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Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. My greatest regret going into writing this review is that I've only seen this film once so far, at Comic-Con about three weeks ago. While writer-director Quentin Tarantino has certainly crafted films that almost demanded that you see them two, three, four times before you really soak in all of their nuances, his latest, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, is a beast of an entirely different nature. And seeing twice before even legally being allowed to discuss it seems necessary. So I guess I'm breaking the law, but here goes. Basterds feels like the film that Tarantino has been building steam toward his entire career, which I guess goes without saying since it is his latest work. But I'm talking about something different. I don't think Tarantino could have made a film with this scope and level of sophistication without having gone through some of the finest trail-and-error exercises a filmmaker in the modern age has ever gone through. There's a patience and elegance to BASTERDS that I simply wasn't prepared for. Sure, the blood flows like a geyser at times, but not nearly as much as I thought it would, which makes the film infinitely better. You are actually able to settle down with the movie's many American, German, and British characters, and get comfortable in their presence by simply listening to them chat and interact with each other. Then, when the violence begins, it breaks the serenity and lets hell rush out until it consumes you. Not to be overly dramatic or anything, but that's really what it felt like. The thing I've always noticed about Tarantino films is that they can either make you feel really smart or mildly stupid, depending on your ability to recognize all of the thematic, dialogue, music, costume, and other cues from films and TV shows that clearly meant a lot to him during his formative years. It's like a geek scavenger hunt, and I'll admit, I get lost searching for clues on occasion. But INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS might have been the easiest for me to spot such reference points--from THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY lift that serves as BASTERDS ' opening episode to the spirit-lifting use of the least/most likely David Bowie songs ever used in a film to the thoroughly engaging discussions of wartime German cinema. I'm managed to go three paragraphs deep into this review without mentioning a single performance. Tarantino knows who his secret weapons are as far as actors go, and he gives them to us right off the bat. No, they aren't Brad Pitt or Mike Meyers or Eli Roth (although this is Roth's best work as an actor) or Diane Kruger or any other names you might know. Instead, two of the first faces we see are those of Christoph Waltz as Nazi Col. Hans Landa, known in occupied France as the Jew Hunter. The man almost always has a smile on his face, and when he doesn't, your blood freezes. It's simply one of the greatest performances 2009 has seen, and when Waltz appears on screen, you know that something quite awesome and brilliant is about to occur. The other face for the ages is Melanie Laurent, who plays Shosanna Dreyfus, a young Jewish woman who witnesses her entire family get murdered at the guns of Landa's men. She manages to escape to the city and open up a cinema, where, as fate would have it, the Nazis are planning a big premiere of a major film whose guest list will include the highest-ranking officers in the Nazi party, perhaps even Hitler himself. What you have to realize going into INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is that Tarantino has taken to heart the idea that the winners get to write/rewrite the history books. And while the film does include many real-life historical figures, Tarantino sees them as characters whose lives are solely in his hands. Which brings us to the Basterds themselves, a group of Jewish-American soldiers recruited by Lt. Aldo Raine (Pitt), who purpose into plan missions that will result in the most Nazi deaths. They also collect the scalps of their victims (an act Tarantino relishes in showing us more than once), and soon the group becomes the most feared figures among German soldiers. The group also includes a former Nazi or two who have turned on their kind and become some of the most ferocious of the group. But few are as ferocious as the Bear Jew (Roth), whose preferred weapon of killing is a baseball bat (juiced up by a healthy Boston accent). The Basterds team up with the English army and an extremely famous and desired German actress (played by the wonderful Diane Kruger), who has been given word about the film premiere. All agree this would be an excellent opportunity to deal a heavy blow to the leadership of the Third Reich. The plan is perfect, but of course the Basterds have no idea about Shosanna, who discovers the murderer of her family will be one of the event's primary organizers, and sets about setting up her own plan for vengeance. The entire film is one, long, perfectly paced and executed build up to one of the most spectacular cinematic climaxes in recent memory. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is as much Tarantino's take on the war epic, as it is his greatest fantasy film. The story exists in its own reality, and that's all I'm saying about that. When I think back on the complexities, coincidences, and crossed paths, I can't help but smile at how ludicrous it all is. But it doesn't feel that way while you're watching. It all makes perfect, logical sense. You almost can't believe your good fortune the way everything seems to be lining up so perfectly...before it doesn't. I haven't said much about the American performers in this movie. Pitt's stylized Southern accent is a little hard to place, but I think that's intentional. He is simply a cold-blooded red neck, who has an unexplained lynching scar around his neck and a wily smile on his lips when he talks about killing. He and the Basterds don't take up nearly as much screen time as you might presuppose, but I didn't mind that. There are plenty of wildly interesting stories being told that you don't miss one when it's absent from the screen for a half an hour. And that brings up another point that some of you might hear about and get scared learning: there is a shitload of talking in this movie. And I don't mean talking leading up to killing (there's that too, don't get me wrong). There are entire scenes that go on for what seemed like 20 minutes, and all everyone in the scene is doing is chatting or negotiating or explaining, you know, talking. If it were any other writing, this would be suicide. But Tarantino knows exactly what he's doing, and he shows a well-founded confidence in his exceptional screenplay to let as much of it get on the screen as possible. The nuances are many and they are spectacular, the performances will be remembered when the year is closing out, even the look of the film pops more than any previous Tarantino work to date (cinematographer Robert Richardson work in making Basterds look like a period film made in the 1960s is flawless). It's really tough for me to wrap my brain around the thought that there are people in the world that won't like this movie. I guess that's true for just about every movie I like, but for this film, it seems especially appropriate. There are no dead pockets; every second is crucial. If anything, the film's 2.5-hour running time seems not nearly long enough. If Tarantino doesn't expand this movie on DVD, I'll be royalty pissed. I respect the sanctity of the theatrical release of any movie, but this film cries out for more details without lacking a thing. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is Quentin Tarantino's wholly satisfying symphony, with each instrument carefully moving in and out of the work to perfection. It goes without saying that I'll be one of the first in line Friday morning to check this film out one more time, and my body aches with anticipation for that day.
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  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:34 a.m. CST


