(500) Days of Summer and Inglourious Basterds

(500) Days of Summer is a movie about Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel). Summer comes to work at the greeting card company where Tom is employed (despite his being trained as an architect), and he immediately falls for her. She doesn’t believe in relationships. Lots of good and bad things ensue and abound.

The story is told in a semi-random order, jumping backwards and forwards frequently, but kept fairly clear with screen text indicating the day number just after each jump. This lets them temper some of the bad times by interspersing the good times, keeping things from getting as depressing as they might have. But still, contrary to the advertisements for this film, it is probably more a drama than a romantic comedy, though it is the latter at times.

On the whole I definitely liked it, and I would give it a low out of .

Inglourious Basterds is Quentin Tarantino‘s latest film. To me, it had some really great moments, with thrilling colors and camera moves, and also some excellent performances (most notably by Christoph Waltz). But not all of the performances were that good, and some parts didn’t work for me at all. In particular, the scalping scenes bothered me far more than the extensive dismemberment scenes in the Kill Bill films. And the overall film didn’t feel like it fit together into a coherent whole. I’ll give it  out of .

Seen 9/11/2009 and 9/12/2009, respectively, in London.

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