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INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Aka…Tarantino Does The Dirty ¾ Dozen (Jews)

By Old Dan Cedar - Posted on 07 September 2009

Synopsis: Absurdist Jewish fantasy where Jews get to scalp Nazi bastards.

Inglourious Basterds takes the idea that the Nazis considered Jews to be subhuman, so Jews should treat the Nazis the same. Although I have never looked at Tarantino as a great commentator on society, I do think that Pulp Fiction is one of the 10 greatest American movies.

This movie owes much of its origins to The Dirty Dozen – some 42 years later.

Of course, Generation Sushi will be completely ignorant of this fact, because they haven’t committed anything to memory prior to their being gushed forth by their spasming mommy’s squishy tunnel of love. But, I digress…

The dialogue is typical, rapid-fire and, at times – downright hilarious.

Unlike The Dirty Dozen - none of the Basterds secondary characters are well developed or memorable. Pitt takes 8 Jewish-American soldiers behind enemy lines with the intent to scalp 100 Nazis each.

Brad Pitt has never been better. Of course, in my view, that isn’t saying much. Playing Lieutenant Aldo Raine, Pitt’s character never changes his smart-ass, kick-ass tone or demeanor. But he is at least hitting his one note on key.
And he does have one truly great lines, “But I digress…”

Obviously stolen from this Inglourious Website.

Pitt’s antagonist -German Colonel Hans Landa (Christopher Waltz) is the real star of the film and has emotional virtuosity in his performance. Switching from intensely terrifying to drolly funny. We will probably see him nominated for an Oscar come springtime.

In the process of setting up the movie’s climax - the movie loses its way with the copious movie insider references, Nazi propaganda and history lessons in film making. Joseph Goebbels is compared to David O. Selznick and other references are made to Hitler’s personal movie propagandist Leni Riefenstahl and her films.

The apex of the movie has the Basterds killing a bunch of Nazis and Tarantino works his inter-racial Nazi-hating couple into a Burning Down The Movie House moment.

In parts - this movie acts as a movie within a movie.
We watch the Nazis watch a movie in this movie.

I personally watched this movie in a movie theatre where people where literally applauding and laughing when Nazis would get killed. And in the film, Inglourious Basterds - Nazis are watching a film about the Nazis killing Allies and are laughing and applauding.

If we once had a moral high ground while fighting a war – It has now been completely lost.

Doesn’t it seem a little odd that all the liberal, peace-loving Hollywood elite that preached that George W. Bush was a war-mongering, jingoistic, ugly-American that didn’t give two shits about how the rest of the world viewed us – produces this kind of a movie?

Yeah, I know it’s an absurd comedy.
I get it!!
It does seem a bit hypocritical though.

It has been 64 years since the end of World War II. This is mostly down-trodden earth and has all been said before.
Although, possibly not quite as absurdly or funnily.
But, we all get it!
The Nazis were bad guys!!
But let’s do some math. The youngest soldiers in WWII were about 18 years old – so, they are about 82 years old. They will all be dead in the coming years.
Can we really continue creating interesting, new material for the next 20 years?

But the hate will continue primarily because of two reasons:
1) The Nazis are easy targets and bring in big bucks for Hollywood as a symbol for all evil.
2) There are a lot of Jews controlling the American movie industry (which I applaud Inglourious Basterds for acknowledging) and the easiest way to gain sympathy for one’s own group is to show how ya’ll have been treated like shit.

It’s a long way from John Wayne fighting in 1949’s Sands of Iwo Jima.
But the good guys win. Well, kind of good, anyway!!


I realize this is a pipe dream, but can we try to find some NEW bad guys?

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