Archive for Quentin Tarantino

It was a time of recklessness and nudity: Not Quite Hollywood (2008)

Posted in Catch-up with tags , , , , on March 28, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

Last night I watched an entertaining documentary, Not Quite Hollywood, that covered the Aussie exploitation films of the 70s and 80s.   Initially, I was most interested to learn that Mad Max wasn’t born in a vacuum, but was rather was a particularly thrilling product of a larger film movement that catered to the tastes of drive-in audiences. Continue reading

Sloppy Thirds: thoughts on Inglourious Basterds

Posted in Ruminations and Dedications with tags , , , on January 26, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

There were two main reasons I avoided seeing Inglourious Basterds initially.  The first was that the film (along with Valkyrie*) seemed to belong to a recent batch of World War II movies whose historical accuracy was beyond suspect.  Hollywood has always bent people and events to its advantage, but usually in easily decodable ways.  Now we have nazi-scalping Jews and Tom Cruise valiantly trying to dethrone Hitler from within the SS.  Even as entertainment, don’t these films indirectly benefit the causes of historical revisionism?  The second reason… Continue reading

DOUBLE REVIEW

Posted in Review with tags , , , on October 23, 2009 by sdoob

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Inglourious Basterds: Entertaining, But Unwieldy

Posted in JAGP, Review with tags , on August 26, 2009 by Jared Parmenter

Inglourious Basterds is probably the one film released recently that needs no introduction, plastered as it is across every cineplex, newspaper, and movie review site out there.  Here’s a few things you might not know:  the childishly misspelled title is in fact a reference to a 1978 Italian film also set during WWII;  “Nation’s Pride,” the film-within-a-film meant to imitate Goebbels’ propaganda agenda, was directed by none other than horror master Eli Roth, who also co-stars in the film proper as “The Bear Jew”; Tarantino has been at work on the film for over 10 years, during which it has evolved from a cartoon-like vehicle for a fantasy, alter-ego of Quentin himself, to nearly becoming a mini-series;  and finally, he has plans to create a pre-quel of Basterds with a blaxploitation core. Actual opinions of the film follow the jump.

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