Quentin Tarantino's new film "Inglourious Basterds" pumps the adrenaline back into World War II. After decades of history-laden films about the era, with Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List" setting the high bar, Tarantino deconstructs the genre by working with fictional characters, delivering up the past with dust-free immediacy to a contemporary audience.
The film's manipulation of history increases its suspense; finally, a WWII film with an unpredictable ending!
In his mincing review ["His Bloody Pulp," Aug. 21], Kenneth Turan shows how out of touch he is with the culture he's paid to advise.
Kenneth Turan lists five "bloody" scenes in "Inglourious Basterds." The explicit gore in these five scenes comprise all of one or two minutes in a 2 1/2 -hour film. Go see it. Eyelids are designed to close at will.
It took me a day to figure out why Turan and other liberal critics berate this movie. It promotes the liberal anathema that "torture works."
John A. Saylor
I attended a screening of Quentin Tarantino's film "Inglourious Basterds" last night and feel compelled to share my outrage at the film.
It was the worst film I have ever seen. I want my money and time back, and an official apology from Quentin Tarantino himself! And this is putting it mildly.