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Movie of the Year: “Inglourious Basterds”
Debbie Schlussel ^ | Aug 20, 2009 | Debbie Schlussel

Posted on 08/20/2009 8:48:45 PM PDT by JSDude1

I wish my brave, tough Holocaust survivor grandfather, Isaac, was alive to see “Inglourious Basterds.”

He would love it even more than I did. So would my dad. And they would be cheering and laughing along with me.

Because the movie debuts at Midnight screenings tonight, I am posting this review early, and you’ll note that I was entirely wrong in my expectations for this movie when I first wrote about it, back in February. The movie is riveting. It’s fun and serious at the same time.

It’s not usual that I praise a Quentin Tarantino film or a flick starring Brad Pitt. I’m not a big fan of either. But “Inglourious Basterds” is either the exception to the rule or a new beginning (probably the former, at least in the case of Pitt, who is very good here). After two-and-a-half hours of this fantastic movie, I didn’t want it to end. I wanted more. So well done, so interesting, exciting, and suspenseful, it flew by. Like “The Departed (read my review),” it’s a well-wrapped treasure, with new delights at each uncovered layer. And a few puzzles, some of which aren’t answered but are designed to make you think.

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this movie.

(Excerpt) Read more at debbieschlussel.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Germany; Israel; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: america; heroes; inglouriousbasterds; jews; junk; moviereview; wwii
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I know some of you aren't fans of Debbie Schlussel, but I think this movie review (must be pretty conservative-pro American, Pro-Good, and Pro-Jewish/Israel), so I thought I'd post it. Must say, her review makes me want to go see it, where as I was thinking "meh", not a fan of Brad Pit or Tarantino!
1 posted on 08/20/2009 8:48:46 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: JSDude1

Yikes! I’d written this one off BECAUSE of Tarantino and Pitt. This is surprising.


2 posted on 08/20/2009 8:51:21 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (January 20th, 2013)
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To: JSDude1

While I read elsewhere that the plot is rather novel and gratifying, it can be pretty gory.


3 posted on 08/20/2009 8:54:11 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (this slope is getting slippereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...)
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To: JSDude1

Who IS this woman? She writes like a teenage girl with her first assignment on the high-school paper. I thought it was spoof at first.


4 posted on 08/20/2009 8:54:37 PM PDT by Sanjuro68
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To: JSDude1

Say what you will about Tarantino, his movies, without exception, are riveting...


5 posted on 08/20/2009 8:54:54 PM PDT by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Tarantino hasn’t made that many films and what he has made is mostly good. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction , Jackie Brown...


6 posted on 08/20/2009 8:54:54 PM PDT by Borges
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To: JSDude1

Will the DVD be out by Christmas?


7 posted on 08/20/2009 8:55:49 PM PDT by BigCinBigD ('Evil white devil since 1960')
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To: the invisib1e hand

well, I guess I didn’t phrase that right. Move the word “while” around until it makes more sense.


8 posted on 08/20/2009 8:55:51 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (this slope is getting slippereeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee...)
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To: JSDude1

i like her rating system... a 4 Reagan... hahahaha.


9 posted on 08/20/2009 8:56:12 PM PDT by erman (Outside of a dog, a book is man's best companion. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.)
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To: JSDude1

I was kind of surprised she didn’t find a way to bash Sarah Palin in this movie review.


10 posted on 08/20/2009 8:56:59 PM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: JSDude1

I never go to the movies but I’m excited about this!


11 posted on 08/20/2009 8:58:27 PM PDT by To Hell With Poverty (The War on Poverty is over. Poverty won. - Howie Carr)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Me, too.


12 posted on 08/20/2009 8:59:08 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength". Orwell)
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To: Sanjuro68

3rd string “conservative” pundit. Your assessment sums her up pretty nicely.


13 posted on 08/20/2009 8:59:57 PM PDT by thecabal (Destroy Progressivism)
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To: JSDude1

I think I’d rather spend my money on District 9 even without the review. Pitt makes me want to Puke but not as much as Mike Myers.


14 posted on 08/20/2009 9:01:23 PM PDT by jadedeagle (From the desk of the Jaded Eagle!)
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To: JSDude1

She probably likes it because Pitt probably blows away someone who reminds her of Sarah Palin.


15 posted on 08/20/2009 9:01:45 PM PDT by rintense (Senior Marketing / IT / UX architect unemployed and looking for work. Freepmail me if you have leads)
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To: Borges

Reservoir Dogs gets better as it ages, but it could be me. The scene where the black detective was rehearsing the “cop story” with Tim Roth and that rooftop I walk past almost everyday here in Hollywood...the rooftop of the Ripley’s Believe it or Not on Hollywood/Highland. Pulp Fiction is already a classic.
Jackie Brown I’m still on the fence and Kill Bill 1 was better than the snooze-athon of Kill bill 2.


