All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
You know what, I took major ideological exception to Inglourious Basterds the first time I saw it. I saw it in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which probably informed the strength of my reaction to what I deemed its gleeful support of terrorism.
But I saw a lot less glee on subsequent viewings. There are a lot of strange, sympathetic moments given the Nazi characters and a lot of ugliness allowed to be perpetrated by the "good guys". It's a much more measured film than I first thought it to be.
And now on my fifth viewing, I keep finding new things to appreciate. The depth of its nerdiness regarding film history and the cultural moment in 1944 is profound. This…
Actually my first time watching this... kept putting this off, no excuse to why it took me this long.
Inglourious Basterds has to be up there with some of the most bad ass movies of all time. Take it from me, I've never been one to like Military action movies but this was a home run.
I think one of the most evident times of genius for this film was the beginning, the conversation between the S.S officer and the French farmer. Every second of that conversation rose in suspense and tension, something that Tarantino really mastered throughout his films.
The ending was incredible. This sort of "heist"-style plan that wove together in a completely satisfying way.
No doubt that I see multiple rematches in my future. This movie has proven not to disappoint.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Quentin Tarantino makes blood look so fun.
Eli Roth is my favorite.
Eli Roth as Donny Donowitz (The Bear Jew).
I wanted more of The Bear Jew.
Brad Pitt and his hunger for Nazi scalps.
Chrisoph Waltz being haunting and intimidating in such a spectacular way.
The way that baseball bat hits his head.
The way the head bounces.
The titles for each chapter. Perfect.
How everything came together.
Melanie Laurent as Shosanna was such a thrill to watch.
The writing, thank fuck for Quentin Tarantino and his talent.
Burn that theater down.
The look of satisfaction on Eli Roth's face when him and Samm Levine fire their clips.
Fuck you Hitler.
Tarantino is a huge fan of movies. That's honestly great, and I dig the man's passion for the industry. But...Jesus Christ, when he's blasting those references every nine minutes and being cutesy with his style to the point of Tarantino-on-Tarantino satire...it's not fun, man! Whoo boy, not at all. Worse, the fact that he decides to self indulge (by say, using a Mexican standoff when we could have a wonderfully fun Tarantino war battle) and show you how much he loves films, allows important portions of this movie to be horribly underdeveloped. The titular Basterds? Hardly in focus. They have all of one scalping scene, despite the tremendous buildup by a fun and underused Brad Pitt. By basing the main…
OOOH THAT'S A BINGO!!
there's an awful lot of blood in this movie, but then, is it really a tarantino movie without blood?
I can't say I can put this on same level as Pulp Fiction, but Inglourious Basterds is still another great film from director Quentin Tarantino. There's one chapter that I didn't really care for, but the rest of the film was absolutely bonkers in the most glorious way ever conceived. Talk about explosions and mayhem. I don't care what anyone says, I love Quentin Tarantino's style to go all-out with the violence. It's insane and outrageous, but Inglourious Basterds is definitely what you call a bloody good time.
Inglourious Basterds wouldn't exist without decades of films about Nazis, the Holocaust and World War II to draw upon but it takes these tropes and arranges them into something completely original. It is a hugely entertaining genre film about revenge, men on a mission and cinema but it is nothing like its predecessors. Tarantiono takes audience sympathies and pushes them to the limit, taking a holocaust revenge fantasy to its logical, ugly conclusion.
So far, it's my favorite Tarantino.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…