Quentin Tarantino talks Inglourious Basterds - RT Interview

Summary

With his sixth film, Quentin Tarantino has fashioned the ultimate in pulp fiction, a Second World War epic set in Nazi-occupied France that sees two parallel assassination plots vying to kill off the Big Four: Adolf Hitler, Martin Borman, Joseph Goebbels and Heinrich Himmler. Now, this might suggest that Inglourious Basterds is the pop-culture king's most serious film to date, and though it probably is, it's far from heavy, with outstanding, dry-comedic turns - notably from Brad Pitt as the Tennessee-born Lieutenant Aldo Raine - and an effervescent black humour. Sitting down exclusively with Rotten Tomatoes, he discusses his wartime adventure, over ten years in the making... Back to Article

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Kirk McCarty

Good God, I can't read anything he posts. I'd rather read a novel written by a person with Down Syndrome.

Aug 11 - 12:53 PM

Nine Oh Two

joe schmoe

Honestly Gordon, I though we went over this. Try and form a complete thought for a change. Try being clear and concise. Reading your posts is like reading a bunch of random thought strung together from a person w/ add. You strike me as the kind of guy who likes to hear himself talk, the kind of guy who doesn't listen to other people, just waits for his turn to chime in.

That being said, I think a lot of people are going to be disappointed by this movie when they walk into the theatre and its NOT Kill Bill meets WW2. Like most of QT's movies it has a lot of layers to it, but the Nazi slaughtering actually plays a small role.

I can't say it enough though - Eli Roth is a dueche bag. He's the last guy that should be starring in this movie. Why not give bob the key grip a lead role while we're at it.

Aug 11 - 01:22 PM

Iceman Cometh

Adam Levin

I agree, I would feel a lot better if Eli Roth was miles away from this movie. But still, as a big QT fan, I'll be seeing it regardless. Not really sure what to except, I've been avoiding watching any trailers and clips as best I can.

Aug 11 - 03:22 PM

Big Freeze

Frank Fischer

Why is Eli Roth such a douche bag, as you put it?

Aug 11 - 04:19 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Because his movie's have a raging suck factor hardly matched by any other director in modern cinema...unless you count Uwe Boll, and honestly, why would you count Uwe.

Aug 11 - 04:22 PM

BowieSwimmer

Alex Smith

Don't write off Eli Roth just yet. The fact that he's one of Tarantino's best buds in the film industry gives me some kind of hope (he has a bit role in the first half of "Death Proof," and he's appropriately cast in this). I do think "Cabin Fever" does a pretty good job for a modern gore-centric horror flick (and his directing debut), and while his "Hostel" series is almost certifiable trash, they're probably the standard for a "good" torture-porn movie.

I say don't write him off just yet; he's barely gotten started. Though, I'm not sure if we would get along if I met him in real life. Hmm...

Aug 11 - 08:23 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

I agree with the comment that Tarantino makes interesting movies even if they're not great movies, but I think he really needs to fire whoever does his advertising. I think the add campaigns for Grindhouse probably killed that movie at the BO and it looks like once again we're not getting what we're promised.

Aug 11 - 02:13 PM

Chris B.

Chris Bellew

no buddy. just no. g.i. joe was NOT worse than transformers 2.

Aug 11 - 02:44 PM

Iceman Cometh

Adam Levin

I agree, I would feel a lot better if Eli Roth was miles away from this movie. But still, as a big QT fan, I'll be seeing it regardless. Not really sure what to except, I've been avoiding watching any trailers and clips as best I can.

Aug 11 - 03:22 PM

Gordon Franklin Terry Sr

Gordon Terry

Inglorious Bastards will rock!!! but I'm 20 years too old to be able to enjoy it (its for an 18 year old kid or something). TARANTINO: thanks.


GI JOE is a good movie or it wouldn't have earned the money it did

"the kids" would have "cell-phoned" it out of existence (i.e. called all their friends in the middle of the film on their cell phones to spread the word how bad the film is) .

People would not of paid to see a "bad" movie.

Only single-individuals with biases say something's good or bad. I LOVE GI JOE; Steven Somers gets the footage and somebody else cuts the footage together to make it AWESOME.

maybe Steven Sommers is a quasi-Karl Fruend of the 21st century: he's good at what he does and also has the production team to work with him.



Inglorious

Aug 11 - 03:43 PM

Delyth A.

Delyth Angharad

Gordon, if you loved GI Joe so much, there's a very strong possibility that your mental age is too low to even begin to comprehend a Tarantino movie, let alone be too old for it.

I find it highly amusing that you write

"GI JOE is a good movie"

And then a few lines down, in the same comment,

"Only single-individuals with biases say something's good or bad."

