This week on the podcast, Glenn and Daniel take on a surprising double-header. First comes Promised Land, a reunion between Matt Damon and Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting), along with newcomer John Krasinski (from “The Office”), featuring salesmen trying to convince a small town to let them drill for natural gas in their backyards (a process known as fracking). Then comes Django Unchained, an escaped-slave revenge romp from Quentin Tarantino starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, and Leonardo DiCaprio. The biggest surprise? After declaring Inglourious Basterds the FilmWonk favorite of 2009, we had a very different experience with Tarantino’s latest (1:09:22).
May contain some NSFW language.
FilmWonk rating (Promised Land): 7.5/10
FilmWonk rating (Django Unchained): 4/10
- (0:00) Review: Promised Land
- (13:06) Spoilers: Promised Land
- (26:00) Review: Django Unchained
- (46:01) Spoilers: Django Unchained
- Music for this episode comes from Luis Bacalov‘s original theme song to the 1966 Sergio Corbucci film Django, which also appears in Tarantino’s film.
- While we certainly don’t attempt to settle the fracking issue on this podcast, you can read more about it here.
- CORRECTION (from Glenn): Upon reflection, I must retract my comment about Spike Lee. While he did attack Django Unchained for depicting slavery in the context of a spaghetti western, and has criticized Tarantino about his use of racial epithets previously (NSFW), he has not (to our knowledge) ever stated that Tarantino’s race is a factor in his ability to make a film about slavery. Read his exact position (in brief) on Twitter. We apologize for the error.
- While Glenn adored Inglourious Basterds, Daniel was definitely not a fan. Revise history in his presence at your own peril!
Listen above, or download: Promised Land/Django Unchained (right-click, save as, or click/tap to play on a non-flash browser).