30 January, 2013, 06:09:56 pm »
I doubt the violence would shock me too much, I've always liked Verhoeven. It's the thought of those anachronisms that puts me off. The young don't know enough to be put off by them, and the old have forgotten what they knew. If you're not interested in the period the same applies.

We had American Civil War bubble gum cards when I was growing up, so there's a residue of interest in that period, and stuff such as the Missouri Compromise. As much as I would wish to conceal my pedantry, it would detract from my enjoyment.


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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #44 on: 30 January, 2013, 06:22:19 pm »
I suspect it's not for my generation.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/25/bloody-mayhem-tarantino-django-seriously
That is a really good review.
I will see this film.

You haven't seen the film, yet you think the review is good?

I personally think it's a load of tosh.

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #45 on: 30 January, 2013, 06:22:57 pm »
As much as I would wish to conceal my pedantry, it would detract from my enjoyment.
That's gonna ruin your enjoyment of many many works of fiction, I'm afraid! Not a QT issue.

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #46 on: 30 January, 2013, 06:27:06 pm »
As much as I would wish to conceal my pedantry, it would detract from my enjoyment.
That's gonna ruin your enjoyment of many many works of fiction, I'm afraid! Not a QT issue.

Just learn to let go ...

I don't see why I should spend money to be offended by inaccuracy. I can get that for free in the modern world, that's what the internet has made possible.

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Re: Django Unchained
« Reply #47 on: 30 January, 2013, 06:38:15 pm »
As much as I would wish to conceal my pedantry, it would detract from my enjoyment.
That's gonna ruin your enjoyment of many many works of fiction, I'm afraid! Not a QT issue.

Just learn to let go ...

I don't see why I should spend money to be offended by inaccuracy. I can get that for free in the modern world, that's what the internet has made possible.

The firearms were at least period authentic as far as I could tell.