    by kwisatzhaderach

    Seeing it Wednesday.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Yeah, very cool

    by Col. Tigh-Fighter

    I'll be checking this out as soon as it opens in Blighty.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Sounds good

    by fan291

    Looking forward to seeing this one

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Great film

    by Donkee

    This was great and i will be seeing it again on the big screen, What this review doesn't really mention is how damn funny it is.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:48 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Capone

    by YackBacker

    I know you *heart* Brad Pitt's Southern accents (BUTTON, ahem!) but I do like your review overall. I'm not buying the hate surrounding this one at all. Bring on the BASTERDS.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Went in with almost zero expectation.

    by GetEveryone

    I had a niggling feeling I'd not enjoy it, but other than that I had no opinion beforehand.<P>It blew me away. It was funny, violent, cinematic. Despite a few small missteps (I won't go into detail) its one of the better films this year. <P>Up there with Moon, Coraline, Drag Me To Hell, Watchmen etc. Yet to see D9 and UP.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Royalty Pissed?

    by Whitemouse

    really, you'll be pissed about the Royalties? Surely you mean Royally Pissed? Right? As for the film, I'll catch it this week I'm sure looks good...sounds good.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Uh, has anyone else pointed out..

    by Moonwatcher

    the significance of the name Aldo Raine? Aldo RAY did more than a few war films as the designated tough guy. Nice homage, Mr. Tarantino.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Uh, has anyone else pointed out..

    by Moonwatcher

    the significance of the name Aldo Raine? Aldo RAY did more than a few war films as the designated tough guy. Nice homage, Mr. Tarantino.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:58 a.m. CST


    by GetEveryone

    I think Quint did.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:59 a.m. CST


    by dingleberryjerry

    Did anyone think any of these early reviews very going to be negative? Harry and his gang too busy gobbling on Quentin's cock and I doubt you will see any official contributors trashing it. And by the way, is Tarantino EVER going to make a film that doesn't reference a film he saw as a kid??? The guy does have talent, but he's wasting it on homages and ripoffs of other people's far better work.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10 a.m. CST

    I fucking hated Deathproof.

    by GetEveryone

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:02 a.m. CST

    Mike Meyers?

    by Bastard_In_A_Blanket

    Nah, nice review, Capone.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:03 a.m. CST

    Edit button please!!!!

    by dingleberryjerry

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:05 a.m. CST


    by Mr Soze

    Hows Myers???

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Ugh, stupidity.

    by Deathpool

    Just because they're big fans of Tarentino (and personal friends in some cases), I don't see why that has any bearing on the review. I'm sure Robert Ebert is friends with a great many actors and directors, no one accuses him of things like that. I've seen plenty of reviews that have words like "I usually enjoy this person's work, but this wasn't good", or even "I usually dislike this person's work, but this was good." If you don't like the place, then go somewhere else, you're only helping to support a site that you think is unreputable.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:26 a.m. CST

    "Putting our fires with.....

    by earl of sandwich

    GASO-LEEN!" Bitches will all be singing it for days,I garontee. And yes, it is the best thing he's done since Pulp Fiction, but depending on your douchiness, that may not mean much.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Point where my bullshit detector went off...

    by BurnHollywood

    "Basterds feels like the film that Tarantino has been building steam toward his entire career..."<p> Nobody seriously thinks QT has been "building steam", unless they think somehow that the campy mess of KILL BILL was an improvement over PULP FICTION. If Capone had gone with a "Tarantino is back, people!" approach, I might have bought into it for a few seconds.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:38 a.m. CST

    I've never been a fan of QT....

    by sez123456

    but I saw this film at an advanced screening in the UK on Saturday and I thought it was pretty awesome. Not at all what I expected (having only seen the bit of kill bill when she kills vivica a fox).

