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Zombieland: Double Tap
(2019)

Zoey Deutch Steals The Movie
I just got out of Zombieland: Double Tap

I wasn't the biggest fan of the first movie, i thought it was fun, but I never felt the need to rewatch it and i promptly forgot about it until the sequel was announced.

This is laugh out loud funny at times, I know zombie apocalypse movies are not where you expect to find laughs, but this has a lot of them. There was a lot of laughter in my screening.

Woody Harrelson is as awesome as he always is, and is on top form, its always nice to see Emma Stone playing a fun role, her parts down so serious lately!! Yes, i know she is an Oscar winner and she should be playing the best parts she can get, its just nice to see her having fun in a role again, as she is a good comedic actress, I love some of her facial expressions.

Now, when I hear the name Abigail Breslin, its always the little girl from My Sisters Keeper and Little Miss Subshine who pops into my head, I always forget the has grown up!! Even though I though i though she was great in Maggie with Arnie. She is fun here too, although her character is more of a plot device than anything else. A bit of a waste of her talents.

But it was Zoey Deutch who steals the movie for me. She was such an unexpected, delightful surprise. Playing the dumb blonde is a hard act to do well without being annoying!! Generally outside of one or two performances I hate the cliche of a dumb blonde character, but she nails it. I wouldn't be surprised if this is her breakout role.

Gemini Man
(2019)

I Do Not Get The Hate
I just got out of Gemini Man

I can honestly say, I do not get the hate being threw at the movie.

It's far from perfect, but it was a perfectly acceptable action flick. It reminded me of a 90's action movie. I was never bored once. Will Smith is an actor I like, and he is as watchable as ever here. Only some shockingly bad CGI on the young Will Smith at the end betrayed it was not real, as other than that, the de aging of Smith was flawless.

Clive Owen is your one dimensional pantomime villain whilst Mary Elizabeth Winstead (as fine as she is) just seems to be there because some studio executive or producer decided "He needs a woman partner" her character brought nothing to it, except the possibility that young Will Smith would be attracted to her.

The script had a few plot holes and problems, it actually felt like a first draft, and needed some serious polishing up, by someone who knew how lame some of the dialogue was.

Oh and man, the amount of studio logos at the beginning of this thing!! WOW!!

Maximum Conviction
(2012)

Austin Was The Best Thing In This
Continuing my plan to watch every Steven Seagal movie in order, I just watched Maximum Conviction (2012)

The movie plays out pretty much as you expect it to. The characters are wafer thin, the plot is cliche and predictable, but the action scenes, both the gun battles and the hand-to-hand fights, are ok, without being exciting. Seagal is his usual Ex special ops something or other and he is sporting the black thing on his again from a few of his previous movies. Is it a still considered a bandana if it covers the full top of the head?? But it's Austin who is a surprise here, I really enjoyed him. Every second Austin is on screen is a blast.

Thanks to Austin, this was not a bad way to spend a Sunday morning.

The King of Comedy
(1982)

Not A Comedy!! But Brillant If You Know What You Are Getting
The King Of Comedy (1982)

De Niro plays Jerry Pupkin, a sad and lonely man who lives with his mother. He is obsessed with a funny late night talk show host, and dreams of being a comedian. Sometimes we delve into Jerry's fantasy world without knowing it. We often see the TV personality he idolises, as his friend asking him for help!! He is seen rehearsing interviews too

He is in love with a barmaid called Rita, although she only ever seems.to just be civil with him He has no social awareness and has a manic over the top laugh.

It's full of great performances but despite the movie title, this is not a funny movie!! This is agonizing portrait of lonely, angry people with their emotions all tightly bottled up just waiting to blow. It is about rejection, with a hero who can never admit to himself that he has been rejected.

Taxi Driver
(1976)

Superb
I just watched Taxi Driver (1976)

De Niro is Travis Brickle a lonely man with little social skills, who lives alone in New York. He works nights as he is struggling to sleep, possibly due to PSTD from the war to some other incident we do not know about, we never find out, we only know his military history. When he is amongst his fellow taxi drivers he has a child like shyness (He never speaks unless he is spoken to, and often zones out of conversation) that eventually begins to give way to anger.

We see everything from Travis's point of view, he hates the city and the scum in it, we get lots of tracking shots of the city, the vile people in the streets and of a lonely De Niro slowly walking through the streets alone and constantly writing in his journal.

