Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Inglourious Basterds by Quentin Tarantino

There is always a buzz around new Quentin Tarantino movies some of it good, some of it bad. If Quentin didn't have such a personalized style, or a drive to make movies his own way, then people wouldn't have so much to talk about. Aren't films supposed to make a splash? When did the film industry start taking the art out of old fashion movie making? Art! Can you call this new movie art when makes fun of lots of WWII stereo types? Well any film with stylized direction, beautiful wide or pan shots, great backdrops and funny on going duologue seems artistic compared to the crap big budget studio's are coming out with now. Quentin is a young guy coming out of the old school. Not only does he write most of his movies but he is involved in almost every aspect of his films. The screenplay for Inglourious Basterds was largely developed between work on Jackie Brown and Kill Bill. Said to be the length of three movie scrips this flick is another one of his movies with a long running time. In interviews Tarantino said that when he went in to cut out scenes he ended up adding three minutes. Watching a late show (like many of us in NYC enjoy) time seemed to fly by. All the sudden the movie came to it's bizarre climax and it was one in the morning. To long?... only if you don't pay attention. It is only when a film drops your attention does it seem long. Actors love to work for this strange filmmaker. It seems he also likes his actors using them from movie to movie. Brad Pit has not been in a Tarantino film scene True Romance and plays a funny to the point Southerner out for revenge on any Nazi in (and out) of uniform. Quentin also brings back the duo from Death Proof, Omar Doom and Eli Roth, as two of the Basterds that hunt for Nazi scalps. This goes for the unseen charters too, using Samuel L. Jackson for the voice over and Harvey Keitel for a bit voice character. Some new faces where a great addition to the cast. One pleasant surprise is Diane Kruger with a German accent playing an actress of all things. Then there is the wonderful Shosanna Dreyfus. A french actress who has the major role of a hiding Jew that runs a cinema in Paris. Having the cinema and a movie as part of the plot makes for some fun jokes about films of that time. Very clever of Quentin to add this for all the movie buffs he knows watch his films. The Highlight of the film is a Scene in a basement bar that is not only comical but also suspenseful. As said before this film might have a long running time but it seems to go buy without a hiccup, or a a glitch. If you, like most of us, love movies that kill Nazi then why not catch this one on the big screen.

P.S. What would a Pulp type film be without all the poster art?

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