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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…
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…
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…
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…
"After watching Inglourious Basterds my expectations of the next Tarantino movie are sufficiently lowered that it might just live up to them."
One of my favourite movies ever... The last scene was so epic!
This was the film that made me fall in love with cinema and it also made Quentin Tarantino a king in my eyes.
It's quite impossible to overstate the impact this film had on my life. It made me obsess over language and history and all sorts of details I had never noticed before.
The entire opening is extraordinary. That one particular scene made me realize the power of sound design in films. Before that, I considered the sound quality of a film to matter only in that the volume needed to be high enough to hear dialogue and music. The sound is here is sublime and it truly elevates the power of Tarantino's writing.
My obsession with Tarantino has…
Film 20 on my Re-watch Wednesday list.
Quentin Tarantino's piece of alterante history Inglourious Basterds, like the rest of his work is a marvelously entertaining piece of cinema. The first time I saw it was when it was released in cinemas and at the time I liked it, but I didn't put it up there with most of his other films. In fact it was my next to least favorite, coming in just in front of Jackie Brown. A recent re-watch of the latter resulted in me liking it better than I did originally, and the same can be said for this film. I merely liked it after my first viewing, now like everything else Tarantino has done, I love…
Still one of the greatest things I ever seen in my life.
Cool movie. Lets Blast em Nazi's. Got some great dialogue and tense scenes.
From the misspelled title on, everything in this war movie is actually about language: who speaks what, what means what in which language? You can put on a uniform, but you can't ever get a language to fit just right. But when all the languages are stripped away, what will you be revealed as?
Tarantino is such a charmer.
Inglorious Basterds is his film that has charmed me the most and is consequently my favorite. It was my number one favorite of all time ever since I first saw it. I was totally blown away and beside myself. My second watch, years later, has proved to be a bit bittersweet. I am still entranced by the amazing characters, acutely witty dialogue, and intricate plot, but something is not the same. I am not affected in the same confounding way. I don't know what to say at this point.
I love the concept of Hans Landa more than much else in the world. He is not only the best, but actually also the perfect villain.…
I've seen this movie many times -- and I swear that I love it more every time. This time, I took my 13 year old son and my Baer cousins to a midnight at QT's New Beverly Cinema and a good time was had by all. Each chapter brilliantly builds upon the other - subtle and not so subtle repetitions in each chapter leading to the most terrifying offer of milk in the history of film. I've even come to appreciate Eli Roth's terrible performance as the Bear Jew.
Having read the script and seen the movie, the extra scenes not shown in the movie work well as memories of the Basterds and Shoshanna.
Waltz is the greatest psychopath in the history of movie psychopaths. When he chokes out Hammerschmitz -- knowing that this is probably his last free kill -- we see the real monster at work.
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