14 02 2013

Zero Dark Thirty: Depiction as Endorsement (?), or: When Movies Get Partisan

By Jonathan Fisher in Rambling Rhetoric,Reviews

  Kathryn Bigelow has been widely criticised for the depiction of torture in her latest war film, Zero Dark Thirty — in interviews she has insisted that “depiction is not endorsement”, but many critics, if not audiences, aren’t so sure. Waleed Aly, a fine and intelligent journalist who until now I did not know had [...]

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07 01 2013

Say it… I dare you!!

By Jonathan Fisher in Rambling Rhetoric

In Django Unchained, ‘the n-word’ is used. A lot.

It’s remarkable what passes for journalism these days.

Last week, young journalist Jake Hamilton was interviewing Samuel L. Jackson at a press junket promoting the new Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained. He began to ask what I’m sure he thought was going to be a hard-hitting question by saying “There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the usage of the n-word in this movie…”

Jackson cuts him off by feigning coyness (“No? Nobody? None?”), before lambasting him playfully for not being able to bring himself to say “the n-word”. The whole clip can be viewed here:



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02 07 2011

>The Tree of Life — A Brief History of Time

By Jonathan Fisher in Rambling Rhetoric,Reviews,Tree of Life

>The Tree of LifeBy Jonathan Fisher, July 2nd, 2011 The Tree of Life – is it possible for human life to have meaning when this is the ultimate fate of our planet? Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life is an exploration of the macro and the micro of life’s Big Questions. It’s a wide-reaching visual history of the [...]

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26 06 2011

>Podcast: Super 8 rocks, Transformers 3 Pre-Emptively Sucks

By Jonathan Fisher in Podcasts,Rambling Rhetoric

> Luke Elliott and I see Cars 2 together, embrace the nostalgia of Super 8, mock Transformers: Dark of the Moon before admitting that we’re both going to see it, wonder why the fourth Pirates movie needed to be 140 minutes hours long, and big up the sistas behind Bridesmaids. Stream the episode below or download it [...]

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