After stalking/following a crush Betsy (Cybil Sheppard) he starts to have a relationship with the lady (these are the only times in the movie, where he seems remotely happy), only for him to react badly when he is rejected.

He becomes further upset with his failure to help a 12 year old prostitute Iris (Jodie Foster) under attack from her pimp (Harvey Kietel) At some point he stops taking his medication and with guns he obtained through a co worker (He first uses a gun in self defence during an armed robbery in a convenience store) he starts planning something, but we are not sure what. All we know is he writes he will be dead by the time Iris reads his letter.

After having a radical make over and then becoming violent including murdering 3 men, he is perceived as a hero by the public, even though he did not do it to be a hero, and does not think of himself as such.

It's a slow burn and seriously depressing movie, it stays with you long after you have watched it. All the cast are great, it has an amazing score and you must watch this movie.

Born to Raise Hell
(2010)

A Step Back
Continuing my plan to watch Steven Seagal movie in order, I just watched Born To Raise Hell (2010)

I have enjoyed some of his recent dtv movies, but this is a step back. It started out ok for the first hour, then just went down hill and by the end I was looking at my phone. It is predictable, ludicrous and often dull. It has few ok action scenes but it's all just the usual Seagal dubbed and doubled nonsense.

The movie also ends with yet another rather anti-climactic fight, which lasts all of 90 seconds and is completely one sided favouring Seagal.

White Lightning
(1973)

Not What You Expect. This Is A Great 70s Revenge Movie
I just watched White Lighthing (1973)

A mustache-less Burt plays Bobby "Gator" McKlusky a good ole boy who is serving time in an Arkansas prison for running moonshine when he discovers that his brother Donny was murdered by Sheriff J.C. Connors (an unrecognizable Ned Beatty from Deliverance). He agrees to go undercover (on temporary release from prison) to get the dirt on the sheriff.

Having grown up with mustached Burt Reynold's "Good 'ol Boy" comedies like Smokey and the Bandit and Cannonball Run it came as a surprise when I first seen White Lightning and realised it was done seriously. Burt still plays a southern good 'ol boy only this time he's in a gritty, early 70's revenge picture. I love 70's films and I like revenge pictures, so by that equation I would like the film, and sure enough I do, I more than like it, I love it.

It was originally going to be directed by Steven Spielberg after his film Duel. The famous director said, "I spent two-and-a-half months on the film, met Burt, found the locations and began to cast the movie, until I realized it wasn't something that I wanted to do for a first film. I didn't want to start my career as a hard-hat, journeyman director. I wanted to do something that was a little more personal." He left the film to direct Sugarland Express instead. Joseph Sargent replaced him.

It's always a pleasure to go back and visit films Burt made which are more serious. He's actually a brilliant actor when he is not playing himself in by the numbers Hal Needham car movies. I mention that, as Needham worked on this movie as a stunt co-coordinator and stunt man, and he got the idea for Smokey & The Bandit when filming this movie.

If I had to complain about an aspect it has to be the pacing, as it does feel a little overlong for its subject matter (a little under 2 hours) and that could have easily been trimmed up with some nice editing.

Sargent's direction is ok, but it is very "point and shoot" and is bland to say the least. Needham directed the many well choreographed car chses. One can only wonder what Spielberg could have done.

White Lightning is a very good example of a entertaining film before the well known "Good ol' Boy" comedy era of Burt. It's ahead of the pack when it comes to southern 70's revenge pictures. It is everything it sets out to be. Nothing more nothing less.

Shamus
(1973)

I Love This Movie.
Continuing my plan to watch every Burt Reynolds movie in order, I come to Shamus (1973)

It is defo worth a watch!! The private eye movie is a forgotten genre these days. Outside of Burt fans, this movie is all but forgotten too, it's a real forgotten gem too. The action scenes are well shot and the dialogue is witty, filmed on location in New York, we get lots of extras staring at Reynolds and the cameras.

Reynolds is full of confidence in his performance. He is a movie star and he knows it. His willingness to do his own stunts and his humour about himself are used to perfection. Until this point, I don't think a movie had captured the Reynolds charm (including Deliverance). He was fun and likeable in 100 Rifles and Sam Whiskey, but here the Reynolds everyone came to know and love, on is way to an unmatched 5 consecutive years as the number 1 box office star in the world is on full show.His likeability makes it easy to excuse the violence his character uses to obtain information.

Shamus is no superhero, nor is he a James Bond type either!! We see him hurt, we see him scared, we see him crying and he does not the girl at the end!!

