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Critics review Tarantino's 'Inlgourious Basterds'

Posted May 20, 2009 2:35 PM By  

Reactions are in from the premiere of Quentin Tarantino's long-brewing flick "Inglourious Basterds" at Cannes, with most critics expressing disappointment in what many hoped would be the director's magnum opus.

The film, described by movie writers as a first in the "spaghetti war" genre, stars Brad Pitt as leading Basterd, Lieutenant Aldo Raine, and Christoph Waltz as evil SS officer Landa. The film is set between France and Germany, with languages from those countries, plus English, spoken throughout with subtitles.

Most reviews refer to the movie's final line, "This might be my masterpiece," which could easily be interpreted as Tarantino's own self-congratulation; however, according to several early reviews, "Inglourious Basterds" misses this high mark due to its heavy dialogue, expectation of more war sequences, Pitt's caricatured character and disagreement on pace. Positives include rave response to Waltz, Tarantino's mix of history and fiction and the director's typical inclusion of wit and humor in even the most gruesome scenes.

Below is a summary of many outlets' reviews from the screening. Check out our photo gallery from the premiere, with shots of Tarantino, Pitt and beyond, for more "Inglorious" coverage.

 

The Hollywood Reporter:
"'Inglourious Basterds'
 merely continues the string of disappointments in this year's Competition... for a war movie there is very little action... Tarantino never finds a way to introduce his vivid sense of pulp fiction within the context of a war movie."

The Guardian:
"[T]he full catastrophe of his new film arrived like some colossal armour-plated turkey from hell... It isn't funny; it isn't exciting; it isn't a realistic war movie, yet neither is it an entertaining genre spoof or a clever counterfactual wartime yarn. It isn't emotionally involving or deliciously ironic or a brilliant tissue of trash-pop references."

Sharon Waxman of The Wrap:
"[I]t was hard to miss Tarantino's skilled embrace of the elements that make theatrical moviegoing just plain great: scenes filled with dramatic tension, performances with depth and humor, rich and witty scoring choices, multi-lingual dialogue that Tarantino still stamps as his own, and knowing nods at cinematic history and the power of the medium he loves so well... As Brad Pitt says in the very last frame of the film, looking straight into the camera after a gruesome, signature task: 'This might be my masterpiece.'"

Indie Wire:
"[The flim] feels like a bubblegum sidedish to the heavy dinner plate of [Tarantino's] career... To watch 'Basterds' without considering Tarantino's implementation of enyclopedic movie knowledge makes it into a breezy, insignificant experience... dialogue scenes go on and on, people gets shot, lavish music cues make way for interstitial moments of contemplation, and so on. Get around to it, already."

Variety:
"[O]nly fully finds its tonal footing about halfway through, after which it's off to the race. By turns surprising, nutty, windy, audacious and a bit caught up in its own cleverness, the picture is a completely distinctive piece of American pop art with a strong Euro flavor that's new for the director... pic features terrific production values across the boards."

BBC News:
"'Inglourious Basterds' clocks in at nearly three hours, and its director could certainly have trimmed more of its flab. This, and Pitt's character not getting the screen time he deserves, are the main disappointments... [Tarantino] is royalty at this festival - and as long as you can suspend disbelief and offence, he remains the king of trashy cinema."

The Telegraph:
"The problem is that there's not enough roaring or headhunting... There is far too much yakking, some of it thickly accented and hard to follow, most of it without the rhythmic zing of his best work... It's not so much inglorious as undistinguished."

Boston Globe:
"It's as talky as the talkiest films in the competition, but Tarantino composes great comedic dialogue that lasts the entire film... Tarantino never cuts totally loose... [Tarantino's] working with a large canvas here, and I think the scope of a war film doesn't entirely jibe with the kind of intimate violence he's so good at staging but never bothers with here... Even at 160 minutes, the film feels rushed."

Daily Mail:
"Vintage Tarantino to be sure, but a little more action would have been glorious... Not enough scalps."

