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Inglourious Basterds

No one plays a violent, sadistic bastard better than Brad Pitt. His portrayal of Jesse James was marvelous, and now he has reprised that role as Lt. Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino’s wonderful World War II flick turned-on-its-head, Inglourious Basterds. Tarantino shows us that torturers and murderers, no matter what their stripe, or their cause, are simply killers, ruthless men who learn to love their task all too well. It is a film that Lars von Trier, the badman of world cinema, could have made. The fact that we enjoy watching it should teach a lesson, though, I fear, few will learn it.