Non Resident Alien

This is a chronicle of my tragi-comic life as a foreigner in the United States. My official status when I started school in 2004, was that of a Non-Resident-Alien and that's where the title of the blog is from. My status has changed to Resident Alien since then. My personal experiences are a unique roller coaster mundane everyday experiences for locals, but unique from the eyes of a foreigner. I started this blog to share some of my experiences beginning my third year living in this country.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Inglourious Basterds (Spoiler Alert)

I ever there has been a charmer on screen it is Christoph Waltz, as SS Col. Hans Landa. How can one not be charmed by him? The smooth talking, fluent in French, German, Italian and English (who knows what other), cool-headed yet cunning Col. in Hitler's army. Now I do not know what part of Tarantino's new movie is based on true events, but the tale he spins is gory and funny at the same time (I do not mean to undermine the seriousness of the plot). In classic Tarantino style there are multiple plot lines that progress simultaneously and we are left tethering at the edge of our seats towards the end wondering how it is going to end. There are so many unexpected turns in the story that you quit predicting in your mind how the plot will progress next. To me Christoph Waltz was the show stealer. Brad Pitt aka Aldo the Apache, with his thick accent is hard to follow sometimes (for one unused to such accents like myself), but renders a good role. It was good to see non-American talent on a blockbuster such as this for a change. Melanie Laurent as Shosanna and Diane Kruger as Bridget von Hammersmark are stunning both to look at and in character. Daniel Bruhl as Zoller is eye-candy of sorts if you can peel your eyes away from the two ladies and Waltz. As usual Tarantino does not disappoint. Two thumbs up. I am going back to see it again. Leave the kids at home. If you have a weak stomach for blood on the screen (there's plenty of it) stay at home.

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