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Frank Lloyd Wright designs us a look at INGLOURIOUS BASTARDS & Jack Burton & Mr. Fuschia have thoughts too!

Hey folks, Harry here... and I can not see this movie soon enough. I'm dying. Frank here, has seen the film at a screening in L.A. last night that included a Q&A with Tarantino. Here's the results...

Hey Harry & Quint- I was lucky enough to catch an early screening of Inglourious Basterds at the Bridge here in Los Angeles tonight. Lucky because Quentin Tarantino was there to introduce the film and do a 30 min Q & A afterwards. It was a pretty cool for someone who doesn't get out to movie premieres too often (I'm married with kids!). Anyway. I'm trying to find the words that best describe the movie for me: compelling, enjoyable, wrought with tension, character driven. I'm sure there are more. I won't go into too many specifics, there are those who will, and I know you posted some after the film was at Cannes last week. Needless to say the movie had a lot of the QT traits we've come to associate with him. It had chapters that bounced around from one story line to another, some grueling scenes of violence, foot fetishes, strong acting and dialogue. Having read some of the previous reviews on your site, I was concerned that it might be a little too long, and a little too much talking, not enough action. Having said that, it is long and has a lot of dialogue and story, but if anything I wish it had more of that. I felt like the movie could have easily been three hours and I would have sat through it comfortably, because I was immersed in the characters and the story. If any story line is under served, it may be the actual Inglorious Basterds band of brothers. Quentin Tarantino alluded to the fact that some of their back story was left out. I'm sure a lot of people will go in thinking that this is primarily what the movie is about, but its not. In some ways they serve to keep the plot moving along. My only other issue was that some of the recognizable faces took me out of the story sometimes (for me it was Eli Roth and Mike Myers). Also I liked Brad Pitts character and delivery, but whatever he was doing with his chin I also found a bit distracting. Here's what I loved: all of the European actors. Christoph Waltz deserves every accolade he is getting. He knocks it out of the park. For some reason he kept reminding me of a young James Woods. Also Melanie Laurent as Shosanna and Daniel Bruhl as Fredrick Zoller had incredible chemistry together. Bruhl in some ways makes a character with a horrific past come off very sympathetically. Finally the tension in the movie at several points was well drawn out and felt palpable. The opening scene in the farmhouse, the lunch with the strudel and creme, and the bar scene were probably my favorite scenes. So I find myself going back to how to best describe this film. I come back to compelling every time. QT pushed himself on this film, and it shows. More often than not it succeeds. About the Q&A afterwards, I thought the questions from the audience were pretty milquetoast. Stuff like what was your inspiration for this scene (in particular the opening scene is an homage to spaghetti westerns), why the misspelling of the title (he wanted to keep that to himself), why does Sam Jackson narrate some of the scenes (because he's become of the voice of QT, even when he's in other people's movies). After a question about adapting from books or graphic novels, he had small dig on the "visionary" title given to Zack Snyder for Watchmen. He obviously spoke about his love of genres, and was asked what his next genre would be and he mentioned it might be a western. Someone asked the stupid question about prequels to Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, and he pretty much laughed that off saying that everyone is too old now. He did mention there's probably another Kill Bill movie in him, but he wants to give the Bride some time to rest and recover. The audience was really receptive and he seemed to enjoy himself. He was very generous with his time, even walking out with the audience and answering questions as he walked with people back toward the parking. Best regards! If you use this call me Frank Lloyd Wright

And I just got this look from Jack Burton!

