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KILL BILL
Vol. 1 and 2

This duo of DVDs made me cry and that’s not easy to do. It’s not easy for a movie to affect me. The last one that really did was Ingmar Bergman’s “Cries and Whispers.”

If you’re not well versed in “B” TV and Movies, most of this film won’t make sense to you.

You have to love shows like “SWAT” or movies based on detectives like Sam Spade to really appreciate this complex film series by Quinton Tarentino, who is, without a doubt, the American Bergman or Fellini.

Tarentino is a master filmmaker. He is to the medium what Hemmingway is to print.

Kill Bill is the ultimate black comedy. I used to think “Dr. Strangelove” was the best ever made and maybe it still is, but this series is some impactive it makes me shudder....

It’s a comedy, so laugh. I laughed from frame one which was a title card that read:

“Revenge is a dish best served cold” – Old Klingnon Proverb.

That set’s you up for what will follow. If you can’t get the joke, then you can’t begin to totally appreciate this film.

Bergman and Fellini are no different. Bergman was the son of a Lutheran Minister in Sweden and his films are all about love, life and death. So is this film. If you don’t understand religion and psychiatry you won’t understand one Bergman film. If you don’t understand Cable TV you won’t understand Tarentino.

For someone like me, schooled in filmmaking, Tarentino has delivered the ultimate homage to Marshall McLuen, who stated “The message is the medium” and this series delivers the whole gamut:

Black and white.

Anime.

Color.

Wide Screen.

Home movie feel.

Cranked up Chinese Kung Fu feel.

Clint Eastwood.

Brian DePalma.

Alfred Hitchcock.

Ingmar Bergman.

John Ford.

Everything is in the mix. He doesn’t miss a trick.

It’s a very simple film about a woman who kills for a living at the bidding of her “God” Bill, who is reborn and finds “God” when she discovers that she is pregnant (by Bill), but is brutally maimed and then “killed” by Bill, except she wasn’t.

As the late Don Adams would have said in his B TV show “Get Smart” – “missed it by that much.”

That much allowed her to live in a coma for years (like Steven Segal in one of his films) wake up and go out to seek revenge against those who “did her in.”

That included Lucy Liu (from the “Ally McBeal” fame), Michael Madsen and Darryl Hannah and finally Bill (David Carradine, at his Kung Fu best – parody of his own “Grasshopper” ICON character from his outstanding TV shows).

The movie is filled with things I’m not familiar with, including Japanese TV shows, but some things do strike home!

It is a blend of cinematography, editing, sound design, dialog and music.

The film shows it’s best comic moments when children fit into the picture. In Volume One it is when the fight between Vivica Fox (of “Independence Day” fame) and Uma Thurmond stop their fighting when the little girl comes home.

In Volume two it is when David Carradine (daddy) shows Uma Thurmond (mommy) her little girl, taken from her womb before she died, who is now a little 4 year old.

You laugh yourself hysterically at these moments. When Vivica Fox is making cereal for her little girl from a box called “Kaboom” or when David Carradine is making a sandwich (without outside ends) for his little girl from a bag of bread called “Bimbo.”

You have to pay close attention to everything in a Tarentino film!

I wouldn’t be surprised to find he put flash, one frame titles like “Blood” in between the action!

It’s a very violent and gory film. Like “The Passion of Christ” or “Alien” it made me cringe and walk away several times, however unlike “The Passion of the Christ” or “Alien” I didn’t turn it off on first viewing.

The film is ultimately about love. The love of a mother for her child. The love of a man for a woman.

The film is also about hate and how easily we give into it. The hate of a man betrayed by a woman. The hate of a woman betrayed by a man.

This film is a statement about us. It applies to the war in Iraq or Vietnam. It applies to divorce in America and how Dr. Phil became such a huge success. It applies to everything “reactionary” about our lives and for many people (if not most or all) being reactionary is a way of life!

Therefore this movie is about life.

Since a lot of people die in the course of this movie it is also about death.

If understanding love, life and death as portrayed in a very funny black comedy is not your cup of tea, don’t see this series. If you want to take a Quantum Leap and have your mind expanded without the use of LSD then check out both parts in the same sitting.

Be warned! This is rated R and for a good reason! If “you can’t handle the truth” then don’t go into the kitchen....

 






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