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You ever have a day where you just need a great film?

That was me today. Last Friday I received a phone call inviting my father and I to Tarantino’s first theatrical screening of KILL BILL VOLUME 2 anywhere in the world, and it happened that it would be taking place here in Austin. That happened last night. I was, of course, overjoyed. What film geek wouldn’t be truly excited beyond words to see the first theatrical screening of an uncut Tarantino film? Not I.

So Monday morning I wake up giddy. I was going to be seeing KILL BILL VOLUME 2 today. So I go to get out of bed and because the Gods are cruel, the fates evil and the writer of my tale sadistic, my right knee decides that it will simply not lock, effectively rendering my right leg as sturdy as that of a rag doll’s. As I’m desperately trying to figure out a scenario by which I might actually get to be attending the screening tonight – the phone begins ringing. Of course – today – about 20 different crisis had to arise. The phone constantly ringing… me trying to figure out what to do. I decide that I need to try and move out of my room and at least get to the bathroom… maybe the knee will catch if I’m moving around and I’ll be a real live human again. With my crutches I barely make it. So now, I’m in my bathroom. Is there anything more depressing than being stuck on a toilet unable to move for like 2-3 hours? I’m sure there is, but as I sat there… as the phone continued to ring and as problem after problem arose, one indisputable fact was tormenting me. I had no business, in the shape that my knee was in, going to see KILL BILL VOLUME 2 tonight. If moving 12 feet from my bed to the bathroom proved Herculean, the concept of going across my living room, down the stairs with no banister, into the car, then… in front of a giant crowd trying to get into the theater… with an injury that sometimes sends a signal to my brain to… SIT DOWN, at the most inopportune moments… this wasn’t something I was going to be able to do.

As I worked out the final outside world problem that was presented to me today, I realized in talking to this friend of mine that I did own a wheelchair that I have never used. It was my grandfather’s, when he passed away he left it to my father and I. I decide, yes… I WILL GO! I begin thinking about climbing those steps in China to Pei Mei’s temple, and how I would see those steps again if it killed me today.

Dad got the chair, put it together, took off all the holders for oxygen bottles and what not, then came in and announced the obvious, that I was going to have to get out to the car on foot, as in our crowded house, the chair was impossible. At this point, I was resolute… this was going to work. I could stand on my left leg, so I got dressed properly… got myself together and with Dad’s help got to the car. It was, literally one of the hardest things I’ve done. But, this was KILL BILL VOLUME 2 and I had to see it. Once at the theater, things calmed down immensely… I was secure in the fact that I would be seeing KILL BILL. I had told dozens of friends about the screening, they had all secured passes and when everyone got in, there was a buzz in the auditorium. There was excitement, knowing full well that we would be the first audience to see this film.

As the theater was packed, things got underway, there was a single microphone stand dead center in front of the screen. There were just under 500 people in the theater, and as Quentin took the mike, there was polite and enthusiastic applause. He simply announced that we were the first audience to see this film and that what we would be seeing would be rough… not entirely color timed with a very very temp mix… but that what we would be seeing would be a vast improvement on what it was a week ago. As he was talking, Bob and Harvey Weinstein came in, as did Richard Linklater and Robert Rodriguez and Sally Menke and assorted others.

As Quentin took his seat and the theater went dark… a hushed buzz went through the crowd. This was clearly an audience that “wanted” to see KILL BILL VOLUME 2.

The end result? As the final Q&U hit the screen and the projector turned off, the audience rose to its collective feet, turned to face Quentin and went on to applaud for 5 minutes. It was so overwhelming, that Harvey did not have the Research Firm conducting the screening pass out cards, clearly… Their work here was done.

The film is perfect as I could have ever hoped for. On my way out of the theater, Quentin asked me what my favorite moment of the film was. It was near the very end, as Uma and David are sitting at a table and well, the end is pretty certain. It is an incredibly emotional scene. Specifically – over the course of this film, you are struck with such an incredible amount of affection for David Carradine’s bastard Bill… as well as for Uma’s Kiddo that this exchange is wrenching it out of you. And Bill says a line to her that has an incredibly rude phrase at the end of it and I found myself at that moment, honestly crying and laughing at the exact same moment, and not for crass manipulative reasons, but for earned tears and laughs. Specifically – that is such a hard thing to elicit from me in a theater… To have honest tears and laughs simultaneously is the very definition of the idealized version of entertainment for me. Something that touches you deeply and makes you laugh and enjoy yourself… That’s entertainment!

With my father, it was the scene where she first faces Bill and his armed “bodyguard” in his house. When you see the scene, you’ll get it. I wasn’t particularly surprised by his comments given current conditions with his “bodyguard” and their mutual violent adventures.

From others, I heard about 9 other “favorite moments.” In fact, I didn’t hear the same one twice. This is that sort of film. If you were turned off by the gore of the first film and found yourself wanting more of the ‘verbal” Tarantino dialogue… well, this is the film for you. It is a masterpiece. I’ve been reporting on test screenings for going on 8 years now, I’ve never heard of one with a standing ovation – it was overwhelming – like something you hear about, but never see. The film was that good.

How are the characters? Fantastic.

Michael Madsen is so fucking cool in this. If you’ve seen Charles Bronson in MAGNIFICENT SEVEN telling those kids about the strength of their fathers… or even Jon Voight in RUNAWAY TRAIN, when he tells a reckless Eric Roberts that if he gets free, if he would get down on his knees and scrub the tiniest stain off the floor with a toothbrush and follow orders and get the sort of job a con can get, he should be thankful… Well, Madsen is that man. He’s a man that has such sins that he has given up that life, finding no warmth in it. Instead, he lives in a tiny trailer in front of a magnificent view… and at night he works as a bouncer at a shithole strip club being treated like crap by people he could snap like his fingers… but he takes it. He takes it and he goes home and he plays his records and chews his tobacco knowing this is the best he can ever hope for… and wow. He’s great.

David Carradine is going to amaze people. Nobody anywhere has seen him this good. When I saw him onstage with Tarantino at Quentin’s last film festival – I knew there was the potential for magic. If you’ve seen his Cole Younger in THE LONG RIDERS – then you know that it wasn’t just stunt casting, that there was a purpose behind it. If you remember and like CIRCLE OF IRON – there are some elements here that are just taken to such a higher level… that it just isn’t even funny. Quentin does wonders with David in this film. In fact, David has several of the best monologues you’ve seen in a Quentin film here… His Peter & The Wolf style story of Pei Mei is a classic… His “Superman” monologue is also classic. I’m also particularly fond of the bit at Two Pines between him and “The Bride,” as well as the “Fish” story. David is, I imagine, the perfect portrayal of Satan in many ways. He’s charismatic as can be, eloquent, deceitful, manipulative, smooth and treacherously deadly. He’s a bastard and he knows he’s a bastard and he’s fine with that. That you will mourn his passing is a testament to Quentin’s direction and to David’s performance.

Uma Thurman is amazing. The phrase, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned,” has never been more true than when talking of her Beatrix Kiddo. She is amazing. The day she goes through beginning with her encounter with Madsen’s Budd till the end of the next chapter… WHEW! This is great stuff! Her time with Pei Mei… surprisingly affecting. In particular the relationship between Uma and Gordon Liu on screen is truly outstanding. I was surprised by the “tough love” and “respect” between the two of them. The payoffs on these scenes will elicit shrieking applause if you’re audience is anything like the one last night. Watching Uma and David together is magic. This isn’t nearly the action film of the first part, this is really getting down to the meat of the characters and their relationships.

Gordon Liu… WOW. Pei Mei is a cinematic god. For anyone that ever even briefly flirted with love for Shaw Brother’s classics… You will be blown away. So much of it is in his eyes, his gestures and yeah… even the subtitles. Pei Mei is funny as hell, cruel, but with an incredibly powerful sense of purpose. The rice eating scene as Uma is attempting to use chopsticks with broken hands is particularly affecting. Great work.

Daryl Hannah is such a great fucking bitch in this thing. Elle is horrible, but because she would always be second. Her patent leather shiny eye-patch is cool as hell and man is she mean. She took on all the worst qualities of Bill -- this is the Loki to Uma’s Thor. Two Nordic Goddesses fathered by Bill’s Odin. When they fight… imagine if you will the fight scene between Sean Connery and Robert Shaw in the closed quarters of that train in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE… Now, give them the spacious environment of a white trash trailer smack dab in the desert outside Barstow – and you’ll begin to get it. This thing is an epic smack down. Right up there with Wayne and Victor MacLagen in THE QUIET MAN – this is a rumble that can be felt over seven states and when it ends… I dare you not to clap. No fancy smanchy wirework here. This fight hurts deep tissue.

The music is wonderful. At the moment, I’m a bit dazed… trying to recall it all, but like the music of the first film, this thing will spend considerable time being played in your world most likely.

What is missing? Well – you won’t see Bill’s fight with Michael Jai White which I described in detail from my China trip… I didn’t ask Quentin why he cut it out, instead, I understood. In this film it was more important that the audience like Bill, than fear his skill. Because it was more important how you feel about the end of the fight, than the anticipation of that fight. To that, it is a testament to how well Quentin understood what was truly important to the story. THAT BEING SAID, I can’t fucking wait to see that fight on the extras on a DVD!

Ok, for now, I’ll call it quits on this review. This is my favorite film of Tarantino’s… Can I say that with all my experiences with this film to the side? No, not really. I was the only person in that theater that had climbed the cruel steps of Pei Mei, so sure I’m sure that colors my view of things… but then, I was the only person in the theater that wasn’t standing and applauding for five minutes straight when it was done, but then… I was in a wheelchair.

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  • March 9, 2004, 9:56 a.m. CST

    As a genuine real life samurai

    by neobido999

    Bill is the man. Uma Thurman has a gorgeous ass.

  • March 9, 2004, 9:59 a.m. CST

    Cool review and finally, some news!!!

    by Shad0wfax

    When is this out in the UK?

  • March 9, 2004, 10:22 a.m. CST

    Nice to be Nice

    by reni

    Good work Chief....

  • March 9, 2004, 10:24 a.m. CST


    by grgrkoth

    Sorry to hear bout the knee, but happy you made the screening. This film is going to kick ass! I thought the first one was quite good, yes I jones'd for some good old fashioned lip smakcing Tarantino dialogue, but I figured there would be more in the 2nd, as the 2nd would really be about confrontations/retribution between several characters (where as the first was, what 88 plus characters?). Great review Harry, and keep the news rollin'.

  • March 9, 2004, 10:29 a.m. CST

    christ harry, have you ever heard the phrase "morbidly obese"?

    by Strabo

    Of course, that's part of Harry's angle, the fat unloved film geek. To actually do something about his copious amounts of blubber would actually excise part of his power.

  • March 9, 2004, 10:34 a.m. CST

    beatrix kiddo


    harry why the hell did you have to ruin finding out what the bride's name is for us? did it make you feel all cool and special? ooh look he's so cool he knows what her name is. thanks a lot. not everyone here read the script to ruin their cinematic experience of this classic.

  • March 9, 2004, 11:38 a.m. CST


    by Stanley Spector

    It's not new news... If you pause any Quicktime version of the trailer for Volume 1 in the right place, you can clearly see that name on The Bride's passport.

  • March 9, 2004, 12:05 p.m. CST


    by raw_bean

    Either you're an idiot, or you just don't know that only a few years ago Harry was nearly paralysed in an accident. Hence his knee, and probably also his mass. --------- Well done on the effort you made Harry, glad it paid off for you but I hope I don't have to go through anything like as much to see this film! Loved the first one, can't wait for this.

  • March 9, 2004, 12:06 p.m. CST


    by raw_bean

    Either you're an idiot, or you just don't know that only a few years ago Harry was nearly paralysed in an accident. Hence his knee, and probably also his mass. --------- Well done on the effort you made Harry, glad it paid off for you but I hope I don't have to go through anything like as much to see this film! Loved the first one, can't wait for this.

  • So what? Seriously, why does it matter? Is it really going to ruin the film for you?

  • March 9, 2004, 2:47 p.m. CST


    by SandyNYC

    ...your whole life!

