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Anybody else think Inglourious Basterds is Tarantino's Best?

  1. theageofcake profile image76
    theageofcakeposted 7 years ago

    I know this might sound like blasphemy considering Pulp Fiction's major effect on stylish indie filmmaking, but let's be sensible here:

    Basterds is undoubtedly his most ambitious undertaking as a director.  Its tense, funny, clever, and its cast, many of whom required at least a basic knowledge of 2-3 languages, was phenomenal.  Not to mention the effects, especially in the final Carrie-like theater sequence, were incredible. 

    Any thoughts?  If not Basterds, what do you think is the director's best?

    1. Cagsil profile image62
      Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The movie from the commerical made the movie out to be one of those I consider stupid humor. It's so stupid you have to laugh.

      However, as I had made the decision that I didn't want to see it. And, haven't. So, I wouldn't be voting positively in this forum or on the topic. And, with that. Have a great day.

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        sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        <snipped - no personal attacks or attempts to hijack a thread>

      2. sunforged profile image66
        sunforgedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You should know better than to trust a trailer!

        Is Basterds, his best, no way! not even close, is it worth seeing for yourself?..absolutely

        1. theageofcake profile image76
          theageofcakeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Sunforged, which do you think is his best, out of curiosity?

          1. sunforged profile image66
            sunforgedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            cmon, no contest, Pulp Fiction

            1. theageofcake profile image76
              theageofcakeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Haha... Alright, alright.  If you were a total Tarantino purist you might opt for Reservoir Dogs (which I think is admirably made but a bit over-hyped).  Just needed to be sure.

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                Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                no way. one of my most favourite movies ever. I  had teh soundtrack on a tape and listened to it so much, it borke.  sad I can wait for Inglorius Basterds to come out. But I am sure Ill still love Reservoir Dogs the best.

                1. Mrvoodoo profile image60
                  Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Same (although I don't think mine broke, just eventually got lost).

                  Amazing soundtrack.

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                    Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    yup. mine actually got all wiggly and warped. Its hard to find around here. If I ever see it in a store Ill get it back!! BUT I have the movie.

        2. Cagsil profile image62
          Cagsilposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Thank you for your input. If I get the interest, I'll download it. smile

          1. sunforged profile image66
            sunforgedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            ..the dvdrip should be out now

      3. theageofcake profile image76
        theageofcakeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Commercials are misleading.  In fact, they are designed to be misleading.  Unless who've had prior experience with Tarantino's films and disliked them, I highly recommend giving this one a chance.  Its occasionally silly, but far from stupid.

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      MattMintzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

      i'm not sure if i would insist that inglourious is better than pulp fiction but i think i might like it better.  i interned for a band apart productions while they were filming i.b. and got the pleasure of reading that script long before the movie was released.  great read.  great movie.  will always hold a special place in my heart

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    I haven't seen this but I sure liked his other movies!

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    L. Andrew Marrposted 7 years ago

    I can't stand Kill Bill I or II and they're the only other Tarantino films I've see...

    I suppose I.B. was alright...nothing special though (in my opinion).

    I won't be getting the DVD. Its historical inaccuracy irratated me a bit to be honest.

    1. theageofcake profile image76
      theageofcakeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I respect that - his style might just not be your thing.  Kill Bill Vol II, in my book, actually ranks as one of his best, right behind I.B. and Pulp Fiction. 

      Basterd's inaccuracies never really bothered me.  I try not to expect truth in movies.

  4. bojanglesk8 profile image60
    bojanglesk8posted 7 years ago

    Haven't seen it.

  5. Pearldiver profile image87
    Pearldiverposted 7 years ago

    "Oh yes-yes-yes-yes!" lol

  6. Mrvoodoo profile image60
    Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago

    Anybody else think Inglourious Basterds is Tarantino's Best?

    Not even nearly.

    Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Dusk til Dawn...

    IB had Tarantino's usual visual flair, but the story and acting (except the Nazi Jew hunter guy who was excellent) were fairly lacking.

    1. theageofcake profile image76
      theageofcakeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Visually, I think IB far exceeds all of the movies you've listed.  Had you contested its superficial beauty using Kill Bill I or II as examples, I would certainly concede.  But if there's one thing even dissenters of this movie should admit, its that it looks amazing (it was, after all, a period piece, one whose events were inaccurate but whose aesthetic was pretty much on the nose).

      Story lacking?  There was certainly more to it than Reservoir Dogs, which was entirely character driven.  I think IB was even a bit more involved than Pulp Fiction - which, while noteworthy for its narrative unconventionality, had a fairly simple progression of events (when you look at it linearly). 

      Tarantino's ensembles are always great, so I won't argue that this one is anything special as a whole (comparatively speaking).  But as you've said, Christoph Waltz is amazing.  His character was easily one of the most fascinating and difficult to play in all of Quentin's movies.  Not to mention the female lead was highly sympathetic, and - I thought - effectively played.

