Thursday, February 12, 2009

TRAILER: Inglorious Basterds

People don't usually watch Holocaust-Nazi related films, so can you blame Hollywood for going above and beyond to get you to watch them? I mean, The Reader is critically-lauded and up for five Oscars, but has only managed to gross $24 million worldwide since it opened in December.

It seems Hollywood has found a solution. In the last few months, we've been offered a different foray into the genocide genre—which entails any film that involves a mass murder or enslavement of a specific race, gender, or sexuality—that has added an action element to the basic plot. Normally such films chronicle suffering and injustice, but Tom Cruise's Valkyrie and Daniel Craig's Defiance were more of a declaration of war against small-minded racists. I think once Quentin Tarantino saw that this was the perfect climate for an all-out Nazi massacre film, he pulled what strings he had left after Grindhouse tanked and brought his signature snark, murder, and mayhem to the newly developed genre with Inglorious Basterds.

I'm glad Jews finally have action heroes, but I can't wait to see if Hollywood tries to make a slavery action film...then I'll know for sure that the apocalypse is near.

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