Disclaimer: I give the entire plot away in this post.
Hitler dies poetically at the hands of Jews in Tarantino’s new movie Inglourious Basterds (the misspelling is to differentiate this movie from Quel Maledetto treno blindato, translated Inglorious Bastards which is curiously also set in Europe during WWII). And if you happened to wonder too, inglorious is a word, but not “inglourious” as Tarantino spells it.
I could say a lot about the film. It’s good, completely gory (one word: scalping) but if you’re going to see a Tarantino film, you should expect it. It’s written very well, by far the best Tarantino I’ve seen.
The acting’s great, especially the villain played by Christoph Waltz who won Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival for this role. Brad Pitt was funny most of the time, and Mélanie Laurent‘s performance as a theater owner/escaped Jew seeking revenge made me want to be her. Plus, I actually liked Diane Kruger for once!
Despite all of this, I didn’t leave the theater thinking about any of what I just said- I left puzzled. Hitler died? I couldn’t believe it. More specifically he is gunned down, literally shot to pieces by members of the Inglorious Basterds at the same time Shosanna (Laurent’s character) burns down the theater. As if that weren’t enough, after Hitler dies and the fire kills many members of the SS, explosives strapped to some basterds ankles go off, blowing the theater to bits.
I told Caleb (my husband) as we left that in a year or two I know some idiot is going to try to argue “Hitler died in a movie theater at the hands of the basterds! He didn’t commit suicide! They got him!”
And granted, movies often make small omissions and changes when dealing with bio-pics, but should art be allowed to change history? should someone rewrite the death of a major historical figure in the name of entertainment? or re-stage a major historical event?
What if a few years from now, someone changes the facts of 9/11 or Pearl Harbor? Or is the truth something we’re willing to sacrifice if its a good movie?
This movie comes at a time when more and more people aren’t interested in factual information, they want the facts with a spin. That’s why newspapers are losing money and closing down, and people turn to cable news channels where instead of facts, they’ll be delivered a neatly wrapped opinion (this applies to both sides, left and right). Instead of facts, America wants something sensationalized, dramatic, entertaining.
Inglourious Bastereds definitely fits the bill.
(out of 5)
While writing this, I came upon a completely unrelated op-ed about Basterds that I thought was very interesting. It asks an entirely different question.
I heard these comments made by Congresswoman Watson (Democrat, CA) at a recent townhall on Rush today and could not believe it, all though now I must admit I am afraid this disgusting rhetoric is becoming the norm among some of our leaders on the Left. Please listen if you think you can stand it.
Not only are the esteemed congressman’s words I think close to traitorous, but did you notice the applause in the background as she heaped praise on Cuba’s health care? Ms. Watson, if you love Cuba so much, please leave us alone and MOVE there. You have done enough damage to our country all ready. I promise you will not be missed.
Update: For more of Congresswoman Watson’s comments from the same townhall, check out Michelle Malkin’s homepage.
Hanna, I think we all know who the real cry baby is.
The Liberals have been doing a lot of whining lately.
They whine about talk radio.
They whine about so-called health care reform.
They whine about CEO salaries.
They whine about the “teabaggers.”
And now they’re whining about “the mob.”
So I thought I’d just point out, that all the whining makes you sound like this:
Annoying isn’t it?
Since the recession and government bailouts, CEOs of American companies of have been excoriated for their overwhelmingly large and totally unfair salaries.
Here is one example:
Excessive executive compensation has taken center stage since the government bailout of banks that began in September 2008. Americans have expressed outrage as CEOs and other executives responsible for the financial crisis have pocketed millions of dollars from bonuses and golden parachutes. CEO perks alone grew in 2008 to an average of $336,248—or nine times the median salary of a full-time worker. Meanwhile, the economy tanked for working people while many companies were bailed out with more than $700 billion in taxpayer money, as well as low-interest loans and guarantees.
You get the picture.
- Aubry Mclendon- Chesapeake Energy- 112.5
- Sanjay Jha- Motorola- 104.4
- Robert Igor- Walt Disney- 51.1
- Lloyd Blankenfein- Goldman Sachs- 42.9
Now compare their outrageous compensation to the likes of Oprah Winfrey who just last year made a paltry 260 million (take that Aubry you lightweight!) Or what about Tiger Woods who managed to bring home a meager 128 million in 2008? Hell the Rolling Stones even brought in 88 million last year and Johnny Depp 92. Phil Mickelson made 62, Madonna, 72. Even the boxer, Floyd Mayweather managed to scrape together just over 40 million big ones. Need I go on?
So my question to the sanctimonious Left that hate the evil corporations and those copious CEOs that run them is this: why drone on and on about unfair CEO pay but say nothing about the pay of your friends in Hollywood and in the sports arenas? At least the evil CEOs’ and their evil firms deliver goods and services that we need and use. At least the evil CEOs’ and their evil firms keep us at work and employed. So here’s what I ask you to do and I will even ask nicely, pleeeeaaaaase stop your bitching until you spread the hate fairly. Got it?!
I’ve been impressed (this rarely happens) with how the media has handled Ted Kennedy’s death. If you know anything about Kennedy, you know his political career was far from a fairy tale. I expected all of the turmoil to be glossed over as it often is when a political figure or entertainer dies, but so far what I’ve read has shown Kennedy truthfully- a flawed, yet influential and well-loved senator.
Even though I didn’t agree with all of his political stances, I do admire one thing in particular- his consistent fight for the things he believed in, despite his failed presidential campaigns and a lot of personal drama. He remained active on those issues until the end, showing him to possess incredible courage to stand for what he thought was right.
Some of the best articles I’ve read about Sen. Kennedy:
NPR- A bio in 9 minutes
ABC Good Morning America- McCain on Kennedy
And for the record, I don’t think Health Care will pass this year, despite rumors of a renewed push to honor Kennedy’s life-long passion.