The film is a well-acted, directed and a cinematic and aural feast, yet Tarantino's Django remains hotly debated among black intellectuals. And when it comes to why this is such a lightning rod, I have a theory.
Steven Spielberg's Lincoln takes on the last four months of the 16th president's life -- and it is nothing like you'd expect. This is a political procedural where an ensemble cast carries equal importance to Abraham Lincoln himself.
Skyfall easily crushed the opening weekend record of the 007 series, earning a massive $90 million in its debut. It looks like the James Bond series may be returning to the top-tiers of franchise filmmaking, a roast it once unquestionably ruled.
Why does Lincoln never get dated? Why can his story be told again and again, and never seem to wear out its welcome? I think it has something to do with how visceral our needs are for equality -- equity in opportunity, justice and dignity.