Best and Worst of 2009

I’ve been in a bad mood for the last few days, so I thought I’d follow my Best of the Decade article from earlier this week with a look back at 2009’s worst films. Then I realized that admist all my 2010 celebrations, I’d neglected to list the best of 2009 as well. I’m sure, like everything in the world of film, these are debatable. One person’s nightmare is another’s wet dream, so while I wanted to commit hara-kiri during

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The Best of The Decade: 2000 to 2009

Content has been scarce here at since the holidays began a few weeks ago and this week has been even worse since I’ve been pounded in the soft parts with some type of godforsaken virus that has left my sinuses stuffed and inflamed, my throat sore, and given me a greasy Dirty Sanchez beard akin to something out of a Vietnam POW camp. Worst of all, being so congested makes me sound like a cross between Sylvester Stallone and

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Inglourious Basterds (Dan’s Take): ****

Better late than never… Tarantino did it. With promises of splattery, wet violence he lured the cap askew, “F”-dude lunk into seeing a layered and character-centric foreign language film. I’m not sure what percentage that mob of lowest common denominators makes up by way of the roughly 4,250,000 people who saw Inglourious Basterds this last weekend, but if the crowd I saw it with was a sample, shaggy energy drink swilling douchebags were at least 60% of it. Which goes

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Brad Pitt Climbs Every Mountain…

… of dead mother effin’ Nah-zees he can find! Inglourious Basterds and the advertising company it hired has some graphic artists working serious overtime (unpaid, of course… you’re salaried, suckers!). The Inglourious ones have pounded out no less than 18 posters. That’s 17 more than most other films, including My Sister’s Keeper. Think about it. Nonetheless, they’re all lovely, cheesy artifacts worthy of wall hanging. Enjoy the latest, which is, morbidly, probably my new favorite.

Inglourious Plot Reveal

So everyone knows Inglorious Basterds is coming, but you may not know what it’s about beyond a bunch of hairy Americans putting Bowie Knife and baseball bat to Nazi noggin. Wonder no more. The new trailer reveals the alternate universe plot and has worked my heart over from brittle and jaded to warm and mushy.

You Know What I Love? This Poster.

Behold the (I-talian?) Inglourious Basterds one sheet. Sure the poster uses recycled images, feels a lot bit like Valkyrie and I really, really, really want to punch that smirk off Eli Roth’s face , but none of that matters because it’s still undeniably bold and undeniably awesome.

Inglourious Basterds Getting Mixed Reviews

Eeek! So much for everyone fawning over Quentin Tarantino’s supposed greatest screenplay ever, i.e.  the oft-reported on “Inglourious Basterds.” Word out of the Cannes Film Festival is mixed and has the movie at 57% on the Tomatoemeter, with 14 reviews posted (eight fresh, six rotten). And don’t think those snooty French filmgoers and their love of aberrant sex and all things boring have this film painted into a corner. No, sir, our beloved American critics are pooping on this

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Early Buzz on Tarantino’s Basterds

Quentin Tarantino and the cast of “Inglorious Basterds” are at the Cannes Film Festival and early buzz from Roger Ebert and CNN seems to be good, especially if you’re someone who isn’t keen on brutal violence pasted on the silver screen just for kicks. It seems this Tarantino film has more talking than gore, of course this is also a war movie and sometimes war violence is treated with kid gloves because, well, it’s war. And war is hell. And

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Yet Another Basterd Revealed!

Quentin Tarantino has released another basterd for your viewing pleasure, no doubt in anticipation of the “Inglourious Basterds” premire this month at the Cannes Film Festival. The basterd on this poster is Til Schweiger, who plays a Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz, a German-born psychopathic member of Pitt’s Nazi killing brigade.

The Basterds Just Won’t Stop!

More poster goodness from Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” today, this time a poster of French actress Mélanie Laurent. According to, Laurent will play Shosanna Dreyfus, a French-Jewish girl whose family is murdered by the Nazis. Shosanna escapes and operates a movie theater in Paris. Click the poster to see a bigger version.

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