This episode earns an R rating.
With respect to The Secret In Their Eyes, Quentin Tarantino’s “masterpiece” (?) was the best foreign-language film of 2009. It was probably the best film of 2009, period. This 158th helping of Next 100 Project talkiness is a thorough dive into this weirdly excellent movie, but we sure didn’t cover everything. The layers! Brad Pitt, Melanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz (we had trouble pronouncing his name properly) and a wonderful supporting cast elevate QT’s one-of-a-kind screenplay. He’s been called a rip-off artist, but his talent for creating satisfying revisionist history (not to mention revenge…always revenge with this guy) is something that no rip-off artist could do on their best day. The man is such an original. So enjoy his newest, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, later this week, but first make sure to devour all 67 minutes of this episode.
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For The Record: QT’s first movie wasn’t My Best Friend’s Wedding. It was My Best Friend’s Birthday. Also, Shosanna isn’t trying to “blow up” her own theatre, just burn it down (because she didn’t know that the Basterds were strapped with dynamite). Also also, Michael Fassbender wasn’t an unknown. He was in 300 and the mini-series Band Of Brothers (among other things) before this flick. Finally, upon further review, “cut” in French should be pronounced “coupure”, not “couper”.
YouTube links: The opening and “oblige him” and Shosanna has lunch with the Nazis and going out “speaking the King’s” and Landa meets the Basterds and the Basterds & Shosanna kill a whole lot of Nazis and “I think this just might be my masterpiece”
Previously on the Next 157 Project: The China Syndrome
July 29th on the Next 159 Project: Parenthood