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Django’s Basterds


Django Unchained

Writer/Director/Actor Quentin Tarantino is so full of himself and his eclectic influences that it obviously translates itself into his movies – and Django Unchained is no different. Now I didn’t know much going into Django, other than that Jamie Foxx is a slave and kills white folks down south, so I expected no less then the previous juvenile and offensive Inglourious Basterds – which was at least more than my Mom, who thought it was about Django Reinhardt.

Django Unchained

I’ve hoped this revisionist/mashup kick that QT has been on for more than a  decade is just a passing phase, since the only thing keeping his shallow movies fresh is the ever expanding pool of actors who continue to give great performances and know exactly how to deliver his idiosyncratic script dialogue (better so than himself) – the only original facet left in his productions.

Django UnchainedAlso, I get that Quentin is being Leonesque with his epic movie lengths but this one drags even more so, perhaps since it’s his first film without editor Sally Menke. With the overkill  Peckinpah slow mo, not to mention almost all of Leo DiCaprio’s performance – which is drawn out over an hour tour of Candy Land – we still don’t even make it to the Peppermint Forest or Ice Cream Sea.

Django Unchained

I guess I hold Quentin to a higher standard after his first two movies in some ways defined a new generation of the writer/director, but it seems P.T. Anderson and The Coen Brothers are the only mainstream ones that are at least evolving and striving for some semblance of profundity and not just silly entertainment. Then again maybe it’s just a sign of the times, I mean next year we got Grown Ups 2.

Django Unchained

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2010 Dead Flowers

Corey AllenRebel curse continues…

Captain Beefheart – “For uh white elephant escaped from zoo with love. Goes t’ show what uh moon can do, Moonlight on Vermont.”

Barbara Billingsley – The original MILF.

Art Clokey – Thanks for Gumby and Pokey.

Gary Coleman – Sill lives on Avenue Q.

Robert Culp – Fuck Cosby!

Blake Edwards– Dead ant.

Eddie Fisher – Princess Leia’s real Father.

Peter Graves – The Ying of the other half of Yang in Airport.

Corey Haim – Where are they now?

Dennis Hopper – ‘”What are they gonna say about him? What are they gonna say? That he was a kind man? That he was a wise man? That he had plans, man? That he had wisdom? Bullshit, man!”

Irvin Kershner – Director of the greatest movie ever made.

Dino De Laurentiis – Hit and Miss.

Sally Menke – I’d rather lose an arm.

Leslie Nielsen – “It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.”

Harvey Pekar – Perfectly Goddamn delightful.

Arthur Penn & Dede Allen – Bonnie &  Clyde.

J. D. Salinger – John Lennon was no phony.

 

Happy New Year 2011.

 

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