Friday, October 10, 2003

As empty experiences it's one of the best

Slate's David Edelstein, in his review of Kill Bill volume 1, manages to quote Woody Allen on the subject of sex without love in describing Tarantino's 4th movie. It is probably one of those Men/Women things, but guys in general don't have a problem with "empty". My basic attitude is, hot chicks who kick ass with great fights and cool weapons but not in a silly Charlie's Angels way but in a Kung Fu fighting Hong Kong way rock. That's why we liked Xena, well that and the lesbian subtext. I've heard one reviewer describe Kill Bill as the black knight scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail extended for 90 minutes. Not a problem.

It is hard to believe that this is only Tarantino's fourth film, especially considering how influential he has been. After Pulp Fiction came out, every hack in Hollywood and even some talented auteurs were imitating the hip dialog, the fanboy self awareness, and the non-linear plotting. Quentin as both a writer and a director went a long way towards creating a new cinematic language, every bit as influential as Welles was with Citizen Kane. Whether he goes the route that Orson went in doing his best work early on and then spending the rest of his life trying to live up to his "boy wonder" status, only time will tell. Peter Bogdanovitch is certainly a director who patterned himself after Welles and also managed to fail to live up to the promise of his earlier works. Four films is not enough to judge by, but while Jackie Brown did not get the recognition that Pulp Fiction or Resevoir Dogs did, it is highly underrated and well worth viewing.

I plan on seeing Kill Bill tonight and will reserve final judgment, but Tarantino up until now, has managed to deliver on his promise. Let's hope that he can continue.

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