The average cinema-goer must be getting stupider by the day. Disbelief is no longer being suspended, it is being hunted down and scalped, rather like the unsuspecting Nazi soldiers sweeping through the back streets of occupied France in Tarantino’s latest, Inglourious Basterds. Their fate? To die at the hand of one of the least believable characters in recent cinematic memory.

The film’s main focus is the titular basterds, a crack Jewish-American army hit squad, led by Pitt’s insufferable Aldo Raine, who hunt down and massacre Nazis, working closely with British and French intelligence and German double agents. As the plot unfolds, it transpires that this elite group’s masterplan for infiltrating a Nazi gathering at a theatre consists of walking through the front door pretending to be Italian cameramen, despite none of them speaking a word of Italian. (more…)


South Park has two main types of critic. Much of the misguided public clamour which followed the first few episodes twelve years ago focused on the appropriateness of the show for children, as South Park was singled out by the first type of critic – angry PTA groups and prominent conservative figureheads – as symbolic of the decay of modern values and the dumbing down of kids’ culture. This despite the show’s post 10pm screening time, multiple content warnings and adult subject matter.

The show’s other main critic is the casual viewer, who enjoyed many of the early episodes, drawn in by the wave of media controversy and primetime coverage, but whose attention and laughter dissipated along with the sensationalism. (more…)