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10/10
Great conclusion
25 October 2004
To me, when a movie audience either hates or loves a movie, that's a good indication that the movie probably is a masterpiece.

In Kill Bill you probably don't have a middle section, either you will love it or hate it.

Back in the 70s, after the legendary Bruce Lee's death, there was a boom on Chinese kung-fu films, fast action, full of violence and Bruce Lee's wannabes, they were the main juice on oriental movie theaters.

Kill Bill captures this time.. and then.... so much more. Its a "70's Chinese kung fu movie", a "Kurosawa classic", a "spaghetti western" re-visited, a "Manga cartoon"... all that wrapped up in a fast-paced action movie, very well directed with superb soundtrack and magnificent fighting sequences.

I must say that this is the best movie Quentin made since the classic "Pulp Fiction". Some people won't understand it, others won't stand it, but many will love it, cause its one of those movies made with such good taste and so many subtle details, that will soon become a classic.

The cast was carefully selected, only "Uma Thurman" could play "Black Mamba" in such a way. She's fragile and deadly, innocent and ruthless at the same time. Uma always had that flexibility in all of her movies, and Kill Bill is no exception.

Sonny Chiba as "Hatori Hanzo" is perfect, the dialogue between him and Uma is one of the most memorial moments in movie history. He's the perfect samurai, a humble barman and yet the best blacksmith in Okinawa.

Beautiful Lucy Liu delivers one of her best performances (the Japanese garden scene is one to be remembered forever, Darryl Hannah makes a unique and great comeback (and looks hot in nurse uniform), Michael Madsen usual is icy and subtle as a rattlesnake and "Kung-Fu TV classic" series David Carradine is perfect as the cool, mature and deadly "Bill".

To review Kill Bill part 1 and 2 separately is a mistake, both are only 1 movie and should be watched one after the other (same goes for Lord of the Rings trilogy, in my opinion).

Just as Kubrik and Polanski, Tarantino is the master of one thing, ATMOSPHERE.... you really get sucked into his creations, forgetting real life for a moment and live a unique experience.

Thumb's up to one of the best directors of our time.
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10/10
Superb
25 October 2004
To me, when a movie audience either hates or loves a movie, that's a good indication that the movie probably is a masterpiece.

In Kill Bill you probably don't have a middle section, either you will love it or hate it.

Back in the 70s, after the legendary Bruce Lee's death, there was a boom on Chinese kung-fu films, fast action, full of violence and Bruce Lee's wannabes, they were the main juice on oriental movie theaters.

Kill Bill captures this time.. and then.... so much more. Its a "70's Chinese kung fu movie", a "Kurosawa classic", a "spaghetti western" re-visited, a "Manga cartoon"... all that wrapped up in a fast-paced action movie, very well directed with superb soundtrack and magnificent fighting sequences.

I must say that this is the best movie Quentin made since the classic "Pulp Fiction". Some people won't understand it, others won't stand it, but many will love it, cause its one of those movies made with such good taste and so many subtle details, that will soon become a classic.

The cast was carefully selected, only "Uma Thurman" could play "Black Mamba" in such a way. She's fragile and deadly, innocent and ruthless at the same time. Uma always had that flexibility in all of her movies, and Kill Bill is no exception.

Sonny Chiba as "Hatori Hanzo" is perfect, the dialogue between him and Uma is one of the most memorial moments in movie history. He's the perfect samurai, a humble barman and yet the best blacksmith in Okinawa.

Beautiful Lucy Liu delivers one of her best performances (the Japanese garden scene is one to be remembered forever, Darryl Hannah makes a unique and great comeback (and looks hot in nurse uniform), Michael Madsen usual is icy and subtle as a rattlesnake and "Kung-Fu TV classic" series David Carradine is perfect as the cool, mature and deadly "Bill".

To review Kill Bill part 1 and 2 separately is a mistake, both are only 1 movie and should be watched one after the other (same goes for Lord of the Rings trilogy, in my opinion).

Just as Kubrik and Polanski, Tarantino is the master of one thing, ATMOSPHERE.... you really get sucked into his creations, forgetting real life for a moment and live a unique experience.

Thumb's up to one of the best directors of our time.
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King Arthur (2004)
2/10
Waste of money
4 September 2004
If legends exist and are as old as centuries, they should at least be respected.

If someone wants to make a movie based on the legend of King Arthur, at least have the good sense of respecting a little bit of the legend and not make a charade like this movie.

The only thing i liked in the movie was the photography. The story is weak, senseless and without direction.

A beardless Arthur fights the saxons side by side with a ridiculous Guinevere in summer clothing (during a hard cold winter). Every character in the movie lacks personality and so does the story.

The leader of the Saxons is a joke, looking constantly "stoned" and his helper is like the jester of the castle, more like a annoyed kid who sobs and gives frozen looks to his master.

The knights of the round table..... or should i say.... the knights who gather around a round table... for what? To drink beer? To tell sad stories? What was their role in the history again? A band of slave-knights who fought for Rome..... and gathered in Arthur's house?

Where is the glory of Camelot? Where is a king? Where is Excalibur... the powerful Merlin.... the code of chivalry and honour? Where is the Legend?

Nowhere in this movie. Instead you get to see a ridiculous Guinevere acting like a poor Legolas, a savage-looking Merlin who just stares and looks but adds nothing to the story, a poor Arthur who is neither a king, neither a leader and neither someone who has a concrete goal and a band of mercenaries who supposedly follow Arthur but are just a sad excuse to fill an empty round-table.

If people waste money to do epic-style movies, at least try and waste money in a good movie... or at least a movie that makes some sense.... Arthur is a waste of money and time.... a sad movie who tries to take advantage of a timeless legend.
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The Haunting Passion (1983 TV Movie)
9/10
Surprisingly Good
18 August 2004
Although this movie didn't obtain a great success, it is surprisingly good, in fact it is one of the best "soft horror" movies i ever saw.

If you love horror movies involving ghosts, spirits or beings that you never actually get to see in the "flesh" form, you will love this one.

Jane gives a wonderful performance and is as beautiful as she ever was.

One of those movies with such subtle ingredients that will bring some shivers to your back. Music score is perfect too, creating a haunting-mysterious atmosphere around it rare to see in this days horror movies.

As a curiosity, the 90s "Baywatch" TV series had an episode that was almost a replica of the argument in this movie, although a very bad replica indeed.
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1/10
Worst of the worst?
3 February 2003
From this dull poor spectacle... few are the things enjoyable. Watching people eating for 30 minutes in a row is not cinema to me. Lack of reality, lack of rhythm, lack of cameras? lack of sense of ridiculous, lack of acting, lack of script, lack of history, lack of everything is the only thing i could found in this ridiculous movie, if i can call it a movie. I dont know what makes people spend money doing a movie like this, i prefer to watch a white wall for and entire day to watch anything like this again.
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