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August 19, 2009

Bring on the Basterds


Reel Intelligence was a blog started by two of my friends that reviewed movies the author’s had never seen. The shtick, and it was one I enjoyed, was to get excited or exasperated with movie trailers and let readers know based on that approach whether a movie was going to be worth watching. More often than not, they weren’t.

Sadly, Reel Intelligence died an inglorious death two years ago. But it was resurrected last week and re-branded Reel Stupid—yeah, I liked the old name better. Yesterday they offered their opinion on “Inglourious Basterds.”

Listening to Brad Pitt’s speech in the preview, I found myself nodding in agreement. Go in behind enemy lines, blend in, start assassinating Nazis, have them feel the pain that they deal out…makes sense. Then why didn’t they actually do this during WW2?  Oh, right, because it’s impossible.

For one, Pitt suggests they will be “dropped into France, dressed as civilians”, but how does that really help?

Nazi Soldier: “Gee Capt’n, a lot of us Nazis have been getting killed in this area, and I was thinking about checking out that cluster of blood-splattered, Jewish-looking guys over there.”

Nazi Captain: “No no no, those are French Civilians!  We’re Nazis, dagnabbit – we can’t go around violating human rights with unlawful searches and seizure.”

And I may be crazy, but if you have the capacity to send in soldiers that will kill 100 Nazis each, behind enemy lines, without tactical support…wouldn’t you want to send in more than EIGHT?

I’ve written a bit about Quentin Tarantino’s new movie, and unlike Reel Stupid Troy, I’m itching to see it this weekend. It’s going to be “Kill Bill,” with Bill being a bunch of Jew-hating Nazis. I don’t care if it’s unrealistic. It’ll be therapeutic.

The Jewish Journal also has a nice cover package this weekend on Tarantino, producer Lawrence Bender and co-star Eli Roth, director of such “torture porn” as “Hostel.”

As you’ve probably heard, this movie is more “kosher porn.”

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