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    hcaulfield37
    Everyone seems to have seen a different film. Some say the movie misses certain things while others love the fact that it has them. Weird.
    May 20, 2009 at 3:41PM EST
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    Adrian (guest)
    I thought it was great (aside from the spelling!). Definitely one of Tarantino's best - I think he's really growing as a film maker. Here's a video interview with Tarantino himself in which he talks about Brad Pitt and getting the movie on the screen...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxBb_9Godfc&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fspecialeyes.blogspot.com%2F&feature=player_embedded
    August 21, 2009 at 6:21AM EST
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[REDACTED] ignites their lightsaber to fight Kylo Ren in new 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' footage

Posted Aug 27, 2015 1:25 PM By  

Remember that time when I said “Star Wars The Force Awakens” was really only showing us footage from Jakku? You know, way back 15 minutes ago?

I take it back! Star Wars just uploaded a short video to Instagram and now we know who Kylo Ren is fighting in the snow. That is TOTALLY Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber. Maybe Ren wants it to complete his Darth Vader shrine?

 

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113 days until Star Wars: New 'Force Awakens' photos keep us solidly on Jakku

Posted Aug 27, 2015 1:01 PM By  

The slow burn marketing strategy for “Star Wars The Force Awakens” has been kind of ingenious. The photos and videos and plot details have been dropped with such precision that you barely notice a majority of them are from a small sliver of the actual runtime. All those photos of Finn and Rey, the chase scene with the Millennium Falcon, the image of Kylo Ren standing in front of a burning village at night? All from Jakku.

Considering the trailer has also hinted at a lush planet and an ice planet, we’re probably not getting as much of the story as the sheer output of information would imply at first blush.

That being said, CHECK OUT THESE NEW PHOTOS OF FINN AND BB-8! Empire Magazine unveiled the new images that are inside the latest print edition, on newsstands now.

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Miley Cyrus just got really honest about the hellscape that was 'Hannah Montana'

Posted Aug 14, 2015 1:18 PM By  

Miley Cyrus got "some body dysmorphia" from her "Hannah Montana" days. Are we surprised by this? (We aren't.)

"I was told for so long what a girl is supposed to be from being on that show," said Cyrus in a new interview with Marie Claire. "I was made to look like someone that I wasn't, which probably caused some body dysmorphia because I had been made pretty every day for so long, and then when I wasn't on that show, it was like, Who the fuck am I?"

We should all be thankful that those soul-sucking days are over, not only for Miley's sake ("It was like Toddlers & Tiaras'," she went on) but for our own: who knew she was such an off-the-cuff, freewheeling spirit underneath those pounds and pounds of Disney pageant makeup?

A few other choice quotes from the interview:

On the nightmare that was "Hannah Montana," Part 2: "Every morning, I was getting coffee jammed down my throat to wake me up. I just had to keep going, be tough, be strong. Everything happened to me on that set."

On the nightmare that was "Hannah Montana," Part 3: "I would have anxiety attacks. I'd get hot flashes, feel like I was about to pass up or throw up. It would happen a lot before shows, and I'd have to cancel. Then the anxiety started coming from anxiety. I would be with my friends, thinking, I should be having so much fun. You get in this hole that seems like you're never going to be able to get out of."

On wanting to get it on with Joan Jett: "When [I] introduced Joan Jett into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I said, 'The reason I'm here tonight is because I want to fuck Joan,' everyone laughed because they thought it was a joke. It wasn't." (I believe you, Miley.)

On unrealistic beauty standards: "I'm probably never going to be the face of a traditional beauty company unless they want a weed-smoking, liberal-ass freak. But my dream was never to sell lip gloss. My dream is to save the world."

After you're finished pre-ordering your copy of Marie Claire's August issue (out August 18!), be sure to check out their damning expose on "The Coolest New Beauty Products to Have on Your Radar." ("From Louboutin lipsticks to micellar face wipes"). Marie Claire: fighting body dysmorphia one $300 bottle of Olaplex Hair Perfector at a time.

[via The Wrap]

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[REDACTED] ignites their lightsaber to fight Kylo Ren in new 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' footage

Posted Aug 27, 2015 1:25 PM By  

Remember that time when I said “Star Wars The Force Awakens” was really only showing us footage from Jakku? You know, way back 15 minutes ago?

I take it back! Star Wars just uploaded a short video to Instagram and now we know who Kylo Ren is fighting in the snow. That is TOTALLY Anakin Skywalker’s lightsaber. Maybe Ren wants it to complete his Darth Vader shrine?

 

There has been an awakening... #StarWars #TheForceAwakens

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