  • March 9, 2004, 5:38 p.m. CST

    "I can't wait to see that fight as an extra on a DVD!"

    by user id indeed!

    HAAAA HA HA HAAAA! Silly Harry, don't you know? The DVDs don't HAVE any extras. That way, the REAL DVDs can be released far, far, far down the line. You see, Harry, that way they can trick people into buying twice and get more money. Didn't Quentin mention how much he hates us all last night?

  • March 9, 2004, 5:44 p.m. CST

    Oh, and regarding, ". I

    by user id indeed!

    It probably didn't hurt that the audience was composed entirely of Quentin Tarantino's friends. Hmmmm... (stroking chin)...

  • March 9, 2004, 6:36 p.m. CST

    How Do You Clean the Cum Out of a Wheel Chair?


    just curious.

  • March 9, 2004, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Honestly Harry, it's people like you that have made the world th

    by Riccardogogo

    "Daryl Hannah is such a great fucking bitch in this thing" Christ almighty, where did you pick up this appalling misogyniny from? Not a single one of your reviews goes by without some inane -often ludicrously offensive quote- like the one above. Such incidences provides us all with an, intriguing, but ultimately unpleasant, insight into the disturbing workings of your acute self loathing. If you are attempting, in some cack-handed way, to mimic the dialogue of Tarrantino himself, then it must be pointed out that such vernacular is intended to build atmosphere within a film, and should therfore remain in such a domain. However, you are supposedly a journalist, and as such, in your hands it just sounds cruel. I honestly don't believe you intend to be such an eggregious person, you just get far far far too carried away. Get a grip mate

  • March 9, 2004, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Honestly Harry, it's people like you that have made the world th

    by Riccardogogo

    "Daryl Hannah is such a great fucking bitch in this thing" Christ almighty, where did you pick up this appalling misogyniny from? Not a single one of your reviews goes by without some inane -often ludicrously offensive quote- like the one above. Such incidences provides us all with an, intriguing, but ultimately unpleasant, insight into the disturbing workings of your acute self loathing. If you are attempting, in some cack-handed way, to mimic the dialogue of Tarrantino himself then it must be pointed out that such vernacular is intended to build atmosphere within a film, and should therfore remain in such a domain. However, you are supposedly a journalist, and as such, in your hands it just sounds cruel. I honestly don't believe you intend to be such an eggregious person, you just get far far far too carried away. Get a grip mate

  • March 9, 2004, 6:57 p.m. CST

    Honestly Harry, it's people like you that have made the world th

    by Riccardogogo

    "Daryl Hannah is such a great fucking bitch in this thing" Christ almighty, where did you pick up this appalling misogyniny from? Not a single one of your reviews goes by without some inane -often ludicrously offensive quote- like the one above. Such incidences provides us all with an, intriguing, but ultimately unpleasant, insight into the disturbing workings of your acute self loathing. If you are attempting, in some cack-handed way, to mimic the dialogue of Tarrantino himself then it must be pointed out that such vernacular is intended to build atmosphere within a film, and should therfore remain in such a domain. However, you are supposedly a journalist, and as such, in your hands it just sounds cruel. I honestly don't believe you intend to be such an eggregious person, you just get far far far too carried away. Get a grip mate

  • March 9, 2004, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Honestly Harry!

    by Riccardogogo

    "Daryl Hannah is such a great fucking bitch in this thing" Christ almighty, where did you pick up this appalling misogyniny from? Not a single one of your reviews goes by without some inane -often ludicrously offensive socially offensive quote- like the one above. Such incidences provide us all with an, intriguing, but ultimately unpleasant, insight into the disturbing workings of your acute self loathing. If you are attempting, in some cack-handed way, to mimic the dialogue of Tarrantino himself then it must be pointed out that such vernacular is intended to build atmosphere within a film, the key word there being FILM. AS a journalist however, such constant constant shoddiness leads me to conclude that you have serious underlying problems with 50% of the world's population. If I may be so bold,in your hands such statements just seem cruel. I honestly don't believe you intend to be such an eggregious person, many of your reviews attempt to engage with some kind of quasi-liberal social commentary. However, such frequent faux pas prove that you are incapable of articulating yourself without resorting to crude affirmations of your heterosexuality. Thou protesteth too much Harry, honestly... get a grip mate

  • March 9, 2004, 7:39 p.m. CST

    "You ever have a day where you just need a great film? " So bega

    by SmarkJobber

    I hope you don't kiss Sister Satan's kid with that mouth, Knowles. I'm sorry that you've been wheelchair-stricken, bro -- but even sorrier that I read most of your Valentine's Day card to "Kill Bill vol 2." This is King Potted Plant's capsule review: "It's perfect. Perfect. The fights brought my balls to tears. Madsen hasn't been this electric since "The Getaway"! Uma has a sock-put-on-bare-foot scene that will have minds and loads blown! I WAS there on the set, and I do consider QT a chum (I can call him "QT," and often do), but this would still be the greatest 2 hours in film history even if I didn't have the access to sets, and the ability to namedrop. Oh, and did I mention the action? If you could cull and compile the best sequences from the greatest action movies of all time -- "Kill Bill vol. 2's" action would still rule it! Rule it with an iron fist! This film is perfect. Perfect. Perfect. I want to thanks QT, Uma, David, Michael, Lucy, Bender, and the RZA for making my adult life bearable." I'm sure it's an entertaining time at the movies, Knowles. If you're gonna gush, man, do it with some restraint.

  • March 9, 2004, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Harry, i'm sorry, but this so-called review is out of control!

    by jackburtonlives

    Uma Thurman and Daryl Hannah two ex-strippers waving plastic swords at each other with stunt models doing all the action... this is the equivalent of "connery and shaw"? i don't think so... "THIS FIGHT HURTS DEEP TISSUE"... WTF?!? "i dare you not to clap"... uhhh... and pls harry, don't mention in your review that all time cheesefest "CIRCLE OF IRON"... MWAHAHA... even to flog DVDs... that just 'kills bill' right there!

  • March 9, 2004, 9:21 p.m. CST

    I love preaching to the choir reviews!

    by watashiwadare

    The last test screening i was at, not only did everyone stand up clapping at the end, they clapped for every name in the credits.choose those audience people carefully. instant masterpiece!

  • As someone who considers "Kill Bill Vol. I" the best movie of 2003, I can't wait to see this wrap-up. And QT, if you're reading this - thanks for some kick-ass times at the movies. I actually saw "Reservoir Dogs" in its first theatrical go-round here in Atlanta, and have considered myself a fan since. Plus, "I have more taste in my penis" is my favorite line in movie history.

  • March 9, 2004, 10:03 p.m. CST

    I just realized

    by Zeldas

    that Harry was in that movie The Faculty. Never noticed it before. Anyway, Vol 2 will own your asses.

  • March 10, 2004, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Nice review, but honestly, did you really have to make us imagin

    by Alcamaeon

    I wish this would have been a more spoiler-free review. Some of us want to stay clean from the detailed plot.

  • March 10, 2004, 12:30 a.m. CST



    its nothing something that needed to be told, sorry if i dont going around pausing my trailers to look for clues, i know that part of the fun in vol 2 is finding out her name in amusing fashion. if it wasnt supposed to be that way QT wouldnt have done it that way.

  • March 10, 2004, 1:26 a.m. CST

    Harry's most self-indulgent review ever(well ok, since his last

    by jules windex

    NOBODY FUCKING CARES about reading 20 paragraphs about your day leading up to a film. Stop with the shameless Amazon links. Stop saying every film is your favorite thing you've ever seen, cuz after the way you turned your back on AOTC I for one will NEVER buy it again. All that said, I cannot wait for KBV2.

  • March 10, 2004, 1:36 a.m. CST

    HEr Name is BEatrix Kiddo, but WHO THE FUCK is SPEEDRAZOR??

    by Rcamacho2278

    Where did you guys get SpeedRazor From?? I Don't see ANYWHERE where it says SpeedRazor. And is there even a fucken snake called a speedRazor???

  • March 10, 2004, 2:05 a.m. CST



    what the fuck are you babbling about?

  • March 10, 2004, 2:30 a.m. CST

    I love posts like yours, J e l o...

    by SmarkJobber

    ...written by a guy or gal who skims over a TB where the majority of people are ripping on the subject or the author of the article, and decide to try and bust on the TBers for being so critical. The guy pulls out all of the tried-and-true TBer insults -- you're all fat loser nerds who can't write anything of their own and you all need is to get laid and none of you have ever gotten laid and you'll never get laid. The same ol' bullshit defense of Harry/Plants/Critics. We complain, J e l o, because we can. Because Harry allows us to. We rip on him occasionally when the dude writes like a teenage fanboy -- all gushes and handshakes and back-pats, but at the end of the day I actually respect Harry for what he has accomplished (and I'm not talking about finishing three whole Four-Way Pizza Hut pizzas), and appreciate the site when it does catch up with the other movie news sites. The appeal of TB and AICN is that you can immediately voice your opinion or a snide remark. So I acknowledge your post, but think it's a crock of shit (and that's without your anti-American remark).

  • March 10, 2004, 2:37 a.m. CST

    'The Long Riders'...

    by crimsonrage

    David Carradine plays Cole Younger in 'The Long Riders' an amazing Western about the James/Younger gang. 'Wild Bill' hasn't a thing to do with it. Otherwise, good review.

  • March 10, 2004, 2:54 a.m. CST

    Harry's Leg

    by Freakshow Lee

    I'll bet if you stared at it long enough, saying "Lock your fat leg" over and over, it would have worked. Nah...nevermind. You need a Pussy Wagon first...

  • March 10, 2004, 3:39 a.m. CST

    The heroin of films



  • March 10, 2004, 4:21 a.m. CST

    So Harry is now to fat to walk...

    by WhiskeyKnight

    Wow. That's a big surprise. Moriarty, get ready to take over AICN. Looks like Harry's days are numbered.

  • March 10, 2004, 4:43 a.m. CST


    by fabiodeniro


  • March 10, 2004, 5:05 a.m. CST

    Ooops! How embarassing...

    by fabiodeniro

    Ok, I posted "test"... that would be because I'm a little drunk and stoned. Got a short film I'm shooting..., look out for it. Harry's review of Kill Bill was the shit. It made me remember why i love film. For all the negative talkbackers, for all the gutless anonymous chinless net geeks, for the goddamn first posters and for those who simply overdose on a noseful of Harry's magic dust.. i salute you. We bitch, we whine, we salivate, masturbate and congratulate... we are the butter in your popcorn and the salt on your fries... We are the fans. I have every visual and audio perk in my home cinema... but I can never get a "geek movie night mode". The sounds of an audience lapping it up and chugging it like a cold beer cant be simulated. I raise my glass to you tonight Harry. You rock. Solid. Regards FabioDeniro PS I'm producing Passion of the Christ 2: Jackass Christ

  • March 10, 2004, 5:17 a.m. CST


    by DirkD13"

    Thanks man, some of us were actually waiting patiently for the surprise, you know there are actually film geeks out there who don't try and ruin all the surprises for themselves before they see a film. twat.

  • For a movie that was so over hyped, Kill Bill was surprisingly a commercial flop. Okay fine, maybe flop is too strong a word, but it certainly wasn't a raving success. It made less than $70 million in US, and barely a hundred overseas. More than enough to cover the cost of the film, b ut thankfully not a huge hit. why thankfully? because the movie didn't deserve it. Its not a bad movie, and the people who claim so are either just retaliating its popularity, or simply got disappointed due to the hype. it was an alright movie, worth seeing, but certainly not great, and $170m worldwide is more than enough for it. btw, incase your thinking I'm a Tarantino hater, you're wrong. In fact, I have no opinion of QT as, b4 Kill Bill, I had never seen a QT film. I hopre Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs were better, because judging from Kill Bill, I would have to say Quentin doesn't deserve his fame and reputation.

  • March 10, 2004, 6:34 a.m. CST

    See the thing is... Star wars old trilogy ... that's a volume...

    by TheGinger Twit

    What do I know?

