Showing posts from August, 2009

Revenge is a Dish Best Served Bloody: Inglourious Basterds is a Glorious Homage

There's something about a Quentin Tarantino movie that makes me want to crack open a dictionary and use every word at least once. I'm a fan, I am biased about that, and I was prepared to like "Inglourious Basterds". And I did; in fact, I loved it. But, as with most Tarantino movies, there's so much going on in it, that it's impossible to sum it up in one viewing. What follows is the best amalgamation of perceptions (thank you Merriam-Webster Online) that I can process after what will be the first of many viewings.
There's a ton of "Inglourious Basterds" that has already been discussed and hashed out and opinionated upon and so there's little left to say, except that I'm going to do my best to say everything important. I mean, let's face it, in the world of opinions there are few that matter more than mine. I only say that because I have roughly 2.5 people who read this blog. But for Tarantino, that's a true statement. In t…

Changing of the Guard

Alright, so this blog is definitely late, and there is no good excuse for it.  Last week, when I heard that John Hughes had died, I was suddenly shocked again.  There have been more than the fair share of summer surprises, the standout being Michael Jackson, but even those didn't seem to bother me as much as this one.  And the funny thing is that the bothering has happened so gradually that, at most points, I thought I'd forgotten.  But here it is, a week later, and I still feel sad about the passing of John Hughes.

According to his IMDB page (which can be found here) interest in his work is up 237,300% from last week;   as is always the case, great work is usually only recognized when death is involved. I'm sure most people were as surprised as me to see his full body of work for the first time in a while.  I won't recount all of them here, but suffice it to say that pretty much everything he wrote or directed (or both) turned to 1980s pure gold.  Unlike the rest of …