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Three quick movie reviews

1. Kill Bill: Volume 2.
It continues on from Volume 1 and nicely concludes the adventures of The Bride. Curiously, there’s a bit of a surprise ending, which changes The Brides motivation for killing Bill from revenge to… well, I don’t want to give it away. And it was also good that the movie didn’t end with a brainless fight sequence, but rather than a battle of wills. I want to see both films together now.

2. Starsky and Hutch.
The best and worst thing about this film was the not-so-subtle comedic homoerotic undercurrent between Starsky and Hutch. As funny as it was, all that sexual tension is just going to lead to teenage girls and bored housewives writing bad Owen Wilson/Ben Stiller slash fiction. Oh crap, a quick google reveals that this nightmare has already happened.

3. Haunted Mansion
I had a couple of hours to fill in today, and this was the only film on at the right time. Unlike “Pirates of the Caribbean”, it’s not as much fun as the Disneyland ride that inspired it, but it wasn’t bad. Nothing surprising happened, but it looked really good and was a decent enough use of 90 minutes of so.

I ended up working today which means I can take Monday off and go to the NZ Idol results party that Idolblog.com are co-hosting (yay!). I was in cafe at work, looking at the sandwich chiller when I sensed someone standing near me who also wanted to look in that chiller. I moved out of the way and smiled to indicate that, like, everything was cool, man. I looked up and doing a courtesy smile back was a newsreader. I had prevent myself from laughing out loud because last night I’d seen him say “designer vaginas” on a news promo, and had laughed then.

I ended up getting a tuna, tomato and cucumber roll. I also expertly timed my dinner break so that I could watch “What not to wear”.

Chop!

I saw “Kill Bill” today. Unlike the trailer for “Pulp Fiction” which, when I first saw it in 1995 was incredibly cool, thrilling and exciting, the “Kill Bill” trailer seemed like a mediocre movie made by some recent film school graduate who wanted to make a Tarantino film.

Fortunately the film itself is a million times better than the trailer. The plot: Uma Thurman is shot, spends four years in a coma, recovers, tracks down and kills two members of the gang who turned against her. And that’s it. So obviously the film is not about plot.

What it is about is extravaganza. Expertly executed fight scenes. Limb severings and decapitations that result in a huge, glorious, gushing red fountain of blood to come a-spurtin’ from the body. Fights that take place in beautiful, exotic settings, hey, just like in a video game.

I love the sort of fantasy world “Kill Bill” takes place in. It’s like the real world, but only slightly different. It’s a world where Uma Thurman’s character can take her kick-arse samurai sword onto an aeroplane as carry-on luggage.

I’m also really like how “Kill Bill” has been split up into two smaller films instead of one huge one. Because it’s like, I’ve seen the film, I enjoyed it, and I want more, and, oh cool, in a few month’s time I’ll get some more.

“Kill Bill” is delicious and beautiful and extravagant and thrilling. Pass me my knife, please.