  • March 10, 2004, 7:06 a.m. CST

    I hated the first part, but this confims my suspicion that it is

    by Silver_Joo

  • I guess I won't bother then.

  • March 10, 2004, 8:50 a.m. CST

    so long as

    by ReDWasK

    just so long as he leaves his erectile dysfunction out of his reviews, i'll let the knee thing pass, but just this once

  • March 10, 2004, 9:03 a.m. CST

    David Carradine WAS NOT Wild Bill in The Long Riders

    by BillyDolworth

    If you've seen his Wild Bill in The Long Riders? Sorry to say, but no-one will have seen that, since David Carradine WAS NOT Wild Bill in The Long Riders. There was no Wild Bill in The Long Riders, since it was a movie about Jesse James' gang, and David Carradine played Cole Younger. Get your facts right, Harry

  • March 10, 2004, 9:16 a.m. CST

    Oh, the injustice! Kill Bill Vol. 1 missed out being nominated f

    by Charlie & Tex

    The soundtrack to Kill Bill Vol. 1 seems like Tarrantino assembled a temp track and this accidently found it's way into the release print. The bastardisation of music from movies much better than Kill Bill really gets on one's tits, as it was galling to hear the magnificent theme from Twisted Nerve being unceremoniously cut & pasted into something as mindless as KBV1. Tarrantino himself once said that there should be a rule that once a piece of music has been used in a movie, there should be a moratorium on using it in anything else - interesting how he does not seem to be observing this little observation. Doubtless the second movie will have more of the same...

  • March 10, 2004, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Apparently, I have NO fucken Idea, Sorry

    by Rcamacho2278

    sorry I got confused SpeedRazor. For some reason I thought That was her codename. BWHAHAHA IM AN ASS!

  • March 10, 2004, 10:42 a.m. CST

    SILLY RABBIT.. beaTRIX are for KIDS!!!

    by Rcamacho2278

    That explains that line!!! QT is BRILLIANT!!!!! BRILLIANT I SAY!!

  • March 10, 2004, 10:43 a.m. CST

    The Film is Still retarded

    by Hate_Speech

    No matter how much you hype it for the studio, it ain't no "Passion"

  • March 10, 2004, 10:46 a.m. CST


    by Bcphil

    Harry, great review.

  • March 10, 2004, 11:14 a.m. CST

    On the matter of Beatrix...

    by PeteBeck

    While it was kind of dumb for Harry to spoil it, he wasn't the first, or the stupidest. The actress who played Vernita Green flat out spoiled it back when all the original interviews were going on before the release of Vol.1. She essentially said "Well I guess it's being bleeped out in the movie, but I'll tell you her name, it's Beatrix." This thing showed up in places like IGN and all the other online newsposts.

  • March 10, 2004, 11:19 a.m. CST

    Well who gives a rats ass

    by Rcamacho2278

    Dont blame harry, Like some guy said you can see her name in the passport. Did anybody else notice she had sneakers that said FUCK U on the bottom of them??? thats cool

  • March 10, 2004, 11:19 a.m. CST

    I was at the Monday Screening...

    by reddeathgoddess

    ..and I am not a friend of Tarintino's, nor did I get a special pass because I knew "anyone". I am just a regular geekgirl who loves movies and happened to be at the theatre at the right time last Saturday. I was in line with my boyfriend to buy tickets for The Passion of the Christ when we were approached by a man holding a sheaf of gold paper. I was ready to throw down if he was a Fundamentalist. Instead, he ended up asking us about Kill Bill Vol. 1 and if we liked it. We said we loved it and ended up with a special invite to the screening. Unlike Harry and his pals, I had to stand in line for over an hour, praying that my boyfriend and I would manage to get into the theatre. So many people showed up that the Miramax people started telling us they would buy us tickets for other movies if we didn't make it in. Harry has no idea how rough it started to get outside, especially after we saw Tarintino walk in. Some people were pissed off that more tickets than seats were handed out and some were near tears with frustration. Some people realized there was no way they were getting in and just walked out of line. The Miramax people tried to get them to go to another movie only to get shot down with, "How can you watch another movie when you just missed Kill Bill 2?" So obviously I was estatic when my boyfriend and I made it into the last group of 10 allowed into the theatre. We ended up in the neck-straining front row, but it was worth it! As for Harry's comment about Tarintino getting a polite applause at the beginning, I totally disagree. People went nuts where I was sitting, cheering and clapping, and in the back, people stood up to cheer him. This is BEFORE the movie. And the movie WAS great! I loved the first one, but the second movie just hit me on all levels. From great dialog, to fight scenes, to characters getting what they deserved, to the humor, to the violence, it was everything Kill Bill 2 needed to be. Tarintino DESERVED the applause he got at the end of the movie and people walked out completely satisfied. Everyone I talked to loved it. I am disappointed that Harry let The Bride's name out of the bag. The way you discover her name is really funny and I laughed my ass off at the name. The movie IS great for all the reasons Harry states and MORE. And yeah, we saw Harry. He was kinda hard to miss smackdab in the center of the seats. Hope he's feeling better!!

  • March 10, 2004, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Well, I don't know if Quentin IS really reading this talkback (I

    by Long_Jay_Bee

    Well, I don't know if Quentin IS really reading this talkback (I don't think so, honestly), but anyway: QT (can I call this guy like that? ;) ), this was a great, great thing you did with the soundtrack of "Burly Brawl" from Matrix Reloaded. The Showdown At The House Of Blue Leaves is so intense with it... It was just fantastic to watch this with this music in the background, to discover this thing. The best Easter Egg in a movie ever! I wonder how many people discovered it, as I did.

  • March 10, 2004, 12:01 p.m. CST


    by Pontsing Barset

    Honestly Ric, it's people like you that have made the Talk Backs the festering pile they have become. Go fuck yourself.

  • March 10, 2004, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Just saw this and thought of you lot....

    by The Merr

    Just before everybodies jumps back on QT bandwagon and praises him to the heavens for a classic revenge flick, bare in mind another revenge flick from 30 odd years ago. Female assasin, 4 nasty pieces of work to dispatch, an origins section that was made up of old manga style artwork, plenty of training sequences and lots of limb hacking......Lady Snowblood.... He pinched just about every idea from it, stuck in a few swear words, and hey presto he 'Re-invents' the revenge genre....hardly, just a rehash, albeit a very very cool one!!

  • March 10, 2004, 12:20 p.m. CST

    That goes for you too Smartjobber.

    by Pontsing Barset


  • March 10, 2004, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Same tired crap

    by Mentok

    I am sick an tired of people taking shots at Harry's weight. If you think he's full of shit, fine, call him on it. That's essentially what these talkbacks are for. What the hell does his weight have to do with anything?!?! "I liked this movie." "Oh, yeah? Well you're fat!" "I didn't like this movie." "Oh yeah? Well you're fat!" Seriously, are you angry because you feel if he could just lose a few pounds, he'd agree with you about whichever movie you love/hate?

  • March 10, 2004, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Gastric Bypass

    by DoogieHowitzer

    Let's all get together and buy Harry a gastric bypass for christmas so we can quit hearing about his tired old body and maybe just get some reviews out of him.

  • March 10, 2004, 3:13 p.m. CST

    Dear Poncesing Barset

    by Riccardogogo

    Have no idea who you are but you obviously see yourself as some kind of anarchic, though ignorant,individual. Thankfully your vitriolic attacks are confined to the internet and consist of little more than rambling: "FUCK YOU", "Go Fuck Yourself" etc etc. However, if left unchecked this could develop into a real psychosis, maybe its time to consider some form of counselling.

  • March 10, 2004, 3:18 p.m. CST

    Why would he spoil that?

    by blondeman

    I don't want to know her name in a review...there was no reason for that being in the review other than to spoil it for us. Harry is a fucker.

  • March 10, 2004, 4:01 p.m. CST


    by Glass

    I don't think that not knowing about Harry's accident qualifies one as being an idiot. I do, however, think you are an idiot.

  • March 10, 2004, 4:33 p.m. CST

    I enjoy Harry's reviews for what they are...

    by PurityOfEssence

    Needless exposition and bizare tangents. Though they're strange, and from a writing standpoint not very good - they are entertaining. But one thing is for sure I don't want to hear about him on the toilet for three hours. As far as his weight goes, I don't think people should mock him, but it would be nice for him if he lost it. He would be healthier.

  • March 10, 2004, 4:49 p.m. CST

    self indulgent, si! The creation past creator

    by Homer Sexual

    I am grateful to Harry for creating this site, and have been around here about a year. But this review really showcases Harry at his worst. I scrolled and scrolled to get to the actual review, and the review wasn't that well done. It's definitely unfair to criticize Harry's weight, but his extreme self-indulgence is fair game. Maybe he should continue to let other contributors handle most of the work here. ps. I also didn't want to know the Bride's real name.

  • March 10, 2004, 5:24 p.m. CST


    by perryfarrell

    i hate to say it, but you pretty much just proved that this was a biased audience. not only did they ask if you liked volume one BEFORE giving you tickets, but the entire audience "went nuts" for tarantino without having even seen the movie yet. that seems pretty biased to me. but anyway, i'm excited as hell about this movie.

  • March 10, 2004, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Biased Audience

    by reddeathgoddess

    Honestly, I can only speak for myself, but I don't think that an audience that likes Tarintino or the first Kill Bill movie could be considered biased. I loved the first Matrix movie and endured the sequels. I've gone to movies by my fav directors just to walk out wondering if they had lost their mind. The audience WANTED to see the movie but that doesn't mean they would automatically LIKE the movie. If it had sucked, I would have said that. But it honestly surpassed my expectations and surprised me throughout. I know plenty of "fans" that would have loved trashing the movie as much as liking it.

  • March 10, 2004, 5:56 p.m. CST

    Listen to him go folks!

    by Pontsing Barset

    Woo hoo! I'm DYING laughing at you Rickygogo! Man! *wipes away tears of mirth* Where exactly might one receive the particular education needed to make with your brand of snappy psychobabble? You're a HOOT buddy! Little hint for you: People wouldn't tell you to go fuck yourself nearly as often if you weren't such a pretentious ass-wipe who gets a thrill from slagging Harry with what they mistakenly believe to be their superior insightful wit. Keep 'em coming though brother go-go; it really is pricelessly funny stuff.

  • March 10, 2004, 5:58 p.m. CST

    pontsing whatever

    by perryfarrell

    whoa buddy, take a deep breath and count to three.

  • March 10, 2004, 6:36 p.m. CST


    by perryfarrell

    crash... i'm the last splash

  • March 10, 2004, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Great review Harry, love the enthusiasm

    by MyGlockYourMouth

    Most of your critics don't have a pulse, a brain or a heart. To hell with them. Kill Bill mania is infecting my mind once again. I'll be there first day, first show and will love it. Thanks for the heads up on its greatness...hope you feel better.

  • March 10, 2004, 7:22 p.m. CST

    As far as this movie goes I was already there....

    by 007-11

    but now I'm there with bells on!

  • March 10, 2004, 7:23 p.m. CST

    Ponstsing -- Tape up your Huggies and go play with the other kid

    by SmarkJobber

    Did you even read my posts in this TB? Why are you throwing (and mispelling) my name around? Because I busted on Harry a little? Wah-wah. Obviously you didn't read my second post which actually complimented Fatty Knowlesstockings. Anyway, you know what kind of crowd the Talkback brings, man. If you want to praise everything blindly, go on over to the Rotten Tomatoes forums and join all of the other babies who love every bad movie, and look down upon all who criticize anything.

  • March 10, 2004, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Why Japanese Version?

    by CurryIce

    Why the fuck did this sucking Quentin Tarantino made a special Japanese version of his movie??? What about us? What about the world which wants to see it too? Will Tarantino release again a special-more-material-added version for Japan for Vol2??? If it is so i really hope that this stupid fuck of Weinstein/Miramax is gonna market the Japanese version of both movies in USA etc.

  • March 10, 2004, 7:30 p.m. CST

    PerryFarrell -- Bias indeed...

    by SmarkJobber

    Test screening audiences are, as a general rule, comprised entirely of Potted Plants. They are mostly average moviegoers, who get into a movie for FREE. Even if it's half-good, there will still be an applause at the end, and probably an over-enthusiastic one.