16 posted on 08/20/2009 9:02:34 PM PDT by max americana (i)
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To: jadedeagle

>> Pitt makes me want to Puke

Snatch was a good flick.


17 posted on 08/20/2009 9:03:20 PM PDT by Gene Eric
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To: FlingWingFlyer
Finally, I've found something on this site to disagree with ;-)
I like Tarantino movies and I consider Pitt a very good actor.
I don't care much for the reviews, but judging by the crew and a plot of this movie, I intend to watch it and I expect it to be quite good.
18 posted on 08/20/2009 9:03:24 PM PDT by alecqss
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To: Sanjuro68

LIke OMG this movie is, like, tubular.


19 posted on 08/20/2009 9:03:37 PM PDT by Dysart (It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong--Voltaire)
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To: Dysart
Totally
20 posted on 08/20/2009 9:04:48 PM PDT by cmsgop (Another proud graduate of the Larry Storch school of posting)
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To: Borges

Agree. Jackie Brown is one of my guilty pleasures. I liked it so much I bought the Pam Grier box set. When she tosses those “jewels” at Peter Brown’s girlfriend I doubled overed in pain and laughter. Cheesy fun but Pam is hot.


21 posted on 08/20/2009 9:05:07 PM PDT by bleach (Wake me in 2012)
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To: Borges

Agree. Jackie Brown is one of my guilty pleasures. I liked it so much I bought the Pam Grier box set. When she tosses those “jewels” at Peter Brown’s girlfriend I doubled overed in pain and laughter. Cheesy fun but Pam is hot.


22 posted on 08/20/2009 9:05:08 PM PDT by bleach (Wake me in 2012)
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To: mozarky2
Kill Bill was idiotic, and I don't think too many people were riveted to Grindhouse.
23 posted on 08/20/2009 9:05:42 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: thecabal

She’s the Sandra Bernhard of Republicans.


24 posted on 08/20/2009 9:07:10 PM PDT by ruination
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To: JSDude1

I saw the movie last Saturday (it’s already out in the UK). I thought it was really good. Worth seeing that’s for sure.


25 posted on 08/20/2009 9:07:22 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: JSDude1

Alas, it celebrates sending US soldiers to commit war crimes. Of course the Japanese stay behinds after surrender, and the German commandos in captured allied uniforms led by SS officer Otto Skorzeny were the ones actually sent to commit war crimes.


26 posted on 08/20/2009 9:11:31 PM PDT by donmeaker (Invicto)
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To: jadedeagle
Mike Myers.

His role is very small. You'd never notice it was him if someone didn't tell you.

The real star of the show was the guy that played Col. Landa- the Jew Hunter. He put in an amazing performance.

I came away from the film not sure if I liked Pitt's performance or not, but he's got some great dialogue and scenes.

27 posted on 08/20/2009 9:11:56 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: JSDude1

Another really, really good movie is Black Book. It’s about a Jewish woman who joins the Resistance in WWII. It came out in 2007, I think. It, too, is rated R for a couple of scenes. I highly recommend it. It’s a foreign film, but its so engrossing that you hardly realize you’re reading subtitles. It’s out on DVD.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIklvGsU7bM


28 posted on 08/20/2009 9:12:04 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength". Orwell)
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To: mozarky2

Deathproof completely sucked - HARD. So did that stupid one with the girl with the leg-gun


29 posted on 08/20/2009 9:13:15 PM PDT by steel_resolve (My salvation lies in his love and forgiveness)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Pulp Fiction is still my favorite movies of all time. I’ll give this one a shot, although I was disappointed in The Departed which Debbie seemed to like so well.


30 posted on 08/20/2009 9:13:57 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: FrdmLvr

I have seen it and have the DVD, an excellent movie. Another excellent one: The Odessa File with Jon Voight./Just Asking - seoul62......


31 posted on 08/20/2009 9:14:57 PM PDT by seoul62
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To: donmeaker
Alas, it celebrates sending US soldiers to commit war crimes.

In the context of the film the Basterds are simply giving them their just deserts.

Plus, it must be remembered that this film happens in an alternate universe. It doesn't have any bearing on our history.

32 posted on 08/20/2009 9:16:32 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: FrdmLvr

It’s interesting that at this time in history there’s all these stories about Jews fighting back, starting with DEFIANCE. I saw an interview with the producer of the movie and he said he looked forever for a story about Jews fighting back. He said his whole life people would ask him how Jews could have just walked into the ovens...when he found that story he had to make it into a movie...and he did. Maybe it’s a sign.


33 posted on 08/20/2009 9:16:36 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: FlingWingFlyer
I’d written this one off BECAUSE of Tarantino and Pitt.

That's intersting... Tarantino and Pitt have been two of my favorite movie people for many, many years.

