May 23

blinkbox Movie Club: Django Unchained

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Forum!As an experiment, we’re hosting our inaugural blinkbox Movie Club this week in which we (us and you the reader) will talk about a new release right here on the blog. We’ll be throwing some questions out for you guys to discuss on the forum but we won’t be limited by those topics.

This week, we’re looking at Django Unchained, the latest film from writer/director Quentin Tarantino. Critically applauded and publicly divisive, this ultra-violent Exploitation Western seems to be the perfect film to kick off a great discussion on film.

  • Is it responsible of Tarantino to portray brutal events from recent history like slavery within the context of a film that’s designed to be entertaining?
  • Who do you think is the most ‘Evil’ character in the film? Is it Leonardo DiCaprio’s Calvin Candie? Or perhaps Don Johnson’s Big Daddy? Or maybe even Samuel L Jackson’s duplicitous house slave…?
  • What non-Tarantino film would you like to see in a Double Bill with Django Unchained?

Share your thoughts on the board below before next Thursday and the best/most amusing/most thoughtful comments will be published in next week’s newsletter. That’s right: you can make yourself heard to a nationwide audience of movie fans!

Comment away!

5 Responses to “blinkbox Movie Club: Django Unchained”

  1. Kelly w says:

    I think it should be played in a double bill with the film Amistad. This is because both films display the victims of slavery getting their freedom.

  2. Francis Moon says:

    Films are both entertaining and also informative (see The Color Purple) so to portray slavery is right, it’s important we never forget.
    They should show it with the original Django to show where Tatantino was coming from and his influence, plus it’s a cool film

  3. Josie says:

    “Is it responsible of Tarantino to portray brutal events from recent history like slavery within the context of a film that’s designed to be entertaining?”

    From a historian’s point of view, slavery is recent history, but in the past 50 years the world has changed so much more, than in the 50 years before that. It might well be “recent” but I don’t think there are many people alive today that think slavery is acceptable in the developed world.

    In that sense it is old news. We have to open a conversation about history to understand its lessons – to understand that it is wrong, and there is no better medium for that than film. Its never too soon to discuss these things.

  4. jedt says:

    all tarantino makes is pastiche… i would be interested to see what original contribution he will/may make.

    as for a double bill…how about blade runner?

  5. jon obsworth says:

    first and foremost an excellent movie
    with many refs to others

    double up with Charley One Eye

    the evil in the movie is ensemble – the complicity of most of the characters in portraying the banality surrounding the theme of slavery

    there is also a consciousness within the movie which is humanist
    what better a way to sell this than a horror movie with humour

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