  • March 10, 2004, 7:37 p.m. CST

    Tape up my Pampers?! HAW HAW!

    by Pontsing Barset

    Wow, who would've thought we'd TWO great comedians on one TB? Make's bloke grateful for the WWW...

  • March 10, 2004, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Mr Barset

    by Riccardogogo

    I don't know what you classify as "psychobabble", nor care particularly, though you would be hard pushed to argue that my posts contain any reference to such a concept. Furthermore, I would appreciate it if from now on you would keep your snout out of both my and (from what I can gather) other people

  • March 10, 2004, 7:42 p.m. CST

    Pontsing -- (sigh) You have no ability to N/T)construct an argum

    by SmarkJobber

  • March 10, 2004, 7:45 p.m. CST

    I know I know, it was HUGGIES not Pampers and SMARK instead of s

    by Pontsing Barset

    I, I don't know WHY, but I just can't seem to pay that much attention to the BRILLIANT, **COUGH cow shit COUGH** posts on this TB. Guess I don't have the required 'critical faculties'...

  • March 10, 2004, 7:47 p.m. CST

    LOTR Trilogy Screening in Oz

    by SilentType

    Hey all. Y'know that this weekend they are screening the Trilogy at Greater Union/Birch Carroll and Coyle cinemas all over Australia? They're also giving away a dvd of the super trailer with every ticket purchased.

  • March 10, 2004, 7:54 p.m. CST

    did anyone expect anything less than a rimjob of review from har

    by jigga422

    this site blows more chunks than harrys arse does every few hours.

  • March 10, 2004, 8:06 p.m. CST

    Perhaps an unfounded assumption to begin with...

    by Pontsing Barset

    ... (erm, not really, your original post was a pretty strong clue), but it's nice and sparkling clear now Ricardo. You're an even bigger stuffed shirt than I previously imagined. If you don't consider stuff like "...if left unchecked this could develop into a real psychosis, maybe its time to consider some form of counseling." and "...sordid little hate fantasy and/or paranoia/persecution complex." to be psychobabble, we obviously are not using the same dictionary. Are you perhaps a 'shrink'? Or fancy yourself to be? Amateur or otherwise? The truth of the matter - the tone of my posts on this TB - is: that I just love fucking with self-important gasbags like you. You slag Harry, I slag you. See how that works? Keep up the good work go-go dude; you really are pretty damn funny.

  • March 10, 2004, 8:14 p.m. CST

    Wasn't trying to construct an argument Smarky old chap

    by Pontsing Barset

    Please refrain from attempting sarcasm until you've grasped the concept a little better. And you're not nearly as funny as Ricardogogo; you need to work on that.

  • March 10, 2004, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Dude, what about Secret Window?

    by gopherkhan

    My review's up. Where's the one for AICN? 'Noonch.

  • March 10, 2004, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Harry loves the cock

    by spiderjamb

    I bet Harry's knee wasn't the only part of his body that was stiff when QT came on stage.

  • March 10, 2004, 8:46 p.m. CST

    For Christ's sake Harry

    by Jack Burton

    Couldn't you just say up front what you thought about it in non-spoliler terms? I was scanning the review (as I always do) to get an idea if it's gonna be worth the wait and managed to read at least 2 things I didn't want to know before backing out. So thanks a lot. Glad you liked it but this was a fuckin self-indulgent review. Even worse then usual.

  • March 10, 2004, 9 p.m. CST

    Harry has officially become the worst thing about his own site.

    by JefferyLebowski

    Harry, 1) Warn us of spoilers. Nobody wants to know the Bride's name, you fuck. 2) Cut the bullshit. Get to the review. Or would like to hear about all of our toilet experiences, too? 2) Stop gushing. Your reviews lose all credibility when you rant and rave and capitalize every other word. In the past 12 months alone, the following films have been wildly, desperately, ridiculously over-rated by Harry: Daredevil, The Hulk, Bad Boys II, Freddy Vs. Jason, Matrix Revolutions, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Intolerable Cruelty, Lost in Translation, Cabin Fever, Capturing the Friedmans, Master and Commander... the list goes on. You're a decent writer, Harry, but your reviews aren't worth jack shit when every other film you see is the next Citizen Kane.

  • March 10, 2004, 9:38 p.m. CST

    The Passion of the Knowles

    by Atticus Finch

    Maybe Harry should give up on "GhostVille" or whatever it is and do "The Passion of the Knowles" about how much pain and suffering he went through for us, so we could have a Kill Bill 2 review. Mel could direct.

  • March 10, 2004, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Re: Pontsing

    by SmarkJobber

    You said: "Please refrain from attempting sarcasm until you've grasped the concept a little better. And you're not nearly as funny as Ricardogogo; you need to work on that." Soooo...I guess this is the part where I'm supposed to write, "Fuck you, man! I am funny! Fuck you where you stand!". But I refuse -- not only because it's a bitch way of communicating to another human -- but because I have no idea why you attacked me in the first place. Initially I thought it was because I ragged on Harry a bit. Then I thought it was because I had the ability to put together a coherent sentence and you were jealous. And then I thought, maybe it's because I intimidate you in some way. In any case, you got me in the end, right? I'm not as funny as Ricardogogo; I lost. Or something.

  • March 10, 2004, 10:33 p.m. CST

    Lol EP

    by Pontsing Barset

    Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! I'm Rick James' ho too... brother...

  • March 10, 2004, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Jesus H Christ on a bike Smarkjobber...

    by Pontsing Barset

    A little case fragile self image there bro? I'm SO sorry. I had no idea or I would have stuck with harassing Ricky. And sorry for jumping to conclusions when I read: "So began Harry's 20-paragraph blowjob to Quentin". What was I thinking?! *** You take J e l o to task for stooping to "tried and true talkbacker bashing tactics", but as soon as someone 'takes your name in vain' you flip-out and resort to same tactics you've just decried? At least pompous pseudo-intellectual creep Ricardogogo stuck with his same "faux-polite" style when responding to my flame. I may be a prick, but at least I'm an honest prick without delusions of grandeur. Get over it man. This isn't real life, it's a movie fan message board - nothing more. Sheesh.

  • March 10, 2004, 11:05 p.m. CST


    by jackburtonlives

    with all respect, i think the hatred directed toward you is not because you are pedantic and holier-than-thou; it's just that your shrill PC style is not appreciated. this is a PC free zone, buddy. get used to it. no offense meant.

  • March 10, 2004, 11:06 p.m. CST

    Typing disease

    by Pontsing Barset

    " least THAT pompous pseudo intellectual... etc" Don't you hate that?

  • March 10, 2004, 11:10 p.m. CST

    ricardogogo... you are one sad piece of work

    by Bruce Paltrow

    fighting for women's rights on an internet chat board for KILL BILL2???? and writing it in a phony pseudo-shakespearean style? are you for real? get a life... don't you know? KILL BILL is like female empowerment, so like "bitch" is like good, you know? wait for the talkback for the DVD of SOUND OF MUSIC, then you can chime in.

  • March 10, 2004, 11:29 p.m. CST

    Simmer down, Pontsing -- you're flushed with rage.

    by SmarkJobber

    I bet you're just hovering over your keyboard, wiping the saliva from your jowls, waiting for me to respond so you can continue with your nonsensical tirade. Ok. You say, "A little case fragile self image there bro?". Seriously, man, I have no idea what you're talking about. Your words affecting me in a negative manner is an impossibility. I'm amused with where you are going with whatever you are alluding to, though. You also wrote: "And sorry for jumping to conclusions when I read: "So began Harry's 20-paragraph blowjob to Quentin". What was I thinking?!" No need to apologize. But what about that line? Huh? I'm the only one who picked on Harry's review? There must be something more... Then you wrote: "You take J e l o to task for stooping to "tried and true talkbacker bashing tactics", but as soon as someone 'takes your name in vain' you flip-out and resort to same tactics you've just decried?" Don't know where you got that impression. When did I "flip out"? I don't know how can infer all of this. But whatever. It's time to compare my anti-Harry routine against Ricardogogo's. I gotta get my material up to snuff so I can keep up with you.

  • March 10, 2004, 11:42 p.m. CST

    cool review

    by mansala

    Unlike you folks, I like Harry's rambling personal anecdotes. ~5-7 years back He used to tell mini-chapters of his life so you know his mindset and where he's coming from when he gives his opinion about the movie. Actually you jerkasses made him compromise his style, so his reviews aren't so entertaining anymore! I want VINTAGE HARRY REVIEWS, Harry!! Don't listen to these antisocial retards.

  • March 11, 2004, 12:43 a.m. CST

    hey austinites...

    by drakeavenue

    For those of you who went, which theater was this screening shown at? I'd like to know. Oh, and whoever made the comment about LADY SNOWBLOOD is completely right. Obviously extremely influential for QT... uses a song from it for vol. 1, same shots, and even one or two lines of dialogue.

  • March 11, 2004, 1:35 a.m. CST

    This movie will rock!

    by Jon E Cin

    I just wish it was all one movie, but of course the rest of america just cant stand movies that are 3 hours long. Unless its lotr.

  • March 11, 2004, 2:55 a.m. CST

    jules windex, strabo, Freakshow Lee, WhiskeyKnight, shrink, Dol

    by YoureAllFreaks

    If you tools hate Harry and his site so much, why do you bother supporting it? If you hate his reviews, why do you read them? And (for some of you), your rush to insult his weight easily indicates to anyone with even a decent knowledge of human behavior that you're very insecure, unhappy people. Insecure, unhappy people that have nothing better to do than go to a website that they seemingly dislike so they can bitch about it. Whether Harry's fat or not, he's doing things he enjoys doing, he's going to premieres and talking with directors, and you ass spelunkers are stuck posting lame insults on his site. For God's sake, get off his dick already...we get your point-you're jealous, disappointed in your own lives, and have absolutely nothing to do but be an asshole on the internet.

  • March 11, 2004, 4:22 a.m. CST

    Harry's Knee

    by Brock Linehan

    Harry should have his stomach stapled. That would fix his knee.

  • March 11, 2004, 5:33 a.m. CST

    This flick entertained the shiznit out of me.

    by stuntrocker

    It was a cool screening. I'm betting the movie loses a minute or two in editing but I gotta tell ya...this movie was a gas. I can't wait to help write and star in INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. I'll be a wounded LT. They'll have to shoot me to survive cause I'm limping and slowing them down. I'll beg for them to make it a head shot. That'll be cool. ...we can't believe Harv was tucking a button up into his sweats. wow.

  • March 11, 2004, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Half of a decent review, but

    by eg4190

    did that neverending story about how Harry got to the movie theater remind anyone else of that Simpsons episode where Homer becomes morbidly obese to go on disability? I can just picture the theater owner offering Harry a big bag of popcorn to avoid a fire hazard.

  • March 11, 2004, 9:51 a.m. CST

    THAT'S spirit Jobber!

    by Pontsing Barset

    Almost as funny as go-go! I especially enjoyed the saliva and jowls crack - friggin

  • March 11, 2004, 10:37 a.m. CST

    Fucking ENTER key!! Here's what I was GOING to say:

    by K0NY

    I can't believe I fucking waded through nine paragraphs of Harry's "Day in the life" story just to read that one sentence 'The movie was everything I expected it to be.' Jesus toe-twitching Christ!

  • March 11, 2004, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Stop the crap!!!!

    by The Dutch Madman

    Harry, nice review man! What are all these guys talking and moaning about. If you don't like harry's reviews, DON'T VISITE THE SITE!!!!! Don't bother us with your complaining. Kill Bill is going to suprise evrybody and I know it's going to be big. Don't complain, just watch!!! Michael Madsen is going to be great!!!!

  • March 11, 2004, 1:47 p.m. CST

    freddieshoop and pastor

    by perryfarrell

    freddishoop: i'm not so sure he was serious there hot cheeks. ///// pastor something: NO!