34 posted on 08/20/2009 9:16:49 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: mozarky2

I love Tarantino. The guy was a fricking video rental clerk and he’s a multi-millionaire famous director. Only in America.


35 posted on 08/20/2009 9:17:12 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist ("It (Gov't) can't make you happier, healthier, wealthier, and wise" - Sarah Palin 07/26)
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To: JSDude1
Tarantino. No. It's final. There is no theme he can pick or treatment he can give it that will pry a plug nickel from my wallet.
36 posted on 08/20/2009 9:19:09 PM PDT by JasonC
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To: SoCal Pubbie

“Pulp Fiction” - excellent; “Reservoir Dogs” - excellent, but a bit overboard on the gore; “Jackie Brown” - very, very good; “Kill Bill I” - crap; “Kill Bill 2” - crap squared; “Grindhouse” - waste of time.

I still find it hard to believe Tarentino did the “Kill Bills”. Listen to the dialog in “Pulp Fiction” or “Reservoir Dogs” and it grabs your attention even if you’re not looking at the pictures (which I do a lot with a flic on the tube while I’m working); try the same with the “Kill Bills” and the dialog is so wooden you’d think it was written by a high school student.

And I really liked Pitt in “Snatch” (it helps if you turn the closed captioning on, though).


37 posted on 08/20/2009 9:19:11 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: Borges
Tarantino hasn’t made that many films and what he has made is mostly good. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction , Jackie Brown...

I thoroughly enjoyed the two 'Kill Bill' movies.

38 posted on 08/20/2009 9:19:18 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: JSDude1

Pitt is a Christian & Bush hater and a lib. People need to stop shilling for libs and Hollywood here.


39 posted on 08/20/2009 9:19:57 PM PDT by Frantzie (Lou Dobbs - American Hero! Bill O'Reilly = Liar)
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To: steel_resolve
Deathproof completely sucked - HARD

I kinda liked it. It had good dialog for a cheap drive in plot, and a good performance by Kurt Russel.

40 posted on 08/20/2009 9:20:09 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: JSDude1

The husband & I have a movie and dinner date tomorrow - this is the movie we are going to see. I will post my review.


41 posted on 08/20/2009 9:20:17 PM PDT by TheMom (I'm gonna be a grandma! Kaiden Thomas is due to arrive 09/09/09.)
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To: jadedeagle

I saw District 9. Its not great, but solidly good.


42 posted on 08/20/2009 9:21:39 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: Lancey Howard

Kill Bill is taking a beating here, but I liked I and II as well.

It’s all about Uma, and I’m fine with that.


43 posted on 08/20/2009 9:24:01 PM PDT by Kryptonite (Keep Democrats Out of Power!)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

Grindhouse was one the worst movies I’v seen. I understood what QT was trying to do but there’s a reason why it flopped big time. I felt sorry for Kurt Russell but the following flick after QT’s by Rodriguez was far worse.


44 posted on 08/20/2009 9:26:42 PM PDT by max americana (i)
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To: Lancey Howard

Not sure why people dump on Pitt- he’s a good actor and Tarantino is an amazing director. It’s good to see someone get the amount of freedom he has. He writes his own stuff, gets the actors he wants. Directs it the way he wants. Running time what he wants. This is what pisses off some of the professional movie critics about him I think- he’s transcended the ‘production-release-review’ process. People decide to go see his movies without the critics’ involvement.


45 posted on 08/20/2009 9:27:02 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: Prodigal Son

It was not possible to commit war crimes on Nazis.


46 posted on 08/20/2009 9:28:25 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: seoul62

I did see The Odessa File years ago. Sounds like it’s time to rent it again. I remember liking it when it when it came out.


47 posted on 08/20/2009 9:29:27 PM PDT by FrdmLvr ("War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength". Orwell)
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To: Frantzie
Pitt is a Christian & Bush hater and a lib.

And a good actor.

48 posted on 08/20/2009 9:29:30 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: dfwgator

Exactly.

I don’t want to go into spoiler mode. But the climax... Man, that image really did it for me. I was like ‘f-— yeah! get some baby!’.


49 posted on 08/20/2009 9:31:35 PM PDT by Prodigal Son
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To: FrdmLvr
"Another really, really good movie is Black Book. It’s about a Jewish woman who joins the Resistance in WWII. It came out in 2007, I think. It, too, is rated R for a couple of scenes. I highly recommend it. It’s a foreign film, but its so engrossing that you hardly realize you’re reading subtitles. It’s out on DVD."

Yes, I saw that and thought it was excellent - it also goes by the title of "Zwartboek". I believe that one of the male leads was in another movie I really enjoyed called "The Lives of Others" - again, a foreign language film set in post-Soviet occupied East Germany. It's tremendous and absolutely worth a rent if you haven't seen it.

50 posted on 08/20/2009 9:31:47 PM PDT by OldDeckHand (No Socialized Medicine, No Way, No How, No Time)
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