Inglourious Basterds

The Weinstein Co have pulled out a win, just when they needed it. Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds won this weekend at the box office, taking in an estimated $37.6 million domestically and $27.5 million internationally for a worldwide weekend total of $65.1 million. That is enough to top Kill Bill: Volume 2 as Tarantino’s highest box office opening to date. Top five studio estimates are available after the jump.
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Editor’s Note: Russ’s review contains spoilers.

The climax of Inglourious Basterds has the most terrifying image ever to appear in a Quentin Tarantino film. It is a movie vision of hell and an inversion of Holocaust ovens, flames consuming the wicked as a laughing ghostly beauty swirls in smoke. Though some of Basterds feels rushed and slightly below Tarantino’s ‘matter of fact’ visual standards — Kill Bill aside, his films aren’t known for visual splendor — that one vision is almost justification enough for the entire film.

Inglourious Basterds doesn’t even need the justification. It is ambitious, exciting, awkward, wild ride. If Basterds is more frustratingly flawed than most of Tarantino’s films, it also contains uncommonly memorable highs. Through a pair of converging storylines, the film pushes forward the ideas about storytelling, legends and propaganda that have always lurked in Tarantino’s films. And by confronting evil head-on, rather than circling it in an elliptical daze, Inglourious Basterds may be the most soulful movie the director has yet made. Read More »

The old saying goes that the greatest gift a man of considerable resources can give a friend is immortality. After basking in the intoxicating, cocksure beauty that is Inglourious Basterds, it’s clear that Quentin Tarantino has done this for his pal, the horror director Eli Roth, by casting him as Jewish-American soldier Sgt. Donny Donowitz. Proudly nicknamed The Bear Jew by his fellow Basterds, Donowitz’s preferred method of Nazi disposal involves an American baseball bat accented with the names of Jewish survivors and supporters. Minding spoilers, Donowitz is largely responsible for the most unanimous, violent act of revenge fantasy for an entire Jewish people. It’s a helluva role to have on any filmography, one sure to become storied with time; and now it’s forever on Roth’s, right above “alleged torture-porn purveyor and creator of the Hostel franchise.”
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Inglourious Basterds Tyler Stout Poster

We’ve been writing about artist Tyler Stout since I first found his “Remember the Alamo” poster at the Alamo Drafthouse. The Austin based artist frequently provides kick ass posters for the Alamo’s special events, most of which we have featured on /Film: Robocop , The Road Warrior , Spaced , Hellride , Big Trouble in Little China, The Lost Boys, The Warriors , The Thing, Blade Runner, Total Recall and The Big Lebowski.

The Alamo Drafthouse commissioned Stout to do a new poster for Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds, and MondoTees is selling a 24 x 36 4-color screenprint for $30. The $80 limited variant is printed with metallic inks (image after the jump), limited to 80 prints. Head on over to Mondotees to grab yours while they’re still available. Stout’s prints usually sell out within hours.

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I hate the traditional movie junket interviews, especially the ones done by the bigger name portal sites. But every once in a while MySpace will publish an interesting “Artist on Artist” interview. For those of you who don’t know, these interviews group two filmmakers, actors, writers or musicians, together to talk about their new project(s).

The latest edition features writer/director Quentin Tarantino talking with fellow filmmaker Eli Roth, who happens to star in Quentin’s new film Inglourious Basterds. The two discuss the difficulty in staying true to their own voice while evolving, how Inglourious Basterds is a great date movie for any Jewish man, why did Quentin choose Eli for Basterds, and how the Cannes Premiere felt like just another scene from the movie.
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Quentin Tarantino has been building universes since day one. The characters of Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and Death Proof talk about one another while eating at the same restaurants (like Big Kahuna Burger). Characters jump from one feature to another, and family relations might be mentioned in one script, but not seen on screen until another movie down the line. And at the Austin premiere of Inglourious Basterds, The Playlist learned that this film is, not surprisingly, related to True Romance, in a way that detail-oriented fans probably already suspect. Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

LOL: Inglourious Plummers Movie Trailer


Gamervision has put together a funny movie trailer parody of Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds, set in the world of the Mushroom Kingdom. That’s right, a Super Mario Bros related parody.

“You haven’t seen war… until you’ve seen it through the eyes… of Shigeru Miyamoto!”

Gamers will notice that there are a couple old-school references spread through-out. And you’ve gotta love the sound effect usage. Thanks to brodiemash from dumbdrum for sending this over. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump.
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inception casting

According to Warner Bros’ exhibitor website, the first teaser trailer for Christopher Nolan‘s Inception will play in front of some screenings of Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds, beginning on August 21st. Nolan has a history of releasing very short teaser trailers, that don’t reveal much. Some might remember the teaser trailer for The Dark Knight, which was released in July two years ago, which featured not much more than the Batman logo flying at the camera with voiceover. I expect that the teaser trailer for Inception won’t offer much more than a shot or two, and then a logo.

August 21st is the same day that the trailer for James Cameron‘s Avatar will be released online, in conjunction with 20th Century Fox’s nationwide marketing promotion — Avatar Day.

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As Inglourious Basterds draws ever closer (get excited now), Quentin Tarantino is out doing the promotional rounds. At an event in Beverly Hills yesterday he was asked about the upcoming special edition releases of two of his past projects and Sci-Fi Wire got the quotes.

So, what has happened to Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair? It seems that the DVD release really is coming ever closer, and work continues on the film all the while. Could we have this thing in our hands soon? Here’s the man himself:

I’m not going to monkey around with the movie itself, but we’ve actually done a whole new section for the anime as the last thing . I actually wrote a much longer script for the anime section during O-Ren’s revenge chapter… I had the whole script written out shot for shot what it would be, so [I said], “Harvey, this literally would make it complete. This is everything I came up with and wrote when I wrote it.” So Production IG just did it, and I just need to work with them a little bit and go over it with them—and I’ll do that once this is officially behind me.

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