ello Harry, Had the fortune of attending an early preview screening of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS tonight at the Bridge in Los Angeles, which turned out to be a much bigger event than I was anticipating. Apparently this was the first screening of film after Cannes, and Quentin himself was actually present to introduce the film and take a few questions from the audience at the end of the screening, which was pretty darn awesome! I'll give my thoughts on the film, but readers be warned, SOME SPOILERS will follow: I've been a huge fan of Quentin's for many years, and have enjoyed his different takes on a variety of genres, but was a little curious how he'd fare with what is essentially his first true "period" piece. Needless to say, I was pretty blown away, and feel the film might be one of his best. A lot of the Tarantino trademarks are certainly still present (classic Morricone music, a chapter-type narrative, the obsession with women's feet, etc), yet the film still feels very true to the period and isn't at all "modern and hip" like I was worried that it would be. In fact, Tarantino went the extra mile in authenticity with this in that probably at least half of the film is in French or German and subtitled, which is a pretty brave move for a major American release. Now, there's been quite a few negative reviews from Cannes slamming the film for being too "talky." Yes, there are an exceptional number of lengthy dialogue scenes throughout the film (as there is with most of Quentin's work) but I think the people hating on this film were missing the point that most of these scenes serve, which was to build some genuinely tense moments up to their full breaking point. The prime example of this is the opening scene, where Christoph Waltz's Colonel Landa does a lengthy and nasty interrogation with a poor farmer to determine if he's hiding any Jews in his home. The scene plays for so long it literally qualifies as the entire first act of the movie, but is completely riveting the whole way through and really sets the tone for the rest of the film quite well. And speaking of Christoph Waltz, this guy was a pretty remarkable find! Tarantino mentioned at the beginning of the screening that Waltz won the best actor prize at Cannes, and I feel it was well deserved, for in Colonel Landa he creates a Nazi who is memorably evil for how amazingly "polite" he is in his interrogations of others. It was like watching a coiled snake and just waiting for it to strike, and I thought he might've been one of the most effective and creepy villains I've ever seen. The narrative itself was also particularly interesting and not at all what I expected it to be. The ad campaign for INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS has been depicting it as this "Dirty Dozen"-ish movie about Brad Pitt and his gang running around killing Nazis. This is not the case, and in fact, Pitt surprisingly only appears for about a third of the film and the Basterds themselves are never really explored in depth. They are used more as the boogeymen for the Nazis in the background of the proceedings, and are really just one group of players for a big final sequence that the whole movie is winding up to. The true main character of the film is a young Jewish girl name Shosanna (Melanie Laurent, again, another amazing find) who escapes execution from the Nazis at the beginning of the film and is put in a rather unique position to exact revenge later on. Without spoiling it either, the ending of the film is pretty shocking and amazing as well, and is something I think a lot of WWII enthusiasts are either going to absolutely love or get insanely frustrated by. Oh, and for all those fans scratching their heads as to why David Bowie's CAT PEOPLE song was on the soundtrack listing for this flick, rest assured, it's used pretty brilliantly. All in all, I thought it was one of Quentin's best, and I'll be anxious to see it again at the end of August to see if any major changes were made to the version we got to see tonight. If you use this, call me Jack Burton.

Then there's this one from Mr. Fuschia...

Hi Harry, Tonight I was part of a small audience that attended a free RSVP screening of Tarantino's new film, Inglourious Basterds, in a large theater in LA. Apparently we were the first audience to see the film since the crew's return from Cannes. Little did we know that Tarantino himself would be showing up to introduce the film and to offer a 30-minute Q & A afterwards. Most of what Tarantino discussed in the Q & A has been covered in the press already, so I'll just mention that when asked about the film or genre he might be working in next, Tarantino said a western was a strong possibility. It's pretty much shit considering the stream of false Tarantino rumor's we've had (Bond film, Friday the 13th, Vega Brothers) but this time it's straight from the horse's mouth. Inglourious Basterds is unlike anything Tarantino has ever done and challenges your expectations every step of the way, while still retaining a lot of the style and themes that were so enjoyable in his previous films. There's a pounding pop soundtrack made mostly of Ennio Morricone cues, but there's also a great sequence set to David Bowie's "New York's In Love" that's a cheerful bit of anachronism. There are many long scenes of conversation across multiple languages that build to sudden, horrifying violence and they are executed perfectly, reminding you of the best scenes in Reservoir Dogs. The characters are, typical of Tarantino, pretty iconic. The two standouts are Hans Landa, a chief SS officer, and Eli Roth as Donny Donowitz, the "Bear Jew". Landa is great because he is wicked, but not in the stark raving mad way of most movie Nazis. He interrogates people in a manner that reminds me of cats picking the feathers off caught birds...delaying the inevitable just to make his prey squirm. Roth performs unexpectedly well as an insane Brooklynite who clubs Nazis to death like a caveman and-SPOILER-unloads on Hitler at close range, in the face with a machinegun until he's pulp-SPOILER END. His behavior does the impossible, by making you question whether so much brutality should ever be inflicted on the Nazis in wartime. For any curious about Mike Myers' role/cameo, it seamlessly fits with the tone of the film and is handled pretty tastefully. In other words, he's convincing for his 5 minutes onscreen as a British officer...it doesn't seem like a Dr. Evil spinoff or anything. The movie is told in chapters, jumping from the Basterds entrenched in Europe, to the Nazis plotting their counterattack, to a Jew living secretly as a cinema owner in Paris, and finally to a British espionage agent mounting an offensive with the Basterds. The strands all tie together in a huge finale (very reminiscent of the siege at the end of Dirty Dozen) at a German movie premiere, with some violent gags and twists to contend with the best Tarantino has ever done. Through it all, the movie reflects, as always, his love for watching and making films. His heroine is a projectionist who SPOILER wants to burn down the premiere with silver nitrate film SPOILER, the german double agent is a movie star, and the british officer assigned to him is a famous movie critic. This makes the movie more fun: it's his personal ode to the art of watching and making movies, but its also a successful genre film. You get your WWII action and camraderie, but you also get your lengthy discussions of filmmaker G.W. Pabst. Because its more literate and talky than any of Tarantino's other movies (except maybe Jackie Brown), it might not have the same rabid following as Kill Bill or Pulp Fiction, but Basterds is definitely a quality piece. It's comforting to know that the stamp "a film by Quentin Tarantino" still guarantees an amazing time at the movies. If you use this review, call me "Mr. Fuschia"
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  • June 4, 2009, 3:30 a.m. CST

    YAWN

    by JMoe

    Wow its early couldn't sleep . . . .

