Django Unchained (2012)

Gorgeous poster, though probably not in the category of previous Tarantino films.  Argue about that.

Gorgeous poster, though probably not in the category of previous Tarantino films. Argue about that.

Directed by: Quentin Tarantino (we could argue over what his “best” movie is, but the safe bet will most likely always be Pulp Fiction)

Written by: Tarantino

Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, James Remar, Kerry Washington, Laura Cayouette, Walton Goggins and Samuel L. Jackson.  Also, check the tags for many actors that basically filmed cameo roles.

What it’s about: in 1858, a former slave becomes a bounty hunter and searches for his wife

B-Movie Alternate Title: It’s a pretty B-Movie title already

Movie Mash Up: Inglourious BasterdsTombstone + probably hundreds of blaxpoitation movies that Tarantino has watched

What I liked: I have to admit, Jamie Foxx ruled in this movie, and I hate having to say that.  Tarantino wrote such a great character in Django, and knew exactly how he wanted the character to appear and succeeded on all levels.  I would argue that Christoph Waltz deserves to be nominated in the Best Actor category, rather than the Supporting Actor category for his performance in this movie, but whatever.  It is a fun movie, dealing with some super serious themes, and it may be Tarantino’s funniest movie yet.  Argue some more about that too, if you want.  The movie looks gorgeous, and flows fairly well (see below), so well that at points it doesn’t exactly feel like a near three hour-long movie.  DiCaprio was amazing in it as well, particularly the scene in which he actually accidentally cuts open his own hand, bleeding profusely all over himself, and continues acting.  Don’t know how Kerry Washington felt about having his blood smeared all over her face, though.

What I disliked: The running time of nearly three hours is fairly daunting, Tarantino movie or not.  You could make arguments about trimming the fat and lessening the homages to whatever obscure movie Tarantino was referring to with whatever camera angle or sound cue, but you don’t have the same movie then.  I consider myself a fairly knowledgeable movie fan, but I probably don’t know half of the references Tarantino is making, even in regards to certain actors and actresses he ends up casting for whatever reason.  There were some scenes throughout that I thought were misplaced or came from some wacky sitcom script (the Jonah Hill cameo scene springs to mind), and while they weren’t terrible, they did put me off a little.

Would I recommend it to anyone?: While it is pretty great, the exceedingly long running time and excessive (but totally in context) usage of the word “nigger”, probably means it isn’t for everyone.  Tarantino fans will eagerly lap it up, though.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

I am surprised this .gif hasn't been Hasslehoff'd.

I am surprised this .gif hasn’t been Hasslehoff’d.

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Horrible Bosses (2011)

Going over the history of the pre-production and casting of this movie, there are numerous missteps that could have been made at multiple points that would have actually affected the badass awesomeness of this flick.  When you’re dealing with an ensemble cast, chemistry is of the utmost importance otherwise you just get something that resembles shiny shit like Valentine’s Day.  Jason Bateman – in my books – is a marketable guy for legitimizing a comedic film.  If he’s in it, I’m gonna give it a shot.  Hell I’d pay money to see Bateman co-star with Paul Rudd in a movie where they work in a diner and shoot the shit with the regulars, like Clerks 2 but funny (also, I think I just trademarked or copyrighted that idea).

Ashton Kutcher, Tom Cruise, Owen Wilson and numerous other actors were at one point attached to star in the movie.  Brett Ratner was supposed to direct it.  Thankfully, none of those things happened and instead we get a near perfect black comedy directed by King of Kong‘s Seth Gordon, with an awesome ensemble cast that knew their roles and were more concerned with the project actually being fucking funny.  Why else would Colin Farrell suggest that his character have a horrible comb-over, a pot belly and a fondness for Chinese dragons?  No ego on this film, and if there was, I saw no evidence of it.  Hell, Jamie Foxx was likable in it, as a character named Dean “Motherfucker” Jones and the origin story behind his nickname is just worth the price of admission on its own.

I actually started writing this up with the rating of 4 in my mind for the film, because y’know that’s very good for the genre of movie it is, but the more I’ve written about it and thought about it, well I loved it.  It’s a fucking great movie, one that I will look forward to watching again in the future.

5 / 5

And that’s my rating, but I’m also reading up on the movie and how some reviewers feel there’s homophobia and misogynistic tendencies throughout the movie and it blows my fucking mind.  Really?  I saw none of that, which clearly must mean I’m homophobic and misogynistic as well.  Fuck that noise.  These are reviewers that can’t seem to admit when they’re having a good time, like enjoying a Jackass movie is a crime against film.  I used to be a film snob like that, and I hate old pretentious me.  Fucking uptight twats!