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‘Django Unchained’ is Right Around the Corner

Well, Christmas is almost here, and so is the greatest gift anyone can ask for: Django Unchained. The release is less than a month away and now all that’s left to do is wait. Quentin Tarantino’s epic Western that deals with subjects like slavery and revenge is kicking the marketing campaign into high gear, and the latest trailer continues to show a great deal of promise (watch it here).

There are definitely a few naysayers out there who are offended by the idea of such a film being made– although I suspect those same people just like to be offended by anything race related— but the buzz and anticipation seems to be very positive so far. One very good sign is that I hear The Weinstein Company is making a big push to campaign for Christoph Waltz for another Oscar. The studio certainly does not seem to be swayed by the more controversial elements of the film, and neither does the great Samuel L. Jackson. Watch the short but telling interview and listen to how he approached the script and what he thinks other black people might feel about his role in the film. It’s pretty compelling, even though it’s from Access Hollywood.

In yet another great piece of marketing, the film’s soundtrack is now available to pre-order. The track listings have been put online and they’re exactly what you’d expect from a Tarantino film. Artists like James Brown, Ennio Morricone, John Legend and Jim Croce will all feature in the movie somehow– this just might be the Western I’ve been waiting my whole life for.

I’m a huge fan of Tarantino, which is well documented on this blog, and I frankly don’t have much more to say about the film other than I can’t wait. Every single piece of news that comes out about the production just makes me more excited to see what kind of genre-blending bloodfest he has up his sleeve. This year has offered up some compelling cinema, but I’ve been generally let down by some of the more high-profile projects that had promise but turned out to be utter garbage (e.g. Prometheus). Films like The MasterCompliance, and Looper spring to mind as a few of the year’s best, but I expect Django to surpass them all. If I’m disappointed, however, I’ll definitely let you know… probably angrily.

Happy holidays to you and yours. Whether you’re going to go see Django Unchained or not, remember this: the “D” is silent.

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