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Posted on Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Dave!My day wasn't spent wandering around Denver as planned... but working.

I did get out for a quick walk down the 16th Street Mall in the afternoon, but the heat eventually drove me back to my air-conditioned hotel for still more work. And though I didn't finish nearly enough of what I needed to get done, I finally threw in the towel around 4:30.

Because it was time to meet up with Tug, Hot Doctor's Wife, and Howard at the Hard Rock Cafe for Daveorado!


As usual, good conversation and good times ensued. That I get to continuously meet amazing people like this in my travels is a gift for which I'm wholly inadequate at expressing my gratitude. All I can say is thanks to the three of you for taking valuable time out of your Saturday to let me hang out with you. Hopefully it won't be another six years before I am able to come back!

After dinner, Howard and I decided to get our Tarantino on and see Inglourious Basterds. The film was total genius, and I loved every minute of it. Particularly shocking to me was how amazing Brad Pitt is in the flick... this is easily his best performance since 12 Monkeys. But the hands-down standout, scene-stealing role in the film belonged to Christoph Waltz's brilliant portrayal of Col. Hans Landa. The guy had to walk a very fine line to get just the right balance of humor and terror, and did it so admirably that the film was elevated to an entirely new level of greatness...

Christoph Waltz as Col. Hans Landa

I have no idea how Quentin Tarantino does it. He always manages to write exactly the right dialogue, then cast exactly the right actors to speak it, then direct the entire film flawlessly, then pick precisely the right music to drive it all home. I don't think "visionary" manages to adequately express how astounding a talent he is when it comes to crafting a film, but it's the best word I can think of to describe what it is he does.

Which, in this case, is to create a film that has many levels, yet blends them all so subtly that they disappear into a singular brute-force narrative. By the time we get to the film-within-a-film theater scenes (which seem to be a thinly-veiled commentary on all the killing that the audience has been manipulated into rooting for thus far), all I can do is shake my head in disbelief that any one man can possess such talent...

Inglourious Basterds Poster

I can hardly way to see what Quentin comes up with next.


  1. Hilly says:

    Amen Amen! I thought “Inglourious Basterds” was Quentin’s best film to date and I’m a whore for “Pulp Fiction” so that’s saying a lot coming from me. Christoph Waltz was simply amazing and I was generally impressed with pretty much everyone in that movie (except Mike Myers, for some reason).

  2. Robin says:

    Quentin’s best work for me is Pulp Fiction – nothing has come close to sheer greatness for me after that. But I keep hearing great things about this movie, so I’ll have to see it today.

  3. LOVE denver. really want to get back there again soon. glad your meet up went well.

    that is some serious high movie praise there. i’m trying so hard not to get all excited for this movie so that i don’t ruin it for myself the way i did district 9.

  4. Howard says:

    Hey, thanks for coming to our town. It was great seeing you again and love that we just randomly decided to go see the movie. You diverted my geek nigh of WoW to a geek night of geek film.

  5. Sybil Law says:

    I want to see that movie- heard only good things about it!
    I am jealous of your Denver/ Colorado trip. Haven’t been there in years! WAH.

  6. A Lewis says:

    That’s a good lookin’ group of groupies!

  7. Michelle says:

    Must agree with all reviews: Denver, Basterds and Tarantino. Went to I.B. at midnite oh one Friday and loved every second of it as well. And while I’m not quite the Tarantino groupie that a lot are this movie completely rocked and I love (and download) every sound track that you know he hand picks.

    I must agree with Hillie though about Myers. I’ve always thought he was one schwiiiing away from funny. But, obviously, that’s just me.

  8. hdw says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with Howard – thanks for stopping in Denver! Twas a fun time.

  9. Justin Scott says:

    I saw Inglorious Basterds yesterday and gotta say, you hit the nail on the head. Quentin is absolutely brilliant. I think, in many ways, this was a career defining moment for Brad Pitt. Seriously, this is the movie, more than any other, that I feel really shows his brilliance.

  10. Tug says:

    It was great meeting you all, and you’re right – hopefully it won’t be 6 years again!

  11. Lynda says:

    Glad you have a great time! I’ve been hearing a lot about the film, but I didn’t like Pulp Fiction, so….

  12. Avitable says:

    The only problem that I had was the Samuel L. Jackson voiceovers. That was unnecessary and pulled me out of the movie, albeit briefly.

  13. martymankins says:

    I really REALLY want to see this film. I’m thinking I may have to wait for this weekend as this week is packed.

    As a big Tarantino fan, I won’t miss it too much longer, that’s for sure.

  14. whall says:

    I hear Quentin is working on the Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang remake. Emphasis on the “bang bang”.

    I’m jealous of you meeting Ctug.

    You should franchise out the meetup idea. Let non-Dve’s get in on the Dave meetup action.

  15. I cannot wait to see both Inglourious Basterds and District 9. We were going to go to the movies this weekend but somehow it never quite happened.

  16. Tug says:

    Ah, Whall just gave me the warm fuzzies. 😉

    (It could have been a hot flash, but shhhhhh, don’t tell Whall)

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