Monday, August 17, 2009

Inglorious Basterds review on the airwaves

This week I'll be producing Cinemascape on Eastside 89.7 FM. The show will include reviews of The September Issue and Balibo, recent winner of best film at the Brisbane Film Festival, and my thoughts on Quentin Tarantino's long awaited World War II epic Inglourious Basterds. Tarantino's men on a mission adventure will confound many; gun toting film critcs, double agent actresses and German Propaganda cinema are not normally found in war films but the director's love of cinema shines through in every frame. The performances from Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent are excellent and Tarantino's use of music, in particular classic Morricone cuts and Cat People (Putting Out the Fire) by David Bowie is masterful. As he says "This ain't your daddy's World War II movie," and Tarantino's multi lingual Macaroni Combat, while paying tribute to the likes of The Dirty Dozen, Where Eagles Dare and Castellari's original Inglorious Basterds, is unlike any war movie you have seen before. The films opening scene, including a hommage to The Good, The Bad & the Ugly, and the now infamous bar scene are beautifully created steadily building tension while taking their time unfolding the plot. Inglorious Basterds may not have the instant pop culture quotability of Pulp Fiction but this is yet another brilliant addition to Tarantinos arsenal of work. To hear my review tune in this Thursday at 11:30AM.