  • March 11, 2004, 1:47 p.m. CST

    i'm sorry.

    by perryfarrell

  • March 11, 2004, 3:37 p.m. CST

    by MattyBoomStar

  • March 11, 2004, 5:23 p.m. CST

    By God!

    by Tubba-guts

    I reckon Kill Bill Part Two is goin to be just as exciting as the first and I just can't wait! Onliest thing, when I showed Number One at the Bremo Bluff Movie Theater and Feed Store, everybody (well, except Beulah Clark 'cause she's all crippilt up due to the cow layin on her an' all) was actin like they was a Kung-fu-fightin all over the place. I don't care, really, but some of 'em got so fired up they kicked my "Butterbean's Milkshake and Fountain Drinks!" display booth slam over and busted the fake plastic cow udder, I swear! Hey, Harry can come over and visit my theater any time because we got one of the handicap ramps that leads right in the front door, I swear! This here's Tubba-guts and I got me a movie to go watch. See ya'll later now.

  • March 11, 2004, 6:08 p.m. CST

    Oh dear oh dear...

    by Pontsing Barset

    Caught betwixt pseudo intellectual creeps and Hillbillys! What's a body to do? Good giggle material whatever else it may be Mr. Guts...

  • March 11, 2004, 7:02 p.m. CST

    "this isn't real life. its a movie fan message board."

    by MisterGrimloch

    thats great Pontsing. and you are correct in stating such. i made the same claims months back when i stated my feelings on the overrated, overhyped (and now over awarded) LOTR films, with particular emphasis on the extreme glee most posters seemed to feel regarding the final installment of Jackson's mediocre masterpiece, and was greeted with panic stricken venom on the part of you, and several other less than polite AICN TB'ers, terrified that anyone would dare speak ill of what was just "factually" the greatest story ever committed so masterfully to celluloid. you are a hypocrite. stop pretending to merely be, as you decide to categorize it, a "prick". that is so beneath a true asshole such as you.

  • March 11, 2004, 8:12 p.m. CST


    by Boo-Boo

    just wanna post, I think Harry knows what he's settin himself upwith these reviews, thats why i come back!

  • March 11, 2004, 9:03 p.m. CST

    re: MisterGrimloch

    by beamish13

    I totally agree. The internet is not real. We're portraying characters that bear very little resemblance to what we are really like in the world. Some of the most pathetic fanboys here probably have doctorates in physics, get laid every night, and moved out of their parents' house at age 15.

  • March 11, 2004, 9:12 p.m. CST

    Hey now!

    by Tubba-guts

    I admit that Bremo Bluff is kindly steep there Prancin Barstool, ol

  • March 11, 2004, 10:39 p.m. CST


    by Billuism

    I thought it was a great review as well. I must say that I do agree with many though that the bride's name should not have been revealed (why would he do that?). I enjoy hearing everyones opinion on movies and why they feel the way they do, although I'm at a lost as to why people feel the need to bash others for those opinions. If you see things differntly, please say so and why, but why resort to putting people down in the progress? Not because it's mean, it just seems such a swallow means of making yourself feel more superior.

  • March 11, 2004, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp

    by SilentType

    I just heard a rumour that he just died in a car accident. Is this bullshit or what?

  • March 11, 2004, 11:29 p.m. CST

    The Bride's Name

    by AllThatJazz

    I can't believe so many of you are complaining that Harry giving away the Bride's real name is a spoiler. Anyone who can halfway read lips figured out her name when she said it to Vernita's daughter in Vol. 1. Duh!

  • March 11, 2004, 11:44 p.m. CST

    Ricardogogo: NEVER REPRODUCE

    by DMented

    You have to be the most annoying, semi-intellectual, simpering pseudo-feminist cocksucker ever. Are you THAT fucking dumb that you actually believed Harry meant anything derogatory when he said Darryl Hannah was such a "great bitch"? He was praising Darryl's performance! STOP WASTING TALKBACK SPACE IN YOUR PATHETIC QUEST TO BE VALIDATED! Especially when your several nearly identical posts were all full of fucking typos, counterpoint to your lame attempts at sounding intellectual. You're living, drooling proof that some people don't deserve to have an opinion.

  • March 12, 2004, 12:27 a.m. CST

    Reviewing the review.

    by DragonHeart

    The first time I ever heard of Harry Knowles was when I saw him on one of the network morning news shows, flogging his book "Ain't It Cool" (or some such.) I thought "Well damn, ain't THIS cool, a regular Joe SixPack doing movie reviews. Somebody like me, just a regular guy trying to make a living, and maybe checking out a movie once in a while. Not some tight-assed talking head who makes his living cracking on movies and getting off on the power he has to 'make or break' careers, depending on who he's pissed off at this week. This red-headed movie geek is somebody I can relate to." Harry wants to cry Havoc, and let slip the fanboy j- I say let his freak flag fly. I work in a video rental joint. Many times regular visitors come in wanting to watch a movie, but they're searching for inspiration, not a specific title. They come to me and ask 'What's good?" Based on what I know about their tastes, I suggest some titles. But sometimes I trip over a small title that nobody's ever heard of and I just have to preach the gospel according to (insert unheard of gem here), and I'll flog it to whomever will stand still long enough to listen. Many times (in all modesty) I've turned people on to entire GENRE's that they'd never considered before, just because of my enthusiasm for a particular title. Personally, I appreciate knowing about what Harry went thru to see this movie. It reminds me that I'm not the only freak searching for that one perfect moment. That moment when life, the universe and everything join forces to lift us to a transcendant plane

  • March 12, 2004, 1:52 a.m. CST


    by Setenza

    Finally a like-minded individual on the internet! I agree; all three of the LOTR movies were fucking lame. I'm assuming it was Jackson's fault, because the way these LOTR fanatics write about Tolkien one would think he was fucking buddha, moses, vishnu and james caviezel combined. So Jackson fucked up - where the fuck did those eagles come from at the end? He just pulled them out of his ass. All you need to sack a fortress is a handful of ogres (or one pissed off fatass hobbit)? And the fucking "army of the dead" fx looked just like slimer from Ghostbusters. And the wizard of oz ending with frodo waking up in bed? And the 45 minutes of boring, unfulfilling epilouge? And Aragorn starts to fucking sing??!! That shit was gay. Maybe within their original context (the books) these scenes weren't gay at all, but very moving - however I didn't read the books so consequently I thought the movies were shitty - because I could easily see that some important, meaningful shit was being left out - like this "scouring of the shire" I've been reading about. To sum up; these movies sucked - direct your fanboy venom here,please.

  • March 12, 2004, 3:50 a.m. CST

    hello motherfuckers.

    by joe brady

    Spalding Gray has died. So has Paul Winfield. If any one of you has ever seen "Swimming to Cambodia" or "Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan",then you will understand my sorrow. Judson Scott was a truly brilliant alien, and his loss touches us all on the very most sensitive part of our penis. Fuck the lot of you. To hell.

  • March 12, 2004, 4:45 a.m. CST


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  • March 12, 2004, 5:43 a.m. CST

    What a bunch of dorks

    by SierraMountain

    Is alls I gotta say. Face to face, I'll bet all of you bickering little cunts can't say shit to each other other than, "I disagree" and "well, that's your opinion" You vaginas need a good ass kicking.

  • March 12, 2004, 6:34 a.m. CST

    How up are you then DMENTED?

    by Riccardogogo

    This is Fantastic, absoloutley fantastic! The bile that is pouring out of you lot. It only takes one little man with low self esteem to set all you lot in motion dosen't it. You know those old fashioned fairgrounds where they had a strong man and people would pay good money to go up against him in the vain hope that they could beat him? Well, It strikes me that you fancy yourself in a similar role here. Except, you're not much fun to have an argument with are you? Seen as you can't even come up with your own material and need to resort to copying those tedious buzzwords that have been thrown about here: "pseudo intellectual", "quasi intellectual" etc etc. However, the main problem with you is that you cannot even identify what it is in your mind that annoys you, let alone begin to articulate it. Honestly, you're not interested in anything new you lot are you? If it dosen't reinforce those tiny set of prejudices you picked up when you were seven years old then you don't want to know do you? Tragic. While I'm at it, you also seem to fundamentally misunderstand my original post... so I am now forced to clarify myself as you are obviously incapable of grasping the point. Calling a woman a "Bitch" is, and you can call this "faux feminism" if you choose, simply not acceptable anymore. This becomes even more dangerous to society when it is trotted out by a journalist whose vocabularly is so obviously dependent upon the material he reviews at the time. There is of course a certain other word that Quentin Tarrantino uses all too frequently in his films, I think you know which one, which would not be tolerated were Harry( a white Texan "journalist" lest we forget) to use it. I have to spell this out for you as I honestly don't believe you are capable of making the link between Harry's writing style and why this should cause offense to a "Pseudo intellectual" such as myself. As for my multiple first posts, A genuine mistake. Though this just goes to show that at least I refine my argument before submitting it. Hope this clarifies the matter dear boy.

  • March 12, 2004, 8:09 a.m. CST


    by Man Who Rafts

    It's always good to see a use of the word 'decry'. Keep up the good work.

  • March 12, 2004, 9:52 a.m. CST

    You are unteachable Grim.

    by Pontsing Barset

    What we objected to was your "my mind's made up so don't try to confuse me with the facts - repeat my minority opinion til I'm blue in the face and people are ready to strangle me" stance on Wingnut's LOTR. I'M an asshole? If that's not a case of "the pot calling the kettle black" there never was one. Wasn't it you that threatened to knock someones teeth down their throat, ON AN INTERNET MESSAGE BOARD??!! Fuck you Mr. Grimloch, you aren't worth the time it took to type this.

  • March 12, 2004, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Ricardo you fucking pompous ass...

    by Pontsing Barset

    ... man, where do you find hats to fit that enormously swelled noggin you're sporting? How can we be expected to wage a battle of wits with an unarmed man such as yourself? It baffles me how a lowbrow like you develops such an inflated opinion of their own intellect, but I do know you are delusional, (psychobabble for a psycho babbler).

  • March 12, 2004, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Oh and Grim...

    by Pontsing Barset

    ... ever heard of something called a shift key?

  • March 12, 2004, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Let me tell you the difference between 'PAYING HOMAGE' and 'STEA

    by Splicer

    Let me tell you the difference between 'PAYING HOMAGE' and 'STEALING'. A director who is paying homage doesn't NEED to steal ideas - they CHOOSE to. They are capable of making good films in their own unique way but decide to pay tribute to another film or film-maker by repeating or referring to a particular idea. A director who is STEALING, however, is doing so because they have to. Now the question you must ask, fellow Talkbackers, is could Quentin Tarantino make a cool movie WITHOUT STEALING ANY IDEAS FROM OTHER FILMS? The answer is, of course, no.

  • March 12, 2004, 11:55 a.m. CST

    You know why your reviews suck?

    by DarkWater

    Beacuse there'e so much pointless crap in it. I'm sure your father's a good guy, but to I don't care that you went to see it with him, what the theater was like, where you saw it, I just don't fucking care. Tell me about the movie!

  • March 12, 2004, 11:57 a.m. CST

    Pointless Barsett

    by MisterGrimloch

    i've tortured you and your internet nerdling "friends" for the past couple of years, and its been countless times that your type claims to be "through responding to me", and yet after your initial typically moronic, obnoxious post, you then post AGAIN, to me. face it kid, you are on here constantly for a good reason. you have nothing else going on. cliched criticism? of course. but then, i am a much bigger prick than you ever could aspire to. now, in the same way that Riccardogogo (sorry Riccardo if i misspelled your ID) mocked you, i will let YOU know that i sit and await your inevitable reply. oh, and Pontsing, did i mention that LOTR was overrated and supported mainly by sycophants such as you?

  • March 12, 2004, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Haw, haw.

    by Tubba-guts

    Hey Pontsing, who woulda thunk the boy could get any dumber? I do agree with him about one thing, he is a bigger prick than you are and I reckon he's the biggest one I've seen on these here Talking Backs, so far. Still, why would somebody admit to that unless they were about two ounces shy of a full pound, if you follow me? Do ya? Oh yeah, that there Lord of Them Rings was so overrated that it swept the Academy Awards. Yessir, it takes a special sorta dumbass to be totally blind to a great thing but it is most evident that some people like to prove it every day. I just hope Kill Bill Number Two can pull in some Oscar nominations too but I reckon it won't cause it's too damned violent for them Academy folks. Now, cue them folks who think the Oscars don't mean shit from shineola until their favorite franchise is up for an award.

