Episode #9

Django Dark 30


Wherein Jesse and Anthony debate the respective merits of “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Django Unchained” in Jesse’s pickup immediately following a screening of the former. Anthony drops some heady references that fly over Jesse’s head. DISAGREEMENT! Jesse places Django above ZD30 Anthony the opposite.

*A note about sequence: this was recorded over two days and three separate journeys in my truck.  -Aphorist #1

Links to things mentioned:
Trailer to Lars Von Trier’s “Maderlay” (2005):

Trailer to “Dogville” the prequel to “Manderlay”

Still photo of actor Gregory Wallace in the roll of Ceasar from the 2006 production of August Wilson’s play “Gem of the Ocean” at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Wikipedia entry on August Wilson’s Philladelphia Cycle.

Wikipedia entry on Stanley “Tookie” Williams, executed by the State of California in 2005. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Williams
!!!!!!!!!!!!!! a made for TV film about Tookie Williams starring Jamie Foxx!!!!!!!! http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xf61i6_redemption-the-stan-tookie-williams_shortfilms#.UQ7pOaXqF90 

Interview with visiting artist at San Francisco State University who designed piece about former Nazi torture site: http://habitusmag.com/2011/01/2684/a-conversation-with-horst-hoheisel/

Not mentioned, but some writing on the Zero Dark Thirty controversy has influenced Jesse and Anthony’s thinking:
Emily Bazelon on Slate: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2012/12/zero_dark_thirty_and_torture_does_kathryn_bigelow_s_bin_laden_movie_make.html
Glenn Greenwald’s pre-review of Zero Dark 30: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/dec/10/zero-dark-thirty-torture-awards

Aphorist #1 note: an attempt to clarify my idea about Tarantino – I think he makes us watch the horror of the ways we treat each other and that is witnessing “the real” and then the revenge fantasy is an over-the-top response; the wished retribution, the desired rewriting, the emotional response that comes from powerlessness.


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