Quentin Tarantino, the director who took on the Nazis in Inglorious Basterds, rewriting history to better suit him, brings us the Christmas Day gift of Django Unchained, another violence-filled, challenging film that takes a tough look at slavery.
Writer Karina Longworth did a sit-down with the 49-year-old Tarantino, who insists he's no longer an outsider looking in but now part of mainstream Hollywood. It was during a stop in Japan during the Ingloious Basterds tour that Tarantino delved into spaghetti Westerns. It was there that he wrote the first scene of Django Unchained, the story of a slave becomes a free man and exacts his revenge.
Elsewhere in our end-of-the-year movies feature, we feature two different best films of the year lists - one by Pete Vonder Haar, the other by Longworth. And they -- guess what -- agree on only one film.
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