And judging whether or not a movie is good or bad based solely on the opening week money? Pfff. I thought you were claiming to be some kind of staunchly liberal, spiritual, soulful and intellectual genius, not a media-whore who follows the unthinking masses like a sheep in a flock; yet in every one of your comments you reek of idiocy. You have yet to write a single sentence that might live up to your self-confessed mental prowess, and whenever somebody calls you on your frequent hypocritical statements, the best you can come up with (if you even reply directly at all) is a sympathy plea because someone is being 'hurtful' towards you.

It's little wonder that nobody here takes you seriously. You're try to give the impression that you know more about movies than all of RT combined, and you can't even get 'Paramount' right, nor spell 'Inglorious Basterds' when the movie title is right up there at the top of the browser window, staring at you accusingly. You have the attention span of a chipmunk and the perceptive acuity of an amoeba.

Aug 12 - 01:17 AM

Shane B.

Shane Bond

This dude has GOT to be a troll.

Aug 12 - 03:08 AM

BowieSwimmer

Alex Smith

Wonderful interview. Tarantino always seems incredibly well put together during interviews. Even if you don't love his style, I think you can certainly respect how much he devotes of himself to his every film, and the grasp he has on every little detail from his movies. Way to go.

Also, I'm not sure if critics can truly be trusted to review a Tarantino film anymore. All of his films will probably end of hovering around the same percentage number... People go into a QT movie with preconceived notions, for every picture he's done since "Pulp Fiction." And I really do believe that many critics will already have their thoughts about the film almost completely formed before the lights even dim. I'm far too excited for this, simply cannot wait until the 21st.

Aug 11 - 04:16 PM

Big Freeze

Frank Fischer

Why is Eli Roth such a douche bag, as you put it?

Aug 11 - 04:19 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Because his movie's have a raging suck factor hardly matched by any other director in modern cinema...unless you count Uwe Boll, and honestly, why would you count Uwe.

Aug 11 - 04:22 PM

BowieSwimmer

Alex Smith

Don't write off Eli Roth just yet. The fact that he's one of Tarantino's best buds in the film industry gives me some kind of hope (he has a bit role in the first half of "Death Proof," and he's appropriately cast in this). I do think "Cabin Fever" does a pretty good job for a modern gore-centric horror flick (and his directing debut), and while his "Hostel" series is almost certifiable trash, they're probably the standard for a "good" torture-porn movie.

I say don't write him off just yet; he's barely gotten started. Though, I'm not sure if we would get along if I met him in real life. Hmm...

Aug 11 - 08:23 PM

Bigbrother

Big Brother

Because his movie's have a raging suck factor hardly matched by any other director in modern cinema...unless you count Uwe Boll, and honestly, why would you count Uwe.

Aug 11 - 04:22 PM

BowieSwimmer

Alex Smith

Don't write off Eli Roth just yet. The fact that he's one of Tarantino's best buds in the film industry gives me some kind of hope (he has a bit role in the first half of "Death Proof," and he's appropriately cast in this). I do think "Cabin Fever" does a pretty good job for a modern gore-centric horror flick (and his directing debut), and while his "Hostel" series is almost certifiable trash, they're probably the standard for a "good" torture-porn movie.

I say don't write him off just yet; he's barely gotten started. Though, I'm not sure if we would get along if I met him in real life. Hmm...

Aug 11 - 08:23 PM

BowieSwimmer

Alex Smith

P.S. Dear Gordon, not a single reader takes you seriously on this site. Hopefully you understand why. Tarantino does not make movie for 18 year old boy; one reason simply being because 18 year old boys cannot fully grasp is films, as most have not even heard of the numerous foreign/exploitation films he is constantly alluding to.

Steven Sommers is a shlocky HACK, and should stop making films. "G.I. Joe" isn't even fully enjoyable as an action film, and mainly because the CGI looks like it was completed in 2002. Bad movies make heaps of money all the time, simply because some types of flicks are essentially critic-proof (prime example? "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen"). Let's wait and see the percentage drop for "G.I. Joe" in its second week of release... who are your favorite filmmakers? Your favorite movies?

Actually I shouldn't even has wasted the time writing this comment. My bad.

Aug 11 - 04:22 PM

BowieSwimmer

Alex Smith

Don't write off Eli Roth just yet. The fact that he's one of Tarantino's best buds in the film industry gives me some kind of hope (he has a bit role in the first half of "Death Proof," and he's appropriately cast in this). I do think "Cabin Fever" does a pretty good job for a modern gore-centric horror flick (and his directing debut), and while his "Hostel" series is almost certifiable trash, they're probably the standard for a "good" torture-porn movie.

