On this edition of Scottscope Talk Radio, the roundtable will be taking on Quentin Tarantino’s latest homage to the exploitation genre, Django Unchained! We’ll be discussing all of its most controversial aspects. Is it inappropriate and/or racist for Tarantino to use slavery as the backdrop for a violent spaghetti western? Did he make this movie simply to justify excessive use of the dreaded N-word in yet another one of his films? Is Tarantino’s realistic portrayal of slavery done in the spirit of historical accuracy, or is it merely a way to indulge in a bit of torture porn? Did Jamie Foxx end up being a better fit for the lead role than Will Smith? Does Leonardo DiCaprio make a good villain? How does this film stand up to the spaghetti westerns of yore? Is it in the same class as Sergio Corbucci’s original Django? Where does it rank among Tarantino’s earlier films? Is it among his very best, or his very worst?
We’ll also be taking a look at Jack Reacher. Does Tom Cruise have another hit on his hands? Does Jack Reacher deserve the distinction of becoming a franchise? Does Cruise do the role justice? Was he the right choice to portray Lee Child’s gritty private investigator? Is this yet another routine action film starring a fading icon? Has director Christopher McQuarrie lost a step since Way of the Gun, or is he back in top form? Has the concept of the lone drifter who wanders into town set things right finally run its course? What of the concept of the veritable one man army? Is Jack Reacher truly a throwback to an earlier time, or a movie that was made about 3 or 4 decades too late?