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#1 of 2009: Inglourious Basterds

I wholeheartedly agree with you Quentin.

Inglourious Basterds is a movie that is very confident in itself and its message.  Quentin Tarantino, who has always teased us with his ideas on what film means to him, finally comes out and screams it to the world.  It should come of no surprise that he does so in such an explosive, violent manner because as he has always shown, violence is a large part of life, and movies in particular.

I’m sure some will be confused or disagree with his approach to historic Truth but I felt it to be rather refreshing.  Many in the film world are constantly distracted by historical inaccuracies in film and in his typical snide way, Tarantino decides to tell the story of World War II in the most inaccurate way possible.  This is because he doesn’t want or need to play by the rules of writing history.  For one, he never has, and in the end he is clearly saying, “what is history but great storytelling?”  Therefore, let me tell you a great story.  I believe he achieves that.

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Writing History with Lightning

Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine.

Brad Pitt as Lt. Aldo Raine.

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.

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TK’s Top Ten For 2008

In honor of this year’s Academy Awards, I’ve come out with my annual top ten list.

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