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Lady Gaga -WTF! Telephone. Caged Women, Beyonce with a dose of Lynch?

Posted by LiveFor on March 13, 2010

At 9 minutes long this is a short film. Lots of women in prison, Beyonce driving the Pussy Wagon from Kill Bill Vol 1. Glasses made of cigarettes, and just mad as a box of mad things. Plus when breaking out of prison I suggest running and not dancing in full view of the CCTV.

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Kill Bill, The Whole Dang Thing – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2010

Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, David Carradine, Vivica A Fox, Daryl Hannah, Michael Madsen, Sonny Chiba

Vol. 1: 8/10

Vol. 2: 6/10

This review by Pat Owens. My Wife and I watched Kill Bill Vol.1 the night before we got married!

Okay, so there’s this Bride played by Uma Thurman who is trying to start a new life for herself after leaving an organization of professional killers. Only problem is, the head of the organization, Bill (David Carradine) doesn’t want her to leave and has the Bride and her entire wedding party killed at what has come to be called “The Massacre at Two Pines Chapel”. Unfortunately, they botch the job and, after 4 years in a coma, the Bride wants revenge. And she’s good at it…quite good at it.

The entire story of Quentin Tarantino’s KILL BILL is done in two separate movies, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and the two films couldn’t be any more different. Tarantino himself says this was quite intentional; he wanted the first film to have all the questions, and the second to have all the answers.

Vol. 1 is a colorful, non-stop action film from start to finish as we follow the Bride from one duel-to-the-death to another, with practically no time for characterization or exposition in between. What back story is provided is only there to give the audience time to catch their breath before the next crazy action sequence. In fact, the only real background we get at all is for O-Ren Ishii (played by Lucy Liu) and the reasons behind her climb to the top of the ladder in the Japanese underworld. This leads to one of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed, with the Bride single-handedly taking on Ishii’s bodyguards, the Crazy 88s.

This is Tarantino’s homage to the Japanese Yakuze films of the 60s & 70s, complete with bright pop colors, an overabundance of severed limbs, and enough movie blood to fill an Olympic-size pool. There are quirky little touches throughout, such as the break in mid-death match for a cup of coffee and to greet Vivica Fox’s character’s daughter when her school bus drops her off. And it all works quite well and would make a great stand alone action film, except it was never intended to stand alone, but only to raise a checklist of questions (who exactly IS the Bride? How did she get so expert with a samurai sword? Who is Bill?) to be answered in Vol. 2.

And Vol. 2 is an entirely different style of film. This one is a tribute to spaghetti westerns and as such everything is toned down, from the color palette to the action. In fact, this one is much more dialogue driven and contains only a fraction of the over-the-top fighting that was in Vol. 1. And that is both a good thing and a bad thing.

Good, because it gives the actors something to do and, more important, time in which to do it. There would have been no time between the action in Vol. 1 for us to learn about Michael Madsen’s character of Budd, Bill’s brother. Given enough time in Vol. 2, Madsen toys with our feelings and has us sympathizing for him and almost hoping he’ll be spared the Bride’s vengeful blade, before he turns around and stabs our hopes in the back (he is, after all, a professional assassin).

Bad, because, since it is a film of explanations, the pacing seems to suffer in several of the more “talky” scenes, and we find ourselves biding our time waiting for the next action scene to break things up. Alas, that action scene isn’t there to save us. In this one, the action is used to break up the exposition.

And whereas the first film is wildly non-sequential, this film is quite ordered and, except for a flashback explaining some of the Bride’s training, follows a logical progression, building to the inevitable showdown with the man responsible for all her pain. Bill himself doesn’t seem to be a man of action…he doesn’t need to be. Carradine masterfully portrays him as an intellect, rising to the top not simply because he’s the best fighter, but because he is smart enough to constantly remain one step ahead of his enemies.

So, two separate films done in two different styles, each of which depends on the other for its existence. Does it work? Again, that depends. Neither one can really stand on its own, so they really should be watched together. However, if you’re like me and prefer the first, you only need to watch Vol. 2 one time, to get all the answers to questions raised in the previous film. Then you can get your action fix to your heart’s content without having to do much thinking at all. And isn’t that sometimes all we want from a film?

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Tarantino may do a gangster film or western before Kill Bill 3

Posted by LiveFor on October 6, 2009

Quentin_TarantinoQuentin Tarantino confirmed he will be making the third installment of the “Kill Bill” series Saturday at the Morelia Film Festival according to Variety.

There to promote “Inglourious Basterds” — the festival opener — the filmmaker said he wanted to give Uma Thurman’s central character and her daughter Beebe 10 years of peace before the next bloody installment, which would push the project to 2014.

In a conference alongside “Basterds” star Eli Roth, Tarantino said that there would be one film in between, saying he was “wide open” to his next project. Tarantino added that he would like to do a “re-imagining” of a number of genres including a Western or a 1920s to ’30s “Pretty Boy Floyd” type gangster movie.

I would love to see a Tarantino Western. Not sure how he would spin it a bit differently to other Westerns though.

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Kill Bill 3 – Quentin Tarantino is almost good to go

Posted by LiveFor on October 1, 2009

kill-bill-kill-bill-3751270-1400-918Quentin Tarantino has always said he wanted to make a third Kill Bill film. However, it was always a going to be a good few years away.