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by BurnHollywood

    Jeezus H. Khrist.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Tarantino haters can fuck off

    by Nickn328

    The site you occupy to bash the guy LOVES this movie, and you're in the minority. Man oh man I can't wait for this movie...

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:41 a.m. CST

    The only film

    by Series7

    I've ever had to watch TWICE was Primer. And I never did because it was fucking boring.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST

    How does the guy

    by Series7

    That made the trailer for this still have a job? Its obvious its the same guy who made the Rambo trailer. Seriously how does he have a job? Do they farm trailers out to third world countries now?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:44 a.m. CST

    Theatrical Version

    by Mazzer

    So it sounds like QT didn't make any cuts after the Cannes showing. Critics there seemed to think he should lose about 20 minutes... I hope this doesn't mean we have to suffer some self-indulgent dreggs like in Deathproof. I guess I'll have to find out. Hope I'm pleasantly surprised.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    Nickn328 - CHILL OUT, DORK.

    by Mennen

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Jesus, only $384,191 overseas? Was it a direct to PAL VHS movie or something?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:56 a.m. CST

    Especially since

    by Series7

    QT and RR are decently big overseas. Kill Bill made more money over seas and RR is no Adam Sandler when it comes to world Box Office. I don't get why QT would stay with The Weinstein Company after that, I mean I know they like to make sweet love with each other and all.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Bowie songs in a WWII film?

    by KonkBob

    then why the FUCK bother with the rest of the period correctness? The nazi's might as well be wearing stromtrooper costumes and Aldo Raine and his buddies should all sit down and talk about Madonnas box over big kahuna burgers. its the selfish liberties QT takes that sour my experience. dealbreaker.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Christoph Waltz

    by Series7

    This years Sam Worthington.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:04 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Why is RR releasing a movie on the same day? How are fans going to decide which movie to see?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Too Bad Lie To Me seems to be a hit

    by Series7

    Otherwise Tim Roth could have been in this. Lord loves Tim Roth as a german solider.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:12 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    This film needs a much better trailer and fast. It makes it look like Jackass makes a movie. That whole speech scene makes Brad Pitt look like Johnny Knoxville, I have expected him turn to the screen and say Welcome To Jackass at the end the first time I saw the trailer and didn't know what it was for.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:14 a.m. CST

    QT about the title

    by Series7

    My boys over at IMDB found this nugget of wisom: <P> When asked about the misspelled title, director Quentin Tarantino gave the following answer: "Here's the thing. I'm never going to explain that. You do an artistic flourish like that, and to explain it would just take the piss out of it and invalidate the whole stroke in the first place." <P> QT should have just said "My balls, your chin".

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by lex romero

    Wtf? So no music can be used non-diegeticly that wasn't present at the time of WW2? That makes no sense whatsoever, so he couldn't even have had a composer for the film because they were making a score that wasn't "period correct"?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:15 a.m. CST


    by wookie1972

    The difference is that Ebert is a professional, and indeed he is willing to call a spade a spade when he doesn't like something. These guys gushed over the at-best-average trailer and the script as if willing the movie to be good would make it good.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Actually I bet the misspelling

    by Series7

    Was a legal thing with the original movie.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Enough with the "HATURZZ!!!" crap

    by wookie1972

    You all sound like Ogre going on about "NERDS!" Believe it or not, some people have different opinions on things. I've been called a Cameron "HATER," a Watchmen "HATER" and a Tarantino "HATER" because I dared to have differing opinions from the norm on this. These aren't goddamn football teams.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:23 a.m. CST

    lex romero

    by KonkBob

    QT can have whatever period music he wants in his WWII film. but if he chooses 70's glam rock it brings into serious question how it fits with the period he is trying to portray. fact. do you also think prior to the invasion in saving private ryan, cher's "turn back time" would have been an apropriate choice?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:24 a.m. CST

    I can explain the misspelled title

    by tenaciousal

    I saw this during Comic-Con and second everything Capone said. As far as the misspelling, one of the Basterds has the phrase "Inglourious Basterds" carved into the wood on the butt of his rifle. I spoke with a few guys after the screening and we all agreed it was a clever nod to the fact that soldiers -- like the Basterds -- might not be the smartest guys in the world, but they're tougher than hell.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    You are now a hater hater.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Series 7 that quote was probably more like this...

    by JamesCameronAteMyHamsterWithHotSauce

    "OK" "Here's the"OK" thing "OK"."OK" I'm never going to "OK"explain that "OK". You "OK"do an artistic "OK" flourish like that "OK", and "OK"to explain it "OK" would just take "OK"the piss out of it"OK" and invalidate "OK"the whole stroke "OK"in the first place.""OK""OK"OK"OK

