Django Unchained, the highly anticipated Quentin Tarantino film, will be the topic at Eso Won Bookstore in Leimert Park at 6 p.m. Friday.
While Eso Won's James Fugate loved the film, I thought Django was Dterrible. The story wasn't very good, the gore was ridiculous and the topic was not handled in an interesting way. It's not on the same level as Pulp Fiction or Inglorious Basterds.
Though some critics loved it, many people are taken aback by the story and it's depiction of slavery in the years before the Civil War.
The panel will feature Ayuko Babu of the Pan-African Film Festival, Erin Aubry Kaplan, who has covered black issues in LA for over 20 years, and Dr. Anthony Samad, writer and creator of the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum.
Erin just penned a piece in the LA Times critical of the movie, which is a revenge fantasy where a former slave (played by Jamie Foxx) gets to kill an entire plantation of awful slave owners (including Leonardo DiCaprio) and their minions.
"The most disturbing detail is the emotional violence and degradation directed at blacks that effectively keeps them at the bottom of the social order, a place they still occupy today. And critics maintain it is this sort of violence that, like the endless gunplay, "Django" revels in more than it critiques," Erin writes.
While Anthony writes on his blog, and also penned a story in the Los Angeles Wave, "It was entertainment. Bullsh*t entertainment satirizing our most serious social infliction. But entertainment, none the less."
And ever the host, James will provide the refreshments.
"The audience should come prepared with questions as we want to hear your views on what is now being called The Best Picture of The Year. (I, James Fugate think that)," James said in his email invitation.