April 26th, 2004

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Kill Bill 2

I went to see Kill Bill yesterday. This movie has polarised opinion: read sample positive and negative reviews, though the most typical response seems to be, 'I haven't made up my mind yet'.

My verdict:

- Dazzling, painterly, teknik, cool, funny

- Shallow, ill-thought out, poorly storied, up itself

Non-realism gives us more scope to explore important stuff. If this film has any non-superficial quality, it is the opportunity it gives to think about how damagable people are, and what consequences that has for how we comport ourselves. By making all the protagonists super-soldiers he makes the process of damage more fun to watch, and also a bit absurd.

Prognosis: Tarantino will have to mature fast and far, or he is going to lose it altogether.
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Shoot the cook

Johnny Depp fans will find some amusing icons here, in a selection of 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico' shots. Also Willem Dafoe, Banderas, Cheech, etc.

Alas, I don't think anyone has made an icon of Depp's best line in the film, on being shot at by his girlfirend: 'Are you trying to give me a boner?' I know I've mentioned it before, but I think its a fantastic line. Probably a lot of that's in the delivery, so you'll be reading this thinking 'Huh? What's so funny about that?'
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I'm stumped

You probably have heard about last week's Doonesbury strip, in which ultra-long-standing character BD loses a leg in the Iraq war (see lj synication here, start at 19th April). These are really worth reading, though more moving if you have been following the characters for decades.

This entire sequence was banned by several US newspapers. At first I thought it was due to political pressure, or squeamishness. The newspapers however claimed it was due to bad language. I imagined that BD would regain consciousness, see that his leg was off, and say 'Fuck'. One would understand the sentiment.

In fact what he said was 'Son of a Bitch!'

Me: Huh? Is that supposed to count as swearing nowadays? Is this some cultural difference? Or is it a thin excuse to succumb to political pressure, to hide news of war casualties even in comic form? These questions are not rhetorical.
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'You gotta slow down (slow down ) sweet talkin’ woman, slow down'

Posting like a madman today. I am just about to go and see 'fifty first dates' after two weeks of begging by my daughter. Oh god, it's a second rate romantic comedy which rips off the amnesia premise from some of the best films of the last ten years. Shit.

On a lighter note - watching the trailer for 'spotless mind' last night, I realised my most shameful musical lapse - I really quite like the Electric Light Orchestra. All together now 'Telephone line, give me some time...'