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Re: QT "Talkiness"

    by Ray Garraty #47

    Speaking of dealbreakers, I would argue that QT's reliance on long stretches of dialogue ultimately hurt, not help, his films. There are moments in every one of his movies when CLANG! here we go, seven minutes of fan service dialogue that grinds the picture to a halt. What's his motive? Is he showing off, or does he really think that dialogue needs to be in there? The funny thing is, (and, to be fair) in Reservoir Dogs the Like a Virgin/superglue story/drug dog at airport story material was great because it wasn't a QT cliche at that point. But now, I wish he would streamline his pictures a bit more. QT has a lot to offer, and as a movie lover I think his subject matter is diverse and really interesting. But he has become a caricature. M. Night has his twist endings, Guy Richie has speedups and slowdowns, etc...and QT is IMHO a "better" director and writer than them both. As he enters the latter stages of his career it would be great if he could develop a better sense of pace.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    tougher than hell???

    by Series7

    Samm Levine....that guy looks about as tough as my pinky. The only Basterd that actually looks tough is Eli and thats pretty weak. I include Pitt in that group as well.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:32 a.m. CST

    Flop badly, flop badly and sink.

    by JackPumpkinhead

    And take at least Eli Rot with yourself.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:34 a.m. CST

    Yeah but can Fun Loving Criminals

    by Series7

    Make a hit single using sound bits from this movie? Because QT has been screwing them over since Jackie Brown (though that AK line could have been used), and they need a hit.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by wookie1972

    Maybe you're right. But all I know is that there are fans (or rather partisans) of some artists who brook no quarter when it comes to ANY criticism of their idol. A friend of mine was once buttonholed at a party by someone who wouldn't let him go until he conceded that Frank Zappa was the greatest artist of the 20th century. I mean, Zappa and Tarantino are okay, but ever heard of "acquired taste"???

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:50 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Heh.. suprise suprise. Another Basterds talkback with newly created tbers appearing to say how great the film is.<p> Also curious that the AICN guys, Quint, Capone and Harry all saw this film over three weeks ago at Comic Con but have waited till now to post their reviews. Hmmm.<p> Wouldn't have anything to do with getting maximum pr coverage for Miramax in the week of release would it fellas?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:51 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    All I know from him is Muffin man. I don't care, hate on shit all you want. This site exsit and runs on pure hatred anyway. You think it would be as popular as it is if it weren't for hatred?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    Come on, with trailers like that who needs any more exposure!

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by lex romero

    "but if he chooses 70's glam rock it brings into serious question how it fits with the period he is trying to portray. fact" <br><br> Erm, the same way any piece of music fits with any film? You say it brings into question Tarintino's choice of music like it's a bad thing, why is it bad for us to think why he chose that particular piece of music for a particular scene? Perhaps it's incredibly relevent to the scene. Or if you're trying to suggest that it somehow brings the film's quality down, then that's a bit ridiculous, the film, like most of QTs films, isn't entirely serious, so having a piece of music that's clearly not from the time period isn't some kind of "zomg what a shock that makes me unable to believe in what's going on!" <br><br>"do you also think prior to the invasion in saving private ryan, cher's "turn back time" would have been an apropriate choice? " What a ridiculous comparison. 1) Just because SPR and IB are WW2 films doesn't make them immediately comparable. The tone is clearly entirely different between the two films. 2) Of course it would be ridiculous, it wouldn't fit with the tone of the film at all. But as pointed out, SPR and IB don't have the same tone.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST


    by HoboCode

    God I can't wait to see this.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Meh. It's Just Nazi Torture Porn

    by hatespeech

    nothing to see here people, move along and see a wholesome film.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 11:59 a.m. CST

    Cher's "turn back time" in SPR

    by Series7

    May have made that film watchable.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, noon CST

    Zachary Quinto as Sinestro!!!!

    by Awesome1

    I found this episode of green lantern with leaked photos in between. check it out

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:08 p.m. CST

    I'm back from a 2-week hospital stay for....

    by PennsyDeux

    Acute pancreatitis. I didn't have a laptop, and there's no access outside of email at the hospital. I've been laid up with this thing since August 1; I also had to have my gall bladder removed because there were gallstones in there as well. facing a long recovery of about 4 weeks, since this was no walk in the park; I had a white count at one point of over 22,000 when the normal WC for a pancreas is between 4,500 and 11,000...It's been a specially guided trip through hell for me.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:11 p.m. CST

    My body also aches...

    by Knuckleduster

    ... but for different reasons. <p> Actually, it aches for Jennifer's Body. Jennifer Connolly, that is.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Hey, dickheads...

    by dmbfreak

    some of you are so full of geek shit that I'm surprised you even come out of your hermit shells to play. I saw IB last week. If you don't eat your words when you see this film, then it means one thing - you're a shit-loving bastard that doesn't know what real filmmaking is. There's more to a good movie than the geek shit you fanboys ooze over. And Tarantino knows what the hell he's doing. It's not his fault if your retarded asses can't comprehend the intelligence he throws into his projects. Eat shit if you can't see how smart Kill Bill and Deathproof are. And please stop comparing everything to Pulp Fiction. That was 15 years ago. Get over it! I guarantee you that if you don't see the brilliance behind IB, you're one of those douches that thinks There Will Be Blood was a piece of shit. Inglourious Basterds (probably misspelled to avoid pissing off the MPAA) IS one of the best films of the year so far. The performances WILL receive nominations. Just you wait. You have no idea what you're about to see.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:18 p.m. CST



    Im thinking Death Proof level suckiness.....

