LOTR is a great trilogy And the fellowship is probably the best of the 3, but inglorious has more reasons to be voted as the movie by itself
"Drei Gläser".....or elevenses.... A tough matchup indeed. While I love what Quentin has done for cinema, every 5-10 years a director makes a movie that changes the movie going experience considerably. Some simple examples would be Lucas with Star Wars or Cameron with Aliens and T2. Jackson changed the game considerably with LoTR. The technical achievements alone merit a win here, but his story telling, his visuals, and the boldness of a 12 hour epic (the extended cuts are all that count!) wasn't something we saw successfully done before - this movie couldn't have been made 5 years prior to when it was made.
I hope more people embrace Frodo, and throw Inglorious Bastards into Mt. Doom once and for all.
I love Inglorious Basterds, but I can't vote against LOTR. Me and Filmspotting have a history regarding LOTR and it should come as no surprise that I am voting for Fellowship here. I have to admit I did not expect it to make it this far. There is more love for these movies among Filmspotting listeners than I realized. We shall ride Shadowfax into the Final Four!
I can only rationalize voting for Bastards because Fellowship is not my favorite LotR film. If this had been Bastards vs. Return of the King...I would have thrown in the towel.
The sneaky little hobbitses are hiding under the floor boards, but I know that Col Landa will find them. It's Inglorious Basterds.
Inglorious Basterds is a great movie from a great director with great actors and a bunch of all-time great scenes. But Lord of the Rings is much, much more than that. It's a cultural institution. It reshaped a country. And even if it might not be as artistically precise as other movies in this tournament, it remains the greatest cinematic achievement of the 00s, and among the greatest of all time. It's a goddamn miracle.
Fellowship. Inglorious has such an amazing collection of "scenes", the bar scene, the milk scene, the strudel scene. Each are endlessly watchable. But Fellowship is an achievement in filmmaking that truly represents movies in the 2000s.
Not to mention, it's the best of the three, has an incredible score, holds up VERY well, and has a Balrog in it. Go LOTR!
I’ve dreaded this matchup since first hearing of it but once I sat down to vote it wasn’t as tough as I expected. While Basterds opens with a unforgettably tense and genuinely terrifying opening sequence, the rest of the film is, shall I say, inconsistent. Fellowship is consistently spectacular both visually and in it’s handling of character. It captures Tolkien’s fantastical world in a way many of us never thought possible. And like Frodo needs his Sam, Madness needs its Fellowship.
Viewed on their own, as individual movies, I'm voting for Inglorious Basterds. I absolutely love Lord of the Rings as a trilogy, but I'm not sure if the individual films are quite as good as the sum total of their parts. What's more, I assume the version of Fellowship of the Rings we're talking about here is the theatrical cut, right? As odd as it may sound, I don't love Fellowship in its theatrical version, and I think it was vastly improved in the extended version. As much as I've cooled on most things Tarantino, and as much as I want to see the hobbits make it to the next round, I have to give the upper hand to the Basterds.
As a caveat, I am looking at Fellowship as a stand in for the entire trilogy (it is also the best). The Lord of the Rings is a masterclass in story telling, production design, editing, and scoring. It is an epic in the truest sense of the word, and, despite its swords and sorcery setting, can be emotionally powerful in a very real way at times.
Inglorious Basterds is my favourite Tarantino movie, but the Lord of the Rings is such an "epic" achievement that it must fly... you fools.
Let's see. Typically excellent Tarantino with an absolutely stunning opening. Or 3.5 hours of oppressive doom and gloom without a break. A tough call this one is.
Jon "The Penultimate Pestilence" W.
Both of these movies aren't for everyone, but at least I could sit through Basterds 2-3 times, whereas I find all of the Hobbit movies unwatchable, just like I found the books unreadable. I cannot get into stories like this- how can they make middle Earth so boring? I can imagine a more interesting place in my head.
Fellowship by default of being what I dressed up as and imagined I was when I played in my backyard as a kid, I don't have a tattered Lt Aldo Raine action figure, I have an Aragorn and recreating his battle with Lurtz was one of my favorite things to do and remains one of my favorite scenes to watch.
Also enlightened me to the importance of a great original score!
Thank you, Howard Shore!
Basterds has one of most terrifying opening scenes there is. But Fellowship works throughout.
What do I wanna watch right now? Fellowship. *sigh*
Basterds will probably win because of the enormous amount of Tarantino fans who listen to the show, but I’m hoping there are enough LOTR fanatics out there to finally end Basterds’ run. Maybe the worst film in the tournament. If you ask me, Tarantino hasn’t made anything worthwhile since the late 90s.
Fellowship of the Ring should have not made it this far. It is time for that adventure to end.
Basterds is at the end of it's road here. it can't walk further. Lord of the rings with no hesitation.
Basterds. Fellowship is the only LOTR movie I like, but having rewatched with my kids over the last few years, it feels dated, even for a fantasy movie. Basterds script will never feel dated, nor will it’s performances. Now if this were Django, I’d be all Hobbitz.
My vote is for Minority Report... so I guess that means against Inglorious Bastards. Also Samwise Gamgee is the real hero of The Fellowship.
As a German Studies major (in a past life), Inglorious Basterds has a special place in my heart. It is so smart and sophisticated about when to use subtitles and when to use English as more than just a convention to avoid subtitles (that opening scene, wow). The entire Michael Fassbender plot is a demonstration of mastering cultural codes along with a language - it’s a gift to any foreign language teachers who can show R rated material to their students.
But that is not enough to carry it over arguably the seminal achievement in the logistics of filmmaking and complex world building of the decade in Fellowship of the Ring, Not for me.
Oh man... this... this hurts. I loved Basterds so much that I named my first daughter, Shoshana, after the Melanie Laurent character. But The Lord of the Rings trilogy is such a massive achievement in filmmaking. Take your vote, Fellowship and "AU REVOIR SHOSHANNA"!
I'm surprising myself by voting "Basterds"... I've watched "Fellowship" a dozen times, and I.G. just once (in the theater, when it came out), yet it has so many scenes that stick in my mind, unshakably. That kind of visceral impact on a single viewing gives it the edge (and puts it at the top of my queue for a rewatch).
A movie where we do a lot of sitting around talking or a movie with a lot of walking? Bastards has the edge for me based on Waltz alone. Now pull up a chair and pour a glass of milk.
Looks like this is headed toward a Fellowship of the Rings vs. The Dark Knight match-up in the Elite 8, after which one of them will (God willing) lose to There Will Be Blood or Children of Men. In the meantime, I will continue to vote against both of those overrated fanboy-fueled mediocrities. Basterds it is.