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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #15 on: July 01, 2009, 08:43:07 PM »
so if i watched a bunch of shitty sci-fi serials from the 50s I'd enjoy Star Wars more?
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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2009, 10:06:39 PM »
No, if you were a water farmer from a dismal backwater planet you'd enjoy Star Wars more.  Or the prequels, at least.

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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #17 on: September 08, 2009, 05:05:29 PM »
I went to see this with Pops this weekend and I really enjoyed it.  He fell asleep for a little bit in the middle, so take that as you will. 

It's fairly typical Tarantino fare; lots of dialogue, mostly in German or French, some interesting cameos (Mike Myers, wtf?) and more than one instance of over-the-top violence. 

All in all though, this was a really fun movie.  You don't need any background on the Nazis in order to hate them, so the movie can just launch right into fucking them up, which is great.  Pitt, of course, steals pretty much every scene he's in and perhaps the best performance came from Cristoph Waltz, some obscure German TV actor, as Hans Landa, The Jew Hunter.



As for his spelling of Basterds, there is one scene where you see their misspelled name carved into the butt of one of the rifles, so it's almost as if the Bastards don't know and furthermore don't care how their name is supposed to be spelled.  I took it as Tarantino taking a bit of artistic license with their personality.  Who knows.

Good movie though.  I don't know that I'd say you need to go see it in the theater or anything, but it's a lot of fun and the end is just awesome, signature Tarantino.   


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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #18 on: September 08, 2009, 05:09:28 PM »
Nazis and Tarantino?  Yes, I need to see it in the theater.

However...there have now been three aborted attempts to do so.  At the rate I'm working and booking up my free time, I'll have no choice but to wait for the disc.

(It has, by the way, already leaked for download.)
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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #19 on: September 08, 2009, 05:14:43 PM »
It's definitely enjoyable in the theater, but I would not classify it as a "must see" in the theater... visually, it's just a movie.  You'll enjoy it just as much through a torrent or on a disc of some sort.
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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2009, 08:03:43 AM »
I liked it, quite a bit.

Hans Landa, the Jew Hunter, stole the show. Brad Pitt's character was a little light on it I thought and that blonde Julie Dreyfuss chick is hot and needs Monkey inside her, even though she was all into that inter-racial stuff.

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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #21 on: November 22, 2009, 08:52:09 PM »
This is the best thing Tarantino has ever done.

Tension -- check

Comedy -- check

Gore -- check

Reference Sidney Poitier, Blaxploitation cinema, Spaghetti Westerns, and the 1980's Cat People remake within one hour of each other?  Check. 

Bring in unknown actors who are the greatest actors of our generation?  Check.

Tell an overdone story with vim, verve and originality?  Check.




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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #22 on: November 22, 2009, 09:03:42 PM »
Fuck! No wonder half my friends hated it! Gotta add that to my weekend list.

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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #23 on: November 22, 2009, 09:21:47 PM »
He made a fucking Jewish fairy tale.  It's incredible. 

The NW and I had to go back and watch choice scenes again.  It is the best thing he has ever done.  Astounding.  Haunting.  Tear-jerking and hysterical at the same time.  The quintessential Tarantino film.  I would go ahead and call this a life-changing film.

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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #24 on: November 23, 2009, 01:21:35 AM »
I really liked it too, but best thing he's ever done?  I don't know if I enjoyed it as much as Jackie Brown or Pulp Fiction.
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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #25 on: November 23, 2009, 07:30:47 AM »
I'm glad you have Jackie Brown up there.  That's most people's least favorite yet, yes, it's one of his best.

Pulp Fiction is young Tarantino's best work.  Let's call this one Vegas Tarantino's best work.

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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #26 on: November 23, 2009, 09:25:46 AM »
I must see this.

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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #27 on: November 23, 2009, 10:18:35 AM »
Just in defense of my claim -- the fact that he made it a Jewish fairy tale is just incredible.  And the fact that he plucked weird no-name nobodies for the major roles.  The Jew Hunter is astounding.  He steals every scene.  He owns the movie.  He is Satan incarnate.  And yet he's just some German TV actor. 

Tarantino's attention to detail is lovely, as well.  He's updating all the old WWII films, where the Nazi's are either stoic soldiers or dangerous madmen.  Probably the only weak points are Hitler and Goebbels. They're comically over the top (and that would be just fine for a generation who hasn't seen them so ably portrayed in movies like Downfall).

Where Inglorious Basterds excels is that Tarantino finally went full-on fantasy.  Pulp Fiction is a great example of storytelling, Jackie Brown is a loving and cool adaptation and homage to Tarantino's favorite films and stars, but Basterds is something of a Grimm's story circa 2009 as told by a film geek.  And, in fact, pulls that punch.  Which may be my only complaint.  You can see where he was afraid to fully go with it, so we get the Dirty Dozen-style plotline with the Basterds themselves.  The movie is really Shoshanna's story.  And, there, Tarantino steps out of his comfort zone...which is what makes this a great movie.  With her story, it's no longer an homage to B-movies.  Even the sub-plots of her story are way above the usual Tarantino thing.  And tell me that Cat People scene with Bowie wasn't a stand-out moment of his filmmaking ability.  The way he lined up those shots, and using the window from The Crow.  The full on tale of vengeance (and tipping the hat to all the great tales of vengeance), the mysterious reel 4 (so wonderfully revealed as we go fully into that fairy tale finale -- Shoshanna is the golem that Hitler was ranting about) and, most daring of all, Tarantino throws out conventional storytelling and changes history.  Creates an absolute fantasy world.  Tarantino has never left the boundaries of reality before.  And Kill Bill doesn't count because that's just an intensely introspective homage to the Shaw Brothers.  It's not actually stepping out of the movie reference artillery barrage and telling a story.

 



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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #28 on: November 23, 2009, 11:38:56 AM »
Ahh, I didn't realize that the fantasy aspect was his own... I just figured that was part of the original too.  Speaking of which, I still need to check that one out.

I really enjoyed Basterds, though.  It was a great movie.
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Re: Inglourious Basterds
« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2009, 01:42:22 PM »
The original is a Blaxpliotation film about a group of prisoners who get a lucky break and decide to make a run for Switzerland but, along the way, are co-opted by a secret agent to go and sabotage a lab developing updated equipment for the V2, at which point it becomes a ripoff of Dirty Dozen.   

So Tarantino didn't do a remake.  They're related only in that the "bastards" are a squad of minorities in Europe.  There's none of the Jewish stuff, no Shoshanna, no Jew Hunter, no Hitler or high ranking Nazis.