Originally Posted by the Talking Can
what has brought me around on tarantino after the last two movies is his understanding and insistence that 'pulp fictions'/genres/low culture have complicated arguments and politics embedded in them...which is obvious, of course, but mostly only in retrospect (culturally); and this allows him to make powerfully fun/instigating movies simply in part by leveraging the already existing cultural arguments within genre (which at this point most in the audience at least sense, even if they couldn't articulate)
i used to think he was cynical in this appropriation...most people who hate him do, but now I think he was just an immature film maker showing off
basterds is a complex, moral work...as much as any made in the last decade...django isn't quite that, but it is more fun and exhilarating (as it deals with america's great wound, instead of europe's)
there was a palpable charge in the theatre at the end...hence my babbling
Yep.....you nailed it. Just got through watching it. Great flick. IMO not as good as Basterds or Kill Bill, but damn close. Maybe it will grow on me more over time. I thought it was a little overlong, probably could have used about 15 minutes trim. The QT cameo scene was a little unnecessary.
Interesting how hes empowering the traditionally exploited. What a charge. great fun.