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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The Reader (DVD)

More than words

The Academy has been known to make questionable choices when it hands out those Oscars every February, but their decision to name Kate Winslet as Best Actress at this year’s ceremony was clearly the right one. For her performance in Stephen Daldry’s The Reader is, like the film itself, powerful, moving and provocative.

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