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Posted by · 10:54 am · April 17th, 2009

I don’t know.  I look at this still and I think, “God, I’m destined to despise every inch of this film.”  That’s what seriously goes through my mind.

(from left) Eli Rotha nd Brad Pitt in Ingourious Basterds




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  • 1 4-17-2009 at 11:35 am

    CinematicallyCorrect.com said...

    After that trailer, I really feel the same way.

    How can I watch a movie with Eli Roth in it? All I will think about every time he is on screen is all the shit movies he’s created…and hate him for it.

  • 2 4-17-2009 at 11:43 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Promo press photos never tell you anything about the finish film.

  • 3 4-17-2009 at 12:14 pm

    Mr. Harmonica said...

    QT is done making venerable films. Apparently he’s totally content making Russ Meyer-esque trash.

    Too bad.

  • 4 4-17-2009 at 12:52 pm

    actionman said...

    Love QT, love Pitt, hate Roth. Conflicted feelings about this one at the moment. I mean…DETEST Roth.

  • 5 4-17-2009 at 2:30 pm

    Katie said...

    Yeah, i’m not that hot about it either. It looks Silly, which would be fine it it also looked like fun. And they’re trying, but..meh. I can’t help but look at Pitt and think, ugh, please don’t humiliate yourself.

  • 6 4-17-2009 at 3:00 pm

    André said...

    that makes two of us, Kris… I don’t know what the people who are anticipating this are on… but it must be some pretty good Kool-Aid!

  • 7 4-17-2009 at 3:26 pm

    JDH said...

    Roth is the biggest hack, no talent director in Hollywood. He’s suddenly BFFs with QT and he thinks that gives him credibility.

  • 8 4-17-2009 at 3:52 pm

    The InSneider said...

    Who cares what movies Eli Roth directed. He is ACTING in this and to me, considering the material, it looks like he does a damn good job. Can’t wait. Give the QT-bashing a rest, KT.

  • 9 4-17-2009 at 4:18 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    You know what? I know now exactly why I am not wanting to see this film at all, and I couldn’t put my finger on it before seeing this picture.

    These actors, from Brad Pitt to the dude playing Hitler, look like they’re having waaaaaaaaay too much fun. This picture is a perfect example. Pitt and Roth don’t look menacing or credible, they look like they’re thinking, “Look! We’re in a Tarantino movie! Isn’t that kewl?” Don’t get me wrong, a certain amount of playfulness can be appropriate, but not with this film.

  • 10 4-17-2009 at 4:18 pm

    P-Dawg said...

    It’s a very QT shot, reminiscent of the “trunk shots” in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction and countless other knockoffs. Only problem here is the no- talent ass clown on the left. Just recently watched the original and wasn’t too impressed but leave it up to Tarantino to remake an exploitation film for no real reason (or message) except that he can. I can’t totally bash him for I do enjoy the majority of his movies. This one, though, doesn’t seem to spark enough personal interest to give a damn.

  • 11 4-17-2009 at 5:41 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Couldn’t have said it better, Robert.

  • 12 4-17-2009 at 5:42 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “Give the QT-bashing a rest, KT.”

    Never.

  • 13 4-17-2009 at 5:43 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “He’s suddenly BFFs with QT and he thinks that gives him credibility.”

    Nothing sudden about it. Tarantino is responsible for the beast ever since he decided to “present” Roth’s early work to the masses.

  • 14 4-17-2009 at 5:58 pm

    Chad said...

    90’s Tarantino films are to 00’s Tarantino films what 70’s Pacino acting is to 00’s Pacino acting.

  • 15 4-17-2009 at 6:21 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “Insomnia” and “Angels in America” excepted, of course.

  • 16 4-17-2009 at 6:22 pm

    Shakazoolu said...

    Could everyone just stop hating on this movie and give it a chance. Jesus you guys havent even seen this film yet and your judging it. I cant wait for this to shock everyone and win the Palm d’ or, maybe that will shut all of you guys up

  • 17 4-17-2009 at 6:51 pm

    andrew said...

