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If John Ford and Kinji Fukasaku had a baby....,
This review is from: Django Unchained (DVD)
I really liked Django Unchained, or as I like to call it: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence right through the eyeball and then the bullet continued through about 7 other torsos, shot out from a guy's belly button bringing a plume of intestines with it, ricocheted off someone's jugular vein, then snapped the cord holding up a chandelier causing said chandelier to plummet like a lead balloon, crushing the skulls of various evil varmints and polecats and then plunging into an occupied outhouse where the dynamite was also stored, causing the outhouse to explode in a crimson rain of blood, guts and offal.
But I guess all that wouldn't fit on the poster.
Django has everything you'd want in a movie, action, humor, suspense, drama, and even some romance, all washed down with gallons of blood. Did I mention some beautiful western vistas? it's got those too. And there are plenty of refernces to some of the geat westerns of the past, some of them only visual so pay attention. There is the trade mark Tarantino dialogue as well.
I'm sure other reviewers will talk about racial-political implications and social commentary and such. I'm not that smart. I just thought this was a fast paced and satisfying film for movie fans from beginning to end. Leonardo Di Caprio makes for a great villain, keeping himself just this side of over-the-top. Jamie Fox played Django as quiet waters that ran deep but Christopher Walz steals the show, although Samuel L. Jackson almost beat him to it.
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Initial post: Jan 7, 2013 5:51:33 PM PST
J. herrin says:
Haha! I love your version of the title. It's longer than a Fiona Apple album title, but still somehow perfectly fitting.
Posted on Jan 14, 2013 7:06:51 AM PST
To even mention Kinji Fukasaku in the same sentence as John Ford is a travesty where westerns are concerned. True, Fukasaku did what he did well for his genre of film making but a John Ford even in jest is way out of line... I think Tarantino would agree with me on this one. I repeat both of these men did what they did well...so I'm not knocking Kinji Fukasaku. Like I started this post, 'You only get one John Ford in three lifetimes.' On this I truly believe Fukasaku would agree.
A few directors/actors influenced by Ford: Orson Welles, Sergio Leone, Michael Cimino, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, David Lean, Michael Mann, Peter Bogdanovich, Frank Capra, Alex Cox, Federico Fellini, Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Lloyd Kaufman, Elia Kazan, Satyajit Ray, Jean Renoir, Steven Spielberg, François Truffaut, Wim Wenders, John Carpenter, Satoshi Kon
Posted on Jan 14, 2013 12:56:15 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 10:32:13 AM PST
Leo is a good actor Jabs. I suspect your hostility stems from the fact that he looks so much like The Good Father, and I know you two had a passionate falling out.
Posted on Jan 22, 2013 6:53:07 PM PST
Daniel O. says:
Tarantino is actually pretty outspoken about his hate for John Ford. In fact, Ford played a klansman in D.W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation. Tarantino says he always imagined the hood flapping around and blinding Ford while he rode. Thus the inspiration for the "Regulators" scene in Django Unchained.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 24, 2013 3:03:31 PM PST
So I guess in a way Ford is indirectly responsible for one of the funniest scenes in the movie. Cool to know.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 1, 2013 12:47:35 PM PST
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 5, 2013 5:05:25 AM PST
It's so recognizable that John Ford had influenced by his directorial job re those directors that you mentioned. I'm so impressed. Kudos to Director Ford. I would like to add some directors have their own unique and versatile style in directorship but not influenced by John F., they are: Alan J Pakula, Robert Mulligan, William Wyler, and Anthony Mann. Thanks for your note, Wander'n. From Edgardo Valentino D. Olaes
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2013 8:40:08 AM PDT
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