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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Review: Inglorious Basterds: 7.14 Great job by Chris Waltz

Without Chris Waltz this film has only one good scene.  The basement scene with the SS Major sitting in the back room is one of the greatest in a long time.  Outside of Waltz's scenes, and this one, the film is pretty pathetic.

The soundtrack is nice.  The film work and camera angles by Tarantino are very good.  In this film they kill Hitler... great, oh yeah, that's right, it's fake.

Pathetic voices of Keitel and Jackson as voice cameo's is such a BS homage to nothing.  Pitt's character was just stupid - ugh, I mean, I thought he was getitng better, now he seems to have peaked, or maybe crapped out is a better way of placing it.

Mike Myers cameo was too short.  He is great as a serious actor (see Sudio 54 (1998) - he played Steve Rubell and should have been nominated for best supporting actor).

Aways nice to see a film that includes a very popular Barry Lyndon line: "MAY I SEE YOUR PAPERS?"

All in all, this film is overhyped, and Waltz was great, but I'm not sure who he's up against in the supporting actor category - but it is not a guaranteed win for him.  Only Ledger was able to secure that type of situation - with his ability.

And don't fret about Pitt, he will get his Oscar at the end of his life.  Just like they did for Paul Newman.  But, in Pitt's case, they didn't fuck up.

Film gets above the seven level for that basement scene, Waltz, the opening scene, and some refreshing filmwork by Tarantino (see camera movement during milk and pipe cabin scene.)

Could win best picture, but if it does, we will know there is a problem.

Click here to see Barry Lyndon video of the scene I detail above.  Watch til the end - 9 minute running time.

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