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:19 p.m. CST

    And Tarantino knows what the hell he's doing.

    by Series7

    Sure he does, but he doesn't know how to sell his film. Or put it in the hands of someone who does. This'll flop. Everyone I've talked to says it looks stupid, because the trailer looks dumb as balls.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:24 p.m. CST

    Is dmbfreak

    by Series7

    Eli Roth?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Tarantino is selling this film...

    by dmbfreak

    as best as he can. When you see it, you'll understand why it's so hard to sell. The reviews I've read all describe it as a very wordy film, but they're failing to mention one major factor to this - I'd say a good 80% of the movie is in a foreign language - either German or French, with a little Italian. It's tough, but after seeing it you'll know he marketed it the best way he could without having a bad third-person narration (like most foreign films) over his trailer.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Ingy basties

    by mulberry

    I assumed spelling of the name was a) to generate idle speculation b) avoid problems with parental control, spam filters and firewalls, search engines, company decency policies etc

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    No. I'm not Eli Roth.

    by dmbfreak

    And to prove it, I can say I don't really care for his Nation's Pride trailer.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:28 p.m. CST


    by dmbfreak

    the "Bear Jew" is pretty badass in this movie

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:31 p.m. CST

    There Will Be Blood

    by Series7

    Was a pretty hard sell and it had a fucking awesome trailer? Maybe QT should learn how to fucking edit and make his own trailer like PTA.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Awww man...

    by Blue_Demon

    When I hear that Bowie song I think of "Cat People." Now I have to hear it in this movie?<p>I heard that the spelling of the word "bastards" as "basterds" is because QT isn't much of a speller. He was called on it and threw a hissy fit and the name stayed. Artistic flourish, my ass.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Cat People....Cat People.....

    by Series7

    ...Nastassja Kinski was in Cat People....Quentin Tarantino wanted Nastassja Kinski to be in Inglourious Basterds! (Say it like Jeffery Goldblum).

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:51 p.m. CST

    I dislike the QT film scavenger hunt

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I know some idiots get off when they can spot the homages (but it makes them feel smart), but when it's non-stop homage (such is the case with the past few QT films)it just takes me out of a film. Any investment I had gets torn to shreds when I'm so blatently having it thrown in my face every few seconds. It's the sort of amateurish crap you see in your typical student film. When he started really cranking this up in Jackie Brown (like the obvious Graduate homage in the first scene), at least the story and acting was compelling enough to not get taken out of the film (and the homages also seemed to have an intellectual purpose other than oh I love that movie). And the whole "needle drop" soundtrack approach is lazy. If Morricone was dead, than I could see doing it, but the guy is alive and still working.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Sam, be prepared for...

    by dmbfreak

    more Morricone in IB. Not just same old Morricone, but same old Morricone that QT has already used in his movies before. I might be wrong, but I think there are two tracks that are used in Kill Bill also. I know for a fact that there's at least one. But I'm not complaining. I liked it because it works so well with what's going on.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Re-Using Morricone is better than

    by Samuel Fulmer

    that crap being looped in a computer by a lot of today's "composers," but why not try for an original score. When Brian De Palma wanted his early thrillers to have Bernard Herrmann scores, he got Bernard Herrmann. He didn't get the license to use Twisted Nerve in Sisters or Vertigo in Obsession, and you know what, I think we're better for that. Heck, De Palma has used Morricone on a few of his films, and Morricone pumped out some classic stuff (The Untouchables and Casualties of War).

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:13 p.m. CST

    one bag of rock salt over here ... thanks.

    by madCanada

    I tried to read Capone's review, but had to stop. AICN will always cheerlead for QT, the same way FOX News gushes over the Iraq War. I remember you AICN-ers saying Kill Bill 2 and Grindhouse were masterpieces, and they were shit. Now Capone is arguing that Basterds' weaknesses are in fact strengths? I won't read any more. I'll walk into that film with an open mind. I want it to be great, but I won't playing mind games to convince myself it's great if it's not. I look forward to a week or so from now, when most of us will have seen this Basterd movie. Then we'll have stuff to talk about.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    You're funny, Capone

    by D.Vader

    You admit there are 20 minute stretches of just "talking", when every filmmaker knows an audience tends to get bored with talking scenes that last longer than a few minutes, and yet you say you can't fathom how anyone might not like this film? Interesting contradiction.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Seeing District 9/Inglrious double feature

    by Samuel Fulmer

    this weekend. I hope IG isn't more of the Kill Bill/Death Proof brand of film making.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:20 p.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

    Saw it last night and it is. But which is Harvey Keitel's cameo?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:22 p.m. CST