I say don't write him off just yet; he's barely gotten started. Though, I'm not sure if we would get along if I met him in real life. Hmm...

Aug 11 - 08:23 PM

frankdozier

William Luc-Ferris

Tarantino is OK. The movie looks OK. It's got Brad Pitt in it. I'm game for his Aldo Raine character. Seems interesting and funny. I like WWII junk. Watched Valkyrie the other day. This won't be like that. No. Looks watchable to me, maybe not in the theater. Unless I'm not paying. I still wanna see it, tho. Wonder who I can get to pay for me?

Aug 11 - 09:13 PM

jocorotten

Joanna Cohen

My love for this man remains true...

Aug 11 - 10:58 PM

soul assasin k.

soul assasin killer

yea i love the style of tarentino always have. I thuink people who havent heard to much about him will fall in love with him after this. In every war movie its sad because its true. But tarentino takes you to another level where will your imagination lead you. If we didnt give a **** with all are heart what would happen. Thats what i love about this movie and his others

Aug 12 - 12:46 AM

Delyth A.

Delyth Angharad

Gordon, if you loved GI Joe so much, there's a very strong possibility that your mental age is too low to even begin to comprehend a Tarantino movie, let alone be too old for it.

I find it highly amusing that you write

"GI JOE is a good movie"

And then a few lines down, in the same comment,

"Only single-individuals with biases say something's good or bad."

And judging whether or not a movie is good or bad based solely on the opening week money? Pfff. I thought you were claiming to be some kind of staunchly liberal, spiritual, soulful and intellectual genius, not a media-whore who follows the unthinking masses like a sheep in a flock; yet in every one of your comments you reek of idiocy. You have yet to write a single sentence that might live up to your self-confessed mental prowess, and whenever somebody calls you on your frequent hypocritical statements, the best you can come up with (if you even reply directly at all) is a sympathy plea because someone is being 'hurtful' towards you.

It's little wonder that nobody here takes you seriously. You're try to give the impression that you know more about movies than all of RT combined, and you can't even get 'Paramount' right, nor spell 'Inglorious Basterds' when the movie title is right up there at the top of the browser window, staring at you accusingly. You have the attention span of a chipmunk and the perceptive acuity of an amoeba.

Aug 12 - 01:17 AM

Shane B.

Shane Bond

This dude has GOT to be a troll.

Aug 12 - 03:08 AM

MisterVengeance

Floyd Oliver

Hello everyone. In all honesty I must say that I am in no way excited for this movie, for the simple reason that it does not. Look. Any. Good. At all. No I have not read the script, but from what I've read on the internets a great deal of the script has been cut from the movie we, the general public not present at Cannes, will see. I go by trailers, and synopses, and personally, if this isn't about a bunch of badasses killing Nazis and instead about some chick trying to kill Hitler or whoever in a movie theater so Tarantino can once again flaunt how he loves film more than everyone else then I'm not interested. Unless she does it a la Beatrix in Kill Bill. But from what I've read so far, this is not the case.

However.

I've been a fan of Quentin Tarantino all the way up until Death Proof.A movie which I thought paled in comparison to its partner, Planet Terror. I think that says alot. It wasn't a bad movie but it left a bad taste in my mouth. And I thought the ending was stupid. Car crash was insane, though...

Anyway, if it is bad I hope it doesn't make any money so the fat bastards Weinstein feel what it's like to be humbled and people stop calling Tarantino a genius. Just. Stop it.

Aug 12 - 04:10 AM

Rusty Broomhandle

Jaco Gerber

Why. Do. People. Write. Like. This? It's a weird thing the kids are doing these days. Make it stop! Makes my old fogey eyes burn.

I'll judge this movie after I have seen it. I can tell from the split opinions so far that it's just one of those things one has to see for oneself before being able to pass judgement.

Unlike GI Joe, which one can pretty much see is a load of bollocks, even people who are intending to see it know to expect that. (me = guilty) (Well, except he whose name I shall not speak)

Aug 12 - 04:37 AM

MisterVengeance

Floyd Oliver

People (read:I) write that way to reflect their pattern of speech, it adds emphasis to every. Word. Plus it adds little drama to spice up the statement. And if you're so old why is it that you stoop down to putting numerical symbols in your writing? Surely they didn't do this during the Industrial Revolution. And that burning you feel? Why, that's just your brain muscle getting stronger. :)

Aug 12 - 05:11 AM

CFM

'schak Attack

At Gordon Franklin Terry Sr:

I feel you, dawg. But I never understand. What. The hell. You be saying.

Aug 12 - 06:02 AM

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