    Ugh. Now i’m all pissed. Give it a chance. I can’t remember the last time so much hate was being built up so much for a film for a TALENTED director. Whatever.

  • 18 4-17-2009 at 6:58 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I haven’t judged it yet. I’ll be more than happy to give it a glowing review if I love it. But I anticipate a crap-fest and have no reason to expect otherwise. I’ve read the script, too. It’s shit. So I’m not swinging blind here, guys.

    Your point is taken, though. I’ve frankly never felt this much pent-up passionate hatred for an unreleased film. There’s something weird and liberating about it. Can’t put my finger on it.

    Not that anything that’s been written in this post or the comments should be enough to make someone “all pissed,” mind you. Unless you’re, like, Tarantino’s nephew or something.

  • 19 4-17-2009 at 7:52 pm

    BurmaShave said...

    Pitt looks Walken-esque in that picture. I hope as he ages and loses his looks he continues to become a more interesting actor.

    And I’m not sure about the trepidation? DEATH PROOF was solid and the KILL BILLs are one of the film events of this decade. If he’d made a bad film I’d understand, but he’s yet to.

  • 20 4-17-2009 at 10:12 pm

    andrew said...

    Sorry, I was in a bad mood when I came on here so this kinda set me off. I’ve known for a long time it isn’t something you’re looking forward to Kris. But like I said, the pre-release hatred is a bit out of hand.

  • 21 4-17-2009 at 10:28 pm

    andrew said...

    ‘“Give the QT-bashing a rest, KT.”

    Never.’

    And it was that comment, that set me off at the time. Just letting you know.

  • 22 4-17-2009 at 10:52 pm

    Vito said...

    Well, I’m truly excited and looking forward to this. Despite Roth’s prescence.

  • 23 4-18-2009 at 2:21 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I still cannot get excited for this film either.

  • 24 4-18-2009 at 11:59 am

    John said...

    ROTH: Hey, look at me! I’m in a movie with Brad Pitt!

    PITT: Check it out! I’m in a Tarantino movie! And i’m holding a knife!

  • 25 4-18-2009 at 12:01 pm

    Dean said...

    It is ridiculous to get mad over things like this, but you do have to know, Kris, that putting things like this up as a feature–bashing a movie you haven’t seen (and, no, it doesn’t matter that you’ve read the script). I would cast my emotion as perplexed rather than angry. I haven’t seen a Tarantino-connected film yet that didn’t deliver (apart from FOUR ROOMS and maybe FROM DUSK TIL DAWN). His directorial track record for me is 100% positive. Even if IB is bad (and I will admit, QT is overdue for delivering a disappointment), it’ll at least be fascinating to watch. Look, I despise Eli Roth, too–but he’s ACTING here, and since I haven’t seen the entire performance, I have to count this as something I must watch. What I won’t be watching for is a fair shake given to it by IN CONTENTION. I think the die is already cast here.

  • 26 4-18-2009 at 4:17 pm

    Chris said...

    Quentin Tarantino = overrated

    This movie looks really mediocre.

  • 27 4-19-2009 at 12:12 pm

    moviefan said...

    “InSneider: I don’t know what the people who are anticipating this are on…”

    Ask Anne Thompson, she’s been drooling over this and Pitt in it since the first trailer came out. I think it looks terrible and Pitt’s performance just plain bad. It’ll take a whole lotta sumpin’ sumpin’ to get me into the theater for this movie, but I haven’t seen it yet.

  • 28 4-19-2009 at 1:40 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    This is getting a little old. A little speculation on a movie is fine. Everyone does it, you can’t help it. But people have made their points; you either think it could be interesting or you don’t. InSneider’s comment was spot on, but it should be apparent from the trailer that QT isn’t aiming for Saving Private Ryan here. I agree that Brad Pitt looks severely miscast here and I hate Roth just as much as anybody, but what we need to realize is that ever since Pulp Fiction, QT has either been your cup of tea or not. He’s not trying to make a blockbuster, but he’s also not trying to win an Oscar, which is an odd and rare combination. He’s just trying to entertain a certain number of people.

