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I thought that either The Hobbit or Lincoln were going to be my favorite movie of the year, but something in my gut knew that I HAD to see Django Unchained before I fully decided.  I just walked out of a filled to capacity screening and as we all stood and CHEERED for at least 30 seconds as the credits began to roll, I knew that I had just watched not only my favorite movie of the year, but what will possibly be one of my all time favorite films!!

I don't want to spoil a second of this movie for you by telling you about it.  Here's the trailer, in case you haven't seen it.  It's all you need to know going in.  

But I will say that in my opinion, this movie tops Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds as the best movie Quentin Tarantino has written and directed.  It certainly takes the place of Jackie Brown as my favorite Quentin Tarantino film.  What?  How was Jackie Brown my favorite until Django Unchained?  I love Pam Greer and Elmore Leonard, what can I say?

I have to go eat Christmas dinner now, so, I can't say much more, but let me note that among the performances of a lifetime for a number of the actors in this movie, the one that stands above the rest is Sam Jackson, who now has topped his Jules from Pulp Fiction!

Go and enjoy!  Turkey is calling me!

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  •  This Sam Jackson performance tops Jules??? Wow. (3+ / 0-)
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    glorificus, Mother Mags, ladybug53

    High praise indeed . . . can't wait to see it.

    I'm guessing that my son is too young to see it -- he's 14.

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    by GreenMtnState on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 06:59:32 PM PST

  •  This kossak has a decidedly different opinion. (5+ / 0-)

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)

    by MTmofo on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 06:59:34 PM PST

  •  Funny - I just read the other diary (2+ / 0-)
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    dwayne, subtropolis

    about this movie.  But, as the saying goes, opinions are like ass holes....

    •  Fine, I guess we've heard from Siskel and Ebert. (2+ / 0-)
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      mythatsme, ladybug53

      ...although the other diarist seemed to rail more at the audience reaction and maybe the general idea of the film.  I'm grateful to get two very differing opinions of this film, from members of the kos community.

      But isn't that what art is supposed to do?  Isn't it most successful when it evokes strong emotions in either direction?  The other diarist never said the movie was poorly put together or that it butchered what should have been an excellent script.  It definitely reached, even disturbed him, even made him take time to compose himself.

      I very much plan to see this film.  I might love it as much as I did "Pulp Fiction" and "Inglorious Basterds."  Or I might hate it to hell and back.  But I'm now expecting something that will move me very deeply.

      “Nice country you got here. Shame if something were to happen to it” --the GOP philosophy to governing as described by Paul Krugman

      by dwayne on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 09:00:09 PM PST

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  •  Thanks for the review. Still deciding whether to.. (0+ / 0-)


    I share a birthday with John Lennon and Bo Obama.

    by peacestpete on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 07:06:49 PM PST

  •  Must be a slow day round here... (0+ / 0-)

    this is the third diary I have seen on this movie (2 have liked it, 1 has not).


    I am going to go see it this weekend probably.

    "I'm not scared of anyone or anything, Angie. Isn't that the way life should be?" Jack Hawksmoor

    by skyounkin on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 07:19:21 PM PST

  •  ok (4+ / 0-)

    Who is the mystery lady...she appears looking out the window when they ride into town...then with the bandanna mask at the hillbilly shack and then with the stereoscopic? always with a Q film the dialogue is first rate...the gun stuff is no worse than with no name movies..  and a movie where a former slave shoots a bunch of white southerners? (without a bushmaster)

    A long movie , almost 3 hours, that does not seem long..
    A more sophisticated Blazing Saddles...
    This movie will REALLY fuck with FOX folks...

    •  Funny you should mention Blazing Saddles. (0+ / 0-)

      There's one scene in particular, and you probably know it, that's right out of Blazing Saddles. I and everyone around me (the theater was packed) was laughing their asses off. "These damn holes, I can't see!"

      I wondered about that woman too. Recognized the eyes but couldn't come up with a name.

      A definite thumbs up from us, quite a ride!

      stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

      by Mother Mags on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 12:42:59 AM PST

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  •  ya know.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Think Blazing Saddles merging with Clint "man with no name " movies...with first rate dialogue. Runs almost 3 hours but does not drag...Forget the hype of ultra violence and go see it..

    FOX inc will Not like it because it deals with real slave issues and has a former slave killing a bunch of cracker whites..

    (I have to see it again because there is a reason Q has this mystery woman who appears throughout the film with no explanation or apparent purpose)

  •  OMG! I hated this movie. Hated it! (2+ / 0-)
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    davidkc, LaurenMonica

    I felt bruised and battered by the "n" word. I felt slimy as if I was covered with blood and bits of gore and needed to take a shower.
    Tarantino claimed that his use of the n word was necessary because he had to be true to the era. Well that was about the only thing that was true to the era. It was a bloody fantastical, revisionist tale of slavery.
    The one bright spot was the acting of Christophe Waltz.

    Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

    by JoanMar on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 07:44:37 PM PST

    •  hmm (0+ / 0-)

      am curious about your audience make-uo.. ours was about 30% African-American...mostly older
      biggest hoot of course was when the hoods did not fit..
      Maybe they are more used to white southerners using N..
      None walked out and some were chuckling when they left..
      Ask one of your African Americans friends after they see it..

      cmon..a former slave wearing shades blowing up a plantation House..Perhaps you also believe that Clint "No name" movies sucked because the west was not like that..

      and  Do ya really believe Sam L. Jackson played the role as "House N" for the money..

      and the gore was "over the top" splash...I thought "Bastards" was more intense.. but hey that's the cool thing about movies..we all go into it expecting something and come away with an opinion on how that plays out..

      •  I am black, first off. (1+ / 0-)
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        I have seen parts of Kill Bill on tv and watch it mostly for the martial arts. I made no comment about SJ playing for money and I have no opinion about that. I don't think he was particularly brilliant in the movie. I think he played himself.
        I went with my daughter and she loved it. I hated it.
        The scene with the mask was pretty funny.
        Christophe Waltz was brilliant.
        Jamie Foxx was great.
        I would say the audience make up was 60% black and 40% white, mostly young.

        Maya Angelou: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

        by JoanMar on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 08:15:08 PM PST

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      •  QT's aestheitc is basically grindhouse fare (3+ / 0-)
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        ConfusedSkyes, blueoasis, davidkc

        packaged as art films.

        I don't know why anyone who knows his recent work would go in expecting anything else.  I'm anticipating to see a modern blacksploitation film when I see it.

        Praxis: Bold as Love

        by VelvetElvis on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 08:59:28 PM PST

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    •  it's not a movie for everyone (5+ / 0-)

      for me, this is the movie i have been waiting to see since being forced to endure Birth of a Nation in a film studies class.  that movie was a landmark innovative masterpiece and the worst thing ever filmed for public consumption outside of torture porn horror movies and nazi propaganda films.  seeing a master like Tarantino make a masterpiece revealing and condemning slavery and racism... well... we didn't cheer in our hippy town of Bellingham, WA for half a minute when the credits started for nothing.  

      so long and thanks for all the fish

      by Anton Bursch on Tue Dec 25, 2012 at 08:10:28 PM PST

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    •  My friend said it was lik The Help with the N-Word (2+ / 0-)
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      thrown every second.

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      by LaurenMonica on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 05:28:47 AM PST

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  •  i loved it (3+ / 0-)
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    Anton Bursch, mythatsme, dwayne

    i mean, sure, there was inappropriate comedy.  and it was kinda funny.  and damn those 1850s guns are accurate and deadly!  i guess i see it as art.  but then dusk til dawn was the only movie i ever walked out on.  of course that was a somewhat uptight time in my life.

  •  Looking forward to watching it tonight... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Quentin Tarantino = garbage (1+ / 0-)
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    Nothing but gratuitous violence masquerading as art.

    Let all the Bush tax cuts expire

    by Paleo on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 05:47:42 AM PST

  •  I got a more insightful look at racism in Django (0+ / 0-)

    than I did from Amistad and the kicker: I was entertained.

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:50:10 AM PST

  •  Looks nothing but silly to me. n/t (0+ / 0-)

    Freedom has two enemies: Those who want to control everyone around them...and those who feel no need to control themselves.

    by Sirenus on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 06:51:05 AM PST

  •  Tarentino (1+ / 0-)
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    I stopped watching this guy's movies a long time ago.

    All he does is go and find a film genre to copy every few years, and then he pretends it's an homage.  


    by otto on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 07:01:50 AM PST

  •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)
    But I will say that in my opinion, this movie tops Pulp Fiction and Inglorious Basterds
    Thanks.  You have given me enough information with the above quote to ensure that I stay home!

    By the way, you spelled "bastards" wrong.

  •  I saw it tonight, and I loved it! I am not a fan (0+ / 0-)

    of violence, nor QT, nor "deep" movies.  I like Inglorious Basterds.

    This was just a kick-ass western, and the flip of it being about the oppressed winning over the oppressors is simply the vehicle, and worth cheering for.

    I, too, wonder who the mystery woman was (was it also the sister?)

    Anyway, my advice is stop overthinking it, and just see it for FUN.

    PS I can't stand violence, but this violence is so over-the-top as to be unbelievable. Cartoonish, actually.  Part of the kitsch.

    I don't know anything about QT, but I think he just loves making movies like he saw as a kid.

    Yeah - the acting was superb, too!

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    by mumtaznepal on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 07:21:33 PM PST

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