I’ll first start off with my history with Quentin and go from there.
I first saw Pulp Fiction in 1996 just about a year or so after it came out, I didnt see it in the theatres because I was out of the country at its release. I remember renting it at Blockbuster and hearing from old friends that it was ‘hardcore’ and one of their favorites. I saw it and immediately loved it. Of course it was all about the writing. Quentin is known for his dialog and his characters and Pulp Fiction had that in spades. There was also the non-linear storyline that I loved and that was fresh to me a the time. I had very little exposure at the time to the films that inspired Quentin so everything was new and fresh for me.
I rented Resevior Dogs and again, I loved that. I didnt care for 4 Rooms, and I do think that Jackie Brown is another very good film. Kill Bill is good, but not my favorite and I did like Death Proof. So while i dont like everythign he does I would consider myself a fan, so with that lets get on to the show….
Inglorious Basterds is first not a re-make and second is basically a foriegn film. Ifyou are annoyed by reading subtitles, then pick something else to watch, unless you speak German, French and a little Italian. This movie was definitely mis-marketed, in that its not an action film, there are 2 action scenes, and at 2.5 hours, its mostly talking heads, which turns out to be reading, so if that sounds tiresome, take a pass. That all said , I love it. I’m a film-snob, so I like this kind of thing.
Tarantino is like a smash-up dj, who puts the things he loves in the movies that he makes, he’s really just a big film geek, and thats why I love it. This is a Spagetti-Western set in WWII and except for a couple of weird places it works the whole way through. It has his mark on it, the shots, and music its all Tarantino, but its also fresh, becasue its a period film and he has to restrain himself more than his previous works, and I think it works becasue of that.
Its not the usual Tarantino either, theres very little foul language and of course no pop-culture. There are a couple of graphic scenes (scalping of the Nazi) but beside that its not very violent.
Christoph Waltz is amazing, one of the best villians ever! You can always tell a good movie if it has a good villian. (read Silence of the Lamb, Empire Strikes Back, etc) He plays Col. Hans Landa and is completely charming and ruthless.
Brad Pitt chews up the scenery in his scenes, but honestly its good, but doesnt really have too much to work with here. The Basterds are not in the movie much themselves, despite with the title would lead you to believe.
So, I have it an 8. Great movie if you are a fan of Tarantino and dont mind subtitles.
Can you believe soemone was going to throw this hat away?
Well, I went to take out the trash…one of the new tasks befitting of a newly unemployed newlywed and lo and behold this hat was there next to the bin.
I took it and now will find new ways to incorporate into my daily life.
Just wanted to share this with all the Biscuit Readers/Listeners.
Being a Biscuit #36 – Picking up trash and putting it on your head.
To battle those feelings one of the best things that I can recommend is to take up something new. For me, one of those things is beach volleyball. My wife plays and I’ve been learning from her a couple times a week, down at the beach here in Ventura.
Oh and the other thing that is consuming my thoughts is this “bluescreen of death”, first off, I hate Windows Vista, and I got this new laptop that has it and the first day that my 15 day trial of Norton expires, my computer starts doing this. Still cant figure out what is causing it….. suggestions are welcomed.
Ahhhh, Bourbon street, you will always have my heart.
After 4 days, 3 nights of walking through the French Quarter and other parts unknown I bid adieu to the wonderful sites of the Big Easy.
After the initial shellshock of the sights of the French Quarter, of what I’d describe as part Las Vegas, part Tijuana and all sleezy, if you move down from those streets, its actually fun and has some nice sights.
the food was great, I had more shrimp than I’ve had in one year, and plenty of gumbo and it was good! I ate at Mothers and Port of Call, classic local hang-outs and one night I actually found a nice Jazz club and listened to some good music.
If I had someone to be with, I would enjoy it more of course.
In the mornings I went for a run, which was great, the city was still hung over from the night before and the weather was perfect at that hour.
So I’m in the airport now, my flight is delayed 2 hours, so here I sit.
I will have to relate this story to you all….its a long one.
so much to talk about.
I’m in Chi-town.
The ‘Hope” conference that i went to last weekend, was interesting, it started out a bit rough for me, because I was overwhelmed, but then I really had a good time on Saturday, I accomplished my goals that I had and met some cool people.
I will later talk in more depth to what happened and who I met.
Its Friday and in a few hours I will be bravely battling the traffic of the 101 and 405. bring it on!!!
actually , please don’t bring it on. I am a freak about being on time and I already know I will be late, so I dont need to be any more neurotic than I am in the high-stress environment of a 3 min speed date.
Tonight and tomorrow, should be lots of fun, I will report back with how it goes.
Besides that, nothing really to impart.
I just had some sushi for lunch which is always a great thing.
Oh and I just found this:
Flight of the Conchords….yes I’m sure I am late on the ball, but its comedy! Lord of the Rings spoof.