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Spike Lee's 'Django Unchained' Boycott: Hip or Hypocrisy?

Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained/Photo © 2012 The Weinstein Company
Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio in Django Unchained/Photo © 2012 The Weinstein Company

Spike Lee hasn't seen "Django Unchained," but he is comfortable publicly dismissing it as disrespectful to his ancestors. Lee's disdain for Tarantino's work stems partly from his licentious use of racial epithets in this and past movies, and partly from ... well, even he probably isn't sure, because he hasn't seen the film. Not wanting to see a movie for personal reasons is a totally legit choice, but dismissing artwork sight unseen is the sort of thing that is fought against by most people who consider themselves artists. And don't you remember, Lee, when people had similar concerns about your 1992 biopic based on the life of Malcom X?

Congrats, by the way, for pulling through the Great Christmas Netflix Outage of 2012. It's as if some sick cosmic prankster was trying to force you to actually interact with your wacko family members, or confront the depths of your own loneliness. If this happens again on the night of Valentine's Day, all hell could break loose.

Speaking of the holiday, at least one person got exactly what he asked for: this Redditor, whose sarcastic request for a Red Ryder bb gun (a la Ralphie in "A Christmas Story") was taken quite seriously. Remember, when you inevitably shoot your eye out, be sure to blame the injury on a falling icicle! Otherwise the present will be confiscated and you'll be left crying into your Ovaltine.

In 2013, everything old will be new again! I'm already captivated by this modern-style trailer for the 1950 drama "All About Eve," which you can watch below. A sharp story is made all the sharper, framed like something P.T. Anderson or Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist") might direct. New Year's resolution: Hunt for opportunities to watch this one on the big screen somewhere.

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