Hero (ying1 xiong2): It was interesting, somewhat novel, and of course visually memorable. The acting was variable, as you might have expected. Stunning in perspective and plot twists, though ultimately a little cliche; impressive in metaphorical subtlety, intriguing in character development, morally ambiguous. Absorbing but not quite engrossing. Insidious in its glorification of empire, if you are an old school communist, but few watched it for the ideological message, I'm sure. 8.0 out of 10.
Aside: If you're waiting for my review of House of Flying Daggers, here it is. I saw before Thanksgiving last November when visiting my aunt and uncle in Rochester.
Kill Bill, Vol. 1: The homage to crown all homages. Predictable yet still shocking. Leaves one nodding and grooving at times, slack-jawed in astonishment at others. Spectacle enough to satisfy Ovid. hempknight gives me to understand that it enshrines many a Bruce Lee film (I've seen only bits and pieces of his movies, even Enter The Dragon) and the like. The stylized anime bloodbath was interesting if a bit over the top. I see now what people mean about Quentin Tarantino having a rather pronounced foot fetish, if it wasn't clear from his pandering of The Shot (of Uma Thurman as Mrs. Wallace) in Pulp Fiction. Appetites are whetted for Kill Bill, Vol. 2, though I hear that the second oeuvre is longer on talk and shorter on fighting.
Tarantino is a genius at crafting colorful villains and sympathetic doomed characters, some of whom have only a few lines but are quoted for years and years. (Remember "Pulp Tolkien" (1995) and "Pulp Silmarils" (1999)?) 7.0 out of 10.
Question: What exactly did the Bride do to O-Ren Ishii? Did she decapitate her? Shear off her face? Or just cut and kill her, leaving her body intact? There was a shot of flying hair and an object landing in the snow just before the camera showed her dying face whispering "That really was a Hattori Hanzo sword". I took the remark to mean that the sword was quick enough that she was left able to speak her last words after being decapitated, but the final shot of her shows her standing body kneeling and then falling over. It did not look headless. (BTW, I am always very naggy about dying villain details. Just ask my uncle (KFL) about how I bugged him so much during old Sinbad films that he offered to toss me into the movie so I could ask the villain!)
On a related note: I hear Nausicaa Kaze No Tani is out today. Anyone besides miyeko getting it?
In my attempt to return to the land of the fae, my recent sleep schedule has been as follows:
- Mon 21 Feb 2005: 06:30 - 09:00 (2.5 hours)
- Sun 20 Feb 2005: 05:30 - 09:55 (4.5 hours)
- Sat 19 Feb 2005: 04:00 - 09:30 (5.5 hours)
- Fri 18 Feb 2005: (2.5 hours)
- Thu 17 Feb 2005: (3.5 hours)
- Wed 16 Feb 2005: (2.5 hours)
- Tue 15 Feb 2005: 01:00 - 09:05 (8 hours)
Well, that explains why I'm a tad bit sleepy these days around 01:00 - 02:00.
Shag, Marry, Cliff Meme
Name three characters (whatever gender). I have to pick one to push off a cliff, one to marry and one to have my wicked way with.
:blink blink: Wait, wot wicket way?