VIDEO: Les Misérables (2012) / Django Unchained (2012)

It’s time for a New Year’s Eve special! Mr. Mendo closes out the year with a double review of Les Misérables and Django Unchained! And as a cap-off, you’ll get an answer to the question we know is on your mind!

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  • MichaelANovelli

    And that answers that question!  :-)

  • Nancytweetstv

    Jamie foxx was pretty good in Dreamgirls.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Really?  I’d forgotten he was in that, altogether…

      • LindaMinda

        I also say the same thing, but for Eddie Murphy.

      • Nancytweetstv

        Yeah, he had a semi major role in it, he was the one who left jennifer hudson for beyonce in the  movie.

  • Muthsarah

    Ummm, I’m certain that NOBODY was really complaining about Crowe’s Aryan deficiency.  Javert’s half-gypsy.


    That’s really all I can say.  Your opinions of the movie (and everything else about you) are just too…unique.  There’s nowhere to start, and nowhere to go. But shine on all the same, and have a happy new year.

    Also, thanks for clearing up that whole wig thing, I’m sure none of us were wondering WHY that was there or anything.  But you can tell us next New Year’s.  Y’know, STRETCH that $#!+ out.

    • MichaelANovelli

      I was really more addressing the lock-step single-mindedness of EVERY critique I’ve heard about Crowe. :-)

      • Muthsarah

        Well, when 99% of the world agrees on something…sometimes they’re right.  Normally I’m honored to be of the happy and defiant few, but I sometimes wonder if you’re not making it a lifestyle.  I consider myself a contrarian, but YOU’RE nuts. :p

        BTW, what was the name of that Indian film, the “best movie you’ve ever seen” or something?

        EDIT: Nevermind, I found it. Rowdy Rathore, right? Holy….I think I can already tell why you love it so much. :D

        • MichaelANovelli

          The wonderful thing opinions is that EVERYBODY is right.  :-)

          That movie, good sir, is Rowdy Rathore!  *squee*

          • Muthsarah

            Right, right, I know.

            I haven’t seen an Indian film.  Like, ever.  Would it be an appropriate introduction?

          • MichaelANovelli

            It was my first.  :-)  And it’s currently that country’s highest ever grossing film…

            It would be a good litmus test, though.  If you can make it through a three hour film that is quite evenly divided into light and frothy romantic comedy/Machete-esque ultra-violent revenge thriller/slick action comedy (and is a catchy musical the whole way through), you could handle just about anything India throws at you.  I only watch movies in Hindi, though; the ones in Telugu are almost never subtitled into English, for some reason…

  • Cristiona

    But but but… Django was RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACIST!  So says The Supreme Arbiter Of All Things Related To Race: Spike Lee.

    Also, huh.  I thought it as going to be a biopic about a gypsy guitar player who was missing a couple fingers.

    • MichaelANovelli

      Well, Spike Lee hasn’t been relevant since right after I was born, so he can go suck an egg.  :-)

  • TheScottCSmith

    I thought Jamie Foxx was pretty good in “Collateral.”  *shrugs*

  • Dennis_Fischer

    Let’s see, Jamie Foxx was excellent in RAY and in COLLATERAL–that took no time at all, and he’s also quite good in DJANGO UNCHAINED as well.

    As an instructor myself, many of my young student have a problem distinguishing between a film that attacks something such as racism, and being racist in and of itself.  Many of my black students hate the ROOTS era cinema–they seem to worry that others might think that this represents the “good old days” to others, or that they enjoy seeing black folk humiliated.  There are innumerable ways things can be misinterpreted.

    I enjoy Tarantino’s work as well, except for FOUR ROOMS, and even there his contribution was the best thing about it.  I believe as a video clerk for years, he has a good understanding of what excites movie fans, and tries to string those kinds of scenes together.  DJANGO UNCHAINED does owe quite a deal to spaghetti westerns, starting with the “Django” theme song reprised in Tarantino’s film, plus the whole revenge plot and bounty hunter story, which are an integral part of a great many of these films. (Nice to see Nero, the original Django, get a cameo where he tells Foxx that he knows the “D” is silent).

  • Alexa

    Finally someone who agrees that Death Proof is good. Seriously I felt so alone. 

  • Tim Terrell

    Jamie Foxx is good in everything he has ever been in, even his crap movies.

    Death Proof was shit. Approximately 40 minutes of two different conversations of two groups of women who don’t talk like anyone ever. 40 minute of dialogue that means nothing to the plot, nor is it entertaining like the lunch chatter that opened Reservoir Dogs. We have female “heroes” who leave their dim-witted girlfriend alone with a potential rapist, just so they can go joyriding. We have a villain who, when confronted, turns tail and is no challenge to the “heroines” despite the build up, thus totally wasting our time. There was exactly two minutes of gruesome display, that was– being the only thing of interest– the only thing close to “entertainment” in this movie. I’m out.

  • “When was the last time Jamie Foxx was good in anything?”

    … Collateral, Ray, Dreamgirls, The Soloist – Heck, I even dug him in Law Abiding Citizen. O_o 

    Though you are correct about Death Proof. It is indeed awesome. =)

  • FullofQuestions1

    I still love that you included a clip from a cheesy 80s Soviet movie in here. 

    • MichaelANovelli

      Well, I have you to blame for that one!  ;-)