2012: #9 Django Unchained



Directed by: Quentin Tarentino
Written by: Quentin Tarentino
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Walton Goggins, Dennis Christopher, James Remar, Michael Parks, and Don Johnson
Distributer: The Weinstein Company
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 165 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Date released: 12/25/2012
Date seen: 12/25/2012
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $365,584,000
# of Oscar nominations: 5 (Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound Editing)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 8 (Best Shootout, Source Music, Soundtrack, Villain, Supporting Actor, Line, Original Screenplay, and Comedy)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Best Soundtrack and Comedy of the Year)

Django Unchained is, first and foremost, a fearless and provocative film that is proof positive that the world is not “succumbing to political correctness” as the talk show pundits like to put it. It’s also a highly watchable and rather hilarious viewing experience, which is more than can be usually said about movies that are “fearless and provocative.” It also has most of the usual frills we’ve come to expect from Tarentino like great dialogue, unexpected bursts of violence, non-formulaic structure, and cool movie references. And yet, given all this, you’d think that Django Unchained would rank a little higher than number nine. I’m not entirely sure I can put a finger on what keeps the film from reaching the lofty heights of a Pulp Fiction or Inglourious Basterds, but the editing just isn’t quite as sharp and the material doesn’t seem quite as original as it once did. Still, it’s a testament to how great a filmmaker Tarentino is that one of his lesser films is still significantly better than much of anything that anyone else is doing.
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