Movie House Memories

Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Episode #109

Universal Pictures released Inglourious Basterds to theaters on August 21, 2009. Quentin Tarantino directed the film which starred Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, and Christoph Waltz.

Inglourious Basterds Movie Summary

In 1941, Shosanna, a jewish girl in France, hides beneath the floor of a farmhouse while SS colonel Hans Landa interrogates the farmer for the presence of hidden jews in the home. When they are found, Shosanna flees while the rest are gunned down.

Later, Lieutenant Raine recruits Jewish-American soldiers to fight in a special Army unit, the Basterds, to spread terror in the German army. They are known for killing and scalping Nazis and carving a swastika into the foreheads of the survivors. It works, and fear of the Basterds spreads through the German ranks.

Shosanna changes her identity and runs a movie theater in occupied Paris. She is romatically pursued by Frederick Zoller, a famous German sniper with a high body count. Zoller has starred in a propaganda film about his success in battle. Zoller convinces Joseph Goebbels to hold the premiere at Shosanna’s theater. Ultimately, it is decided that all of the German higherups will attend the premiere at Shosanna’s theater. Shosanna hatches a plan to burn the theater down with the German’s trapped inside.

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  1. Great podcast. You should really see hurt locker Chris, it’s a great film. I’m predicting none of the others will put Over the Edge in their top 100, that seems like more of a LTMR review. As far as Avatar goes, I see little chance of the sequels bombing. the original was such a phenomenon in China back when China was sort of an untapped market with regards to Hollywood films. Now box office has grown so much there that Fate of the Furious can make 400 mill there alone. And a bomb like Warcraft can make 200 there. because of those factors I wouldn’t be surprised if Avatar 2 makes a close to a billion in China alone. And I’m sure 20th century fox knows this. I follow the industry trends pretty closely, box office is way down in this country and has been for sometime. Many Hollywood blockbusters really aren’t made for the US anymore.

    1. I agree. I think that’s one of the reasons why HBO, Netflix, et al are doing so well right now. They have stories made for the US market, and you can watch them in the comfort of your own home on a 49″ $350 4k TV. Why go to a theater and spend $60 (or more) on an average movie for tickets and concessions? What is the better value for your money?

      As far as the Avatar sequels, I think they will make tons of money in China too. That film has connected with the Chinese people where Star Wars has failed; even with Disney casting two of China’s biggest action stars in the film. 20th Century Fox is probably banking on Avatar succeeding in China again, but given their success with The Revenant in Russia in 2015, I’m going to guess they will be looking for big returns in other countries too.

      Warcraft’s success in China was always a given I think based on the popularity of the game in that country. I still don’t know what people see in the The Fast and the Furious franchise though. I guess they are not for me.

      …and you’re the second person to recommend The Hurt Locker to me. I am a fan of Jeremy Renner and have that film on my list to see.

      1. Going back to Tarantino, I think he’s sort of turned into a parody of himself. You said you are sick of his extreme violence, I also was sick of that and his trademark dialogue as well in hateful eight. I wonder what the other Tarantino film that is in Patrick’s top 100 since this and Pulp Fiction are his 2 most acclaimed films. Surprised none of you mentioned Mike Myers in Basterds it was sort of an odd moment of stunt casting for no apparent reason.

        1. Well, Quentin is developing a film about the Manson Family murders, so I’m assuming his ultra violence will continue. IDK what Patrick’s other top 100 Tarantino film is; I assume Reservoir Dogs, but haven’t asked him.

          Mike Myers was a stunt for sure. I feel like he was cast just so he could keep his SAG card, but unless it’s ‘So I Married an Axe Murderer,’ I don’t have a lot to say about him.

          1. Have you or Matt heard what Uma Thurman said about Tarantino in ny times yesterday? It’s pretty shocking, I wonder if his career will be affected by this. Hollywood is changing in big ways lately.

          2. I did hear that which surprised me. I thought those two genuinely liked each other, but I don’t think it will affect Tarantino too much. It does depends on how he works going forward though.

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