The gorgeous Dyan Cannon is sadly under used and has little to do. Joe Santos and Larry Block stand out in their supporting roles.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex * But Were Afraid to Ask
(1972)

Woody Allen Is Unfunny
Continuing my plan to watch every Burt Reynolds movie in order, I come to Everything You Wanted To Know About Sex (But We're Afraid To Ask) (1972)

My Dislike For This Movie, is down to me not finding Woody Allen to be a funny person in the slightest.

If you want to see Woody Allen as a sperm, waiting with the other sperm for heh mighty Call of ejaculation, then this may be the movie for you!!

Burt only makes a brief appearance in this one, and filmed his role in one day.

Deliverance
(1972)

Burt Should Have Won The Oscar
I have restarted rewatching all of Burt Reynolds movies in order, and I just watched Deliverance (1972)

When Burt Reynolds died, based on the reports, you would think he only made 3 movies. Deliverance, Smokey & The Bandit and Boogie Nights, as they were what was all that seemed to get mentioned in reports and social media posts.

Filmed on location along the Chatooga Rivet, with a budget of $1.8 million dollars. Deliverance is not only one the of the 1970's best movies, it is an absolute classic, a damn near perfect movie. Almost 5 decades later, it still holds up as a challenge to a man's thoughts about survival and his theory of masculinity.

It is beautifully filmed, all of the actors are amazing and the score is eerily haunting!!

A great movie for me is one that does not end with the credits, but stays with you, and I'm always haunted for a while after watching Deliverance (Joker recently had the same effect) too many movies these das are designed to amuse or entertain for 90 minutes then leave you unmoved, uninvolved and unsatisfied. This one poses deep and moral problems for each of its 4 central characters as from the action. Deliverance does not attempt to answer questions. The right or wrong of what the 4 city boys do is left unresolved.

Burt did not bat an eye lid when he was told he would be second billed, and Jon Voight would be paid double what Burt was, and received top billing. For his part, Burt was paid $50,000 (much less than the $26,000 per week he was receiving for the TV show Dan August at the time) for three months work, but he knew what an opportunity this was for his career, which he referred to at the time "3 steps below actually mattering" he knew that his performance here, would expose his talent to the world and change his career forever.

Look at the scene where Lewis saves the team from the mountain men. He takes command of a dangerous situation and delivers a powerful monologue in the middle of the woods. It is a sensational piece of acting. All of the actors are great, but Burt really rose up and dominated every scene during the first half of the movie.

The success of the movie is not all down to Burt of course. The story is compelling and the filmmaking superb, but the key ingredient in Deliverance is Burt Reynolds. I personally think he should have won the Oscar that year.

Deliverance was only nominated for 3 Academy Awards. Best Editing, Best Picture and Best Director losing all 3 to Cabret, The Godfather and Bob Fosse respectively. I'm amazed none of the cast or the cinematographer got a nomination.

Deliverance was the 3rd highest grossing movie of 1972, with $46 million at the domestic box office

Joker
(2019)

Just Give Pheonix The Oscar Now
I just got out of watching Joker

I have to say, it is really good... Possibly even great!! As a stand alone origin story, it's damn good. It moves at the pace of a 70's movie, so it may not be for everyone, but I found it mesmerizing to a level that it makes it an absolute winner. I think if they chopped about 15 minutes off the run time, it would have been better, whilst not missing a beat. There are elements of The King of Comedy and Taxi Driver as well as American Psycho.

Now... Joaquin Phoenix might as well clear a space on his mantelpiece for an Oscar. I would be shocked if there is a better performance this year. The man is in every single scene. He carries this and at times, you forget that he is acting. His laugh is so real and twisted... The way he lost weight and transformed his body... The pain his character suffers and all the discoveries he makes that shape his life are just amazing and gracefully danced into a spectacular performance.

There were a few predictable moments, but nothing to spoil the enjoyment!!

Overall, this is a film to see, just to see one of the greatest actors of our time at the very top of his game.

My screening was packed!! Only a spare seat here and there (annoyingly an ex and her new fella were in attendancešŸ™ˆ) second only to Avengers: End Game was was a complete sell out.

Against the Dark
(2009)

False Advertising This Is Not A Seagal Movie
Continuing my plan to watch every Steven Seagal movie in order, I just watched Against The Dark (2009)

Well, this one sucked. I thought it sounded fun Seagal fights vampire zombies after a plague and must escape, before the army plans to nuke the area. But it's all so poorly done. Seagal and his team are not the focal point of the movie, despite him being the lone actor on the cover (not unusual in land of dtv movies) it's more about a group of survivors who need to escape the hospital where Seagal's stunt man and his team are killing all the zombie's/vampires (what were they?? Only one had fangs, and she did that to herself) they can find.

