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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Kill Bill Unbroken

"('Kill Bill') is an epic, damn it, not a serial and must be seen as a single unified piece." - Me, August 2009

You win some, you lose some. Living in Chicago means I've had to deal with Michael Bay and his "Transformers 3" invasion but it also means I have access to the Gene Siskel Center and it just so happens that tomorrow the Gene Siskel Center is showing Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" as God intended - that is, back-to-back. Together. One single unified piece. Glory hallelujah. (This also means I get to watch it unbroken while drinking a beer.)

The first "Kill Bill" was one of the greatest moviegoing experiences of my life and proof that nothing - absolutely nothing - can be, as they say, built up too much because ever since I watched "Pulp Fiction" and was mesmerized by Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace I had been building up in my mind the moment when Tarantino finally made a movie with Uma in the lead role and despite having built it up for, what, eight years the movie still surpassed my insanely inflated expectations. The rush I felt when it was over....dear God, the rush. I'll never, never forget it. (And then, re-proving that every great thing in my life must immediately be counter-acted by a bad thing, the very next day my beloved Nebraska Cornhuskers lost to Missouri for the first time in 25 years.) Now I get to re-live it.

"One ticket to Tokyo, please."


My Other Brother Daryl said...

I like both parts, and I guess I get your point about it being one movie, but once he realized it would have to be released in two parts, the editing gave each film its own style and feel. The first movie is like the action serial playing before the dramatic film at an old Vaudeville theater. Cramming them together would be almost disjointed. Now, if you preceded them with a cartoon, had an intermission, and allowed smoking in the theater, well that would feel just fine. Cancerous, but just fine.

Nick Prigge said...

Until you see them joined and realize just how much the first scene of Vol. 1 links with the last scene of Vol. 2. It was a revelation. That was his intention all along. This was supposed to be one movie.

Wretched Genius said...

I've watched them back to back on multiple occasions, and I agree with Nick. They fit together just fine.