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One of the greatest Bulgarian films
For me Kaloyan is a greatly underestimated achievement of Bulgarian cinema, perhaps because its generation could not appreciate its advantages - one expects to see just a war movie that shows how great this Bulgarian tzar was (and he certainly was). However this movie is not just a lesson in History - it makes you be Kaloyan, feel his emotions, think the way he thinks. His character is realistic as well - equally fair and brutal, which a real leader had to be. The story is complex and dynamic as it also features minor characters (in terms of history); the music is suitable and the battle scenes are well made. Its atmosphere is certainly memorable.
I consider the film as obligatory for Bulgarian movie fans; personally I prefer it to Aszparuh.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Better than Pulp Fiction
As an introduction I'll mention the fact that I've seen and rated more than 300 movies, most in the toplists here, and as of August 2009 Inglourious Basterds is one of my five 10s.
I saw it yesterday on the big-screen and I was astonished! I really had high expectations as I had read it resembled the earlier Tarantino movies (Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs). The quality of the dialogue and the complexity of the plot were really Tarantino but unlike his other work Inglourious Basterds is dynamic and thrilling during all of its 150 minutes - one can feel the pressure even during the "Royale with cheese" type dialogues. I also noted QT's development when it comes to film music - the soundtrack is really incredible even if it doesn't consist of good old rock'n'roll tracks; it really touches your heart.Here I should also say that the movie isn't and does not pretend to be historically accurate - as Tarantino stated "...it's a spaghetti western set during the WWII".
Obligatory for Leone, Tarantino and Guy Ritchie fans, recommended for anyone above 10. Dynamic, clever, touching and brutal - I guess this just might be his masterpiece!