      1. Mrvoodoo profile image60
        Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.  For me IB was like a jigsaw puzzle put together by an impatient kid, all the pieces were there, but they just didn't fit right.

  7. heartattack4444 profile image61
    heartattack4444posted 7 years ago

    Four Rooms = great.  I know technically Tarantino only did a quarter of it, but I just love it big_smile  Definitely check it out if you like his other movies--or Tim Roth!

    1. sunforged profile image66
      sunforgedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Absolutely! ...I had forgotten about that segment, but Ive never seen Tim roth in a movie since w/o remembering him as the bellboy, snatching up his money and walking out of the room nonchalant.

      And Hail Eris!

  8. jenblacksheep profile image84
    jenblacksheepposted 7 years ago

    I thought visually IB was good, but I didnt really like it at all. Perhaps that's because all of my family are Jewish. I was told it was really funny and had nothing to do with the war, but I failed to see the funny side of it, again perhaps because my family are Jewish.

    Not seen a lot of tarantino films, but definitely prefer Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.

    1. theageofcake profile image76
      theageofcakeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I can't say with certainty, but I think if I were Jewish I might be even more enthralled by the alternate reality Tarantino creates with Inglourious Basterds.  It was the story of a Jew who, in one fair swoop, destroys the most powerful members of the Nazi Party - how satisfying is that?!  I would actually argue that the movie is made with great respect to the pain the Jewish community endured during WWII. 

      I'm gonna play devil's advocate here:

      Other than influence, what about Pulp Fiction or Reservoir Dogs is technically superior to Inglourious Basterds?  I feel like if someone makes the claim that Inglourious Basterds is his best, they need to justify it.  But what about Pulp Fiction is so infinitely better?  Come on people, frame your arguments!  I'd like it if we could get a real conversation going about this.

      1. Mrvoodoo profile image60
        Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Some things come from more than words, but from the heart.

        1. theageofcake profile image76
          theageofcakeposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Bah, humbug.  I guess there's no refuting this (though I would love to). 

          Let me just say though, that many people don't give the movie the credit it deserves.  If we're going for the whole sentimental heart over mind thing, I think Tarantino himself will attest that he was more invested in this project than any other (it took 10 years to complete the script), so clearly it was a labor of love.  Pulp Fiction is one of the coolest movies I've ever seen, but not a single character has the emotional depth of Shosanna (the french Jew whose family was murdered and eventually enacts her revenge with the theater incident).  Why more people aren't completely amazed with IB is really mysterious to me - I'm legitimately just trying to understand the opposing viewpoints.

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    bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago

    I'm looking forward to seeing it.  I hope it's better than Death Proof though.

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      Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      that movie was awesome. c'mon..You didnt like it? I laughed my ASS off!!

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        bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        It was good, but it was soo slow moving though.  It would've been a great movie if it were 45 minutes!  But who needs all of the hanging around at the bar and listening to those dish rag whores go on about nothing?

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          Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          yeah, it was long there, but I thought it worked out.
          my hubby enjoyed the dish rag whores quite a bit...I am guessing there were some other guys out there felt the same.

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            bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Don't get me wrong, I was digging on the whores too, but after a little bit either get them stripping during their lapdancing scenes, or just go on with it.  After a few minutes, I tend to get bored with just watching hot chics do the same dance over and over without doing something different.

            1. Mrvoodoo profile image60
              Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Not me, couple of beers, decent tunes and I could watch that shit all day. lol

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                Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                lol
                stuck in the middle with you...

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                  bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Now I pay for that!

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                    Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    how much?
                    lol

                2. Mrvoodoo profile image60
                  Mrvoodooposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  I can picture it now. big_smile

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              Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              lol
              I was going to say something about ..sorry to dissapoint you....but then I rememberd my pic is my cat couch...

  10. 1974 profile image58
    1974posted 7 years ago

    Wow, a whole three pages of Tarantino movies and nobody has mentioned "True Romance"?  Granted his was just the writer and not writer/director, but that movie is awesome!  Brad Pitt and his honey bear bong, Gary Oldman as Drexl, early glimpses of Gandolfini and Samuel Jackson, and who can forget the infamous scene with Walken and Hopper? 

    If you have not seen this movie yet, you need to!

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      bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Good Call.  That is a great flick.  Eric Stoltz in Killing Zoe is another classic example.

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      Justine76posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      omg.....i didnt know that was terantino......awesome movie!!!!

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        bloodnlatexposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        That's why it was soo cool!

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          MattMintzposted 4 years ago in reply to this

          neither true romance nore killing zoe were directed by qt but true romance was written by him and is great.  not sure about zoe.  i think it was written by his writing partner at the time, roger avary.  directed by avary too.  avary also helped qt write pulp fiction so i wouldn't be surprised if q.t. had some input on zoe.

 
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