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By admin Published: August 20, 2009

My review of "Inglourious Basterds" is here.

I was more or less pleased with the review, which was hard to write because I am so ambivalent generally about Quentin Tarantino. I liked "Reservoir Dogs," parts of "Pulp Fiction," most of "Jackie Brown" -- although I have admitted my fascination with Pam Grier. I thought "Death Proof" as originally configured in "Grindhouse" was not good -- I'd say self-indulgent, but Tarantino is consistently and deliberately self-indulgent -- and that the other half of "Grindhouse," "Planet Terror," was much better. And I have never been able to get through more than 10 minutes of the first "Kill Bill." And "Basterds" is impressive here, annoying there. So I think I got that complicated feeling down.

Then I read Daniel Mendelsohn's piece on the movie in Newsweek. And had a real "Wish I'd said (and seen) that" moment.

My formal column about the passing of Don Hewitt is here.

Today's mailbag -- Holly Hunter's Oscar, "Ally McBeal" on DVD, the ending of "Frasier" and other topics -- is here.

My chat with Danny Gokey of "American Idol," which comes to Cleveland on Sunday, is here.

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