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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