Kill Bill Vols. 1 & 2

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In Kill Bill, Vol. 1, Tarantino pays lovingly bloody tribute to grindhouse trash from the ‘60s and ‘70s, specifically Hong Kong action flicks and Spaghetti Westerns, with this blackly comic, ultra-violent tale of cold betrayal and brutal revenge. Four years after taking a bullet to the head at her own wedding (courtesy of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, aka “DiVAS”), The Bride (Uma Thurman) emerges from a coma and decides it’s payback time … with a vengeance! Soon she’s suited up, swinging a samurai sword and hunting down her mysterious former boss, Bill (David Carradine), and his lovely but deadly DiVAS (played by Lucy Liu and Vivica A. Fox), culminating in a crazed, over-the-top showdown that must be seen to be believed. Originally intended as one very long epic action flick, Tarantino eventually split the Kill Bill saga into two parts, ending Vol .1 with a humdinger of a cliffhanger leading to the resolution of the tale in Vol. 2, which was released to theatres six months later. (Dir. by Quentin Tarantino, 2003, 107 min., Rated R) 35mm

In Kill Bill, Vol. 2, Tarantino completes the gore-splattered quest for revenge begun by The Bride in Vol. 1. Having already crossed two names from her Death List, The Bride returns with a vengeance and takes aim at Budd, aka “Sidewinder” (Michael Madsen), and eye patch-wearing Elle Driver (Daryl Hannah), the only survivors from the squad of assassins who betrayed her four years earlier. As in all good revenge flicks, the action leads to an ultimate confrontation with Enemy #1, in this case, the ever-elusive Bill (David Carradine), The Bride’s former master and the man who ordered her execution! Will The Bride finally be able to get some satisfaction and at long last … “Kill Bill?” (Dir. by Quentin Tarantino, 2004, 137 min., Rated R) 35mm