  • 29 4-20-2009 at 6:38 am

    Mike_M said...

    Still looking forward to this , I actually can’t wait for this…

    I love QT and Pitt

    I also had fun with Hostel 1 and 2… and after meeting Eli once he is a hell of a nice guy who is so passionate about movies so I am a fan of him too

  • 30 4-20-2009 at 8:03 am

    Kevin said...

    I detect a personal problem with Quentin Tarantino. Personally, I love his work and while Roth may not be the most talented person in the world, Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt are very talented. Also, after reading the script, I have a lot of confidence in this and am only looking to be entertained Tarantino style, not moved or anything. Sounds like someone other Tarantino has an air of self-importance, Kris, and these one man crusades against select film you personally don’t care for or don’t wanna see is getting old. I enjoy your columns Kris, but trashing films you don’t care for and trying to ruin it for everyone else is not very becoming of you.

  • 31 4-21-2009 at 9:46 am

    Wanda said...

    Moviefan, you are just biased against Brad for
    the same unfounded reasons nearly everybody else is.. buying into a nasty ongoing misportrayal spawned by a false accusation. It
    is very corrupt considering Pitt actually has a strong character, is authentic, and has a great
    personality which shone through which is why
    people fell in love with him in the first place. All
    of that is blocked by the media’s trash and is
    calculating, manipulative, phony ex encouraging
    all of those misconceptions everytime she has
    a movie out or if his films receive award buzz.

    I knew the flamers would pounce on this movie.
    Interesting, how there is a sudden Tarantino
    backlash just like how there was a sudden
    Clint Eastwood backlash when Changeling was
    released. You know perfectly well what Tarantino’s style is but people don’t seem to be applying that understanding to condemn and dismiss this movie as offensive and repulsive’
    when it is made in a similar spirit to his other
    movies.

  • 32 4-21-2009 at 9:56 am

    Wanda said...

    This is supposed to be a cult action period
    thriller like many of his movies, not a classic,
    Oscar Contender, or even a major box office
    blockbuster. I found nothing wrong with Pitt’s
    performance from what I have seen and I think he blended in with this character wonderfully.
    He actually adds more dimension to this weak part. People are not giving this movie a chance.
    It is designed for Tarantino fans, but half of those fans have that Pitt-bias and are choosing not to like it ahead of time. I don’t understand
    the sudden overpowering Eli Roth hatred either.
    He is not that awful of a director or an actor.
    Even that image shown above is drawing all sorts of unfounded snarky comments. It will probably
    be among the most hated film of the year along
    with Tree of Life, similar to how Benjamin Button and Babel were among the most maligned
    movies of their respective years. The only time
    I felt Pitt humilated himself is Meet Joe Black,
    he has been fine in his other movies. He makes
    interesting choices. His nomination for BB was
    set-up by the biased, deeply corrupted industry
    into increase the backlash, mocking against their
    favorite target while increasing the publicity
    geared towards award season. He was just a
    slot-filler and it is almost like they nominated just so his haters can claim he did not deserve
    it. It wasn’t his most impressive performance but
    he does have a satisfactory body of work. He
    is also not meant to look sexy here. Is it hard
    to age well when the world is engaging in such
    cruelty and brainwashing against you over lie
    which has lead to such misery and pain that will never end.

  • 33 4-21-2009 at 10:15 am

    Wanda said...

    I bet that hacktress Aniston’s upcoming movie
    Management will cause her millions of sycophants and puppets to drool. She only
    has to stretch a little bit in these calculated,
    overrated indie movies to impress her fans which
    has is nearly everyone. Then her B-grade junk
    makes millions of dollars, all because of her
    association with a real movie star and how she
    later chose to exploit false storyline. She has
    no conscience nor consideration for others.
    She wouldn’t even be an A-lister if not for Pitt.
    People seem to forget when she acquired The
    America’s Sweetheart and Golden Girl image.
    People forget when and why they chose to love her so much over a false image. She played the
    celebrity game of manipulation, deceit, and
    image building better than anybody else.
    better than anybody else. I wouldn’t care if it were not at the expense of a truly great man who
    earned his status and popularity on his own.
    Not to mention the already immoral world became a million times more depraved and twisted. The media gets away with more spin and lies than ever because of how she provided the trashy tabloids with credibility. Nearly every media outlet has sunk to the level of a tabloid.
    I could go on forever about this. God knows
    she was not victimized. The media has even
    planted lies in their interviews to make people
    think he confessed when he always maintained
    his truth with grace. A true victim would never
    make a PR Campaign with their alleged pain.
    She is reaping such ill-gotten gains over such
    corruption. Yet I bet most of you adore her,
    you respect the fraud and mediocre talent
    who has done nothing but lie and manipulate
    people.

