In the wake of Friday’s shootings at a school in Connecticut which left 26 dead, arts events across America were cancelled. But director of ultra-violent film Django Unchained went ahead with a press junket on Saturday, and went on to remark that he is tired of defending his films every time American is rocked by gun violence. Speaking in New York Quentin Tarantino said: “I just think you know there´s violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers. It´s a western. Give me a break."
Comments: Give us a break, will you? Tarantino´s films are disgusting.
What people don´t seem to get is that movies are still affected by the free market. No one will be forced to see Tarantino´s gore fest. So the solution is not to see it. I´ll have no problem not ignoring it myself.
I´m torn on this one. I thought his last movie, "Inglorious B***erds," was a skillfully-made piece of idiotic rubbish. And I get the same vibe off of "Django Unchained," so will avoid it. I hate when people rewrite history to suit their own fantasies. But I´m kind of with him when it comes to blaming movies for things like the Newtown killing. I blame the guy with the gun and the people who should have been watching him, and the people who insisted that all schools be situated in gunfree zone fantasylands, as if announcing that you´re defenseless will keep bad guys away.
I do put violent video games in a different category, though. I think that actually blowing away realistic-looking people is a different experience, especially for a still-developing young mind, than just watching a violent movie. And yes, I know that most people who play violent video games don´t become serial killers. But I can guarantee that 100 percent of the people who play violent video games could come up with a much more productive way to spend their time.
To me,it´s not the guns or gore in this movie that bothers me it´s the possibility of inciting racial violence that does. I agree that movies,video games and the like are scapegoats a lot of the time but even if you sanitize everything,there´s still kooks out there doing damage.
It isn´t just Tarantino-type violent films; it´s everything in the culture that elevates death and killing and cheapens human life, whether it´s abortion, gangland killings, computer games, violent cop-killer music or art which depicts blood and gore. It seems the gorier, the better stirs the blood lust so many human beings already have plugged into their DNA which is programmed out during childhood ("Don´t hit your brother, don´t punch your sister, etc.")
But because of the fragile balance between civilized behavior and rage, human beings are easily re-programmed by the culture to lapse back into violence. ("Lord of the Flies" comes to mind.)
Our culture is permeated with violent images everywhere and life is cheap. Look how easily an adolescent boy or girl will kill for a pair of sneakers. That behavior doesn´t come out of a vacuum.
Left unaddressed is that there is little punishment for crimes which leads to a certain fearlessness on the part of people already prone to violence. People are given slaps on the wrist or exonerated on a legal technicality.
In short, America´s culture is violent with the exception of pockets of peace such as churches (no guarantees there, either), synagogues and solitary people trying to escape the violence and gov´t interference.
I don´t go to the movies any more, or rarely do. First, there is no reality to them, pure bunk. Second, the actors are idiots, their personal lives are off the wall ignorant of all that is good. I see no reason to watch something that disagrees with everything I believe. If everyone did this, ZERO problem. Hollywood types are fools! Can´t manage their personal lives, but try to control society. They think they are brilliant! nOT!
Reply 13 - Posted by:
Bad Dog, 12/18/2012 7:39:49 AM (No. 9072197)
´´Don´t make me hear my conscience! Just pay me to see my angst.´´
Reply 14 - Posted by:
Mike PHX, 12/18/2012 7:43:00 AM (No. 9072202)
Just go away, tiny brained folks. Just go away. Avoid Tarantino movies if you must. Please keep your mouths shut if you don´t "get it".
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Mike PHX, 12/18/2012 7:50:22 AM (No. 9072213)
PS...anyone with "@aol" in their handle has some serious issues dealing with the present tense.
I am happy that he told the gun violence whiners to go pound sand. I think it is totally phony when hollywood types pretend to be sensitive. I love Tarantino movies. His casting, music scores and writing are outstanding. And his films are totally original. And I have never heard him utter a peep about politics. I wasn´t happy about the drivel from the mouth of Foxx, but Kerry Washington is in the film. Wasn´t she the one who was supporting Romney. I can´t wait to see this movie.
Seeing as this man makes his living off of senseless violence, what else would you expect? Actually, if you took the drugs, sex and violence out of hollywood productions, they would have nothing to offer. No acting, no plot, no beautiful scenery. Just ugliness.
Or not. Part of Tarantino´s appeal to the critics is he´s always doing "homages". He takes derivative material, slaps on his creepy, hipster doofus dialog; exploits his ugly gift for fresh and new violence; rinses and repeats. His legacy will be thinner than his moments in the spotlight would indicate.
He´s a dork with tunnel-visioned darkness and a certain gift for formulaic film making. It´s scary to consider what road he might have traveled without that gift. He´s no genius, he´s no hero.
According to Aristotle, the spectacle -which includes special effects- is the lowest form of artistic expression. The ancient Greek tragedians composed plays full of violence and horror. The actual violence was seldom depicted on stage.
What people like this rather stupid sounding movie maker refuse to understand is that the artistic use of violence does not require its elaborate and realistic representation to thrill the audience by means of spectacle that far exceeds in gore anything the Roman gladiatorial games offered.
The gruesome pornographic celebration of violence in mass entertainment is nothing but spectacle and bait for thrill seekers. Like sex, violence sells. Sex and violence together can make performers and producers rich enough to be in the One Per Cent.
And while it is unquestionably true that the vast majority of children exposed to violent movies, video games and rap lyrics do not kill anyone -spree murders are so rare as to be almost statistically insignificant- it does not follow that they are not harmed in some way by such material. All art, said John Ruskin, is either instruction or infection. He did not consider that some art might be both.
The problem with the free market approach -if you don´t like it, don´t buy a ticket- is of course that this doesn´t mean others won´t expose themselves to it, nor that the consequences of such exposure,, however rare, cannot affect one. It is doubtful, for example, that any of the victims of the Sandy Hook mass murderer were regularly exposed to extremely violent entertainment.
Mr. Tarantino -who sounds like an unbelievably ignorant jerk- wants Americans to give HIM a break? I suggest that he consider giving US a break. Tone down the spectacular violence. It is neither necessary for the story nor edifying for the audience.
#17, no Kerry Washington was not a Romney supporter. She did at least one ad attacking Romney on abortion.
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Old Army Vet, 12/18/2012 9:41:13 AM (No. 9072406)
The hollywood lefties don´t want to accept their part in the violent situation that we find ourselves in. "Here look at this blood and gore", don´t let it affect you though. Own up buddy, you are, in part, responsible.
I thought Sam Peckinpaw (no idea how to spell his name)movies were too violent, most of the movies we took our son to see were pretty much nothing but explosions. I don´t watch movies anymore unless they´re old ones on DVD. I like to play Mario Brothers, but Mr. Cow and the Calf occasionally like to just kill things and blow things up in their games of choice. There have always been crazy people out there who snap and kill as many people as possible. This is a mental health issue and has nothing to do with movies, games, the coarsening of the culture or owning guns, it´s all about nuts and their inablility to cope. Mrs. Cow
I think there is too much violence and blood in much entertainment, even tv procedurals. It´s a form of pornography.
The problem is a little might be OK, but too much starts to bend you, and a few people get all twisted up. And then guys like Tarantino don´t even realize that´s what they´re doing.
Quentin babe, you can dial it back and still do the art side, and then it´s the art that people judge you on. Violence is almost always wink wink nudge nudge kind of stuff, you know that. Otherwise you move it offstage, it can even still be in the story.
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