  • June 4, 2009, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Anyone else awake?

    by JMoe

  • June 4, 2009, 3:32 a.m. CST

    1st 2nd AND 3rd

    by JMoe

    Going back to sleep . . . . nite

  • June 4, 2009, 3:35 a.m. CST

    Plant

    by SpiceMonkey27

    Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant

  • June 4, 2009, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Plant.....everybodys knows by now this movie is shit

    by SpiceMonkey27

    Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant

  • June 4, 2009, 3:48 a.m. CST

    Plant

    by animas

    Plant

  • June 4, 2009, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Trifecta to be completed.

    by Castiel

    </p> Hugh Jackman, is pally with harry on twitter. wolverine get bad review. Mcg, give harry and team exclusives, and gets review shafted. Qt, gets..postive reviews, even though critics elsewhere have given this movie the thumbsdown.<p> <p> i was actually thinking about seeing this, but the constant postive spin on this site but the general bad feedback it's gotten from cannes, that and i can't remember seeing a great QT movie in ages makes me think ..nah</p>

  • I kid, of course. It was probably $14.50.

  • June 4, 2009, 4:06 a.m. CST

    Written by a Natsee

    by twogunjames

    I only need half an excuse to try and spell it the way Pitt says it. I 'wan my skahls!

  • June 4, 2009, 4:10 a.m. CST

    Shit.

    by MelvintheMopBoy

    The phone rang while I was reading that last review and when I came back to it, I resumed from the first spoiler instead of the second one and had that little bit of the movie ruined for me. Oh well, serves me right for reading Ain't It Cool...

  • June 4, 2009, 4:12 a.m. CST

    The problem with positive reviews for Tarantino movies is...

    by DerLanghaarige

    ...that Quentin has so many silly fanboys who love to eat every shit that he serves them, that you just can't trust these reviews. And the only way to find out if he finally made a good movie again, is to watch it by yourself. (Which I won't do. Y'know, "fool me once" and so on.)

  • June 4, 2009, 4:36 a.m. CST

    Makes me excited to see the film again...

    by Mr Gorilla

    But will it scale the heights of the great war movies set in Nazi-occupied France: THIS LAND IS MINE, THE SHADOW ARMY, even, er, FEMALE AGENTS (yum!)...

  • June 4, 2009, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Fool me once?

    by MorganLeafy

    Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Resrvoir Dogs were shit you say? Das glaube ich nicht und deswegen möchte ich IB gerne sehen, scheiße oder nicht.

  • June 4, 2009, 5:23 a.m. CST

    I'm married with kids!

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    Polygamous pedophilia should be outlawed in my opinion...

  • June 4, 2009, 5:45 a.m. CST

    I'm not saying that Reservoir Dogs is shit.

    by DerLanghaarige

  • June 4, 2009, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Derlanghaarige

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    but you are saying jackie brown, pulp fiction and kill bill 1 are shit?

  • June 4, 2009, 5:49 a.m. CST

    what a lazy ass website this is

    by blackshuck

    it's basterds you idiot(s)

  • June 4, 2009, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Anyone else...

    by chuffsterUK

    ...suspicious of reviews that start with`I was lucky enough.....`?

  • June 4, 2009, 5:57 a.m. CST

    INGLORIOUS ASSTURDS HAROLD SPOOGING

    by Sal_Bando

    Why am I not surprised??? So where's the Land of the Lost review-?

  • June 4, 2009, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Brad Pitt's Chin

    by fitz-hume

    He's obviously mimicking Brando's Don Corleone with the chin thing.

  • June 4, 2009, 6:02 a.m. CST

    @ Langhaariger & MorganLeafy

    by AdzonVonMelk

    is ja doch wohl so: Erwartungen sind viel zu hoch. QT-Filme sind gutes Popkornkino... ich würd IB auch gern im Kino sehn, für gute zeit und so... aber wo führt der ganze hype denn hin von wegen "f*** your eyeballs" und so... is doch alles blödsinn. oder?

  • June 4, 2009, 6:07 a.m. CST

    I wish I was Brad Pitt's Chin

    by redfist

    69

  • June 4, 2009, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Once again, the only positive reviews are on AICN

    by Laserhead

  • June 4, 2009, 6:28 a.m. CST

    I am sure the movie is good

    by JohnRyder

    but so not looking forward to it. I will enjoy it becase I even liked (maybe even loved) Death Proof, but I just could not care less about this flick. I am sure lot of people feel this way. Does it mean it will bomb?

  • June 4, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST

    son of a bitch must pay

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 4, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST

    its all in the reflexes

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 4, 2009, 6:34 a.m. CST

    TRYING TO HIJACK THIS TB INTO A BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA TB

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 4, 2009, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Erm

    by kwisatzhaderach

    Basterds got a lot of good reviews at Cannes so its not like its an across the board bomb from the critics, nowhere near. <p> Whatever happens you know its going to be better than X-Men Origins, Star Trek and Terminator Salvation.