    What also gets me is how Hollywood pretended
    to be so pious over an accusation when the
    real deal never caused such a response against
    one of the few men who wouldn’t ever committ
    the crime. Attack ing people who are honest, trying to make a difference, benfitted popculture and
    the industry, villify real humanitarian work,
    and the adoption of third world children all
    over some empty, self-absorbed snake who
    wouldn’t even half a quarter of this respect
    and popularity without him. You have the
    corrupt majority pretending to be moralistic
    and compassionate and treating the keen observers who point out the truth as if they
    were insane. Why don’t the real victims out there
    and the many subjects of real suffering receive
    this kind of pity?

    I’m watching this movie not just based on its
    merits but to fight against the ignorant majority
    who continues to be involved in such spreading
    of lies and awful spin against somebody who
    had the potential to make the world a better place. You have to be really blind not to see that he was one of the few good ones. I guess only
    genuine moralists can recognize morality in
    others. My, how the public threw out their 10-15 year history with him and accepted a tabloid
    caricature that came from a vile misportrayal
    that came from well-caculated gossip, from a
    type of a rumor & set-up that other celebs
    have been targetted with in the past. The difference was that Aniston was the first person
    to actually validate such trash and to actually
    play the victim card. It was the first time, an actor got destroyed over a false accusation that
    created such a sordid image over a sin most of
    you are not truly offended by, considering all
    of the other celebs you tolerate.

    I know my message will probably be mocked.
    Hopefully, some people will see and feel the
    truth and reality in my rant.

  • 34 4-21-2009 at 10:23 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Cut the conspiracy theory shit, Wanda. Disliking a bad film from a usually talented filmmaker is not automatically due to “backlash”. It’s usually because, oh I don’t know, IT’S A BAD MOVIE! And the so-called “backlash” against Tarantino has been going on for years now ever since he decided to stop crafting masterpieces like Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown and start churning out B-movie tribute films. It wasn’t “sudden” at all.

    And no one’s “out to get” Brad Pitt, that’s such a pathetic comment. You will hear nothing but praise from most people here and elsewhere for his performances in Fight Club, Snatch, and The Assassination of Jesse James. That doesn’t mean he’s incapable of bad performances like in Benjamin Button or being miscast like he clearly is in this film. And another thing; I don’t give a rat’s ass if he looks “sexy”. He can look however he wants as long as he is right for a film.

    And he wasn’t “set up” by a ” biased, deeply corrupted industry into [sic] increase the backlash”. He was just lucky enough to be in an overhyped, overpraised film that rode a wave of support at the right time from Kool-Aid drinkers who thought that it should get EVERY Oscar. Good actors can give sub-par performances, unworthy work often recieves Oscar nominations, and great filmmakers don’t always make great films. Deal with it.

  • 35 4-21-2009 at 10:29 am

    Robert Hamer said...

    Whoops, I didn’t get a chance to see the last part of your rant where, after you accuse us of trashing Brad Pitt’s performance in this film (at least based on his embarrassing monologue in the trailer) solely because of his personal life and some evil “gossip industry out to get him”, you go on to trash Jennifer Aniston for…her personal life.

    I should have realized you’re just an insane celebrity-worshipper who needs to get a life.

  • 36 4-21-2009 at 12:03 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Wanda: You may have noticed, going through the previous comments, that the only person who has mentioned Brad Pitt’s personal life is you. Can we keep it about the movies, please?