Inglourious Basterds ★★★★½

Tarantino isn't just a great filmmaker. He's an important one. His contributions to cinema have been pivotal and will undoubtedly continue to influence audiences long after he is gone. Most (maybe all) would regard Pulp Fiction as his masterwork. His preeminent film. They're wrong. Inglourious Basterds transcends modern filmmaking, because it isn't just a film. It isn't just a story. It's the affirmation of a director who loves beyond reason. His capacity for great storytelling is simply the byproduct of his infatuation with it. His passion is unmistakable and palpable. In revisiting and ranking Tarantino's filmography I've learned a great deal. Most importantly, I've learned that ranking these films is foolish and misleading. To simply state that one Tarantino film is better than another is an unfair undertaking and a disservice to the body of work, but I'm here now and I feel I must see this project to the end. I always knew I was going to choose Inglourious Basterds as one of my favorites. It is the culmination of a single man and his life of loving cinema. The good and the bad. The provocative and the questionable. Inglourious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino.

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