Wednesday, March 28, 2012
49 Things I Love About Inglourious Basterds
Quentin Tarantino's birthday is drawing to a close as we speak, and I imagine he's partying hard (and also working hard on my #2 most anticipated film for this year, Django Unchained). I have a lot to thank Quentin Tarantino for: he was the first director who I ever got obsessed with, he opened up a world of movies for me, he made me want to become a director. I love all of his work (that I've seen, anyway - I'm only missing Jackie Brown), but none more so than Inglourious Basterds. So how about I pick the 49 things I love about the film, one for each year that Tarantino has been spreading awesomeness around the world. **SPOILERS IF YOU'VE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE, SOMEHOW**
1. How it is divided into chapters - and they're all like five short films stringed together into one big film.
2. Christoph frickin' Waltz.
3. Michael Fassbender's sexiness while speaking German.
4. Or Michael Fassbender's sexiness in general.
5. "Wait for the crème!"
6. The first chapter. All that talking (and beautiful talking, too), and then BAM. Such a finish.
7. The way the languages keep changing. Keeps it interesting...and beautiful to listen to.
8. That Quentin Tarantino decided to rewrite history.
9. The way the German soldier's scar is revealed to Hitler.
10. "Oooooh, that's a bingo!"
11. Diane Kruger's actually awesome performance as Bridget von Hammersmark.
12. The game that everyone plays in the tavern. I like that game a lot.
13. Brad Pitt's accent.
14. "Now, I don't know about y'all, but I sure as hell didn't come down from the goddamn Smoky Mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half of Sicily and jump out of a fuckin' air-o-plane to teach the Nazis lessons in humanity. Nazi ain't got no humanity. They're the foot soldiers of a Jew-hatin', mass murderin' maniac and they need to be dee-stroyed. That's why any and every every son of a bitch we find wearin' a Nazi uniform, they're gonna die."
15. Hugo Stiglitz. For the name, and the badassery.
16. The scalping scenes. Always fun to watch...and listen to.
17. Donny Donowitz and his bat.
18. When Shosanna first comes up with her master plan.
19. That cinema that Shosanna owns. It looks beautiful.
20. Shosanna's fake name: Emmanuelle Mimieux. So pretty.
21. Mélanie Laurent playing Shosanna. She was perfect in that role.
22. The way the title is spelt. It confuses the shit out of people who have never heard of it (and shame on those people).
23. Fredrick Zoller's little film, Stolz der Nation.
24. Joseph Goebbels' translator and her ridiculous cat hat.
25. Archie Hicox giving the wrong three fingers to the barman.
26. The amount of gun-pointing at testicles there is. "Say "auf Wiedersehen" to your Nazi balls." QT can make up the most unique situations.
27. Samuel L. Jackson's narration.
28. The little part that explains why nitrate film is so dangerous. This lesson actually came in quite handy once when I was trying to explain something to do with film.
29. The crazy sergeant whose wife just had a baby - Maximilian - and his love for Bridget von Hammersmark.
30. The Mexican stand-off that doesn't appear to be a Mexican stand-off, but technically it is.
31. Aldo Raine's handling of Bridget von Hammersmark. Gives me the squeams.
32. "I don't know how to speak Italian." "Like I said, third best. Just keep your fucking mouth shut."
33. The way Hans Landa makes the basterds repeat their Italian names over and over again, and Omar, the third best, escapes with the fewest tries.
34. Hans Landa laughing at Bridget because of her 'mountain-climbing' accident.
35. The look on Bridget's face when she discovers the shoe in Landa's pocket.
36. 'Cat People (Putting Out the Fire)' playing while Shosanna is getting ready for her big night.
37. Landa pouring drinks for Aldo and Utivich even though their hands are tied up.
38. Goebbels' rather dramatic reaction to the acceptance by the Fuhrer.
39. Good old Omar trying to leave the cinema but tripping over everyone.
40. How Donny and Omar run in slow-mo (slow-mo is a no-no, but not here) and kill the guards outside Hitler's opera box.
41. Harvey Kietel being the voice of the man instructing Aldo on the plan.
42. "Who wants to send a message to Germany?" "I want to send a message to Germany."
43. The big death sequence with Shosanna and Frederick - pure Tarantino.
44. When Marcel flicks the cigarette into the big pile of nitrate film.
45. How much the burning cinema looks like the prom scene in Carrie. Stuff the remake - if they were wanting to bring Carrie back, Tarantino did it with one shot.
46. Donny shooting the crap out of Hitler. In slow-mo. Which is a no-no, unless you're Quentin Tarantino (new motto in life).
47. Landa's shocked face when the tables are turned and his partner is killed.
48. Landa getting justice.
49. "You know somethin', Utivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece."
What's your favourite Tarantino film? And what are your favourite things about Inglourious Basterds?