  • June 4, 2009, 6:50 a.m. CST

    expendables

    by ironic_name

    expendables

  • June 4, 2009, 6:54 a.m. CST

    The chapters have me worried.

    by rbatty024

    I like Tarantino's work, but over the years it's become obvious that he cannot tell a seamless story and must rely on organizing his films into chapters in order to make them work. It's become a crutch and I think people are catching on.

  • June 4, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Have you paid your dues Jack?

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • June 4, 2009, 6:56 a.m. CST

    Yessir cheque is in the mail

    by kwisatzhaderach

  • June 4, 2009, 7:04 a.m. CST

    No Frank you don't get out

    by TheExterminator

    cos you're fucking DEAD

  • June 4, 2009, 7:07 a.m. CST

    by one_guy_from_andromeda

    by TheExterminator

    kudos for the paedo comment..made me lol

  • June 4, 2009, 7:08 a.m. CST

    one_guy_from_andromeda

    by LivesWithinLaws

    The line about "married with kids" was the funniest thing I've heard in forever. Good one!

  • June 4, 2009, 7:41 a.m. CST

    "I'm Trying To Find the Words..."

    by Aquatarkusman

    Next time, please don't.

  • June 4, 2009, 8:02 a.m. CST

    Needs more GIANT PIG

    by GIANT_PIG

    GIANT PIG!!!

  • June 4, 2009, 8:03 a.m. CST

    After Death Proof,,,

    by arthurrex007

    How could IB be any worse?

  • June 4, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Even with all the bad reviews...

    by Kid Z

    ... from all the "critics" who idea of a compelling film is "Gay Cowboys Eating Pudding", you know this will be better than Watchmen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek, Land of the Lost, Terminator Salvation, Night of the Museum: Battle at the Smithsonian, Fast and Furious, Transporter 3, Angels & Demons,The Taking of Pelham 123 (revamp version), Year One, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, G-Force,G. I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and (probably) Bruno (sorry Sasha, your schtick is wearing a little thin). It's been another Summer of Shit kiddies, with only QT and Pixar to provide a small amout of relief.

  • June 4, 2009, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Dont recall any Capters in that piece of Shit.

    by arthurrex007

    Maybe that is the only way QT can make a watchable movie. Just saying :)

  • June 4, 2009, 8:27 a.m. CST

    QT has seriously only made 4 good movies. Sad.

    by Ash0k

    Seriously... I'll admit, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill 1+2 were excellent films. But all his other work since then has flat out SUCKED.

  • June 4, 2009, 8:30 a.m. CST

    "Frank Lloyd Wright designs us a look..."????

    by Speed Fricassee

    WTF is that supposed to be clever? You guys are worse than modern movie posters for this one-liner headline shit. I mean, you're "Deck the Halls" bad ("There GLOWS the neighborhood!"). Retards...

  • June 4, 2009, 8:50 a.m. CST

    I'm not going to use the P word

    by I am_NOTREAL

    But I need to see some legit criticism other than a meager Milquetoast point or two tossed in late in an effort to throw the slavering cries of [p-word] off the scent. Yeah, I get it...Quentin Tarantino is beloved because he's a geek. And no American director in the last twenty years has made a better film than Pulp Fiction. But blindly sucking off a QT flick just because it's QT is lame.

  • June 4, 2009, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Oh Lucky Man!

    by epevensie

    How fortunate am I, to have a front row seat at this site's most conspicuous display of contempt for its readers to date! If you use this, call me awestruck.

  • June 4, 2009, 9 a.m. CST

    David Carradine found dead

    by alfiemoon

    Some sad news about QT's Bill: http://tinyurl.com/pr5yuk

  • June 4, 2009, 9:05 a.m. CST

    KWIZ: "BETTER THAN STAR TREK"?!??!

    by BringingSexyBack

    What species of plant are you smoking, friend?

  • June 4, 2009, 9:06 a.m. CST

    NEEDS MORE CHAW

    by BringingSexyBack

    I'm with Giant Pig on this one.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Needs more basterds;<p> Add Chris Brown, Josef Fritzell, Shane Hurlbut and a selection of Wall Street Bankers to the cast.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    THE TRAILER WAS MET WITH STUNNED SILENCE IN MY THEATER

    by BringingSexyBack

    as it was in yours. This movie will bomb, as it should.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:11 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Might as well stick that torture porn cunt Eli Roth in too.<p> Oh what? He's already in?

  • June 4, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    Moment of Silence...David Carradine is dead

    by Kaiser Soze

    msnbc.com reports David Carradine was found dead in the Thai capital

  • June 4, 2009, 9:13 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Stunned silence for the trailer in my theater too BSB...<p> So I let rip a particularly noisy fart and the audience cheered. Summed up the movie perfectly.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:14 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Stunned silence for Carradine's death.<p> (must. hold. sphincter.)

  • June 4, 2009, 9:17 a.m. CST

    Carradine Dead?

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    I guess the French finally got to him. So long Frankenstein!

  • June 4, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    SPEAKING OF: FIRST COLOR PICS OF ADOLF HITLER AT LIFE.COM

    by BringingSexyBack

    http://www.life.com/image/first/in-gallery/27022/adolf-hitler-up-close ...