  • March 12, 2004, 12:40 p.m. CST


    by WoodyStiffer

    ...but is it better than KRULL?

  • March 12, 2004, 12:49 p.m. CST

    Oh yes Tubba youre rite enuff about him you cernly are...

    by Skyway Moaters

    ... it wud be bes if we ignorit him all to gether but you knowit what people say about them danged old squeaky wheels. Oh wel...

  • March 12, 2004, 1:11 p.m. CST

    "ignoring" me again, eh Skyway....

    by MisterGrimloch

    har har. what's wrong? did your wife not let you "network" anything lately? as for Kill Bill Volume whatever, who cares? Tarantino is one of the most ridiculous directors to ever come down the river. his "masterpiece" of Pulp Fiction ranks right alongside the other great works of recent years, like A Beautiful Mind, and American Beauty. and LOTR, of course.

  • March 12, 2004, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Hey, J_D, just wait for this DVD and play Burly Brawl music

    by Long_Jay_Bee

    Hey, J_D, just wait for this DVD and play Burly Brawl music when the major fight with the Crazy 88 begins. It's perfectly coordinated with the picture and what's going on in the mocie! I am just sure that when QT edited this scene he had Burly Brawl music in his headphones (or whatever you could call them). Great thing. Who else discovered it?

  • March 12, 2004, 2:57 p.m. CST


    by Tubba-guts

    Well, uh, I reckon so Mr. Moaters. Lordy, how many others are gunna git dragged into this? But yeah, ain

  • March 12, 2004, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Hey Tubba-Guts

    by mortsleam

    For quite some time now I've been feeling a bit constricted by the on-line persona I've developed, and have been giving serious thought about branching out with another, less restricted identity. When you applied for your fake AICN e-mail account, did you have to give a real e-mail address in order to register, or did they let you just start using it right away, at which point you registered under your fake name? Just wondering? I can't access the above e-mail address anymore and I dare not put down my work address. The way some of you zip through identities, I figure somebody out there could help me out. Oh and Kill Bill 2 will rock.

  • March 12, 2004, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Well by God Mr. mortsleam!

    by Tubba-guts


  • March 12, 2004, 8:23 p.m. CST


    by FluffyUnbound

    People who post in dialect suck goat dick. Cease and desist, douchebag. Thanks.

  • March 12, 2004, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Geeze fluffy, who pissed in your corn flakes?

    by Skyway Moaters

    What's wrong with posting in dialect/playing a character/etc? Isn't this message board stuff supposed to be for fun? Seriously, why the pugilism?

  • March 12, 2004, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Ricardogogo is playing you all.

    by FluffyUnbound

    How could you fall for his deep deadpan? Good lord. NOBODY has that small a dick. Nobody.

  • March 12, 2004, 8:34 p.m. CST

    Sorry, Sky.

    by FluffyUnbound

    It's a pet peeve of mine. Blech. I just am annoyed that someone would put that much effort into an irksome affectation. It's kind of like an SNL skit that goes on too long. STEP AWAY FROM THE ACCENT AND PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR.

  • March 12, 2004, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Trubba Not Fluffy (sorry, couldn't resist)

    by Skyway Moaters

    Yup, I guess we've all got 'em, pet peeves I mean. I personally think Tubba's a stich, but then I have a penchant for dialects and invented languages and such; but I do agree that it - dialect shtick/role palying etc. - get's old if done to excess, which is why I don't post in "Riddley Speak" much anymore. *** You really think Ricardogogo's "pulling a PUD!/Dick Hertz/etc. etc. etc."? Hmmm... actually, I think Barset might be right about his being a 'frustrated shrink' or something. If he was having us on I think he would have kept hammering at it a while longer. It looks like he wasn't expecting other other posters to jump on Pontsing's bandwagon, and turned tail when they did. *** "Aa' menle nauva calen ar' ta hwesta e' ale'quenle" Fluffy, which is Sindarin for: "May thy paths be green and the breeze on thy back"

  • March 13, 2004, 5:03 a.m. CST

    While I agree sometimes that Harry can be overboard, you guys ne

    by HappyHamster

    He revealed some personal stuff here, non of it necessarily flattering...and so I kind of liked the lead up to the review. The the guy a break this one time.

  • March 13, 2004, 8:46 a.m. CST

    QT's biggest fan.

    by theThingFromTheS

    this fat ginger bloke is seriously disturbed.

  • March 13, 2004, 10:01 a.m. CST

    Well excuse the livin

    by Tubba-guts

    Ah reckon I write just like I talk an

  • March 13, 2004, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Harry on crutches? Pretty soon he will review films from his bed

    by koolaidman

    (BREAKS THROUGH WALL) As sad as that sounds maybe Harry should use the money he gets kicked back to him from the amazon links to do something to better himself physically. But instead he will probably spend his money on Cheetos(If only I could make that link to a chip website), because they are in fact the chesse that goes CHRUNCH! Also this review was the most unbiased thing I have read on the site since Harry's last review about other movies he likes that have some similarity to the film or what you did the day of the screening. Maybe Harry should let someone else run the site instead of making it a huge written blowjob to his director buddies and advertisements for Amazon. Now I think I will go to to get some cool news. OH YEAH!

  • March 13, 2004, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Volume 1 sucked

    by tav

    I do hope Volume 2 is better. Volume 1 was like Tarantino turning into the fat, drugged out Elvis. Impersonating himself and just wallowing in his bloated hobbies. Wow, that movie sucked. (Example: Pulp Fiction has Le Big Mac and Fonzi references. Kill Bill has the "Tricks are for Kids" quote. The reference just don't work as well.) The whole Kill Bill movie seemed HEAVY. The whistling which is supposed to be so cool was HEAVY. Bill's comments were HEAVY. The "super cool" anime sequence was HEAVY. By heavy, I mean forced and there was a self-conscious quality to it. QT does better with a lighter touch. Oh, and the whole pussy wagon thing was a brick on the head.

  • March 14, 2004, 2:36 a.m. CST

    I like Kill Bill. I like Sound of Music. To me, it's one of th

    by CranialLeak

    OK, not really. But they are both good movies separately. Now Cheerleader Lesbians and Showers...that's a pair of things that always go well together.

  • March 14, 2004, 2:47 a.m. CST


    by shyhoulud

    Harry Knowles! The image of you on the toilet will forever haunt me. You have GOT to stop yapping about yourself, switch to Slim-Fast and review movies honestly. Then again you could just take a deep breath and count to ten before you write your reviews. I loved KBV1 and I am looking forward to 2 but after some of your prevous reviews I think i'll take what you say with a pinch of salt. Going through the TB comments sometimes has be laughing loud and hard (regardless of where I am). When I first discovered AICN I got so pissed off reading some of the shit people post. I wanted to track them down J&SB style and kick their heads in. Now it all just washes over me and makes me laugh...I think it's thre only reason I still visit this site.

  • March 15, 2004, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Re: J e l o

    by SmarkJobber

    I'm glad that you are able to respond in a civil manner, unlike other unnamed individuals who flame just to flame. And I agree with you that moronic bashing, the kind that is unwarranted, is lame. Cheers to you.

  • March 15, 2004, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Some words for Harry

    by bozemaster

    What health problems does obesity put me at risk for? According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, all people age 18 or older who have a BMI of 25 or higher are considered at risk for disease and early death because of being overweight or obese.1 If you are obese, you are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease (CAD), stroke, and sleep apnea, among other conditions. If you lose weight, your risk for these conditions is reduced. Often overlooked are the psychological and cultural problems associated with being obese. Stereotypes of obese people

  • March 15, 2004, 7:02 p.m. CST

    Thank you bozemaster

    by Pontsing Barset

    What would the world do without self-righteous dick-heads like you? Condescension is SOOO productive. Bravo.

  • March 16, 2004, 6:06 a.m. CST


    by Cthulhu812

    Your knee didn't work. Okay... here's an idea. Write a review for the movie, post it to the site... and then sough uncontrollably in a friends-only livejournal about the tremendous amount of pain you went through to see it. I'm just venturing a guess that your fanbase gives not a worldly woe about your physical condition; either they're your physical compliment, or a mindless syphocant. Or, they're me... an unsympathetic fan of film buzz.

  • March 16, 2004, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by bozemaster

    If trying to help someone out is being a dickhead, then a dickhead am I. However, there is NOTHING self-righteous about my simple advice to Mr. Knowles. Now can you dig that.......suckaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!

  • March 16, 2004, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Pah-leeze boze...

    by Pontsing Barset

    You weren't honestly trying to 'help' anyone. You were just being a snide little bitch and you know it.

  • March 16, 2004, 3:03 p.m. CST

    Does it hurt?

    by bozemaster

    Obviously, I have struck a nerve with you, holmes. Just pat your big vagina with some ice for about twenty minutes and the pain will subside. Trust me, it will stop hurting. If you smelllllllllllllllllllllllllll....

  • March 16, 2004, 3:34 p.m. CST

    No, nerve struck, but you did set off the alarm on my PC's "anno

    by Pontsing Barset

    Get over yourself boze.

  • March 31, 2004, 3:35 p.m. CST

    ricardodogodo is a douche

    by fire_starter9

    I had a college profesor who acted like this guy, he was always spitting in class and throwing things.

  • April 1, 2004, 8:29 p.m. CST

    I didn

    by Damer1

    This is why you can't trust Knowles. His head is so far up his favorite hack director's bums that you can't get a straight story.

  • April 3, 2004, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Harry's Back Fat

    by Harry's 6th Chin

    This movie is going to be so awesome. I can't wait until I see the Bride Kill Bill. Man it's going to be so cool when BeaTrix makes Bill's heart explode using that secret pressure point that Pei Mei teaches her. The best part is that it happens at the very beggining of the final battle, it's so anti-climatic. It's Genius I tell you!!

  • April 4, 2004, 3:15 p.m. CST


    by johnnyhotboy

    If Harry rode QT's nuts any harder, he'd bust the motherfuckers. I haven't seen the film yet, but I know Harry really the jocked the first one, which was a really good movie, but not by any means, a GREAT film. So all I have to say is that KBV2 had better kick ass, be significantly better than the first and if it's not--then Harry really is just a dick rider.

  • April 6, 2004, 1:05 a.m. CST


    by Mr Suzuki

    This review is exactly waht is wrong with sites like these. They praise the shit out of eveyone in exchange of kickbacks. You people need to change the tune and quit letting people like Tarantino cum in your mouths. This site blows.

  • April 6, 2004, 2:15 p.m. CST


    by watashiwadare

    Unfortunately for freedom of information etc Yahoo has already removed the link-- too unfaithful? Not popular enough an opinion? Anyway Stewart if you remember this, slammed the film's reassertion of exploitation riffs that are stupidly brought back to the mainstream without consideration as to what they signal-- chicks catfighting for the titillation of men. Stewart said: "I condemn utterly films like Kill Bill which we are told are empowering women," he said. "But they are apparently empowering women to kill other women which was the message that I took from the film." This movie made almost nothing, which shows that a tiny cult of net fanboys and a bunch of wannabe hipster middle-aged critics are themselves meaningless as this racist crapfest of cliches.

  • April 14, 2004, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Just viewed the DVD of Vol. 1

    by Eye_H8_U

    And let me tell you that it only reaffirms my belief that this film is truly a masterpiece of cinema! Fuck all the naysayers QT is back in top form! I am ditching work Friday to see the first possible showing of Vol. 2!!! Anyone who can't appreciate Kill Bill for its sleek visual style, its fun memorable characters, its visceral action sequences, its awesome dialougue, its over-the-top gore, its killer soundtrack, its tightly edited sequences and the list goes on and on... SHOULD GET A KATANA STUCK UP THEIR ASS SIDEWAYSAnd let me tell you that it only reaffirms my belief that this film is tryly a masterpiece of cinema! Fuck all the naysayers QT is back in top form! I am ditching work Friday to see the first possible showing of Vol. 2!!! Anyone who can't appreciate Kill Bill for its sleek visual style, its fun memorable characters, its visceral action sequences, its awesome dialougue, its over-the-top gore, its killer soundtrack, its tightly edited sequences and the list goes on and on... SHOULD GET A KATANA STUCK UP THEIR ASS SIDEWAYS!!!

