'Inglourious Basterds' and the Tarantino Universe

Whether it's his razor sharp dialogue, his impeccable use of popular music, or his ever-stylish cinematography, Quentin Tarantino is undoubtedly one of Hollywood's most exciting and talented directors. And judging by the buzz surrounding his latest film, the WWII epic Inglourious Basterds, that isn't going to change anytime soon.

One of the things I like best about Quentin Tarantino is how he always works in sly references to his previous films. Not only does it give us fans something to look for, it also makes his films that much richer and more complex. Take, for example, the Vega Brothers.

In Pulp Fiction, John Travolta plays Vincent Vega. In Reservoir Dogs, Michael Madsen plays Mr. Blonde a.k.a Vic Vega. While there is no dialogue linking the two as brothers, as viewers, we make the connection. Suddenly, their brotherhood adds a new dimension to each of their characters. It makes them more interesting, and, in a weird sort of way, more real.

Naturally, Inglourious Basterds will also feature some clever Easter eggs. But what will they be? Recently, the MTV Movies Blog caught up with Eli Roth (director of Hostel and one of the stars of Inglourious Basterds) to talk about the film and some of the special Tarantino details which would be included:

“We have the ‘40’s version of Red Apple cigarettes...If you had cigarettes [in ‘Basterds’] they were Red Apple. They were the same ones that you see in ‘Death Proof,’ but the lettering, the style, the drawing, was the 1940’s version of it."

While that might not sound like such a big deal to casual fans, to Tarantino fanboys like myself, it means a lot (Hint: Bruce Willis orders a pack of Red Apple cigarettes Pulp Fiction). Besides the Vega Brothers and Red Apple Cigarettes, can you name some of the other easter eggs hidden throughout the Tarantino Universe?

Big Kahuna Burger

"Mmmhmm. This is a tasty burger."

So says Samuel L. Jackson as Jules in Pulp Fiction just a few minutes before he shoots poor Brad to death. While Pulp Fiction may have the most famous Big Kahuna Burger scene, the fictional Hawaiian fast food restaurant made its first appearance in Reservoir Dogs. Big Kahuna Burger was also referenced in the Robert Rodriguez-directed vampire flick, From Dusk 'Til Dawn, which starred and was written by Tarantino; it was also mentioned in Death Proof.

Fruit Brute Cereal

Fruit Brute cereal, which was a brother to such other famous monster-themed cereals as Frankenberry, Count Chocula, and Boo Berry, has made an appearance in two different Tarantino films. In Pulp Fiction, the character of Lance (played by Eric Stoltz) is enjoying a bowl of the cereal right before Vincent Vega (John Travolta) brings an overdosed Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) to his front door. Fruit Brute cereal is also seen in passing at the apartment of Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) in Reservoir Dogs.

Jack Rabbit Slim's

Seen extensively in Pulp Fiction, Jack Rabbit Slim's is a 1950s-themed restaurant with servers dressed as famous celebrities of the era. While the restaurant plays host to John Travolta and Uma Thurman's famous dance scene in Pulp Fiction, Jack Rabbit Slim's was first mentioned in Reservoir Dogs through a radio commercial.

There you have it, a few choice staples of the Tarantino universe. Do you have any others to add to the list?

Inglourious Basterds hits theaters on August 21, 2009.

Source: MTV News

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