Seagal only has about five or six scenes in the movie and he does very little in these scenes and he might utter a total of fifty words, which are mostly not him. I should find out who his stand in, stunt double is, as he did most of the work here. The movie is carried by Tanoai Reed (who, looking at his IMDB credits is Dwayne Johnsons stunt double) and an impressive Jenna Harrison, and these two do a good job carrying what little movie there was. If it were not for them, I would have turned it off.

If you want to see a movie that moves fast, has lots of zombie/vampire killing goodness with just barely enough plot, dialog and story to link all this murdering together, then this is the one for you. Otherwise stay away.

A Dangerous Man
(2009)

Seagals Best Movie For A While
Continuing my plan to watch every Steven Seagl movie in order, I just watched A Dangerous Man (2009)

This was a totally watchable Seagal flick. It is entertaining and, for the most part, a well made action film. It is nothing new in terms of story or motivation and despite looking bigger than he ever has, Seagal actually shows up for this movie, though there is still doubling and the inevitable dubbing to be seen and heard. Aidan Dee and Marlaina Meh are very easy on the eye too.

It's let down by a few things, Seagl is as invincible as ever, I do not think anyone landed a punch on him, has a stunning wife, half his age and everyone talks about how great he is. It has the annoying quick cuts during the fights, and it is a bit too dark at times, but overall, Seagal's best work in a while.

The Keeper
(2009)

Not Bad, But Not Good Either
Continuing my plan to watch every Steven Seagal movie in order, I just spent my Sunday morning watching The Keeper (2009)

This wasn't horrible, but it wasn't what I would call good either, but it had its moments. I'm not sure what Seagal was called in this, as he starts out as Sallinger, then without explanation his name is Ballinger. Unless I heard it wrong. Seagal's doubles had their hands full on this one, and for some reason he is using this bad Southern accent. Annoyingly the director uses shaky camera during the action with lots of jump cuts too.

Liezl Carstens is easy on the eye, and of course she falls for Seagal. Thankfully nothing happens, but she is clearly very interested in him.

All in all it is an almost solid action movie, that I almost gave a 6/10 rating to, but it was held back, by too much.

Ready or Not
(2019)

It Was Fun
I just got out of watching Ready Or Not.

Horror movies are not my thing, but I thought the premise looked fun, so I gave it a go.

I enjoyed it a lot, it was fun. Ok there were some plot holes, inconsistencies and a bit of dodgy acting, but on a whole I liked it.

There was only 12 other people in my screening

Hustlers
(2019)

See It For Jennifer Lopez
I just got out of Hustlers

I thought it was nothing special. Jennifer Lopez does a really good job in this, but nothing surrounding her helps this boring script. Loosely based on a true story, these struggling strippers attempt to take advantage of wealthy Wall Street types. There are a few entertaining moments but mostly, this film is very forgetable.

See if for how great Jennifer Lopez is, and for the men out there, you do see a lot of her!! She is in amazing shape, but outside of J-Lo and her amazing ass, it is hard to say anything positive about it.

Driven to Kill
(2009)

A Step Back
I just watched Driven To Kill (2008)

It's best to go into these DTV Seagals not expecting much. It is a case of managing my expectations. But Driven To Kill is just awful.

This movie steals a lot from much better movies!! The entire plot of this movie seems like a rip-off from one of the Death Wish sequels, with Elements nicked from Taken and Romeo & Juliet with some Mechanic thrown in there for good measure too!!

One of the main problems is Seagal is not a hero, not even an anti-hero, he's just a brutal, unlikable horrible man. It's hard to get behind a man who is viciously torturing and murdering people. Whomever was doing his ADR here was working over time trying the ridiculous Russain accent, and the less said about his hair the better!! It's ridiculous. Also ridiculous is the amount of women (all young enough to be his daughter) he has lusting over him!!

Some dodgy CGI, awful acting, bad sound effects make the 90 odd minute run time drag despite a lot of action!! Since its mostly gun play, its mostly Seagal, and his body doubles are kept to a minimum.

