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Brad Pitt in Inglorious BasterdsQuentin Tarantino has done it again. Sure, his new WWII flick 'Inglourious Basterds' is self-indulgent -- it features plenty of those trademark scenes that begin with 20 minutes of highly intelligent banter and end with a 30-second bang of graphically-violent gloury served with a generous side helping of blood and guts. And it's long -- 153 minutes long to be exact. But all that is as it should be. After all, this is a Tarantino flick, not 'My Little Pony' (or a Michael Bay movie, for that matter).

With all those quintessential Quentin pistons firing, the 'Pulp Fiction' auteur delves headlong into rewriting WWII history, imagining what would have happened if Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and his merry band of Nazi-scalping Jewish-American soldiers had existed. Brad Pitt in Inglorious BasterdsQuentin Tarantino has done it again. Sure, his new WWII flick 'Inglourious Basterds' is self-indulgent -- it features plenty of those trademark scenes that begin with 20 minutes of highly intelligent banter and end with a 30-second bang of graphically-violent gloury served with a generous side helping of blood and guts. And it's long -- 153 minutes long to be exact. But all that is as it should be. After all, this is a Tarantino flick, not 'My Little Pony' (or a Michael Bay movie, for that matter).

With all those quintessential Quentin pistons firing, the 'Pulp Fiction' auteur delves headlong into rewriting WWII history, imagining what would have happened if Lt. Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) and his merry band of Nazi-scalping Jewish-American soldiers had existed. The result is a film that unfolds like an expertly played game of chess, with all the incongruous pieces converging for one climactic showdown in a French cinema.

By the time Pitt's Southern-drawling, Nazi-scalping badass (whose way of curling his upper lip when he speaks was tailor-made for scenery chewing ... which he does constantly) and the film's arch villain Col. Hans "The Jew Hunter" Landa (Christoph Waltz, surely an early Oscar contender thanks to his performance) square off, all that's left is for Tarantino to scream "Checkmate!" And he does.


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