However, in a recent interview (below) he mentions that he will be bringing the Bride (Uma Thurman) back within the next two years (the Kill Bill stuff starts around the 5:55 mark).

This is great news as I love the Kill Bill movies (in fact my Wife and I watched the first one the night before we got married – yes I know it starts with a bride being shot – it wasn’t a statement we just love the film).

I can’t wait to see what happens next. Will it be Vernita Green’s (Vivica A Fox) daughter looking for revenge?

We shall have to wait and see.


Source: Collider

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Steven Soderbergh takes on a Knockout

Posted by LiveFor on September 7, 2009

gina_carano_prevDirector Steven Soderbergh has committed to next direct Knockout, a spy thriller that will mark the screen starring debut of Gina Carano, the mixed martial arts circuit fighter.

According to Variety this will be Soderbergh’s next film after the Warner Bros. comedy, The Informant!, made its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. The Matt Damon-starrer opens in the USA on 18th September.

Scripted by Lem Dobbs, “Knockout” casts Carano as a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who is given a second chance to use her skills for constructive purposes. The film is a closer cousin to “La Femme Nikita” and “Kill Bill” than “Million Dollar Baby,” in that it doesn’t take place in the fight ring. Rather, Soderbergh considers the film as a flat out action film in the James Bond mold, and will shoot in locations around the world that include Ireland, Turkey and the U.S.

Soderbergh will surround Carano will name actors in supporting roles.

The MMA circuit is where Soderbergh discovered Carano, a lightweight division slugger with movie star good looks. The Muay Thai-trained fighter has compiled a 7-1 record. Though Carano suffered her first loss in a title fight last month, she is considered the face of the fledgling women’s mixed martial arts fighting circuit.

Soderbergh Soderbergh, who earlier this summer exited a plan to direct “Moneyball” for Columbia Pictures, most recently directed “The Girlfriend Experience,” a film that starred porn star Sasha Grey in her first performance in a mainstream film.

Carano so far has appeared as herself in the documentary “Ring Girls” and the Oxygen reality series “Fight Girls.” She was also Crush on NBC’s “American Gladiators,” and had a role in the upcoming Michael Jai White action film “Blood and Bone.”

It sounds as if Knockout could be a quite a cool film. Nikita meets James Bond with a slice of xXx. Soderbergh’s films are always worth a watch and he always brings something a little different to the screen.

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POLL: What is your favourite Quentin Tarantino film?

Posted by LiveFor on August 23, 2009

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Best Fight Scene Ever Part 20 – Kill Bill – The Bride vs Crazy 88

Posted by LiveFor on August 22, 2009

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Kill Bill Volume 2: Deleted Scene

Posted by LiveFor on June 5, 2009

Here we have Bill (David Carradine) having a bit of a ding dong with Michael Jai White.

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David Carradine – Sadly The Five Finger Death Punch got him

Posted by LiveFor on June 4, 2009

Really sad news. Bangkok’s KABC network has broken the news that kung fu icon David Carradine (Kill Bill) was found dead in a hotel room in Bangkok this morning.

Carradine was working on a new film in Thailand called Stretch. Initial reports suggested suicide by hanging but Carradine’s manager, Chuck Binder confirmed to Bangkok’s WABC network that he believed Carradine had died of natural causes.

However, Thai police told the BBC that hed was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and body on Thursday morning.

“His death is shocking and sad. He was full of life, always wanting to work … a great person,” Chuck Binder said.

Carradine, who became famous in the 1970s when he starred as Kwai Chang Caine in the television series “Kung Fu,” was 72.

His career included more than 100 feature films, two dozen television movies and theater work. Carradine was last seen in this year’s release, Crank 2: High Voltage, where he played Poon Dong.

He was married five times and divorced four, is survived by his widow, Annie Bierman and four children.

There currently seem to be a few conflicting stories as to what exactly happened. I’d personally have loved it if he passed away while fighting off numerous ninjas while saving the hotel maid.

Whatever way you look at it another icon has passed away. What are your memories of the Kung Fu star?

Source: CNN

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David Carradine – Sadly The Five Finger Death Punch got him

Posted by LiveFor on June 4, 2009

Really sad news. Bangkok’s KABC network has broken the news that kung fu icon David Carradine (Kill Bill) was found dead in a hotel room in Bangkok this morning.

Carradine was working on a new film in Thailand called Stretch. Initial reports suggested suicide by hanging but Carradine’s manager, Chuck Binder confirmed to Bangkok’s WABC network that he believed Carradine had died of natural causes.

However, Thai police told the BBC that hed was found by a hotel maid sitting in a wardrobe with a rope around his neck and body on Thursday morning.

“His death is shocking and sad. He was full of life, always wanting to work … a great person,” Chuck Binder said.

Carradine, who became famous in the 1970s when he starred as Kwai Chang Caine in the television series “Kung Fu,” was 72.

His career included more than 100 feature films, two dozen television movies and theater work. Carradine was last seen in this year’s release, Crank 2: High Voltage, where he played Poon Dong.

He was married five times and divorced four, is survived by his widow, Annie Bierman and four children.

There currently seem to be a few conflicting stories as to what exactly happened. I’d personally have loved it if he passed away while fighting off numerous ninjas while saving the hotel maid.

Whatever way you look at it another icon has passed away. What are your memories of the Kung Fu star?

Source: CNN

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