October 13, 2003


Posted by Arcane Gazebo at October 13, 2003 12:33 PM Hope you all are enjoying Columbus Day. Unless you live in Berkeley, where we celebrate Indigenous People's Day. And by "celebrate" I mean "go to lab on," because the University of California doesn't recognize either holiday.

Over the weekend I played D&D, rearranged furniture (much better now), and saw Kill Bill Vol. 1.

Recipe for Kill Bill:
Mix together:
  • One part spaghetti westerns
  • Two parts samurai movies
  • Two parts obvious pop-culture references
  • Three parts anime
  • Three parts kung-fu flicks
  • Four parts obscure pop-culture references
  • Five parts gore

Blend until smooth. Serves one yakuza gang.

Also, the first two trailers were Matrix Revolutions and Return of the King. A good time was had by all, except for the small children sitting (of course) directly behind me, who will need years of therapy. Tags:

I am very much interested in seeing that movie!

My version of "celebrating" was to work on my grant proposal, although GA Tech does technically celebrate this holiday. Until I read your blurb, I couldn't even think of what holiday it was. This profession really wreacks havoc on me sometime...

Anyway, how do you like the _Legends_ post to ihc@ugcs?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 13, 2003 9:54 PM

I am BAFFLED that people would take children to see Kill Bill...I got physically ill watching Pulp Fiction because of the violence and gore (I know, I'm a grandmother, whatever) but I really wanted to see Kill Bill. SO I read the screenplay online. I really like the storyline but I'm REALLY glad that I'm not going to see the actual film, because CRIPES that's a lot of blood and guts and rape (my ultimate nightmare). Who in the world would subject a child to that kind of movie?? That doesn't make me sound like some sort of crazy conservative does it?

Posted by: Tracy Manford | October 22, 2003 12:39 PM

Violence, QT, and the kids

I'm a crazy-ass liberal, who thinks the MPAA rating system stifles filmmaker's creativity and that children shouldn't be sheltered from foul language or nudity, and even I think that this film absolutely under no circumstances should be shown to children. So, no, it doesn't make you any kind of conservative. :)

As an aside, violence is treated quite differently in Kill Bill than in Pulp Fiction. I've seen several writers (including Gregg Easterbrook in his now-infamous TNR blog post) claim that Pulp Fiction glorifies violence, but I've always felt the opposite. Violence in that movie is ugly, it's messy, it's clumsy, and these are the aspects of it that Tarantino focuses on. The scene where Vincent and Jules are cleaning the car is an obvious example - there's nothing "glorious" about that. An even better example is the fight between Butch and Marsellus Wallace before they're captured by the rednecks. These guys are stumbling around in the street on injured legs, firing their guns almost randomly. It's the total opposite of the graceful, antiseptic fight scenes of, say, The Matrix or Crouching Tiger.

On the other hand, Kill Bill is what it looks like when Quentin Tarantino glorifies violence. (Though it still doesn't lose his ugliness.)

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | October 22, 2003 2:33 PM

Re: Violence, QT, and the kids

You make a good point. For me, though, it's the blood, and the gushing, and the chopping, and oozing, and splattering...I just can't take it. The scene that really upset me in Pulp Fiction was the rape scene with the gimp. I feel sick even thinking about it now. This is why I could never be a doctor. It's the gore, really. I guess this is why I don't eat meat. Hmmm...

Posted by: Tracy Manford | October 22, 2003 3:01 PM

Re: Violence, QT, and the kids

Yeah, while Kill Bill doesn't focus on the gore, it's still there in large quantity. In fact, according to this article some of the stylistic touches were applied by QT partly to avoid an NC-17 rating.

Posted by: Arcane Gazebo | October 22, 2003 3:24 PM
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