Newtown is a Real Tragedy. Quentin Tarantino is a Reel Jerk.


The mass murder in Newtown has shocked the conscience of our country.   The horror of it is incomprehensible.  The pain of the families who have lost their loved ones is unimaginable.  In this time of their  grieving we can only pray for them and offer our sympathy and solace. 

There are those on the greater stage in society who recognize this.  The movie world, for instance. Several movie premieres have been cancelled or postponed out of respect for the victims of the shooting and from  a sense of decency. "Jack Reacher" which opens with a sniper killing five people, and "Django Unchained", a sphagetti-western type film by Quentin Tarantino with the typical violence and gore that are his trademarks.

Even without the bad karma of opening within days of the Newtown tragedy, the premieres of these lurid movies during the Christmas season would seem to be  the epitome   of bad taste.

Nonetheless, I believe both production companies made the right decision in a display of  sensitivity and good judgment.  It simply would have  been inappropriate to offer such entertainment at this moment--- no matter what the artistic merit.

But Mr. Tarantino does not seem to get the  point.  "I just think, you know, there's violence in the world, tragedies happen, blame the playmakers.  It's a western. Give me a break." 

Well, Mr. Tarantino,  don't worry.  We'll give you a break.  But you don't deserve one.


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  • Has Tarantino made anything that wasn't of that genre? However, I hadn't realized that he had made both.

    More traditional fare is provided by one movie in which Billy Crystal and Betre Midler are grandparents, and another where Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen are dysfunctional mother and son. I guess some movie producers have figured out who goes to movies on Christmas after eating Chinese.

  • In reply to jack:

    Why do I think of a hair restorative whenever I hear Seth Rogen's name?

    There's nothing dysfunctional about Streisand's voice. What a talent!

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Either Seth Rogaine, or he is hairy.

    You may be with my father on Streisand, but I am not. My complaint was when she was doing Laura Nyro (a song that I interpret about doing drugs), but what was going on was sort of explained in a PBS documentary on David Geffen (which was a long story I left when they described how he united Crosby, Stills, and Nash). But I digress.

  • In reply to jack:

    At her age I don't think Streisand could handle a menage a trois, no matter how many bubble baths she takes.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I couldn't figure out your last one until I figured it was a take on "doing." But if you are talking about today, Nyro has been dead for almost exactly 15 years.

    Now, if you want me to go into the Geffen documentary angle, but as I said, I digress.

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