We had a chance to catch a few movies this weekend- Inglorious Basterds and Shutter Island. I can’t say I loved either but they were both visually striking movies. Quentin does his thing, tension and release, long dialogs and gratuitous violence. Martin does his too, excellent sound design and striking imagery. Both fell kind of flat to me, but one thing that really struck me was how ridiculous the violence in Tarantino’s movie is. For all intents and purposes its comic relief. The violence in Shutter Island is doled out purely in service to the story.