Kill Switch
(2008)

This One Is Bad
I just watched Kill Switch (2008)

This one is bad, its trying to be like Se7en, but also Above The Law at the same time, it has Seagal with an appalling accent and I just don't buy him as a genius crack detective!! He just doesn't have the range to pull off serial killer detective. Seagal makes a great former secret service or former Marine special forces or whatever. He also makes a good cop on a revenge mission taking down a huge organized crime organization. But as a serial killer expert, it just came off as urrggggh.

It's filled with stupid quick cuts and jerky camera moves. The fight scenes, are repetitive, overlong and poorly executed. Seeing as Seagal managed to write the script, other characters call him "a genius" among other compliments, (I have never seen an actor be talked about like this in so many movies!! It is laughable) although evidence of genius, or even mild intelligence, are not really on display. Seagal could have written anything for himself, but he chose to make Jacob a horrible, unlikeable torturer!! There's no possible way an audience can like this character as he's brutally, mercilessly, unnecessarily torturing his victims.

And as for the fight scenes, oh dear...what appears to be happening is Seagal just stands there, while stunt doubles don oversized leather jackets and ridiculous wigs and pretend to be Seagal. The way this is all edited together is laughably bad. It's so blindingly obvious it's not Seagal, who do they think they're fooling? And the real crime is that the scenes, especially the first major one in the bar, go on for a ridiculously long time, leaving the viewer ample opportunity to see it is not him.

Skip this. It's a waste of film.

Pistol Whipped
(2008)

Seagal's Best Performance
I just watched Pistol Whipped (2008)

20 years on from his debut in Nico/Above The Law, Seagal puts in possibly his best acting performance as an ex cop, alcoholic, gambling addict who wants to reconnect with his daughter. Because it's a Seagal movie, he is also going around killing people for Lance Henriksen. Seagal is unusually a bit of a loser in this. He seems to be trying to channel Michael Madsen in his performance, but it is effective. Seagal isn't as obviously doubled here, even though it's still clearly not him, so the fights are not as bad, but he is pretty big now and his bowling shirts do not help matters.

If this came out fifteen years ago, it would've been considered a solid Seagal effort as a mainstream theatrical release. It's right up there with some of his better ones. It is pretty light on action and is slower moving than your usual Seagal movies, but the action really ramps up towards the last half hour, the ending was a lot of fun too. Were any more of these made?? The ending certainly left it open to the possibility.

This is Seagal's best DTV film, in my opinion. His fighting and one-liners were top notch. Speaking of one liners there is a hilarious scene where Drea (played by the lovely Renee Goldsberry) has just spent an evening of bliss with a drunken Seagal. Drea is whining about the glass ceiling at work, and how life would be better for her if she had a d*ck. Seagal chuckles and replies that he probably wouldn't have liked her as much if she had a d*ck, especially if that d*ck was bigger than his, to which Drea laughs and replies, and I quote, "I don't think that's possible" My son and I literally fell off our sofa in stitches. I'm pretty sure he inserted that line in there all by himself.

Spoiler alert: no one gets actually pistol whipped in the movie.

Urban Justice
(2007)

Better Than His Recent Efforts, But Still Not Good
I just watched Urban Justice (2007)

I was expecting this to be better than what it was, as a few friends like it, and I was led into the thinking, that it was the start of a few good ones.

The explosive squibs are amazingly bloody!! For his part Seagal does at least look like he is trying, and as far as I could tell, there were no body or voice doubles. The movie could have used much more Danny Trejo, as his screen time is pretty limited.

Eddie Griffin is one annoying man!! Urrrgghhhh he seriously irked me!! He has only one scene with Seagal, at the end, Griffin comes at him from behind, holding a gun. Seagal disarms him (obviously!! He is Steven Seagal) tells him "I have no beef with you", then hands him the gun back and walks off. Griffin replies "That's gangstah." what the hell??

Final verdict, maybe if I watched this closer to the last batch, I would have appreciated it more!! As it was better than them, , but as the first one to restart them with, I did not enjoy it.

Django Unchained
(2012)

DiCaprio Owns Every Scene
I just watched Django Unchained

I do not think it's is one of Tarantino's best, but I really do like it.

One of the great strengths of Quentin Tarantino's films is the way his love of cinema comes through in every single frame. From the old fashioned Columbia logo at the beginning, the '70s-style opening credit or the subtle lines and in-jokes (You may only catch second or third time around) to more obvious nods, that are all a joy.

