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Inglourious Basterds

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In general I am not fond of any movie about war, but I am intrigued by this movie. When I see this movie for the first time on HBO (I have neither read its review nor seen the trailer yet), the first thing that interests me is the title, the misspelled of “basterds”.  Then, when the movie starts, I really enjoy the music and I continue to watch it as I see one of the casts is Daniel Bruhl, I like him :).

But, my joy is distracted by the appearance of Brad Pitt. He might be a famous and great actor, but the way he talks and his accent in this movie is incredibly unattractive. Every time he talks, he sounds as like a man got toothache. Maybe, just maybe Michael Fassbender should play as Aldo Raine. He probably could present Aldo Raine’s character better. It is shame that he only gets very short role in this movie.

The best part about this movie is Col. Hans Landa, played by Christoph Waltz. I have never seen any of his movies before, but he is obviously the star on this movie. Christoph Waltz has succeed picturing a malicious, unspeakable and monstrous character of Col. Hans Landa. Even since the first chapter, in the early conversations I can sense his evil character behind his sweet and courteous manner when he speaks to Perrier LaPadite. Bravo Waltz!

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By the Sea …..

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Have you seen the movie “By the Sea”? The movie is actually worth to watch. But, I am not sure if Jolie and Pitt are the best actor/actress for this movie. And the conversations ….. I know they played a couple who were in trouble relationship, but they made the movie  became boring film, too long and slow-moving. Some critics said that this movie was portraying Pitt & Jolie’s real troubled marriage life.

Apart from the actors and their boring conversations, the movie has many other things to enjoy. The movie is set in a fantastically beautiful French village (was filmed in Malta and the island of Goza, Mediterranean sea). The scenes were mostly taken in the luxurious hotel set in mid 1970s (they used the Corinthia Hotel St. George’s Bay, Malta). Malta has a proven track record with 90 years’ of history as a film location, dating back to 1925. “By the Sea” is the third movie Brad Pitt has shot on the island, following “World War Z” and “Troy.” Hundreds of different productions have been partly or entirely filmed in Malta, including Robin Williams’ 1980 “Popeye,” “Game of Thrones,” “Captain Phillips,” “Gladiator,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Munich,” and many more. Over the summer of 2015, Malta also acted as the filming location for highly-anticipated 2016 releases including “Assassin’s Creed” starring Michael Fassbender, “The Promise” starring Christian Bale and new TV series “You, Me and the Apocalypse” starring Rob Lowe.

Then the wardrobe that Jolie and  Pitt wore on the movie, they are all luxe, classic and glamourous. Vanessa (Jolie’s character) and Roland (Pitt’s character) were like creating their own runaway on this movie, made them as the French Riviera’s most glamorous couple ever. From the accessories, Tiffany & Co ring, Kay Jewelers, oversize YSL sunglasses & Burberry’s, Tom Ford reading glasses, Louise Vuitton bag, and then the costumes are all from luxurious brands, like Rochas, Kiki De Montparnasse, Anto Beverly Hills, Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Borsalino, La Perla, Helmut Lang, DG, Hugo Boss, and some more. Impressive, right?

The most beautiful about this movie is the list songs in the movie soundtrack.  Jolie collaborated with Gabriel Yared for the movie soundtrack, who won an Oscar and a Grammy Award for his work on The English Patient (1996) and was nominated for both The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Cold Mountain (2003).  The movie has brought back some beautiful songs from 68s – 70s. One of them is the song with tittle Jane B by Jane Birkin. Yes, the Jane Birkin, who was the inspiration behind the famous Hermes handbag. Jane Birkin is a British actress, singer, and songwriter based in France. She was best known for her relationship and musical partnership with Serge Gainsbourg. The song Jane B was one of the songs that’s written by Serge Gainsbourg and first released by Jane Birkin in 1969. Then, there is Perfect Day by Harry Nilsson. Those two songs are best songs to end the movie.