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Kill Bill [Nov. 6th, 2004|09:52 am]
Tony Grist

Kill Bill puts a smile on my face. It's so intelligent. It's so vaccuous. It's a gratuitous exercise in pure style. The pacing is exquisite, the execution flawless. And it's so impassioned, so much a work of love.

Quentin and Jean-Luc up a tree-  K, i, s, s, i, n, g.

 And here's a Hollywood action movie without a single explosion in it. The way to get an audience excited is not to hit them and hit them and hit them in the face, but to keep them waiting.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-11-06 01:01 pm (UTC)
Vernita is cool. But what a lousy shot! She's supposed to be a shit-cool assassin and she misses at a range of six feet!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-11-06 01:44 pm (UTC)
True.

I like it how they love one another. They love one another even as they fight to the death.
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2004-11-06 12:51 pm (UTC)
I'd heard that KB1 was very violent, but it doesn't seem so from your review.

Have you seen Kill Bill 2?

I'd never seen the first movie, but I thought the second one had, oddly, a Zen feel to it.

The first sequence is beautiful and surreal.

The second is thrilling.

You'll find yourself (I promise) overwhelmed at least once, and after you see this movie, you'll know exactly when.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-11-06 01:42 pm (UTC)
I saw Kill Bill 2 in the cinema. I didn't think I'd like it (I wasn't a Tarantino fan) but I fell in love.

This was me catching up with part 1.

It is violent, but- how can I put this- it's a stylised violence. Limbs and head are chopped off and the blood spurts in fountains. It's like the violence in a fairy-story.

Oddly enough- considering all the killing- I found it wonderfully life-affirming. It's a joyous film
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2004-11-07 09:57 am (UTC)
I saw Vol 2 first. I didn't find the exposition excessive. I sat through both installments with a happy grin on my face.

It's such a pleasure to feel you're in the hands of a director who knows exactly what he is doing. Tarantino makes most of the competition look pedestrian.

Now I want to see the two halves reunited in a director's cut.
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