    I will admit that Death Proof

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Is actually more tolerable as a stand alone film than as part of the Grindhouse package. Don't ask me why, it just seemed to work better.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:36 p.m. CST


    by wookie1972

    you might like this:

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    weaknesses, cutting and cameos

    by dmbfreak

    Weaknesses - not enough basterds. They only have two scenes in the first hour. then, in the end, BJ Novac magically shows up as a named character and we have no idea ho he got there. leading to... Cutting - the Cannes version of IB was ten minutes longer than this U.S. theatrical version. You can tell there's a massive chunk of missing stuff - but it's not important to what we see. Other than BJ Novac's magical appearance. For that, I'm pleading with QT for a super extended blu-ray also. Cameos - Sam Jackson narrates the segment introducing German basterd Hugo Stiglitz. Harvey Keitel voices the Basterd's American commanding officer over a radio. Tarantino also shows up in quick, dark silhouettes as the film developer that Shosanna and boyfriend have to rough-up.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:40 p.m. CST

    the thing that pisses me off about the music

    by wookie1972

    Is I could have sworn I read a quote from Tarantino where he said he wouldn't use music that had been already associated with other movies. Of course, he also said recently that he never wants to use kids in a movie because he doesn't want to have to a direct a kid after showing their mom getting killed, even though Kill Bill had that EXACT F*CKING SCENE with Vivika Fox.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:43 p.m. CST


    by wookie1972

    SO we get to see Tarntino get roughed up? That might be worth seing.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 1:55 p.m. CST


    by dmbfreak

    It's just for a second. Very brief. Very dark. I don't know that I would've recognized him had someone not told me he had a tiny cameo. But if that's what you want to see, don't forget his bloody death scene in Reservoir Dogs.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:04 p.m. CST

    In Case You're A Little Slow...

    by Rebeck2

    AICN wants you to go see the new Tarantino movie! Go! Don't wait until it opens, start the line now! Then when you've seen it, get back in line!

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:19 p.m. CST

    And Blue Demon Is Right...

    by Rebeck2

    QT can't spell for shit. He spelled both words wrong on the title page (in his own third-grade scrawl, no less) and then...uhm, decided to, uhm, call it an artistic flourish. Reservoir Dogs comes from mishearing the name "Au Revoir Les Infants". The guy has talent but he's an idiot.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:20 p.m. CST

    3, 2, 1...

    by Ash0k

    ...and another troll who probably hasn't even seen IB starts trolling. Well, no one is forcing you to see this movie, haters. This movie is going to ROCK, can't wait for this weekend!!! Gonna be a double feature for me, IB and D9!!!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:23 p.m. CST

    I want you to see Inglourious Basterds too!

    by dmbfreak

    I have that same goal - to get everyone to see it. I must tell you this - after seeing it, I knew I liked it. I just didn't know how much I liked it. A few hours after my buddies and I saw IB, we all started talking. It was in that exchanged that I fleshed out everything I saw and came to the realization that I loved it. After seeing it, give it some time. It's a huge, hearty meal that requires some chewing. Hopefully, once you digest it, you'll realize how much you love it just as I do.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:24 p.m. CST

    AICN needs Tarantino kneepads

    by ZombieHeathLedger

    For the fanboy fellatio line up. Good God.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:32 p.m. CST


    by Rebeck2

    With all due respect, if you have to talk with your friends to realize you love it...then you probably don't love it. Maybe not you, but a lot of people "love" QT's movies because they think they should - no matter how silly, false, pointless, self-indulgent or derivative they may be. Why not just say BAAAA-BAAA-BAAAA?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:34 p.m. CST

    Pedalback is over! Time to storm the rest of the TBs!

    by D.Vader

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:41 p.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    10,000 posts and we broke the thread again Vader?<p> Fuck man! THIS WEBSITE CAN'T HANDLE US!!!

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by wookie1972

    I was sort of kidding. I hate to say this, but part of me feels that the reason I didn't like Deathproof and am very ambivalent about this one is that I'm afraid I might be getting too old for Tarantino. Maybe it's just me, but the whole hanging out with Roth things seems like a midlife crisis, like "hey, I can still be friends with the cool kids." I'm worried Tarantino is in danger of becoming the ultraviolent version of Peter Bogdonavich.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:56 p.m. CST

    UP = best film of 2009

    by andyny29

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 2:57 p.m. CST

    ultraviolent version of Peter Bogdonavich

    by Samuel Fulmer

    So does this mean we'll get a Texasville-esque Pulp Fiction Sequel?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    texasville-esque pulp fiction sequel

    by wookie1972

    Wasn' that Be Cool?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Texasville, of course, was before Bridges was the DUde

    by wookie1972

    and could do no wrong. Although even his pre-Dude movies were mostly great.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Saw it this evening...

    by VicenzoV

    ...this is one of the best films I've seen this year and a glorious return to form for Brad Pitt after his unremarkable performance in Ben Button. <p> Anyway, I think this film might win a couple of Oscars.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 4:08 p.m. CST

    lex romero, bowie in the 40's

    by KonkBob

    i havn't seen it yet so i shouldn't be so quick to judge. but glaring examples of non period music just never worked for me. Gangs of NY is a fantastic film, but the electric guitar butt rock in the opening fight scene is beyond ridiculous. Can you give me some examples of non period music that works well in a film? or are you just giving QT a pass...

