Daily Archives: February 12, 2013

Django Unchained by Quentin Tarantino (2012)

I didn’t really want to go and see it. But well, it did get a Bafta and the Academy nomination for script, so I eventually did watch it.
Great costumes, seductive music, very good acting. All of that will not replace the usual agility that Tarantino got me used to. Tarantino’s cameo is less subtle than Hitchock used to implement.
a) It is a western genre, b) although it does carry a breath of Tarantino, it is, in the end, too long.
I am used to Tarantino’s films galloping lightly through plot and it was hard for me to slow down, to adjust to the pace of this film. Certainly great artists (and Tarantino definitely is one of them) have to evolve, but I am just not sure if by evolving here Tarantino stays true to himself. The metaphoric explosion at the end (without revealing too much of a plot) I read as the end of Tarantino. Perhaps I was wrong. But in order to judge that, I will need to wait for his next project.

I am very curious as to which film will become the Best Motion Picture on Feb 24th 2013. And am sincerely rooting for Argo.

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GIRLS (HBO series 2012-) by Lena Dunham

Written and created by Lena Dunham, starring mainly Lena Dunham and others such as Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Christopher Abbott, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky, Zosia Mamet and many more.
Labelled as the younger version of SATC, as it tells the story of 4 female New Yorkers. Hannah (Dunham) is a writer, contesting the consumerist society – mainly because her parents decide to cut her off all financial help at the very beginning of the series.
What follows is a fascinating tale of 20-somethings who don’t want to fit in, when at the same time they need to somehow make it in New York City. They talk homegrown philosophy, they drink wine, involve themselves in relationships, breakups, but above all – they are connected by friendship. There is a lot of ex-boyfriends, accidental encounters, overanalysing, flesh on screen, most disturbing outfits and a considerable amount of disconcerting truths.
What I loved about the latest episode (Season 2, episode 5) is that it can be perceived in multiple ways. And this is how I define good narrative – it’s open for interpretation. This episode could have been Hannah’s dream. On the other hand, it might have actually happened. Still, it’s amazing how it analyses and invades Hannah’s character. How it strips her of everything she thought she was and whatever she thought she didn’t want to be. I like it because it is always fascinating to see another person, whom you perceive to be the most ‘together’ of all the people you know, and then that person breaks in front of you. In screen fiction it is the most telling of moments. And this is what defines truthfulness of the characters who are not paper characters any more. They feel real. They have their breakdowns, downs and almost no ups. And somehow, they carry on. Not necessarily calm and I am looking forward to seeing what will happen next, very much.

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