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Film by Quentin Tarantino released August 21, 2009

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For the basterds.

  • Jan 9, 2012
**** out of ****

The Quentin Tarantino-directed "Inglourious Basterds" is not much unlike the wise-cracking genius of modern cinema's other features. It's a one big old fan film; another one of Tarantino's great homages to the many things that he loves. Once again, he shows his admiration of his inspirations through music choice, camera angles, and an overwhelming supply of movie references. While there are plenty of other directors who do this, Tarantino does it differently; he's discreet when it comes to his influences at times, and at others, he comes right out and reveals them. There's no shame in that; we can be spoon-fed some things as long as the storyteller leaves enough for us to think about, interpret, and finally fully understand on our own and for our own benefits.

This is the sort of film that will most likely divide audiences contradictory to any other Tarantino film thus far. Sure, people love his "Pulp Fiction" as well as his two "Kill Bill" movies; but I can't imagine that everyone amongst those large - very large - groups of admirers will buy into the vision that he's come up with here. This is easily the most epic of Tarantino's films, in scale; it's long, like his other films, and comes armed with a sharp tongue and seemingly limitless entertainment value. So even though "Inglourious Basterds" is a historical epic clocking in at about two-and-a-half hours; it never feels of great length. On the contrary, I might even say that it feels kind of short; but then again, don't all films from this radiant madman?

Tarantino sets the film in Nazi Occupied France; spanning from years 194 to 1944. Since this is a film illuminated by its nasty little surprises; I'll not spoil too much in regards to the plot, although I'll give you what I consider to be a basic (or basic enough) plot synopsis. After a tragic - but brilliant - opening sequence involving a colonel of the SD searching the home of a French farmer, only to find that the man of the house has been hiding Jews underneath the floorboards (only one Jew emerges in-tact and alive); the sights are mainly set on a team of eight Jewish-American men - lead by Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) - who aim to end the tyranny of Hitler; one Nazi scalp at a time.

They are at first assisted by Lieutenant Archie Hicox (Michael Fassbender); who alerts Aldo and his accompanying team of an upcoming premiere to be held at a French cinema run by a woman named Emmanuelle Mimieux (Melanie Laurent). It shall be the premiere of a Nazi propaganda film; and everyone from Adolf Hitler (portrayed here in excellent comic fashion by Martin Wuttke) to Goebbels and Goering will be in attendance. This gives Aldo and all those who are game for a good ol' fashion theatrical assault a chance to try and whip Hitler and the other Nazi officials from the face of the earth once-and-for-all. What they did not take into account was that Ms. Emmanuelle - whose real name was Shosanna - already, has plans to burn down the theater and seize the day.

Meanwhile, there's this really odd guy named Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) - the SD colonel from the film's opening scenes - who not only attends the premiere, but also has ties to an undercover agent for the SS (Diane Kruger); a mysterious woman who after much persuasion, agrees to assist the "Basterds" - or at least, what's left of them after the epic shoot-out that occurs at or around the film's mid-point - in their efforts to put the Nazis in their rightful place on this planet; in their graves.

Since the film is entirely historical FICTION (think of it as...alternate history; something more common in comic books and flat-out novels rather than films these days); the story should not be criticized for "inaccuracy", because when speaking of this film, accuracy does not seem to be Tarantino's forte. Sure, this means one more thing for the detractors to complain about when it comes to describing what they believe to be a genuine cinematic "train-wreck"; but it's also one more thing for us more admiring critics to praise.

I'm never one to just go ahead and call a film special because it's by a director who has made such "special" films before; I'm calling "Inglourious Basterds" just that because in my opinion, it IS a special movie. This is vintage Tarantino; the kind of historical war epic that only he could make exactly like this and with such impeccable style. If you're a fan of the director, this one might not instantly impress you; but it improves upon several viewings, and I think everyone should give it a fair chance before judging. Not only does it contain Tarantino's signature love for the movies (he uses them as a sort of weapon through his storytelling in the third act, where all comes crashing down, for the better); but also a considerable list's worth of strong performances from the actors involved - Waltz, in particular, is eccentric and all-together fantastic as Hans Landa - while there are also some surprising supporting roles played out quite well by the likes of B.J. Novak, Omar Doom, Mike Myers, and even Eli Roth.

OK, OK; my love for the film will not be shared amongst all. But for those who are willing to be entertained and enthralled by writer-director Tarantino's newest master-class concoction of influence and indulgent originality; it's a stunning, violent, rip-roaringly refreshing ride. I was thoroughly engaged, humored, and even inspired; with every film, Tarantino manages to compel me even more to get off my ass and go make a movie; thus telling my stories as he does his. He's the kind of wonderful filmmaker who exists for such things and many more; I'm glad he is working in the business today, and I'm glad he's making movies as good as this one. Now, I bid farewell to you, my readers; au revoir.

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January 14, 2012
One thing I've always enjoyed with Tarantino's movies is the way he does the dialogue. This may not be among my faves of his films, but still good. What is your top 5 Tarantino movies?
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Inglorious Bastards

Inglorious Bastards is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.  It was released on August 21st 2009.  It stars Brad Pitt, Eli Roth, Diane Kruger and Christopher Waltz.


Although Quentin Tarantino has cherished Enzo G. Castellari's 1978 "macaroni" war flickThe Inglorious Bastardsfor most of his film-geek life, his ownInglourious Basterdsis no remake. Instead, as hinted by the Tarantino-esque misspelling, this is a lunatic fantasia of WWII, a brazen re-imagining of both history and the behind-enemy-lines war film subgenre. There's a Dirty Not-Quite-Dozen of mostly Jewish commandos, led by a Tennessee good ol' boy named Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) who reckons each warrior owes him one hundred Nazi scalps--and he means that literally. Even as Raine's band strikes terror into the Nazi occupiers of France, a diabolically smart and self-assured German officer named Landa (Christoph Waltz) is busy validating his own legend as "The Jew Hunter." Along the way, he wipes out the rural family of a grave young girl (Melanie Laurent) who will reappear years later in Paris, dreaming of vengeance on an epic scale.

Now, this isn't one more big-screen comic book. As the masterly opening sequence reaffirms, Tarantino is a true filmmaker, with a deep respect for the integrity of screen space and the tension that can accumulate in contemplating two men seated at a table having a polite conversation. IB reunites QT with...

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Director: Quentin Tarantino
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: August 21st 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Quentin Tarantino
DVD Release Date: December 15, 2009
Runtime: 149 mins.
Studio: The Weinstein Company, Universal Pictures, Universal Studios
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