  • June 4, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Carradine suicide

    by chuffsterUK

    Found hung in his hotel room:(

  • June 4, 2009, 9:19 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    73 year old Carradine found dead in Bangkok hotel. Fuuuck.<p> That's too young to go out for a fit guy like him.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:20 a.m. CST

    COBRA-KAI - WAS THAT YOU?!?!?

    by BringingSexyBack

    Damn!!

  • June 4, 2009, 9:21 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Shit- they just refreshed the news story page. Now he's a year younger, and he's not dead of 'natural causes' he's fucking humg himself.<p> Double FUUUUUUUCK.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    BSB, yes it was. But in honor of dead Carradine I will put the fart jokes on hold for at least the next 3 minutes.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:22 a.m. CST

    to the army and the navy and the battles theyve won

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 4, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    So long,Grasshopper

    by chuffsterUK

    The American embassy in Thailand confirmed the 72-year-old had been found dead. Reports said he was found hanging from a curtain cord in a closet by a chambermaid. Police said there were no signs of a struggle or other suspicious circumstances and are treating the death as suicide.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:24 a.m. CST

    WHY?

    by Kaiser Soze

    What reason could the man have to hang himself at his age? Sad...

  • June 4, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    How long before the, 'David Carradine commits suicide after private screening of INGLORIOUS BASTERDS' jokes start to emerge?<p> ...hmm about 2 minutes.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:29 a.m. CST

    I hope Tarantino adds a last-minute Carradine dedication to Bast

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Goodbye, Kiddo. :(

  • June 4, 2009, 9:30 a.m. CST

    erds

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • June 4, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    carradine knew film is dead

    by animas

    suicide is honorable everywhere but america

  • June 4, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    BILL killed Bill? Aw, dammit...

    by SpyGuy

    Rest in peace, David.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST

    suicide? or not suicide?

    by Kaiser Soze

    per comingsoon.net, Carradine's manager Chuck Binder says that the Thai press is incorrect and this was natural causes...hope or spin?

  • June 4, 2009, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Conflicting Reports

    by Mr_Plainview

    CNN and FOXNEWS don't say anything regarding a suicide.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:37 a.m. CST

    you guys are right

    by DiggerNick

    Any good review for a movie has to be a plant because everyone hates every movie ever made just like all of you. Kid Z, saying that Star Trek was shit just makes you look retarded, which you are. How about all of you Negative Nancy fucks wait until the movie comes out then blast it. At least then you won't look like such enormous assholes, just regular sized assholes. I, for one, am looking forward to this flick. I don't care if Harry has a hard on for QT or not, this sounds like a fun movie. You morons do realize going to the movies is supposed to be fun, right? I didn't think so. Have fun playing WoW and jerking off to hentai, fucking idiots.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:41 a.m. CST

    David Carradine

    by CherryValance

    I just came online and read this. How terrible. I've had on MSNBC on TV for the last half hour and they didn't say anything. This is shocking to me. He seemed to be all about fitness. Very sad.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST

    I guess I had the wrong impression

    by CherryValance

    just reading up now. I guess he had a lot of problems. Poor guy. With all the Kung Fu videos and whatnot I thought he was a Buddhisty healthy guy. Such a shame.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Wow, the negative plants in this thread are a joke,

    by Ash0k

    Seriously... someone is a plant for enjoying a movie by a famous director?<p><p> No, neither Rotten Tomatoes nor the IMDb should not be treated as a Holy Grail, but QT does have a very solid track record: <p><p> Reservoir Dogs: RT=95%, imdB=8.4<p> Pulp Fiction: RT=96%, imdB=8.9<p> Jackie Brown: RT=85%, imdB=7.6<p> Kill Bill: RT=85%, imdB=8.0<p> <p> <p> The truth is, almost all of his output has been favorably viewed by critics and the public alike. Alas, it seems there's a dozen or so negative AICN "plants" who are just too cool and elite for QT, and have the need to bash IB left and right w/o even viewing the film.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Still waiting for the "Brothers Vega"

    by benlinus

    Im just sayin.........

  • June 4, 2009, 10:22 a.m. CST

    he had small dig on the "visionary" title given to Zack Snyder

    by Symposium

    So did I when the watchmen posters first appeared on AICN

  • I'd pay to see a two part epic "Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" directed by Tarantino.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:33 a.m. CST

    David Carradine Suicide

    by Barron34

    I remembered reading that Carradine had suicidal thoughts and behaviors in the past, so I went and did some searching. If you go to his Wikipedia profile, you can find a link at the end of the article to an interview he did for IGN where he discusses death and suicide in some detail. So, sad, yes, completely unexpected, probably not.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Very, very sad about Carradine, but...

    by captaincosmos

    I've heard that he was an extremely conflicted, often angry guy. I've seen him at a couple of conventions and on the street once, and each time he seemed very unhappy. And just because the guy was selling "fitness" videos, doesn't mean he practiced what he preached. I mean, this wast he guy doing cheezy phone book commercials -- he'd hawk anything for a buck. Sad, but true.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Please don't do a western

    by D.Vader

    I feel that will ruin my chances to get my western off the ground.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    Six Demon Bag

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Surely you know the frustrations of TBs, but, we all keep trying like fools. "Shut-up, Mr. Burton! You were not put upon this earth to GET IT!"

