Quentin Tarantino is a filmmaker that has always been conscious of the films and auteurs that came before him. Constantly paying homage to specific genres, actors, and directors, he demonstrates his love and admiration for cinema through his work.
His most recent offering, Inglourious Basterds, conveys these same reverences however it goes beyond any film he has made up to this point. Tarantino has always been a master of engagement and subsequently we are very easily drawn into his works. Our minds are tantalized by his stories, our ears become glued to his exceptional dialogue, and our eyes are stuck, mesmerized by his idiosyncratic shots.
Yet it is in Inglourious Basterds that Tarantino makes a career defining act by moving from being part of the conversation, which he has been doing brilliantly since the early 90’s, to starting one of his own.