  • April 14, 2004, 6:39 p.m. CST

    The Bride's Name

    by cumblaster007

    I've heard so many good things about this site, and the first time I come to read a review, the Kill Bill V. 2 Review no less, I find that you have revealed the Bride's name!! You couldn't just say the movie is kick ass and has awesome performances, etc. You had to tell us the name of the Bride. Can't wait to read more reviews. Maybe you can tell me how Spider-Man 2 ends!!

  • April 14, 2004, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Patrick Stewart's Gay Fetish

    by Eye_H8_U

    "But they are apparently empowering women to kill other women which was the message that I took from the film." This movie made almost nothing, which shows that a tiny cult of net fanboys and a bunch of wannabe hipster middle-aged critics are themselves meaningless as this racist crapfest of cliches." It's well known that blady is a little light in the loafers! He probably didn't like it because he'd rather see sweaty, muscular, oiled men duking it out! As far as his allegations about the film being about supposedly being about women empowerment he is dead wrong. This film is a revenge flick idiot! It just happens to star a woman-- so fucking what? Racism? I fail to see how the film is racist-- explain that one to me dumbass! As far as the box office gross: Total as of Apr. 11, 2004: $69,909,813 + Overseas Gross: $108,230,000 Production Budget: $55 million MPAA Rating: R Est. Marketing Costs: $25 million This doesn't include DVD sales. Seems like a pretty good return on investment. Vol.2 will do about the same or better!

  • April 15, 2004, 6:02 p.m. CST Review: KB 2 'sharp, splendid', 'Movie expands, deepens

    by truthseekr1488

    'Quentin Tarantino has made a rip-roaring, highly entertaining, extremely enjoyable continuation to Vol. 1: a work that flows perfectly from the first film while, at the same time, managing to alter the tone, pacing and even the look of its predecessor.'

  • April 16, 2004, 4:10 p.m. CST

    A review by Ninja Nerd !

    by Ninja Nerd

    Sent this to Harry early this morning, but it's not up and probably won't be, so here's my take: Ninja Nerd here writing from the cultural center of the Universe....Oklahoma City. Attended the advance screening of Kill Bill Vol 2. last night at the local AMC 24 megaplex. THERE ARE SPOILERS (although Ebert and Siegel have blurted out several in their reviews) We were seated in a packed house right up front. With no trailers, intros, or any other preamble began one of greatest films this old headbooter had seen. Being a real ninja-type guy, I was overjoyed with the first movie. I wondered how QT could top it. Simple, he didn't. At least not in the cuisanart-a-second context. Some of the junior ninjas and ninjettes with me from our dojo were disappointed that wall-to-wall carnage was NOT the principal aspect of Vol. 2. No, this movie is QT doing what he does best....writing dialogue for his actors that just leaps off the screen and into your inner consciousness. You could have missed Vol. 1, see this film, and still understand all. THAT WOULD BE UNFORTUNATE. Vol. 2 doesn't "need" Vol. 1, but together (and oh yes, I'm counting the days to a DVD of both as one film) they are QT's best work to date. As usual, the story is told in chapters not in exact chronological sequence. After a TERRIFIC opening sequence with Uma explaining some things from Vol. 1, we go to the Chapter titled "Massacre at Two Pines" which does two critical things; it shows the events leading up to the opening of Vol. 1. and The Bride getting shot in the head by Bill AND it serves to show Bill's visage for the first time. I should mention that this is all shot in black and white...and it works. The opening conversation between Bill and the Bride is marvelous and terrifying at the same time. When Bill replies the Bride's question "are you going to be nice?", I thought "Save me Jeebus!", this is going to be bad. And as we know, it gets that way in short order. The succeeding chapters propel the story and give us the Bride's name....Beatrix Kiddo. We flash back to a sequence between Bill and Kiddo, as her calls her several times, camped out with Bill. While playing a flute that sort of channels Kwai Chang Caine, Bill relates the story of Pei Mei, the Gordon Liu character who is Bill's master who becomes Kiddo's teacher in the chapter "The Cruel Tutelage of Pei Mei". As we move....forward, sideways, backwards....we get to meet Bud, Bill's brother and learn of Elle Driver's time with Pei Mei, discover what a Texas funeral is, and hear (Ebert got this wrong in his review) Elle recite interesting facts about the Black Mamba snake she gleaned from a web site. This is the part of the film with the much-anticipated fight between Elle and Beatrix in the trailer house. Descriptions don't it with both eyes wide open (yes, this is a joke you'll get when you see it) The final chapter I won't discuss or 's just too good to. You just need to see it and soak in it. I will STRONGLY suggest you pay close attention to Bill's speech about Superman. Wow. Does anyone write dialogue better than QT? Don't think so! At the end, I was smiling. Joyous. Some of the ninjas were dumbfounded to find that the movie ran right at 2 hours and 10 minutes....they thought 80-90 minutes at most. Their initial disappointment at lack of slice-and-dice (well, mostly) gave way to a stunned appreciation of what QT had done. Simply, he's made a movie with a 5 month intermission. Yes, it was billed as two, but the whole is FAR more the sum of the two parts and is the best work of an already great filmmaker. Ninja Nerd out.........need to go boot some head.

  • April 16, 2004, 10:34 p.m. CST

    kill bill sucks balls

    by bdp33

    look, people, this film reeks. running time, 137, 6 minutes of action, the rest is long winded monoloques and completely forgettable dialogue. harry claims this film is "leisurely paced." this is a fallacy. a 90-year-old woman assisted by a walker travelling the length of a football field is "leisurely paced." this film is a molasses-covered snail walking across a glue trap. and that is fucking slow. gone is the cute, smart dialogue that made tarentino famous. replacing this is character self-serving monologues that serve only to make us wish (on more than one occasion) that we were ones holding the honsu blade. there isnt even, in this dreary mountain of masturbatory monologues, and original idea to be had. all right, there might be one, in carradine's superman story, but i must point out that the first person who publicly pointed out the fact that water is wet was STILL stating the obvious. this film isnt even shot with the same soul as the first. there isnt an orginal shot, angle, or fight move shown. the music is pedestrian, and not chosen with the same flair as the first. (here i am thinking of Vol 1's mariachi music in the japanese scenes.) the characters are bland, with some exceptions, and ridiculously contrary. it might've been interesting, after all, if Budd really WAS sorry for what he did, and felt that the Bride deserved her revenge. yet when the time came he attempted to kill her in the most brutal manner he could think of. and it might've been interesting if Elle really did believe that the Bride "deserved better." but instead she boringly sought only personal gain. big yawns, all around. tarentino never filmed a scene he didnt love. this movie is full of crap that should have been destroyed even before it hit the cutting room floor. what, for instance, is the purpose of the spanish brothel scene? couldnt we just assume on our own that the Bride was able to find Bill? and what on earth is the purpose of the Budd at the strip joint scene? couldnt we just use the fact that Budd has gone from "internation jet-setting playboy hitman" to "creepy unwashed slob in a double-wide" as proof that he's given up on life? could've saved half an hour of screen time right there. all this being said, thurman is terrific, so is carradine, and darryl hannah (i know this isnt saying much) is the best i've ever seen her. it was such a pleasure hearing that hannah can actually ACT without adopting that crappy nasal sing-song voice she always seems to have. whoever told her that was acceptable should be taken out back and shot. madsen is hopelessly laconic, even moreso than usual, and that pei mei actor pulling a grotesque charlie chan playing with his facial hair made me physically ill. in short, this film sucked goat's balls, and i sincerely hope that tarentino gets his SAG card suspended for at least a year. and in closing, i'd like to point out that Bill took SIX steps after the big "heart exploding" trick before he fell down, with his heart exploded. crap. bdp33

  • April 16, 2004, 11:05 p.m. CST

    Kill Bill Vol. 2 is a triumph of filmaking!

    by Eye_H8_U

    It would have been simple enough for QT to have made Kill Bill Vol.2 the same as Vol.1. Most fans would have appreciated another dose of the tightly edited action sequences and over-the-top gore that permeate the first volume. Instead he chooses to go a more subtle route in this conlusion to the Bride's quest for righteous vengance. In this installment he actually slows down enough to take the time to develop these wonderful characters. And let me tell you that it works beautifully! In Vol. 1 we find ourselves cheering for the Bride as she hacks her way through the first two members of the Deadly Viper Assassin squad. In Vol. 2 we actually get to see the humanity of those who remain. With the exception of queen bitch Elle Driver(a supremely fun character played perfectly by Darryl Hannah) we begin to understand that besides being cold blooded killers these characters are also human and feel remorse for what they've done in their lives. Bill's motive for attempting to assasinate the Bride turns out to be much more simple and ruthless than I previously thought possible. This was a brilliant move on QT's part! It makes this movie seem a lot more based in reality than the last one. This movie has one of the most well written and executed conclusions that I have ever seen in a film. It doesn't finish in quite the way that you'd expect it to and you actually feel sorry for Bill in the end. Witty dialouge, fantastic editing, superb writing, great pacing and a damn brilliant performance by David Carradine as Bill make Kill Bill Vol. 2 a satisfying and worthwhile conclusion to this epic homage to grindhouse exploitation kungfu films!

  • April 16, 2004, 11:17 p.m. CST

    Criticisms and Nitpicks are unavoidable for a film(s) as hyped a

    by braine

  • April 17, 2004, 3:36 p.m. CST

    Aint It Cool KB2!!!!!

    by superdavid

    Why is there even a talkback? Whats the point of listening to losers and trollers?! The movie was FUCKING AWESOME!!!!

  • April 17, 2004, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Vol. 2 is Jackie Brown to Vol. 1's Pulp Fiction

    by MattyBoomStar

    Kill Bill Vol. 2 Dir. Quentin Tarantino Kill Bill Vol. 1 to me, was as close to perfection as I'd seen in a long, long time. It was an economical, masterfully crafted offering at the alter of cinema. It was a thank you to film. I left the theater so madly in love with the infinite possibilities of film that I could barely contain myself. The two INCREDIBLE things movies can do (and only do a handful of times in a persons life): change your life, and remind you why you love movies. Tarantino does the second one. And in Kill Bill Vol. 1, in my opinion, he did it better than he ever had before. I loved it. I saw it like ten times. Kill Bill Vol. 2 is a very different movie. And for that reason alone I was, not disappointed, but taken off guard. I can see how if you didn't like the first one you would like the second more, but I also think that if you didn't like the first one than you have a very menial understanding of film history and cinematic language, so who gives a cock what you thought of the second. Vol. 2 is Jackie Brown to Vol. 1's Pulp Fiction. Vol. 1 is a Japanese kick flick, Vol. 2 is a Western. Vol. 1 takes place in Japan, Vol. 2 takes place in the desert. Vol. 1 was paced perfectly down to the second, Vol. 2 takes its damn time and doesn't even own a watch. Different films. Westerns might very well be my favorite genre. Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid is most likely my all time favorite film. I am Westerns. But I had no idea I was in for a Western. I need to see it again. I haven't really been able to stop thinking about it, which means I'll probably go see it again later today. My only thought at this point is this: Much like Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, Vol. 2 feels like a glorious two and a half hour long goodbye to filmic and cultural archetypes. But unlike Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, it's possible that Tarrantino's archetypes live more in HIS head than in the larger cultural consciousness. I cry when Billy the Kid goes down because he means more than just Billy The Kid. He is naive America, he is stalwart honesty, he is bravery, he is truth in the face of mechanical lies. To Tarantino I could feel that David Carradine's Bill held this much power to him as well. I could feel Tarantino's tears well up when Bill died. I could feel Tarantino's goosebumps when he filmed the final scene between Uma and Bill. I could feel Tarantino's throat lump up when Uma and her daughter finally lied down together in peace...and watched cartoons. The problem was....unlike Vol. 1, they weren't my goosebumps.

