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Inglourious Basterds (2009)


Inglourious Basterds poster

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Inglourious Basterds is a World War II film of epic proportions.  I think the title of the movie is enough to turn some people off from wanting to see it.  That is unfortunate because those people don’t know what they are missing.  The film is absolutely incredible.  At the time that I saw it, I did not think that Quentin Tarantino was capable of making such a perfect movie.  He writes, directs, and has an uncredited part in the film.

“Once upon a time in Nazi-occupied France…”

A group of Jewish American soldiers known as The Basterds, along with a famous German actress and, a Jewish girl seeking revenge, all find themselves in a plot to try to kill high ranking Nazi leaders.

Inglourious Basterds Roth Pitt close up

Inglourious Basterds is one of my favorite films of all time.  It is definitely in my top 5 and maybe even in my top 3.  I wish I had seen it in the theatre.  I was a little bit skeptical of the movie when it first came out, and therefore I ended up waiting to watch it on DVD.  Big mistake!  If they brought it back to the theatre tomorrow, I would see it in a heartbeat.

The film has everything.  Love, hate, blood, guts, war, beautiful landscapes, spies, traitors, loss, tragedy, revenge, hope, tension, an excellent story, a huge cast of amazing characters, a great director, a perfect script, and just enough humor to bring everything together.

Inglourious Basterds is probably Brad Pitt’s best movie.  It is definitely his best character, but it is a toss-up between this movie and Fight Club (1999), although in recent years he has chosen his roles very wisely.

Quentin Tarantino managed to not only get a perfect cast, but somehow he got the best possible performances out of most of them.  It is amazing how incredibly awesome everyone in the movie is.  This is Tarantino’s best movie.  He may come close, but I don’t think that he will ever top this film.

Inglourious Basterds Waltz

Christoph Waltz broke into American movies with his part in this film.  Up until Inglourious Basterds, he was basically just a well-known foreign actor, mostly in Germany.  His performance in the movie was nothing less than perfect and nobody could have done a better job.  He did receive the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor which he wholeheartedly deserved.  As I mentioned in my Django Unchained (2012) review, he received the same award in back-to-back Tarantino directed films.  Those are both 2 characters that have really stuck in my mind.  He got the role of a lifetime twice.

Inglourious Basterds Laurent

Like Waltz, Melanie Laurent came out of nowhere and was just astonishing.  I can’t think of an actress off the top of my head that in recent years has done a better job than she did in this film.  The only actress that could maybe come close is Diane Kruger also for her role in this film.

Inglourious Basterds Bender Kruger

Eli Roth gave the best performance of his acting career.

The not very well-known Daniel Bruhl made his mark in this film and let his presence be known.

Inglourious Basterds 3 Basterds

Til Schweiger has been acting for a while, but his breakout performance was definitely in this film.  Any reference to him will be a reference to this movie.

This was Mike Myers best movie since Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).

Michael Fassbender was an up-and-comer before he made this movie and now he is a household name.

Samuel L. Jackson plays the part of the narrator and you also hear the voice of Harvey Keitel.

The movie also includes Gedeon Burkhard, B.J. Novak, Omar Doom, August Diehl, Denis Menochet, Sylvester Groth, Martin Wuttke, Julie Dreyfus, Richard Sammel, Alexander Fehling, Rod Taylor, Samm Levine, Christian Berkel, and Lea Seydoux.

If you have not seen Inglourious Basterds then after you finish reading this review, stop what you are doing, drop everything and go out and buy it immediately.  It is that good.  I am not kidding.  Go now!

Inglourious Basterds Pitt Knife

I rate this movie a 10 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  BUY!

Zombieland (2009)


Zombieland Poster

Zombieland (2009)

When I saw Zombieland for the first time, I was absolutely shocked at how much I loved it.  A friend had recommended it and I watched it shortly after it came out on DVD.  I went into it knowing nothing at all about the movie and it caught me completely by surprise.

Zombieland car escape

After a zombie apocalypse, there are few human survivors remaining.  Zombieland follows Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) and Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) as they fight their way through zombie-ridden America in search of safety, solace, and Twinkies.  They run into Wichita (Emma Stone) and Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) along the way and their journey gets bumpy.

Zombieland Group

Zombieland put Jesse Eisenberg on the map.  The only other movie that I had seen him in before was The Village (2004) and at that time I had no idea who he was.  His performance in the film blew me away.  He proved that he had the power to carry a movie by himself and when he teamed up with Woody Harrelson, it was priceless.

A year after Zombieland, Eisenberg was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for playing the part of Mark Zuckerberg in the film The Social Network (2010).  He has since been popping up all over the place with Now You See Me (2013) (also with Harrelson) coming out later this year.

Harrelson was tremendous.  He played a great tough-guy and yet he was hysterical.  Not many people can pull off that combination.  On screen you could really tell that he had a lot of fun with his character.

Zombieland Harrelson Banjo

My friend who recommended the movie to me actually dressed up like Tallahassee for Halloween because he loved the character so much.

Zombieland also served as a big stepping stone for Emma Stone.  She was very likable in the movie.  Like Eisenberg, she became super popular after Zombieland came out.  The only difference is that she was already a little popular from a few previous roles.

Abigail Breslin didn’t need a stepping stone.  The youngest of the group, she had already earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Little Miss Sunshine (2006).  Zombieland served simply as a tool to further her acting career.  She was only 13 when she made the movie, but she held her own along with the rest of the cast.

Zombieland Stone Breslin Ride

Bill Murray has one of the best cameo appearances that I have ever seen in a movie.  It was completely random and hilarious.

Amber Heard also has a small part in the film.

The film was directed by Ruben Fleischer.  Fleischer has since directed Eisenberg in 30 Minutes or less (2011) and Stone in Gangster Squad (2013).

Zombieland is a comical masterpiece.  It has already become a cult classic and has recently spawned a TV show.  It is a movie that I could watch over and over again.  The film is not so much about zombies as it is about the camaraderie between the main characters as they try to survive among the living dead.  It is a hilarious thrill ride that will keep you laughing all the way to the end.

Zombieland zombies

I rate this movie a 9 on a scale of 1-10.

Buy, rent, or run?  Buy.