Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003

Kill Bill, Vol. 1

As the world knows, Quentin Tarantino used to work in a Manhattan Beach video store; this is his homage to all the movies that warped his fragile little mind: Hong Kong martial-arts epics and the yakuza sagas of Japan; Italian gialli and Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black. This bride (Uma Thurman) believes that, if revenge is a dish best served cold, she'll gorge on it at an all-you-can-eat sushi bar. Like an Iron Chef, she dices and slices her husband's killers, and anyone who works for them, in scenes of balletic carnography. And she's not nearly finished: Vol. 2 comes out in February. Your stomach should have settled by then.