  • June 4, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    FYI - Suicide not black and white

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    People who are truly suicidal don't feel like they are worth anything and that they are a burden to others so it's not selfish in their minds, they just feel like they are in everyone's way and won't to free others of the hassle of having to put up with them. You can't look at it in a normal way, for it is not normal to want to kill yourself in general. (Just something to think about, but whatever.)

  • June 4, 2009, 11:36 a.m. CST

    Won't? Shit - Want

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

  • June 4, 2009, 11:37 a.m. CST

    WHAT WONT COME OUT ANYMORE???!?!!

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 4, 2009, 12:02 p.m. CST

    I will sacrifice Gracie Law

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    and live out my earthly pleasuuuures with . . . wait for it . . . Mao Lin(g). (Shit I admit I don't know how the names are spelled.)

  • June 4, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Hopefully, the entire audience were Tarantino Apologists

    by nightheat500

    So the first test screening and everyone is telling him what he Tarantino wants to hear. I hope he doesn't change a thing, that way Quentin doesn't think there is anything wrong with the movie, releases an even LONGER CUT, and it bombs bombs bombs bombs bombs bombs bombs. Its obvious that this MOVIE SUCKS

  • June 4, 2009, 12:40 p.m. CST

    You know what old Jack Burton says at a time like this...

    by finky089

    Who? <p> Jack Burton. ME.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I'm reading a draft of the Ing Basterds script right now

    by finky089

    and it's pretty enjoyable. How will it translate on to the screen? My guess is in-line with most of what I read up there. it is "talky" at point, but I love reading good dialogue and thoguht much of it, especially Landa's lines are really enjoyable. But I guess you have to be able to appreciate more than just blood and violence to get it. And certianly some of QT's fanbase doesn't think on that level. <p> The thing I was most surprised with is how much of the film isn't spent showing the Basterds and their exploits against the Nazis. By the time you get to the first real showing of what the Basterds so to Nazis when they find them (and I mean not in a quick flashback), the story is half over and half of the Basterds are dead - without being show or told how they died. Nevertheless, what's there is well written and there's sure to be a few memorable scenes, even if this film doesn't get the popularity that Kill Bill did (this one may be "smarter" than KB, though with somewhat more restrained violence.) Just my 1.5 cents.

  • June 4, 2009, 12:48 p.m. CST

    Jack Burton With Lipstick

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Fucking great moment! Lol - As always Jack's trying to sound cool, all the while . . .

  • June 4, 2009, 1:24 p.m. CST

    what the hell.

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 4, 2009, 1:38 p.m. CST

    This is salt water, SDB!

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

  • June 4, 2009, 1:48 p.m. CST

    nightheat500

    by DiggerNick

    It's obvious that you're a hater douchebag. I bet your first attempt to get laid bombed bombed bombed bombed bombed...but it's ok, sweetie. Mommy still loves you. You can stay in the house for as long as you want to.

  • June 4, 2009, 1:54 p.m. CST

    nightheat500

    by Ash0k

    Why so serious?

  • June 4, 2009, 2:38 p.m. CST

    DiggerNick=Tarantino?

    by chuffsterUK

    Surely?...;)

  • June 4, 2009, 3:16 p.m. CST

    chuffsterUK=Zack Snyder?

    by Ash0k

    Jealous?...;)

  • June 4, 2009, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Ashok

    by DiggerNick

    nice!

  • June 4, 2009, 4:18 p.m. CST

    You're only as good as your last movie...

    by wookie1972

    and Death Proof sucked. Period. There are a few of directors whom I trust and will see pretty much anything they do. At the top at that list are PT Anderson, the Coens, Nolan, and Scorsese. But just because I'm first in line to see everything they do doesn't mean that I can't acknowledge when they screw up (Intolerable Cruelty, Gangs Of NY - PT hasn't made enough movies to have one stick out as bad, although Punch Drunk Love was a bit hard to take). What pisses me off is that QT acolytes will not admit that their hero is as human as any other director. The only things worse are Whedonites and Cameron fans.

  • June 4, 2009, 4:20 p.m. CST

    What's the chance of AICN posting a negative review?

    by UMAGA

    I say slim to none.

  • June 4, 2009, 4:36 p.m. CST

    umaga

    by DiggerNick

    About the same as the chances of any kind of positive thread on an AICN talkback. "I hate every movie ever made" by (Insert Name of 98% of all talkbackers)

  • June 4, 2009, 5 p.m. CST

    A Clockwork Irony

    by DennisMM

    Thanks for those words about suicide. Most don't understand that it almost always grows from a great self-hatred rooted in depression. I do; I've been there.

