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About the Movies December 8, 2006

Posted by Mitchell in Strange & Unusual.

Our favorite Garfield Ridgeon is back and asking about movies most people like and that we hate.  I’ve offered up a couple, you should too.  One of the other commenters posted about Tarantino’s Kill Bill duo.  Tarantino is an odd duck, no doubt about it.  I despise his politics, but I’ve enjoyed his movies – Kill Bill 1 & 2 particularly.  Let me explain why. 

Quentin and I are the same age, which means we grew up watching, and liking, many of the same things on TV which shaped our tastes many years later on.  In Kill Bill he created a modern fusion of two of the most popular and influential movie genres for boys in the late ’70’s:  Clint Eastwood’s spaghetti westerns and Hong-Kong martial arts films.  AND it had the additional modern day attraction of the hot Xena Warrior Princess type substituting for traditionally male central figure.  I remember leaving the theater after KB1 and thinking “Wow – that was an awful lot like A Fistful of Dollars!”  My impression was absolutely solidified when I saw KB2 and it actually used a piece of music from Eastwood’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the opening scene. 

I don’t like Quentin Tarentino, but I do enjoy his movies.  He’s like that kid I faced on the playground 30 years ago.  I don’t like him personally, but I do like his stuff.


1. geoff - December 9, 2006

I love fantasy martial arts movies – I have a decent collection of older and contemporary stuff from Hong Kong, Japan, and Korea. So I drool every time Tarantino starts talking about his private collection, which is huge and includes film reels of rare movies.

So I don’t know if I would like him personally or not, but I’d still love to have him invite me over for a weekend of marathon martial arts movie-watching. I’d even bring the beer.

And I loved his homage to the genre in the Kill Bill flicks.

2. Retired Geezer - December 9, 2006

I saw the very first Clint Eastwood movie in Japan, it wasn’t in English and it had Japanese subtitles.
I liked it anyway.

3. Taekwondo Forms - January 8, 2007

Like Geoff, I love Tarantino and I share a passion for hong kong style martial arts movies.

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