Sunday, September 06, 2009

Basterds and the smell of Mandom

Went to see Inglourious Basterds yesterday (more on that at the end of the post), and the Alamo Drafthouse showed a couple of these Japanese MANDOM cologne commercials featuring Charles Bronson as part of their pre-show. They are hilarious! Bronson has a habit of throwing his clothing in the air. Also he is usually alone when he is reveling in his own mandom. Wonderfully bizarre. Hope you don't mind the stained-glass penises shown in the first few seconds of this one.

Another clothing-throwing episode, removing the MANDOM cap makes bullet sounds, and he puts enough of it on his body to turn him into a weapon - a smell-bomb.

More MANDOM Charles Bronson commercials on Youtube

Inglourious Basterds
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No Spoilers

If you like Quentin Tarantino's stuff, I think you'll like this. Some people have actually complained that it's not violent enough for a QT movie. Really? And so what anyway? There's plenty of that, believe me, but the conversations are always the most important thing, and there will be payoff. There's humor too, mostly centered around or coming from Brad Pitt's character. I have to mention that his Southern accent is atrocious, and I believe deep-down that it must be intentionally so. That, in itself, adds humor. His heavy Southern-American accent added to his Italian completely reminded me of my mother when she tried to speak Greek. It was exactly like that.

I love Brad Pitt as a character actor. I don't have a crush on him like most people do (except when he played Achilles [pic] - that one leaves me weak)

Besides Pitt, big highlights are Mélanie Laurent as Shosanna Dreyfus and Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa. I was not familiar with either of these.

The trivia file on this movie is ultra-rich. In case you haven't seen it, the spoiler trivia is well-marked and at the bottom.

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