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1st Kill Bill v1 Reviews

Two reviews from a screening have been posted over at AICN. The first is a mixed/negative review that complains of lack of plot and dialogue and fight scenes that were way too long. I get the impression that if Tarantino’s name weren’t associated with the film, this reviewer would have just gone completely negative about the film.

The 2nd review is more positive – it seems this person took the movie for what it is – action – and didn’t expect anything greater than that from it.

Bollywood Remaking Reservoir Dogs

If you didn’t know, Bollywood is the equivalent of Hollywood in India. The remake is being titled Kaante, and is actually going to be filmed in New York. And, although its a remake – they aren’t staying very true to the original script:

The film begins with a veteran gangster Major (Amitabh) released from prison. Wanting to live the life of riley, Major plans a bank robbery with the help of five accomplices, amongst them Sanjay Dutt, an experienced robber; Mahesh Manjrekar, a druggie bouncer; Sunil Shetty; Mak (Lucky Ali) and an undercover cop-with-attitude, Kumar Gaurav who plans to foil their escapade.

The men assume fake IDs to prevent any risk but Sanjay Dutt

War of the Blond Gargantuans

Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah tangle so violently in Quentin Tarantino’s new film, Kill Bill, the director jokes that it might as well be called “War of the Blond Gargantuans.” “You’ve got these two beautiful women and they just keep [bleeping] each other up, getting kicked in the crotch, faces smashed into a wall, lamps cracked over their heads,” Tarantino tells Premiere magazine. “I want every blow to hurt!”

Tarantino Compared/Contrasted With Orson Welles

I don’t know enough about how Welles was received back in the day, but my general impression is that he and Tarantino aren’t particularly comparable.

Orson Welles was 26 when Citizen Kane was released. Tarantino was 31 when Pulp Fiction opened. Those ages seem close enough to add to the comparison. Yet, in truth, Tarantino was a lot younger than Welles, and not just because of his exuberant, helter-skelter way of talking on so many television talk shows, or even his giddy taste for roller-coaster movies, violence and a world in which movies referred largely to other movies.

Vega Brothers Movie Is Doubtful

Apparently, Michael Madsen doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about when it comes to what movies Quentin Tarantino intends to make. Yesterday, I posted the story where Madsen claims that Quentin would be making The Vega Brothers next year. But today, from Tarantino himself, is a refutation of that story:

JoBlo Q: Will the VEGA BROTHERS be your next movie? (the rumored prequel film which would feature Madsen as Vic Vega (aka Mr. Blonde) and John Travolta as Vincent Vega (from PULP FICTION)

Quentin: I might write it still, but I

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Michael Madsen Confirms Vega Brothers Movie

The rumor of a Vega Brothers (Vincent, from Pulp Fiction, and Vic (Mr. Blonde) from Reservoir Dogs) movie has been around a while and usually dismissed as impossible because it would be a prequel and both Madsen and Travolta are too old looking to pull it off. Well, Madsen says differently:

“All I can say is Quentin wants to make The Vega Brothers. He already has it in his head. But it has to be soon. Maybe next year? It will be set in Amsterdam.”

If it is made next year, it would have to be after Inglorious Bastards because that is apparently next in line for Quentin.

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Tarantino Speaks Out About Splitting Kill Bill

In the August 3rd issue of Cinescape magazine, Tarantino talks about the decision to split Kill Bill into 2 movies. Here’s an excerpt:

CINESCAPE: How are you going to split the movie into two parts and how did that happen?

TARANTINO: It’s been speculated for a long time, and we hadn’t known for sure if we were going to do it or not until recently. I screened it for [Miramax President] Harvey [Weinstein] and said, “This is the first half of the movie; we’re not done with the second one.” After screening it to Harvey, he said, “That’s it. That’s the first movie. Great ending. Fantastic. I love it. That’s the first movie.” We didn’t split it up because of time either. The movie is not going to be that long. It would be a long movie if I put it all together. As it is, the first one is about 94 minutes and the next one is about 94 minutes.

CINESCAPE: When will the second one come out?

TARANTINO: The first one will come out at the beginning of October and we’re looking at the schedule [to determine] exactly when to bring out the next one. The idea is at a certain point both movies will be playing in theaters.

CINESCAPE: You also run the risk of, “What if the movie fails? You have Volume 2 and no one wants to see it.” Have you worried about that?

TARANTINO: Not really. It’s not like it’s this four-hour movie. There was an aspect of it where I was like, “This is a grindhouse movie; it can’t be three hours. That’s just too pretentious. Instead it’s two 90-minute movies. That’s the deal.” It also became less and less an issue of length and more and more an issue of intensity. I don’t know if the average moviegoer could handle it from beginning to end in one sitting. At the end of the first one, you want to go home, have a drink and go and eat pie and talk about it.

No offense intended, but I don’t think your average moviegoer very much likes being told they can’t handle a 3 hour movie. What a crappy reason to split up the movie – the audience can’t handle it. Ugh, have a little more faith in the masses than that Quentin.

UPDATE: Jay Tierney also has some sour thoughts on the splitting of Kill Bill.

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Its Official: Kill Bill Is Now 2 Movies

Big news here – and suprising news as well. Miramax has gone ahead and decided that Kill Bill is going to be released as two separate movies.

Harvey Weinstein, a co-founder of Miramax, which is financing the film, said in an interview on Monday that the first installment would be in theaters on Oct. 10. The second release date is in still being negotiated, but it could be two to six months later, he said.

When Mr. Tarantino first approached Mr. Weinstein about doing “Kill Bill” several years ago, it was with the condition that he be allowed to film the whole 200-page script that he had written. When Mr. Weinstein visited the set in its last month of shooting late last year, Mr. Tarantino said in a statement, Mr. Weinstein brought up the idea of splitting it in two.

No decision was made at the time although Mr. Tarantino shot two opening-credit sequences, he said. Mr. Weinstein said it was not until he visited Los Angeles three weeks ago, when Mr. Tarantino showed him more than an hour and a half of the film, that the two decided on the two-film approach.

“Kill Bill” is the story, told in chapters, of the world’s deadliest female assassin, who survives being shot on her wedding day and, after five years in a coma, seeks revenge on the man who tried to kill her. The film’s samurai-style fight sequences were filmed largely in China and take place in everything from a nightclub to a snow-covered garden to a suburban home.

“There were no obstacles involved in splitting up `Kill Bill’ at all because I’ve always designed the movie, thought about the film, as malleable in any number of versions,” Mr. Tarantino said in his statement. That includes different versions for Asia, America and Europe.

Kill Bill Split Movie Rumors Back Again

Because a good rumor will never die – only recycle itself. Coming Soon! is reporting that the lastest issue of Entertainment Weekly has recycled the rumor of Kill Bill being split into two separate movies because of its length. Here’s the details:

They say that, according to sources close to the production, studio chief Harvey Weinstein screened sequences of the long-gestating kung-fu revenge film, starring Uma Thurman, last week. According to the magazine, given the 197-page script, Miramax and the director are still said to be considering cutting the movie into two halves.

I’m not going to believe it until I hear something official. Tarantino just isn’t a sequel kind of guy – and considering that this rumor started with the loopy David Carradine and still is very unspecific, I highly doubt the split will occur.

UPDATE: If you want some additional opinions, Harry Knowles is taking this rumor more seriously than I have.