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The 100 Best Movies Of The Complex Decade

42. Inglourious Basterds (2009)

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Stars: Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth, Melanie Laurent, Diane Kruger, Til Schweiger, Daniel Bruhl, Omar Doom, Mike Myers, B.J. Novak

Quentin Tarantino is an easy target for cinema purists who lack senses of humor: He's a certified weirdo in real life, his movies shamelessly pilfer from older flicks, and he doesn't know the meaning of the word “subtlety.” But we'd be hard-pressed to find one reason as to why the snootiest of film critics could hate on Inglourious Basterds, QT' s most daring and, dare we say it, mature work.

And that's saying a lot for a movie whose revisionist, and wonderfully cartoonish, history shows Adolf Hitler's face getting turned into Silly Putty by machine gun fire and a hammy Mike Myers in old-man makeup. What, it's still Quentin Tarantino, after all.

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