Sunday, March 7, 2010

Inglourious Basterds

First, I must admit I'm a huge Quentin Tarantino fan.  I think it has something to do with his debut in the film industry coinciding with my debut in college. His new approach to film was a breath of fresh air. I mean is there any movie like Pulp Fiction. It was groundbreaking.  At the time,  you didn't see many films that went out of sequence. He's a trendsetter and I like style.

His latest film, Inglourious Basterds, once again takes the audience into uncharted territory. There have been many films made about WWII but this one is like no other.

Synopsis:   Inglourious Basterds begins in German-occupied France, where Shosanna Dreyfus (Melanie Laurent) witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz). Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a cinema. 

Elsewhere in Europe, Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) organizes a group of Jewish soldiers to engage in targeted acts of retribution. Known to their enemy as "The Basterds," Raine's squad joins German actress and undercover agent Bridget Von Hammersmark (Diane Kruger) on a mission to take down the leaders of The Third Reich. Fates converge under a cinema marquee, where Shosanna is poised to carry out a revenge plan of her own... --© Weinstein Co. and Universal Pictures

 Thoughts: LIKEY

The press for this film led me to believe it was mainly about the Nazi hunting group known as  "The Basterds." While this is a part of the storyline, it is secondary to Shoshanna's story. It is really about her escape and quest to punish those guilty of killing her family.

Colonol Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz, is the character that makes the film. He won a Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and deserved the award. He's excellent!

What's your favorite Quentin Tarantino film and why?


  1. Loved basterds! And yes landa was so creepy I felt dirty everytime he smiled! **shivers**

    I'm not a big Tarantino fan though! :-/ I do LOVE dusk til dawn, and got some enjoyment out of kill bill, and I admit a bit of enjoyment from death proof and...I forgot the name (rose mcgowan as the 1 legged stripper?)
    But that's it. I LOATHE pulp fiction (it's in my top 10 worst movies lol) and hated resevoir dogs!
    So in answer to the question, dusk til dawn is fave. It was just so cheesy, yet fun. Creepy and campy all at the same time. And tarantino was absolutely revoltingly slimy lol :D

  2. Stacee,

    It's always so interesting because we do have almost opposite tastes in movies.

    I love Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.

    Those are two of my favorites. I also enjoyed True Romance. Did not like Natural Born Killers. I thought Dusk Til Dawn was entertaining.

    I liked Planet Terror and thought the leg machine gun was funny, but that one wasn't by Tarantino. He did do the second part of the double feature - Death Proof. I did not like that one. It was really slow. The whole movie should have been nothing put stunt guy Mike.

  3. oh that's right, didn't rodriguez do planet terror?
    i HATE natural born killers, and pretty sure i didn't care for true romance (my husband absolutely loves it)

    we certainly veer off from each other on some movies...i stand by my assertion we should start our own version of siskel and ebert :D


  4. Absolutely LOVED Inglorious Basterds! And I too remember being in University and seeing Pulp Fiction - it totally blew me away! Both movies truly stand apart for ingenius film making. I was hoping that his latest flick would pick up some more Oscars...
    On the other hand, I didn't like the Kill Bill movies at all.
    Never saw Reservoir Dogs since I've been warned against it's brutal contents... :)