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 4:44 p.m. CST

    KonkBob, what Bowie tune is it anyway?

    by Avon

    You know only about 4 of his 30 albums are glam rock, and he did a lot of ambient / kraut type stuff in the late 70's with Brian Eno... that would suit a WW2 picture. The best advice I'd give is wait until you see the movie. It doesn't matter when a tune came out if it fits the scene.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    If you are asking about what Bowie song is used in Inglorious Basterds, the song is one that bowie composed for the movie Cat People, the version directed by Paul Schraeder. The song is called "Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)". It's actually one of my fave songs by Bowie. And it's very atmospheric and moody, such that an instrumental version was even used as the opening theme for the Cat People movie.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Avon - Cat People

    by KonkBob

    i dunno. lets wait and see.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:14 p.m. CST

    the nazis disco goose steeping to golden years...

    by KonkBob

    ...would be cool since we are opening it up to "whatever works for the scene"

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:17 p.m. CST

    And that song was composed in 1981

    by AsimovLives

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:18 p.m. CST

    And there is nothing disco about that song either

    by AsimovLives

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Quentin in the 2010's .... ?

    by madCanada

    My question is, what will QT do NEXT? This new movie was supposed be the masterpiece up his sleeve. If this one doesn't rock the film world, what's he gonna do? his constantly-threatened Vega Bros / Kill Bill / Basterd prequel-sequels? Ha!--short track to total irrelevancy, QT!!! Quentin, you need to wrap your mind around the fact that most people don't care about your movies, or your characters, as much as you do ... in fact, they don't care AT ALL.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:25 p.m. CST


    by KonkBob

    golden years came out in 75 and for a time was in heavy rotation at Studio 54.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Listen, you fuck ass, i was talking about "Cat People (Putting Out The Fire)". Can you even fucking read, you fucking illiterated redneck inbreed?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by KonkBob

    so your two replies below my post about golden years, weren't about golden years. gotcha.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Good film

    by Kizeesh

    but could have done without the 20 minute frat-party bar scene.<p> Genuinely that could have been done in 10 minutes tops.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Nearly half-hour long scenes of dialogue.

    by Traumnovelle

    I think Quentin Tarantino is an amazing director and an insufferable writer. I used to like his style of dialogue, but I seriously can't stand it anymore. <P> The conversations in Death Proof sank that shit to the sea floor for me. <P> Don't get it twisted and think that I just want action scenes and explosions and no downtime. It's not that. It's that QT's dialogue is just so fucking heavy. I can't listen to what his characters have to say without picturing him over his laptop with a wry smirk, completely sold on his own abilities. Occasionally it works, but more often than not, FOR ME, it is just aggravating. <P> This will most likely be the first QT flick I miss in the theaters. I'm interested in it, but not much more than that, and tickets are $10.50 now. I have to be very discerning about what I watch. <P> And I've got a great streak right now. Star Trek, Drag Me To Hell, Up, Public Enemies, The Hurt Locker, District 9. I have to wrap this summer up without incident.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 5:54 p.m. CST

    "Trail and error"? "Royalty pissed"?

    by GreatWhiteNoise

    Proofread, ye great turkey!

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 6:15 p.m. CST

    Deathproof was the start of it....

    by ZodNotGod

    QT showed he was not a movie God with the pathetic "Deathproof" and the criminally wasted Kurt Russell. Fantastic premise ruin with shitty character and dialogue, with the sole exception of Stunt Man Mike. The females in that film talk for 20 damn minutes and to this day I have no clue as to what those bitches are saying. NOTHING. Awful dialogue in the sense that it added nothing to their characters, made them into cyphers and bored the shit out of me. I hope IB is a bit more mindful of memorable, punchy dialogue. Would someome please whipe that lame ass grin off of Eli Roth's face?

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 6:26 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Mind your manners, idiot. Respect other people's nicks or fuck off.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 6:31 p.m. CST

    "Roth's best work as an actor"

    by dutchsouthern

    Compared to what? I can't wait to see this movie but what a ridiculous statement. And review.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST


    by wookie1972

    Pretty much in agreement there. The thing is that Tarantino has fallen in love with his own dialogue, to the point where he thinks that this is all he needs for a movie. Even mainstream, non-action dramas which are dialogue heavy use the dialogue to move the plot forward. The dialogue in Death Proof did nothing but fill time. It was basically My Dinner With Andre (if Andre and Wally were women, and frankly pretty dumb) with some stunts thrown in. And I don't know why he continues to work with Eli Roth. The only reason I can think is that he's an ego-stroker, the male equivalent of the young starlets middle-aged directors shack up with.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 7:52 p.m. CST


    by dmbfreak

    Also, with all due respect, my talking it over wasn't trying to like it, but finding out how much I like it. And it wasn't so much talking it over as it was saying what things we loved about it. There are so many amazing scenes, but it's very overwhelming. I'm one who needs time to thing and digest before writing my reviews. But Tarantino defintely requires multiple viewings. For people curious about the soundtrack, it hits stores tomorrow.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Just a bat?


