Django Unacceptable Satire?

LeVar Burton little ticked off after hearing Tarantino didn’t like “Roots”.

‘Django Unchained’ is a fantasy, let’s be clear,” Burton told New York magazine. “And when Quentin Tarantino says that ‘Django’ is more real than ‘Roots,’ I call bullshit. I got nothing against him, but don’t go there, okay? Don’t go there, Quentin. Too many people who look like me bled and died for you to have the opportunity to satirize the slave narrative. There’s a place for satire in culture. Taken at face value, as a piece of satire, I went and enjoyed it. It was fun. Let’s just not get it twisted. ‘Django’ was not real.”

Shorter version – satire is great so long as it isn’t aimed at me. No, that’s not right. So long as it isn’t aimed at people that look like me.

Toughen up LeVar.

James Gray’s War With Tarantino

James Gray (The Yards andLittle Odessa with Tim Roth) talks about how hard it is to get small movies made, and his ‘war’ with Tarantino.

His earnest, emotional style earned him a reputation as the anti-Tarantino early on. “It made it seem like I was in a war with Quentin, which is ridiculous,” he said, rejecting the media’s comparisons. “I have huge admiration for what he can do. When you see movies that he does, the audience is so enraptured, I can’t do that. He has talents I can never even approach.”

Tarantino’s Next Film Is A Western

He’s been working up to this a while now, but finally revealed it on Jay Leno.

Django was a ‘Southern’, but had alot of the themes, sets, and feels of a Western. Heck, even parts of Kill Bill were very Western-ish. I’m interested to see where Quentin takes this – is is going to be something that fans of Westerns will like, or will it still be so distinctly Tarantino that it overwhelms the intended genre.

Wereworld – Rise of the Wolf

Another book recommendation for you. This one is a bit odd as I found it in the children’s section of Barnes & Noble while picking out a Skylanders book for my 5-year-old son. Its a whole series, and the covers were just so outrageously ridiculous (see what I mean) that I had to check them out. Turns out, its a pretty good story and I’m working on the 2nd book already. Wereworld Book 1: Rise of the Wolf.

Tarantino’s Hero – John Brown

Why Quentin Tarantino Is Wrong About John Brown.

QT: I would one of these days love to do the John Brown story, he’s one of my biggest heroes of all time; and I’d actually like to play John Brown because I think I kind of look like him a little bit. But I’m actually thinking that may be the last movie I’ll ever make–I’ll be 59 or 60, I’ll look the right age, I’ll be the right age. And so, that’s like an Unforgiven thing–

RR: Why is he such a hero?

QT: Because he pretty much ended slavery all by himself. And like all great patriots, was tried for treason [laughter]. I mean he’s the only white man that’s ever earned a spot on black history calendars, alright, and there looking you in the eye. Nobody saw slavery the way he saw it, and “if we have to start killing people to stop this then they’re going to know what time it is.” I just love him. He’s just my favorite American.

The takeaway from this story: a new rumor that Tarantino’s next film will be about John Brown! :-)

Tarantino Will Not Portray Roger Corman

It was rumored earlier this week that Tarantino may have been cast to protray Roger Corman in a biopic about Corman. Today, that rumor is being denied. And I hope the denial is accurate as Corman deserves a decent biopic, and I fear Tarantino is too big a personality to play this role. If he played the role, too much of the focus on the film would be about Quentin and not about Corman.

‘Quentin is a great filmmaker and a good friend,’ he said of the 50-year-old, ‘However there is absolutely no truth to the stories that he is going to play Roger Corman.’