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Once upon a time in Nazi occupied France...
In Nazi-occupied France during World War II, a group of Jewish-American soldiers known as "The Basterds" are chosen specifically to spread fear throughout the Third Reich by scalping and brutally killing Nazis. The Basterds, lead by Lt. Aldo Raine soon cross paths with a French-Jewish teenage girl who runs a movie theater in Paris which is targeted by the soldiers.
If there is one person who understands the power of language it is one Mr. Tarantino. He has already proven he is a master of dialogue and here he pushes himself even further and tries his hands at writing dialogue not only in a completely different time period but also in not one but three other languages than English.
And the thing that increases the insane amount of respect I already had for the man is the fact that he succeeds superbly in capturing the cadence and flair we've come to expect from him in all of them.
Tarantino is never one for the complicated plot, he is all about the narrative, both visual and lingual. Here, he perhaps finds…
The last time I watched Inglourious Basterds was in a movie theater in 2009. Upon revisiting it last night I was surprised to find I liked it even more the second time around.
I was almost surprised at how often I found myself laughing at Brad Pitt's character's facial expressions, he was really great as Lt. Aldo Raine. Mélanie Laurent was also fantastic as the brave, intelligent and dedicated, escaped Jewish Frenchwoman named Shosanna who owns a little movie theater in Nazi occupied France. I loved her character even more when she was putting on her war paint to the tune of David Bowie's "Cat People" (Putting Out Fire). There is a scene where Shosanna is unwillingly and unexpectedly sitting…
Upon its original release I approached Inglourious Basterds with some trepidation having found Tarantino’s previous two films (Kill Bill vol. II and Death Proof) to be self-indulgent, overly long and poorly plotted. Therefore it came as quite a surprise that I absolutely loved this comic book revenge fantasy despite it suffering from exactly the same issues that dogged his previous films. So why the change of heart despite it featuring familiar complaints?
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, is that the film signalled a return to Tarantino’s great characters and dialogue. Death Proof was torturously boring for me because the film’s characters were just as dull (with the exception of the criminally underused Stuntman Mike) yet in Inglourious Basterds the film…
Oh yes...this is fantastic. Absolutely fantastic. Let's just review some of the things I love about it:
1. The fact that this may seem like a remake from the title, but has pretty much no relevance whatsoever to the original.
2. Christoph Waltz...his line delivery is the best in the world (looks like he's perfecting it in Django Unchained!)
3. The spaghetti western under-tones. It's possibly the first WW2 western ever, and hopefully the last.
4. The size of Brad Pitt's bowie knife.
5. Michael Fassbender's terrible mistake in the bar.
6. Mike Myer's cameo.
7. Enzo G. Castellari's cameo.
8. The name of chapter 5 (Revenge of the Giant Face).
9. Tarantino's cameo as 'First scalped Nazi'.
“Au revior Shosanna!”
Isn't every film a big lie? Almost every film creates some characters and puts them in the middle of a dramatic situation and then pretends that it is showing us the truth. Movies take some facts and by dramatizing them they make something new, something that has never existed before. This may explain the significance of cinema, you can lie and then show this lie to other people and if you’re a good liar then people will enjoy what they’re watching , but people lie when they have something to fear, when they are ashamed of what has happened. So why not to change something as…
Quentin Tarantino knows how to grab your attention. Stylized violence, quotable scripts, memorable characters, and managing to turn relatively unknown actors into superstars. Inglorious Basterds has all those ingredients and much much more.
It was only a matter of time before Tarantino turned his attention towards a genre other than crime. What we got was this stunningly crafted alternate history war film littered with those Tarantino touches that made it unmistakably his. He gave us characters so vividly constructed that the ludicrously crazy plot seemed ever more plausible as the film progressed. Focusing on a twin story-arc that comes together in a fireball and a hail of bullets, it has one superb scene after another. From the moment Christoph Waltz…
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Thumbs Up: Stellar performances across the board (notably Waltz, Pitt, Fassbender, Kruger and Laurent), Tarantino gives a middle finger to any kind of formalised rules or structure, great production design, that first scene - with great dialogue and performances - is a solid 20 minutes of cinematic dynamite, the scene in the tavern, that scene where Hicox is getting briefed and Churchill is just chilling by the piano.
Thumbs Down: The film seems to promise an epic joining of forces between the Basterds and Shoshanna which it never delivers - in fact both plots are coincidentally simultaneous and take the wind out of each other's sails at the climax (if one is in jeopardy there is still a fallback).
Any movie that has you questioning whether you hated it or loved it is worth seeing. It means it's controversial and will have you dwelling on what the hell happened.
One of those movies is Inglourious Basterds.
Tarantino accomplishes making a film taking place during the Holocaust, but without actually making a Holocaust movie (no concentration camps).
The movie revolves around different plans among groups with their own intentions of taking down the Third Reich of Nazi Germany. We are right there with the characters as their hatred grows deeper for Hitler.
You have your strong female character whose hatred for Nazis is made clear with a great reason why. Then you have your Jewish-American soldiers led by a hilarious…
Whatever else you might think about Quentin Tarantino, I can't help but have empathy for the man because of what the loss of Sally Menke must have meant to him. This might just wind up being his masterpiece for the worst possible reason.
The missing half-star is because I can't ever watch this movie without imagining the version where Adam Sandler played the Bear Jew. But every time I watch INGLOURIOUS, I'm reminded of the genius that it takes to make 10+ minute conversations of people sitting around a table electric, a genius that QT's got.
My first ever Tarantino movie, watched with my Dad on opening day in 2009. It's left quite and impression on me, and despite the flak its taken this is near the top of my Tarantino list.
Re-watch: Electric when Waltz is onscreen, but it falters when he is not. Roth puts in the worst perf of a QT film - except QT himself in DJANGO! - but rest of the cast (particularly Fassbender & Brühl) are top notch. #see
Unsure what Tarantino was thinking here, seems to be itching to get his curio Coen on - with Nazi Landa alone being a more important character than any Americans in this. Myers is completely trivialized, which is weird as he would sure complement the irreverent tone of the production. Melanie Laurent is predictably whatever.
'Pulp Fiction' levels of greatness? Not quite. But damn, DAMN close.
i enjoyed seeing some jews do something other than get shit on by nazis or hide in attics for the duration of world war two
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