    But what about Tarantino's dick which is so seemingly penetrating the tender child-like mouths of the AICN Staff? This movie has already gotten THRASHED in two preview screenings for being stilted and ham-fisted...and yet AICN seems to be slobbering all over it. Odd.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:07 p.m. CST


    by Sal_Bando

    and DONE

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 8:23 p.m. CST

    let me guess

    by HarrysTitCheese

    With all the talk of "alternative history", my guess is that the Basterds succeed in killing Hitler.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Eli Roth = not very intimidating

    by AlienDragQueen

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:23 p.m. CST

    pathetic revenge fantasy

    by captzeep

    I guess I can understand why people like the idea of torturing Nazis but revenge fantasies are supposed to be private and shameful, like excessive masturbation. However the real symbolism now is Nazi = conservative (or just anybody who doesn't agree with Obama) so liberals can go to the theater and imagine they are doing these things to George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld. Please don't get the seats sticky people.

  • Aug. 17, 2009, 10:52 p.m. CST

    I'll take two hours of Tarantino dialogue anyday...

    by Alfred_Packer

    ..over two hours of "Look out!" "Nooooooo" or "Let's get out of here!" [see also "Get the hell out of here!"] , and yes that even includes 4 chicks at a table discussing the car Kowalski drove in Vanishing Point for 15 minutes. If Basterds is half as good as Deathproof, then count me in. Though I gotta say, WTF is Mike Myers doing in this movie?

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 12:37 a.m. CST


    by earl of sandwich

    Despite me spelling the title wrong earlier this morning (fuck you grammer police, like you didn't know what song I was talking about, and it was EARLY), the track works incredibly well. When the track came on, I had this dawning sense of "Oh shit, this is just going to PISS some people off". Thematically it works, but some people will just be too bothered by the juxtaposition. Only QT has the balls to attempt it, and it actually work. Problem is, it's cool to dump on Tarantino for being...well...Tarantino. If he had died after Kill Bill, he'd be safe in heaven, but unfortunately for him he's still alive and making movies that have to be released in an increasingly snarky world full of a-holes with a keyboard and nothing better to do....hey wait a.....

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 2:39 a.m. CST

    because Mike Meyers is attracted to shit

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    he's a fly.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 2:51 a.m. CST

    We'll see. 2.5 hours seems long enough to me...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Tarantino's self-indulgence and witty cultural references go from cute to downright annoying pretty quickly. He's not nearly as bad as Josh Whedon, but might just be because Tarantino's more skilled at it.<p>Still, 2.5 hours is a long enough film to tell his story.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 11:13 a.m. CST

    yer mama

    by frozen01

    Laugh it up. When I lived in Green Bay, they had to put disclaimers outside the doors to inform the people coming to see Brotherhood of the Wolf that it was a foreign film and subtitled. Apparently, the theaters had a TON of refund requests after people found out that the movie was subtitled. Luckily I moved the hell out of that city...

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by frozen01

    Talking with your friends after a movie helps you with things you may have missed. When Memento came out, I liked the premise of the movie, but it wasn't until a very long conversation amongst friends that the movie "settled" and then I REALLY enjoyed it.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Deathproof dialog vs Pulp Fiction dialog

    by nightheat500

    I can near recite Pulp Fiction from beginning to end off of memory the dialog was so memorable. But I can't remember a single line in Death Proof... that movie was horrrrrrrrrible. And this is a fun fact, most of the reviewers/critics that liked Death Proof, love Inglourious Basterds. Me? Not watching it. Looks stupid/boring/full of lame QT dialog/he's lost it/nevercoming back/nerds need to get over it

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 2:17 p.m. CST


    by Avon

    please don't judge Inglorious Basterds on a piece of shit like Deathproof. Watch the damned thing and give an informed opinion. If you like PF, you owe QT at least that... jeez.

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Out of Place Period Music

    by coldharbor

    Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" in "Apocalypse Now"...didn't really work did it?

  • Aug. 18, 2009, 7:21 p.m. CST

    This movie looks like a snoozefest

    by TakingScorpiosCalls

    lets go to France once again with a rowdy group of GIsZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzz

  • Aug. 19, 2009, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Looks. Fucking. Awful.


    Seriously...why is anyone drooling over this shitpot? First off...most of the 'genius' that people attribute to Tarantino isn't even his....Rogery Avery wrote all but one vignette of Pulp Fiction. It's like worshipping Ben Affleck for 'Good Will Hunting'. He was just a small piece of it. And beyond that - Eli Roth and BJ Novak? Mike Meyers? Does anyone seriously give a fuck about these people?