February 12, 2009, - 1:47 pm

“Inglourious Basterds”: Quentin Tarantino Nazi Movie Trailer Debuts

By Debbie Schlussel
Weinstein studio reps just sent me this trailer of “Inglourious Basterds” (no, I didn’t misspell this one), Quentin Tarantino’s new movie about American-recruited Jewish soldiers who kill Nazis during World War II.
Drawback #1: It stars Mr. Angie Voight a/k/a Brad Pitt.
Drawback #2: It’s by Tarantino, so it’s likely gonna be a sarcastic bloodfest, instead of an interesting movie.
Drawback #3: It comes out in late August, the pet cemetery for movies to which the studios want to give a quick, painless death–movies they think are duds. Is this an exception to that rule? Doubtful.
In my view, Tarantino is the most over-rated director in the movie biz–the Obamessiah of Hollywood. I don’t think I’ve liked a single one of his movies, which really are just violent hackfests, which continue to define deviancy down. But I’ll reserve judgment until I review it, since this looks like I could actually like it–I’ll never be disturbed by seeing Nazis hacked to death. Stay tuned for my review on this site, G-d-willing, the day it debuts in theaters.

14 Responses

I did like “True Tomance” (1993) even though it was excessively violent. Tarantino wrote it and Tony Scott directed it.

Ripper on February 12, 2009 at 2:09 pm

The only Quentin Tarantino movie that caught my attention was “Jackie Brown.” The rest are violent slugfests, long on style and short on substance.

NormanF on February 12, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Oh come on Debbie, “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” are classics.
How can anyone hear the song “Stuck in the Middle” and not think of Michael Madsen dancing with a gasoline can in his hands?
John Travolta should give the Q-Man 10% of any points he has in future films. I don’t know if that’s a blessing or a curse to have had his movie career resurrected though.

trewsdetroit on February 12, 2009 at 2:37 pm

‘How can anyone hear the song “Stuck in the Middle” and not think of Michael Madsen dancing with a gasoline can in his hands?’
Actuallly he was dancing around with a straight razor prior to mutilating the policeman in the infamous “ear scene”. Every time I see Michael Marsden (playing “Mr. Blonde”) or hear that song (from 1973 by Steelers Wheels) I think of that horrifying scene, a scene that rivals the rape scene in Deliverance for horror in my opinion.

Ripper on February 12, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Killing Nazi’s yay:)

mindy1 on February 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I certainly like the concept of MAKING THE NAZIS QUAKE WITH FEAR.
Batting Practice with a Nazi’s Head -YES!

CHOI on February 12, 2009 at 4:56 pm

most of Tarantino’s movies (at least the “successful” one’s) are rip off of older unknown films. He used to work in a video store, so by taking the best bits from old, foreign and forgotten films he gets a hit. usually the parts that suck are the parts he creates himself.
plus he likes to have his characters talk, a lot. in that horrible grindhouse Death Car movie they spent the first hour with the girls talking. but talking about the same thing over and over again. by the 15 minute mark I wanted to kill them myself, you were actually glad Kurt Russell killed them just to shut them up.
he is highly over rated, his earlier films were better because he was on a producer/movie company leash. But when he became “a star” and believed his own hype it went right down the gutter.

ender on February 12, 2009 at 8:50 pm

I watched this trailer last night (just before seeing “Taken”). My immediate thought was that these anti-American American’s are trying to make their own country look bad. Trying to put the U.S. in the same light as real terrorists.
I may be wrong, but I have no faith in the likes of brad pitt.
By the way Debbie, you were 100% correct in your review of “Taken”. Awesome movie. Implausible, but very entertaining.

Svend on February 12, 2009 at 9:38 pm

I saw “Taken” last week – obviously far fetched but a good action flick (James Bond like) and Liam Neeson was excellent. Good Paris locations as well.

Ripper on February 13, 2009 at 8:31 am

I just love how brave Hollywood is to fight a enemy that has been defeated for over 60 years!!
How about doing a movie where the Marines go behind enemy lines in Taliban controlled country along the Pakistan / Afghanistan border and have them kill Muslim terrorists?
I would stand up and cheer at a movie where Bruce Willis demands his solders to come back with “100 turbaned scalps each”.
“For every beheading they post on YouTube, we will post 100. We will bury them alive wrapped in pig carcasses. We will dip their unholy book in pig blood and shove it down their throats. The first man to reach his goal of 100 scalps will receive a Dr. Pepper and a moon pie.”
That’s the speech I want to hear in a war movie.

smg45acp on February 13, 2009 at 2:22 pm

smg45acp: ROTFLMAO! Seriously, I’d leave that movie looking for my boots and fatigues…

MacBigot on February 13, 2009 at 9:47 pm

I love the line in the trailer, “You haven’t see war until you’ve seen it through the eyes of Quentin Tarantino; there are no crimes behind ememy lines…”
Does he somehow have some first-hand experience that outshines the thousands of military personnel who actually lived through it these last 6 years?
Oh yeah… he’s in Hollywood, the only experience that matters.
So I will be anxious to see if that second part is Quentin going against the Hollywood grain, or whether he has chosen to mock those who go to extremes to fight the extreme evil around the world.

MacBigot on February 13, 2009 at 9:56 pm

Watchmen: gratuitous violence + “super heroes” = marketed towards children and damn hollywood to hell for it
Inglorious basterds: gratuitous violence + nazis on the receiving end = okay because Nazis are inherently evil
Never change conservacunt.

123456 on March 9, 2009 at 2:54 pm

    I’m a liberal and I agree with her. Seeing Jews kill Nazis or take revenge on them gives me satisfaction. I hate Nazis. If I could. There’s a huge difference between superheroes beating up villains and Jews taking revenge on Nazis, for the latter is much more satisfying.

    Robyn on October 26, 2016 at 12:10 pm

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