  • June 4, 2009, 5:03 p.m. CST

    As for the film ...

    by DennisMM

    I expect it to tank, and I know I won't catch it in the theater. Knowing it takes place in an alternate reality kinda leaves me cold.

  • June 4, 2009, 5:16 p.m. CST

    DennisMM - No Problem

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Just trying to get some perspective out there. Keep on keeping on, my friend.

  • June 4, 2009, 6:35 p.m. CST

    Diggernick

    by wookie1972

    Your "anti-haters" tirades are getting tiresome. If something looks stupid or lame, I'm not going to refrain from saying so. It's not my fault that most of what we're getting these days is junk. Remember Sturgeon's Law.

  • June 4, 2009, 7:46 p.m. CST

    "I'm feeling pretty invincible."

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Hate to say it, but DEATH PROOF was tripe. Anybody who wants to squirt platitudes over that train wreck really IS being blind-sided by the fact that Tarantino was responsible for it. Double goes for anybody who spews over that allegedly great car chase towards the end. Ever see the actual VANISHING POINT? Yeah, THAT was a great movie with a Charger in it. PLANET TERROR completely kicked DEATH PROOF's ass, Kurt Russell or no Kurt Russell.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:09 p.m. CST

    wookie

    by DiggerNick

    If I'm getting on your nerves then I'm accomplishing my goal. As long as you bitch, I will bitch right back. So keep on hating and I will keep on hating the fact that you hate. Deal?

  • June 4, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Me, too. I got a very positive attitude about this.

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 4, 2009, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Tall guy, weird clothes. First you see him, then you don't

    by Six Demon Bag

  • June 4, 2009, 9:34 p.m. CST

    ok, You people sit tight,

    by Six Demon Bag

    hold the fort and keep the home fires burning. And if we're not back by dawn... call the president

  • June 4, 2009, 9:36 p.m. CST

    UMAGA- Extremely low

    by D.Vader

    Harry and QT are buds. I don't know if he's ever posted a negative QT review on the site.

  • June 4, 2009, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Death Proof

    by arthurrex007

    Is the only time I have ever wanted to Break the DVD in half after seeing a film. Q.T. also made me hate Kurt Russell in a movie for the first time in 40 years and this includes his Disney Movies

  • June 4, 2009, 10 p.m. CST

    By the Way Six Demon -

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    YOUR PHONE IS DEAD!

  • June 4, 2009, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Six Demon - Ever notice how cute

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    Kim Cattrall sounds when she delivers the line " . . . stirring the pot." Always liked that. Oh yeah!

  • June 4, 2009, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Any positive review of this film is clearly a plant

    by jimmay

    Anonymous jerks on the internet said so.

  • June 4, 2009, 10:07 p.m. CST

    clcokwork

    by Six Demon Bag

    yeah she was cute in that film..she had moxy.

  • June 4, 2009, 11:17 p.m. CST

    lo pan thought so too

    by DiggerNick

  • June 4, 2009, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Lo Pan

    by A_Clockwork_Irony

    This is ridiculous, but imagine Lo Pan (The darkest magic) on a track that circled the globe and when you see him glide through the wall he is just making another round. Holy crap it's time for sleep!

  • June 5, 2009, 12:38 a.m. CST

    dude

    by DiggerNick

    you just freaked me out

  • June 5, 2009, 1:51 a.m. CST

    Now this really pisses me off to no end.

    by christian66

  • June 5, 2009, 4:25 a.m. CST

    So, FLW, plans for KB3 are probably on hold now..? UNLESS...

    by workshed

    ...you call it 'Kill Bride'. Sorry, just remembered, that's the name of a land-fill in Scotland.

  • June 5, 2009, 9:08 a.m. CST

    change to the ending - SPOILER

    by yort

    SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER Well, Time magazine's Cannes' article spoiled the ending right in the damn title so I haven't been avoiding the spoilers since. After reading Fuschia's spoiler it sounds like a change has been made to the fate of a particular historical figure. The change appears to be from being killed in a fire/explosion as per this review and other allusions from Cannes: http://www.themoviespoiler.com/Spoilers/basterds.html to being shot in the face with a machine gun. That sounds like a horrible change and was probably something like Eli Roth saying "Hey Quentin, wouldn't it be cool if I got to empty a machine gun into his face?" Yeah let's do it! Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see it as an alternate ending special feature on the DVD but it comes off really immature and really stretching it... The ending described at movie spoiler site sounds much much better and more in keeping with the flow of a men on a mission movie. Killing him in the fire with all the other high ranking officials seems to fit better with the overall flow of the movie. I haven't seen the film yet so can't comment on the context but I DO NOT like the addition of the change to that character's fate. While I'm sure it will test well it really seems overkill... I'm guessing that he felt killing him was not enough for such an infamous figure and that he needed to be dispatched in a more visceral manner... Dead is Dead and should provide enough satisfaction when the moment occurs and surprises everyone with a bit of alternate history. Also Shosanna is a Jew so he is still being killed by a Jew and her plan so it doesn't harm the revenge fantasy aspect and avoids the lowest common denominator effect that a machine gun to the face has. Also dispatching him in such a way somewhat diminishes the effect of Shosanna's plan and the reel she attached to the end of the propaganda film. From the sound of it that scene would be a deal breaker for me and make this one of those movies that is absolutely great save for one scene. I hope Quentin steps back a bit to view the film in a broader scope and not simply due to the influence of those close to him. They got to act out that scene and vicariously graphically have their revenge but keep it as a deleted scene to include on the dvd or tack it on to the end of the credits as an easter egg. SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER

  • June 5, 2009, 9:10 a.m. CST

    stupid quick talkback form

    by yort

    stripped out all my returns and spacing so now it's just one big blob... WTF?

