Thursday, September 3, 2009

Film Review: Inglourious Basterds

1. The opening scene is one of the better, Hitchcockian moments of suspense. Tension filled, smart, and smartly paced. It ranks among Tarantino's best moments. Too bad I read the whole damn thing in Vanity Fair three months ago thus ruining the suspense, the tension filled moments, and it's smart pacing. Still, a great scene.

2. Sam Levine's line to the Nazi's when they are about to be killed was a welcome treat. Granted, one of my biggest faults with the film was not enough Sam Levine, but that's one of my biggest faults with life in general. One time, many years ago, I met a man who claimed to know Sam Levine and even produced his phone number as proof. I called him and left him a message on his voicemail extolling the comedic merits of a joke* he made in episode three of Freeks and Geeks. He myspaced me and said, "hey, thanks for being a good fan and appreciating the slight comedic undertones of that joke as well as the easier to spot on the surface humor." Same Levine, what a guy. Don't' just put him in a movie for one joke. As Smokey Robinson famously said, "a taste of honey is worse than none at all." Pause.

3. The scene in the bar with the cut to the guy in the back of the bar who also wants to know about the British guy's odd German accent is one of the greatest scenes I can recall seeing in many years. Fantastic.

All this being said, when it comes to movies about Jews running around the woods killing Nazis, Defiance is still best in genre, if not of all time.

*The joke:
While Lindsay decides to have keg party while her parents are out of town, the geeks decide to replace the keg with one containing non-alcoholic beer. While Bill and Sam move the keg, Sam Levine aka Neil Schieber is sent in to distract Lindsay, who is very busy preparing for the party. Neil walks up to her in the kitchen, tries to help her open up a bag of chips, and then asks her what music she plans on playing later at the party.
"I don't know, Foghat, Zeppelin, maybe a little Sabbath."
His reply, "Friday night, an excellent night for a little Sabbath."
And there's a bunch of physical comic business that follows this joke to really drive it home.


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