Fred Weiss

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  1. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    Oh, you're gonna love Tarantino. This guy takes incoherence and "jumping around" to new heights. He relates the Bills by means of "Chapters". Kill Bill 1 starts with Chapter 2 and you don't get Chapter 1 until Bill2. Or in other words you don't really know what the hell is going on in Bill1 until you've seen 2. And even then you don't really know what the hell is going on. That is, until Stephen explains it. Therefore regular attendance at the newly formed Kill Bill Fan Club is mandatory. Fred Weiss
  2. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    Ohhhhhhh! You are *the* Arnold, the incomparable Arnold, the one and only Arnold Broese-van-Groenou. Another HPO escapee. I'm also trying to find Odden. I know he's around here somewhere. OK, what is Stephen doing to you guys? Fred Weiss
  3. The Shawshank Redemption

    My favorite scene in the movie is when Andy locks the door and plays the opera recording into the prison yard. I had thought it was "The Flower Duet" by Delibe. But someone told me it was something else. Does anyone know for sure? Fred Weiss
  4. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    In my case it's probably cuz I'm something like "60 going on 16". I am sooooo immature. Mebbe we should ask Jonathan Rosman about it? "Sorry guys you are beyond help". Fred Weiss
  5. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    Good heads up on that one! I never made that connection. Fred Weiss
  6. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    Well, Elle isn't dead. Blind, but not dead. And she has at least a million dollars. This is a woman who would have big time revenge on her mind. Also note the telling question mark put over her name on the end credits. Fred Weiss
  7. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    Yeah, I've watched the "sword fight in the snow" scene at least 4-5 times. The clanking water cup was a nice additional touch. Two of my favorite exchanges are in the Tea House. The first, after Beatrix has dispatched all of O-ren's bodyguards and then she hears the arrival of the "The Crazy 88's" on their motorcycles and slowly closes her eyes as if to say, "uh, oh". O-ren then says to her, "You didn't think it would be that simple, did you"? To which Beatrix replies, "You know, for a second there, I kinda did." O-ren then gives her a little smile, "Silly rabbit". And the second is after Beatrix has decimated the entire horde of "88's", leaps up on the balcony railing above the dance floor surveying the carnage and announces, "Those of you who still have your lives can now leave. But leave your severed limbs where they are. They now belong to me....Except you Sophie. You stay where you are. I'm not through with you yet." Bill 2 is definitely harder. One of the funnier bits related to the coffin scene is when Beatrix, having escaped, is walking toward the diner covered in dirt, looking like an apparition and the diner guy spots her, with his jaw almost dropping. She then enters, calmly sits at the counter, "May I have a glass of water, please." Hilarious. But my favorite scene is probably when she sees her daughter for the first time. Wow. There's any number of ways that someone with lesser talent than Tarantino or a lesser actress than Uma Thurmin could have screwed that up. But I also love the scene with Elle Driver and Bud. "Bud, I apologize. I was very rude. Bud, meet black mamba. Black mamba meet Bud." Cracks me up. Then she whips out her little notebook and starts reading to him all the things she found about black mambas "on the Internet" and says to him, "Now pay attention Bud, this concerns you."Daryl Hannah should have received at least an Oscar nomination for supporting actress. Fred Weiss
  8. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    Ahh, ok. Obviously you are going to be an invaluable member of the Fan Club. Fred Weiss
  9. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    Ah, so! That has a certain plausibility to it. Then there's the bit where one of the magpies beans the farmer with a sledge. The voice on the "radio" says, "If you have magpies amongst you treat them with respect" and presumably the farmer doesn't and gets beaned. Ok, let's dig in. First official meeting of the Kill Bill Fan Club. What's your favorite scene? If you can't bear to pick, I'll make it a little easier on you. Favorite scene from 1 and favorite from 2. Fred Weiss
  10. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    That of course is the "5,6,7, and 8's". Perfect for that scene. One wonders what happened to "8", since there only appears to be three of them. Fred Weis
  11. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    Awright, if you two guys are so schmart, there's one little bit which I imagine has a point but I don't get what it is. Near the end of Bill2, Bebe is watching an old cartoon on their motel TV. It's the one with the magpies and the farmer. Since he could have chosen any of 1,000's of cartoons, why did he choose that particular one? Fred Weiss
  12. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    As regards "Pulp Fiction", I've come to the realization that it's an "acquired taste" - like intensely spicy food. I was totally grossed out by it the first time I saw it and didn't get it at all. Since seeing the Bills and enjoying those, I've rewatched it a couple of times and found myself starting to enjoy it more. Not as much as the Bills by a longshot, but at least not to the point of being totally dismissive of it. In contrast to the Bills, "Pulp Fiction" I think as a whole is a mess, an incoherent mess at that. But there are certain scenes and aspects to it which are classic Tarantino, most especially those which are intensely violent or gross while *at the same time* extremely funny. He really puts that together masterfully with the Bills. Fred Weiss
  13. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    Yes, I like the garden scene music a lot and I've replayed it a few times just to hear it. But my favorites are (1) the songs played when "the Bride" is lying in bed with her daughter after she has fallen asleep. It is some intensely moving interspersing of the old rock song "No One Ever Told Me" and what sounds like a Billy Holliday song, (2) the closing sequence song, during the credits, in Bill2 when she's riding down the road. I'd actually like to know the name of it if anyone knows it; (3) the song "Bang. Bang" in Bill1 which is played leading up to "the Bride" being shot by Bill. But in general he used music very effectively and powerfully in both Bills throughout. I don't recall that being the case in his previous films. Fred Weiss
  14. Shall We Dance (2004)

