7. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Ass-kicker: Donnie “The Bear Jew” Donowitz
Victim: A proud Nazi sergeant
The mind of writer-director Quentin Tarantino is one fucked-up place, and we can’t get enough of its creations. Arguably, 2009’s Inglourious Basterds is the filmmaker’s most accomplished work, though many would debate that Pulp Fiction is superior. It’s hard to deny Basterds excessive amounts of respect, though, when the film is chockfull of masterful sequences, scenes pulsating with engaging dialogue and sudden outbursts of violence.
The nucleus of the flick revolves around the Basterds, a renegade troop of Nazi-hunters led by Southern brute Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt); as per their ritual, the Basterds’ most physically imposing member, Donnie “The Bear Jew” Donowitz (Eli Roth, who, yes, is miscast), beats Nazis’ heads in with his trusty baseball bat, which bears—no pun intended—the signatures of relatives from his native Boston who’ve lost Jewish family members in the war.
Not one to rely upon secondhand accounts, Tarantino gives the audience a hard look at Donnie’s handiwork with a scene in which he impersonates Teddy “Fuckin’” Williams all over a Nazi sergeant’s dome, much to the delight of his fellow Basterds. By the sounds of their cheers and joyous howls, you’d think the scene was set in Fenway Park.