  • April 17, 2004, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Complaints about final showdown:

    by PumpyMcAss

    Kill Bill Vol 1 is the ultimate samurai film. Those films are all about the hugeness of scale and gore. Kill Bill Vol 2 is the ultimate spaghetti western. Those films are all about the suspense of the showdown. So people who like swordfights love KB1 and people who love westerns love KB2. Me, I love them both perhaps equally. I'm really debating on whether to go down and see KB2 again right away. I didn't go see KB1 again in theaters again for like a month...

  • April 17, 2004, 9:56 p.m. CST

    Come on...

    by allhailthomyorke

    <<It is (as one friend thought immediately, and we all thought he was crazy) a self-indulgent Tarantino wankfest.>> Self-indulgent how? As in Tarantino seems to be having tons of fun with his cinematic obsessions and influences? So the film's inspired by something-name me ONE GOOD film that hasn't been.

  • April 17, 2004, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Nitpicking bastard

    by allhailthomyorke

    <<in closing, i'd like to point out that Bill took SIX steps after the big "heart exploding" trick before he fell down, with his heart exploded. crap. bdp33 >> Heaven forbid he took SIX steps! I mean, how can Tarantino sleep at night-knowing he made such an AWFUL mistake? That sixth step probablly ruined the entire film, perhaps cinema as we know it, for Kill Bill's audience. Seriously though, dude-you probably just counted wrong.

  • April 17, 2004, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by WoodyStiffer

    I've started reading more and more recently. Honestly, that site just OWNS AICN. Their review of Kill Bill Vol. 2 was SPOT ON with a two-person review which wasn't a complete jerk-off fest. Honesty, integrity, I just don't get that from this site. Think I'll be switching off from this site. Not only that, but the reviews from Chud are comprehensible.

  • April 19, 2004, 4:19 a.m. CST

    Is this the room for an arguement?

    by manicman

    What is the DEAL?

  • April 22, 2004, 3:42 a.m. CST

    The 4th best film from QT...

    by BurnHollywood

    This whole thing reminds me of how excited George Lucas was to finally be making the movie he ALWAYS wanted to make: Willow. 'Nuff said. *** Nice action in the first one, but nothing to get orgasmic over. Y'know why? Because I actually TOOK martial arts courses (Jujitsu and Aikido), so I know that the horsesh*t "martial arts" QT gets off over in Kill Bill is pure nonsense. Like a lowrider: all show and no go. *** The scene in KB2 where Uma punches her way out of a coffin was greeted by silence in the theater I saw it in, and I know why: everyone was wondering, "Now what about all that f*cking DIRT?" Talk about shattered "suspension of disbelief"... *** Worst of all was how the cartoonish action actually UNDERMINED some really excellent performances by David Carradine and Daryl Hannah. Hope the hype over this would-be epic still gives them a springboard into a second career, but that's all I left the movie with...

  • April 22, 2004, 11:46 a.m. CST


    by MontyPigeon

    I hated Kill Bill Vol1 with a passion, it annoyed me and was questioning your decision to turn this into a 2 movie deal. Watched Volume 2 last night and you have created a monster. My faith in cinema has now been re-established 100%. Its the best film of the year so far, could be the best English spoken film of the century so far. What were Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction? Little tiny vehicles to create your greatest movie to date? This blows them not only out of the water but out of the atmosphere. His best work to date and one of the finest pieces of cinema ever produced. Mr Tarantino is the saviour of us all, he knows what a film fan wants in a film and this is the difference compared to the usual hollywood shit that gets released. So Quentin, I apologise for not having faith after seeing Volume 1. I was too quick to judge and should have known you would pull through. The dialogue is the most creative I have heard and laughed at, in a long time. The direction is superb and its hard to even fault anything in this film. I am glad to be in the generation that will witness this film on release, its something I will be proud of. Forget anything released (English Spoken) within the last couple of years, they just are not worthy to even hold a candle to this film. Typing this, laughing at the film which picked up the Oscars at this years award. This baby IS film, this baby IS for film fans, this baby IS what most of us have been waiting for and this baby IS exactly that. ******SPOILERS BEWARE********When Uma Thurman is crying on the floor at the end knowing that she has her baby all to herself, I felt the same way knowing that I just witnessed PERFECTION. Mr Tarantino, I tip my hat in your direction. Thanks for the film.

  • April 22, 2004, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Monty Pigeon does a 180

    by Eye_H8_U

    Nice change from all of your previous QT bashing! Hate to say I told you so but I did say that you can't judge a film that was cut in half at the last minute on the forst half alone. And even though you didn't care for Vol.1 I am glad to hear that you gave Vol.2 a chance. Lucky for you...

  • April 22, 2004, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I cannot knock Cinema at its best, Eye_H8_U

    by MontyPigeon

    I can't understand why some people on this board are. Eye_H8_U, I take back all I have said about the man. I witnessed a flawless film and all credit goes to the the maker. It has even made the first film become more watchable for me. I shall never judge half of a film so harshly in future, I have been schooled by Tarantino. I am not ashamed to say that, I am pleased that I have been. I haven't enjoyed a film so much in years and I thank him for that. It will take a strong film to beat this from my number 1 slot at the end of the year. Its one of the only films recently (along with City of God) that I have thought after leaving the cinema, I wish all films were made like this.

  • April 23, 2004, 12:22 a.m. CST

    Morricone question???????

    by Morpheus8

    Il Tramonto on the soundtrack is very short. Anyone know what the extended version of that piece of music is called?????????????

  • April 23, 2004, 8:47 a.m. CST

    My interpretation of Kill Bill vol 2......

    by JAGUART

    The Black Mamba is the most deadly snake in the world. They grow 14 feet in length, and can travel at speeds of up to 12 mph. They have a head shaped like a coffin. The Black Mamba is not actually black. They have a brownish-gray body with a light belly and brownish scales along its back. It gets its name from the color of the lining of its mouth, which is purple-black, and which it displays when threatened. The Black Mamba lives in South Africa. They like open, low habitats such as savannas, rocky places and open woodlands. They are active during the day. They often sleep in hollow trees, burrows, rock crevices, or empty termite mounds, and will come back to the same place every night. The Black Mambas feed on small mammals and birds, like voles, rats, squirrels, mice, rats, or bush babies. Once a Mamba was found with a parrot in its stomach, another with a full grown Forest Cobra! It will strike a large animal and then release it. It then stalks their victim until it becomes paralyzed. With smaller animals it will strike and hold on until the animal becomes paralyzed. Its flexible jaws and scales makes it possible to eat the animal whole. Several weeks after a pair of mamba mate, the female will find a good place to lay 6-17 eggs. The burrow must be damp but not wet, and warm, but not too hot. After she lays her eggs the female leaves. The young snakes are about 16-24 inches long when they hatch three months later. They reach maturity when they are 3-4 feet in length. The Black Mambas are found in pairs or small groups. They are very nervous, and head away fast when a human approaches. When the mamba feels threatened it will raise its front and head about 3-4 feet off the ground, open its mouth, spread a flat hood, and shake its head. When they attack they will make several quick strikes, and escape as fast as they can. They can strike from 4-6 feet away. Before antivenins were developed, a black mamba bite was 100% fatal. They are invulnerable, because no animal can actually kill them. Their venom can kill just about anything, so they don't have much to worry about. The mamba is mainly threatened by habitat destruction.

  • April 23, 2004, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by FCranium

    Hello religious experience! No way anybody else could have had the personal dialogue I just had with this movie. I've never had a living conversation with the screen before, and there weren't even any drugs involved! I see a lot of people rated it 10 too though. Better scroll up there and read everyone else's interpretations. I know posting before reading the thread is bad form, but hey, I'm still learning. Had to post 1st. I'll die a different man from this. No shit. -S

  • April 25, 2004, 9:48 p.m. CST


    by NAS-T

    I just seen kill Bill today and really fucking loved it, but I have to disagree with Harry on one thing, Daryll Hannah was shit. I know Quentin likes to use washed up actors, but sometimes there is a good reason they are washed up in the first place. David Carradine is the man though, he is so good in this movie.

  • April 27, 2004, 5:34 a.m. CST

    Just saw this movie and it rocks!

    by Shano

    Saw Vol 2 last night, and boy, I really, really, really loved this movie. I really dug Vol 1, but this is the real return to the Tarantino we all know and love: a ton of quotable lines, some great character development, some kick-ass violence and just a veneer of cool over the whole thing. I suddenly remembered in those final scenes why David Carradine had been a hero of mine as a kid. He is just so incredibly laid and back and cool. You really believe that he could kick some serious ass if required to do so. Yeah, on a scale of 1 to 10, I give this a fucking 11. WEll done Q and well done U. Pai Mei absolutely ruled too. What a great vignette.

  • April 27, 2004, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by honkyhonky

    I really need to see KB2 - it is killing me to miss it-

  • April 27, 2004, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Kill Bill 2 continuity error...

    by Beatrix Kiddo

    ...was I the only person getting pissed off by that stupid calender in Bud's bosses office? There must have been about 5 versions of it. Or maybe he planned it, yeah right.

  • April 28, 2004, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Great movie??? not really

    by jl_torrez

    Like most fans of Tarantino I trully enjoyed Kill Bill vol I and as many was very hopeful of the vol II. What I got instead was a very very VERY boring movie and I am not saying that it is a bad movie, just boring, boring, boring. I read Harry's review before actually going into the theatre... BIG MISTAKE, I found myself along with most of the audience nodding and some flat out sleeping. Where is the action, where is the gore? where the fuc* is Uma's yellow suit? these are questions that most of my party had once the movie was done. Even though I really like Daryl Hanna as the one eyed bitch that was trully the only moment of the movie that actually remainded me that this was a sequel of vol I. The main problem at least in my eyes is the editing of the movie, we know in advance that some perils she will survive because of the kill list but if Tarantino had already 7 hours of film and he figured he needed to present it in two installments, why not balance them out? why Tarantino, why have you fuc**d this up for me? why give us a kick ass vol I and then bored us to death with vol II. I think Harry is usually on the money, but this time he proved he is human after all.

  • May 6, 2004, 1:46 a.m. CST


    by logansden

    Kill bill vol 2 has one of the best pieces of dialogue "EVER" "Your a terrific woman, but sometimes you can be a real cunt" Need i say more? If you wanna bad mouth sequels go look at the lame ass mask trailer. UGH. Cant help thinking New line used profits from LOTR to finance that piece of shit. just nasty.

  • May 9, 2004, 2:39 p.m. CST

    What, am I the only one?

    by urchinowar

    Somewhere on this board, someone posted that Harry's use of colorful obscenities was "What is wrong with the world today". Well, Im sorry, but that is simply so much shit. How can anyone looking at this talkback say that Harry's language is the the real problem. You've got attack after attack on Harry here, viciously tearing him down for being overweight, for being enthusiastic about a movie ALOT of people loved- even for how he organizes his own reviews on his own sight. I think its obvious who the problem is. Take a look at all of these wonderful people who, when you allow them to be anonymous and act however they'd like, have no problem with laughing about his broken leg, his weight and his enthusiasm- enthusiasm which allowed him to create what their own bitterness will never allow they themselves to create. Im not even going into all of the attacks on his sexuality- I think its plain to see who the real fucks are. Go make a more popular website, then come back. Oh, and by the by, you say you hate all of his backround around his reviews? Well Im tired of these talkbacks not even being about the damn movie most of the time: Harry-bashing is not only sickening, its getting BORING.

  • May 11, 2004, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Kill Bill Vol. 2 rocks the socks of the UNIVERSE!

    by coen_fan

    Harry hit the nail on the head with this review. Good job, Mr. Knowles, and it's good to read the reviews of someone who isn't a crabby critic but instead simply loves going to the movies. Keep up the good work. And to all the talk-backers who have nothing better to do than bitch about Harry and the website in general, YOU ALL NEED TO GET A LIFE!!!!!! If you really don't like Harry's reviews, then don't read them. This is the first and last Talk-Back message I will ever post. I just wanted to vent my frustrations at all you pathetic losers.