Inglourious Basterds (35mm)
Indiana Jones & the Dial of Destiny
ABOUT THE SERIES
This series came together because of a few different things: The fact that in the new Indiana Jones movie, which we are opening after this series, Indy is still fighting the Nazi’s – even though the new one takes place mostly in 1969.
Then one night, flipping channels, I caught the Blues Brothers on TCM for the umpteenth time – and that scene with the Illinois Nazis being chased off the bridge – it is just so viscerally pleasing to watch.
Nazis are perhaps the ultimate bad guys in movies, and have been for almost as long as their flaccid little ethos has been around. But then you look at the news and see all these doofus neo-Nazis popping up now around the country, and even in Boston, and you realize there’s still a bunch of braindead human turds who believe in that crap. It’s more prominent now than it has been in generations, and there is a scary corresponding rise in antisemitism following it.
The shorthand in movies is that if you see a Nazi on screen, he’s the bad guy, but now you’ve got a growing pool of young idiots who would look at that Nazi and not think that way. So it’s time to remind everyone that there are few things more entertaining than watching a Nazi bastard get their just desserts on screen.
These movies range from serious classic dramas to comedies to the utterly ridiculous, from the romance of Casablanca to the zombies of Dead Snow.
And yeah, Jake and Elwood are there too, pushing those Illinois Nazis right off that bridge.
Because F**K THE NAZIS!