    That's exactly the story line in the Japanese version as well. I'll definitely want to see the American version and it'll be interesting to compare the differences. The emotional repression of the Japanese is painful to watch, especially when their attempts to break through it often produces uncontrolled explosions, frequently laced with cruelty. (One rather suspects that the cultural emphasis on repression is designed to mask what they fear is underneath it, and which in fact has been an element in their history.) Fred Weiss
  15. Shall We Dance (2004)

    Oh. I didn't even know there was an American version - which tells you how much of a movie buff I am. As Emily Letita would have said, "Never mind". Fred Weiss
  16. Shall We Dance (2004)

    I saw it for the first time the other day - and enjoyed it. But this is a movie you have to be patient with, at least I had to be. It's excruciating at first watching these wierd Japanese guys trying to learn to dance. And the main character is painfully shy and awkward. It is a very Japanese film and I think most Americans will feel like they are in an "alien" culture. But give the movie a chance, it slowly builds to a very powerful resolution(s) and crescendo which is a pleasure to watch. I should add by way of a comment on the intense feeling I had of experiencing a "cultural divide", that I found myself also appreciating the intense Japanese emphasis on politness and dignity. I'll also mention that I imagine anyone into ballroom dancing - which I am not - might get some added pleasure out of the film. Fred Weiss
  17. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

    I agree with Stephen. I have a simple criterion for whether I like a film. Do I want to watch it again? And for the films I really like, again and again and again. By that criterion my favorite film of all time is "My Cousin Vinny" which I've watched dozens of times. I rather suspect the Kill Bills will be up there somewhere. I've already watched them a number of times, certain scenes more than others. You definitely need a strong stomach for graphic violence, in some sequences *very* graphic, like how about heads and limbs being cut off. But like on "South Park" there's an element of tongue-in-cheek humor to it. Unlike "South Park" though it is not strictly humor. It is strictly Quentin Tarantino which is unique to him (and applies as well to his other films, like "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs".) As for Tarantino, what can I say? In a rational culture, he'd be committed, not writing and directing major motion pictures. The guy is clearly outa his mind. The expression "mad genius" comes to mind. But you can't ignore the genius part. One element I didn't key into in the "Bills" at first was the background music. Once I did, I found myself rewatching certain scenes almost just to re-listen to the music. Stephen is also correct about the fine crafting of most of the scenes, including the sword scene in the Japanese garden which he mentioned. Fred Weiss