Over the years, we have come to expect things from Tarantino, and he delivers most of them in Django Unchained. There are the brutal action scenes, and when someone gets shot, boy do they bleed. We're bound to see female bare feet at some point. And you know it will end in what I can only describe as satisfying violence. I think the only thing really missing is Tarantino's witty, quotable dialogue and clever monologues. There's a little of it here, but not as much as usual.

Dicaprio steals the movie as the villain. He owns every single scene he is in. Fox's is the best he had been since Ray and had great chemistry with Waltz, who is as fabulous as always.

Despite the western/revenge flick theme of the movie, this movie has some serious laugh out loud moments (especially when Samuel L Jackson realises DiCaprio intends to let Django sleep in the big house). That said, this is a serious movie though with some serious things to say about how blacks were treated in the Old South.

I will say this though, Tarantino should never attempt an Australian accent again.

Django Unchained is Tarantino's highest grossing movie, as it grossed $162 million (against a $100 million budget) at the domestic box office.

Walk All Over Me
(2007)

Leelee Sobieski's Cleavage Elevates This
Whilst, for the main part I found this distinctly average, the awesome cleavage of Leelee Sobieski kept me glued to the screen.

The sight of her wonderful breasts was truly something to behold. All the cast do a fine job, and there are some laughs to be had!! I'm not sure why it was billed as a thriller.

Inglourious Basterds
(2009)

Tarantino's Best Since Pulp Fiction
I just watched Inglorious Basterds

I think this movie is fantastic. After two love letters to genre's he loves, Tarantino is back in the real world!! Sort of. And for me, this is his best movie since Pulp Fiction, it could possibly be considered the most audacious World War II movie of all-time

I do not really consider this a war movie though, despite being set in World War II and the main plot, I can certainly see why the end annoyed some moviegoers, but I thing it is compelling from beginning to end.

As for the cast, Brad Pitt is the best he had been in years, whilst Christoph Waltz deserved his Oscar for best supporting actor. He was superb. The first scene, and one at the cinema later on, are simply superb. Michael Fassbender is excellent

That Tarantino is able to successfully pull off some of what he does in this movie is a testimony to his skill at both writing and directing. Yes, he borrows heavily and shamelessly from other movies, but he has never been shy about saying where his inspiration comes from.

The movie has a long running time (2 hours 32 minutes) yet it moves so smoothly and everything comes together so well, that the time passes easily. It's one hell of an enjoyable ride.

Inglorious Basterds grossed $120 million dollars (against a $70 million dollar budget) at the domestic box office.

Death Proof
(2007)

I Loved All The Burt Reynolds References
I just watched Death Proof

I did not care for this when it was released and truthfully, I still do not. For me, it fails on a lot of levels. But even a Tarantino failure is still an awful lot more interesting than the successes most of Hollywood churns out.

I do not completely hate the movie, how can I, when it has that many Burt Reynolds references.

Tarantino's twisted genius is there for all to see, and I defy anyone not to admire the extravagant horror of the head-on collision scene. There is plenty of fun to be had with Death Proof, but it just does not work.

This was the first (and to date only) Tarantino movie to lose money at the domestic box office. Grossing only $25 million against a $67 million dollar budget.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2
(2004)

Should Have Been One Movie
I just watched Kill Bill Vol 2

There are too many scenes in this film that damage the pacing. It feels very bloated at times. Rather than flowing smoothly, it lurches from point-to-point, giving screen time to secondary characters who are neither colorful enough nor intriguing enough to warrant it. This is the case of a director having fallen too much in love with his material. The result is that much of Volume 2, for all of its strengths, is self-indulgent. About 50% of the movie is used to provide backstory.

That's the bad news. The good news is that, despite its flaws, it's still a good movie. There's much less action, a lot more talking (Although much of the dialogue isn't vintage Tarantino, except a scene like Bill's "Superman" monologue), and a legitimate effort to build the characters.

Put the two parts together, and Tarantino has made a masterful saga that celebrates the martial arts genre while kidding it, loving it, and transcending it.

Tonally, the two films are different, which may be the result of the split. Hopefully, Tarantino's original, single-movie cut of Kill Bill will eventually be available on DVD. With the two parts re-knitted and much of the extraneous material removed, this could be a great motion picture, right up there with Pulp Fiction. As it currently stands, Kill Bill is a victim of its director's ego and its distributor's greed. The moments of greatness make it worth seeing, and there's certainly plenty of entertainment to be found here, but it's hard not to lament what might have been

Kill Bill Volume 2 grossed $66 million dollars (against a $40 million dollar budget) at the domestic box office.

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