Inglourious Basterds (2009)

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Speaking of badassery, Inglourious Basterds really knows how to do it right. My favorite of the ten, I wish this film stood more of a chance at that big award. But let's face it; large blue creatures and floating tree spores look better with 3-D and popcorn than bloody forehead swastikas. This movie is wonderfully written and wonderfully cast. And beyond that, it's unexpectedly beautiful. I understand any complaints that may arise from the blatant fact-changing of a devastating time in our recent history. But it's hard not to feel satisfied when it's Nazis being slaughtered. Any review of this film must inevitably contain at least one mention of Christoph Waltz's brilliant, dementedly hilarious portrayal of Hans Landa. The moment he reacts to Bridget von Hammersmark's mountain-climbing explanation may just be my favorite movie moment of the year.



By far the most entertaining and original of the 2009 Best Picture nominees, Inglourious Basterds is a story about fictional events surrounding a plot to destroy Hitler and his top men at a Nazi movie premier in France.

In typical Tarantino style, every suspenseful scene is set up with sophisticated dialogue frequently followed by gratuitous violence. The incredible Christoph Waltz delivers most of said dialogue. His repeated acclaim for this role is well deserved as he is able to transform himself into the most charming yet frightening villain of the decade.

This film has a complete package. Its original fictitious storyline, ingenious dialogue, gorgeous cinematography, and its perfect editing, directing, music, and acting make this film a top choice for best picture of 2009.