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August 6, 2009

Gearing up for ‘Inglourious Basterds’


The reviews are improving for “Inglourious Basters,” I movie I’ve been looking forward to since it was described last summer as an “Epic bugged-out Jewsploitation film.”

I hear the violence is off the charts—and not in the Tarantino way of “Kill Bill.” But the story hook is one that appeals to me, and you can’t go wrong with turning Brad Pitt into a Jewish assassin. “Basterds” is, after all, bound to have plenty of the Tarantino indulgences that make (most of) his films so good.

Over at Hollywood Jew, Naomi highlights the five most outrageous moments of the film. Here’s my favorite:

When an SS officer nicknamed The Jew Hunter (Christoph Waltz) cuts a deal with the Allies, the basterds can’t stand that he’ll be able to remove his Nazi uniform and live a respectable life in the United States.  So they tell him they’re going to give him something he can’t take off – and gleefully carve a swastika into his forehead.

Reminds me of this tattoo I came across once while writing about tattoo removal for the Daily News. On the forehead of some guy’s bald pate were a few tombstones and on his upper lip the words “sh—happens.”

Read the rest of Naomi’s list here.

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