I didn’t get what all the fuss was about with Kill Bill, Vol. 1, but the second volume is a very different beast. Whereas volume one, to me, was a film geek run amok, spewing insider references and showing off his technique, Kill Bill, Vol. 2 throws away most of the overloaded operatic and cartoonish stylings of the first volume and starts treating the characters as people–with some notable exceptions–and delivers a plot.
The beginning does beg for some editing, as Tarantino d-r-a-g-s the movie along to set up the tone, but once it starts firing on all four cylinders it is actually and surprisingly touching.
The end is some of Tarantino’s best work with superb scripting and top-notch acting. Kill Bill, Vol. 2 is one of the few movies in later years I’ve seen where I honestly had no idea how it was going to end and desperately wanted to know.
On the downside, the Pai Mei sequences were so clownish, off the wall, and out of step with the tone of the rest of the movie that they were completely jarring.
Nevertheless, all in all, a pleasant surprise.
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Posted Saturday, 19 February, 2005 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.