Pale Wire (Popscene)

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Kill Bill



Tarantino really takes the word overkill to new heights. You get everything you'd expect from a movie that a Christian movie review site referred to as "one of the most morally offensive movies I've ever seen." There's blood, guts, swords, sex and slow motion. What else can a guy ask for? Oh yeah, an awesome soundtrack courtesy of The RZA.

John Updike once said of Vladimir Nabokov that he "writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically." The same could be said for Tarantino's filmmaking. There may be flaws and more than a few over-indulgences but it's just so god damn much fun.

The DVD, which hit stores yesterday, is pretty skimpy. The only thing of substance on there besides the movie is a "Making of Kill Bill" featurette. There isn't even any commentary. I'm assuming that they're saving all the good stuff for the combined DVD that everybody thinks in going to happen sometime down the road.

If you click here you can watch the trailer for Kill Bill Vol. 2, which arrives in theaters this Friday. I enjoyed all the cues taken from Hong Kong and Japanese films in Vol. 1 but I'm a stoked to get a look at what QT's done with American Westerns in Vol. 2. So far, Vol. 2 has gotten a warmer critical reception than Vol 1.