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Note: As I only can assess films I have already seen, you will not find "The Longest Day" and (maybe) others, yet. But I am open to suggestions.
Don't watch too closely - maybe distance yourself with a sip of the Green Fairy
First things first. This is a teen movie - not an exercise in political correctness. This is about what mid-western Americans do during the summer between high-school graduation and freshman year college. And that is getting drunk and stupid. You see, prejudice goes both ways and either way it is plainly funny to watch in a movie that doesn't take itself too seriously and in this case, not seriously at all.
Why can I say that in good humor? Because I am not Slovakian - the only nation and people where the writers went too far. But let us back up a bit.
This movie does not mark Europeans with common stereotypes but Americans for regarding them as true facts. Knowing that, all the pieces fall right into place: Hooligans, mimes, greasy Italian guy, Nazi-toddler and - of course - "Eastern Europe". Everything is just so openly ridiculous and in turn, funny.
To my sense of taste, the story seriously looses momentum when the foursome is dropped off in a post-communism Bratislava. Coming from a post-communism region myself, I cannot find anything funny about that grossly misleading picture. But I think, that is the point of stereotypes: They are plainly unfair and biased.
But the joke is on anyone who tries to find lodging in Bratislava for $1.36. Really, I dare you! Meanwhile, I deduct 3 points for this serious plot-issue whilst adding one point for the lack of fart-jokes Americans seem to be so fond of.
This movie is easily the funniest American teen movie I have ever seen and truly earns 8 out of 10.
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Don't let the Trailer fool You!
That was what happened to me. I saw the trailer and expected the movie's title to also be the theme. Also, I thought Brad Pitt would have a major part in it. And finally, I was curious about Tarantino's ability to write compelling dialogue in German. And, boy, was I wrong!
Like many other reviewers, I came to realize that the Basterds only play a minor role in the story of the movie and the importance of Aldo Raine is even less significant. The whole of the plot is dominated by the brilliant Hans Landa, which is most evident in the scene before the movie premiere. When Mrs von Hammersmark introduces Aldo Raine to Landa as an Italian friend we hear the SS Officer ramble in fluent Tuscan. Obviously only to test the "friend" for he is clearly not the person he is being passed off as. And of course Lt. Raine, knowing nothing about Italian, barely gets two words out of his mouth.
It makes you wonder why Christoph Waltz won the Academy Award for "Best Supporting Actor", when instead he is clearly the leading actor. And truly, the Austrian makes this movie come to live. Maybe even more so, because he was type-cast as the sinister and devious villain before Tarantino even knew of him.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed the movie with the same sense of seriousness I attribute to all other "Tarantinos" and made my peace with it mid-way through.
Final address to the Writer: Dear Quentin, I will readily endure another half-hour rant about Madonna's hidden agenda, as long as You stick to English. Your style just does not work in German. I don't know why, but that's the way it is.
Der Untergang (2004)
A grim view into the abyss
A grim view into the abyss. That is what every inmate of the Führerbunker is faced with during the last days of the battle of Berlin. While everyone deals with the situation in their own way the audience itself is confronted with the upsetting and saddening abyss that is the human soul.
You might think this movie is about showing the human being inside the beast that was Adolf Hitler. But instead you learn how insurmountably close the Germans had tightened their personal destiny to that one person. So close that, as that destiny had surfaced as the doom of the German people, it was generally accepted that the end of Hitler would also mean the end of the German people as well.
This movie is credited with successfully picturing that situation and the ensuing reactions of Hitler's entourage while the population of Berlin suffers and has to hold out for their benefit.
In Germany, "Der Untergang" has been criticised for failing to deliver a well rounded setting of the plot. There have been complains about the omission of footage of extermination camps or war atrocities. But this is where this movie truly excels: The justification of the characters' ever growing angst and subsequent actions is left in the fog of war. Because right there, at the edge of the abyss, it does not matter any more.