  • June 5, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Diggernick

    by wookie1972

    Well, I'm sorry, but I'm tired of people responding to any criticism with screams of "HATURRRZZZ!!!" Frankly, this looks lame, the Clash Of The Titans remake looks lame, and I will say so.

  • June 5, 2009, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Who the fuck cares about fuckhead Tarantino...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...and his fucking dumb biased infantile borefest?<p>nofuckingbody

  • June 5, 2009, 11:46 a.m. CST

    wookie

    by DiggerNick

    you have every right to voice you opinion, man. i'm not trying to stop the hate...just hating the hate. i could give a rat's ass less about clash of the titans...i just thought it was stupid for anybody to bash it from just one picture. don't you think that's just hating for hate's sake? it's this "i'm so indie i hate all studio movies" mentality...people think they sound smarter when they don't like a movie for some reason. like i said...movies are supposed to be a fun, escape from reality. not every film is supposed to be a life changing experience. i happen to like tarantino's movies. some of them are great, some are ok, but i like his style so i've found a way to at least be entertained by all of them. i like the concept of basterds and i'm looking forward to it. just my opinion.

  • June 5, 2009, 1:07 p.m. CST

    DiggerNick is dumb.

    by nightheat500

    You're dumb, dude. Stop writing.

  • June 5, 2009, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Diggernick, it's the indie types..

    by wookie1972

    who blindly adore everything Tarantino does. As for Clash Of The Titans, we're not just basing it on the photo, but on the synopsis, which suggests that they took everything fun from the original and just squashed it. And we're basing our skepticism about Basterds on actually reading the screenplay, which is frankly pretty terrible.

  • June 5, 2009, 1:18 p.m. CST

    anybody else bothered when Tarantino...

    by wookie1972

    says that "this is how the war would have ended if these guys were around?"(I'm paraphrasing). At a time when we're examining the torture of alleged terrorists, I find that more than a little disturbing. Is it too big a stretch to think that some soldiers in our current conflict might get some ideas from this movie?

  • June 5, 2009, 2:44 p.m. CST

    nightheat500

    by DiggerNick

    thank you for your brilliant insight. fuck you

  • June 5, 2009, 2:48 p.m. CST

    wookie

    by DiggerNick

    fair enough. at least you have a reason for not wanting to see these movies. that's alot easier to deal with then "this movie's going to fucking suck". if all these assholes, like nightheat500, were a little more constructive like you, maybe i would shut up.

  • June 6, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST

    no carradine in it, wont watch it!

    by muri71

  • June 6, 2009, 2:13 a.m. CST

    anyway who cares when THE EXPENDABLES...

    by muri71

    blow ur eyeballs out in 2010!

  • June 6, 2009, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Diggernick

    by wookie1972

    The thing is, a lot of people (especially those who write for this site) forget that so-called movie geeks spend a good portion of their disposable income on this stuff, and when we hear incessantly that such-and-such a movie is going to be "awesome," we feel a little cynical because we've been burned before. For me, the drumbeating for Watchmen (in particular Hayter's self-serving "open letter") was the last straw. If something looks lame, I'm not going to hold my tongue. I could be pleasantly surprised, but it's an uphill battle at this point.

  • June 6, 2009, 3:40 p.m. CST

    wookie

    by DiggerNick

    what didn't you like about watchmen? it was pretty darn close to the book, i thought.

  • June 7, 2009, 2:10 a.m. CST

    I gave up and skimmed the third review.

    by malificus

    What a bunch of ass-kissers. If they aren't plants they should immediately demand plant-money from the studio. What bullshit. Fuck this movie, fuck these fart-suckers and fuck Tarantino up his stupid ASS.

  • June 7, 2009, 9:32 a.m. CST

    THIS FILM IS ALL KINDS OF BORING

    by EDGARWRIGHTS_PROLAPSEDANUS

    Tarantino is a fucking embarrassment. That video of him where he's acting tough to that paparazzi dude is the funniest fucking thing I've ever seen. He's such a pathetic cunt. He actually does that 'I'm not upset because look, I'm drinking my coffee' move for fuck's sake. What a fucking prick.

  • June 7, 2009, 2:36 p.m. CST

    You can immediately dismiss a review if..

    by malificus

    ..it starts out with the phrase: "I was lucky enough to get in to an advance screening of...(insert turd movie here)" Why so fucking GRATEFUL? They didn't spot your mom a healthy kidney for fuck's sake.