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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: 'Django Unchained' not Oscar material

February 24, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar arrives for the 44th NAACP Image Awards earlier this month at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar arrives for the 44th NAACP Image Awards earlier this… (Chris Pizzello / Invision…)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has dabbled as a pop-culture critic, recently giving his thoughts on the HBO series "Girls."

Now Abdul-Jabbar is giving his take on the Quentin Tarantino film "Django Unchained."

"For me, 'Django Unchained' is like this season’s Lakers: filled with talent and potential, but never coming together in a cohesive manner," Abdul-Jabbar wrote in a blog post on

Abdul-Jabbar argues that the Tarantino film did not deserve its Academy Award nominations for best picture or for best original screenplay, saying the picture is fundamentally a good "B film," lacking the depth of an "A film."

"I confess that sometimes I’d rather see movies like 'Skyfall' and 'Django Unchained' again than some of my beloved A movies," Abdul-Jabbar wrote. "Part of the reason is that the A movies are so powerful that they are seared within me, and seeing them can be an intense and draining experience."

Abdul-Jabbar's review was posted Sunday morning, hours before the presentation of the 2013 Academy Awards in Hollywood.


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