Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Tarantino makes history…

To proclaim that Tarantino’s done it again may seem like a rather glib statement, but that makes it no less true. With Inglourious Basterds, the film-maker has produced another breathless example of a style of cinema he has made firmly his own; a brash celebration of everything we have come to associate from the man who brought us generation-defining fare like Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. And it is so deeply Tarantino – from the beautifully crafted opening scene that proves to be a masterclass in quiet tension, to the no-holds-barred explosive climax – that it is yet another directorial double edged sword. Because, as with the entirety of his back catalogue, Tarantino has made no compromises in making a film on his own meticulous terms so that, although it may be his most wide-reaching to date, it will continue to alienate those who don’t buy into his unique style. But for those who do, Basterds is a blast.

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Anything For Her (2008)

And he means anything

European filmmakers certainly know how to make a good thriller. Take Michael Haneke’s absorbing whodunit Hidden Matteo Garrone’s jaw-dropping Gommorah or Guillame Canet’s nightmare trip down memory lane, Tell No-One. And Fred Cavaye is no exception, as Anything For Her is an intelligent, involving and surprising tale of an ordinary man pushed way beyond his limits.

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