Kill Bill 2
I saw it yesterday and loved it (WAY more than No.1). Buttons were pushed, fun was had, heads were nodded. I thoroughly enjoyed Darryl Hannah (for the first time. Normally not so much), especially her scene with Michael Madsen when she reads to him from her dinky notebook about the black mamba:
"The amount of venom that can be delivered from a single bite can be gargantuan. You know, I've always liked that word..."gargantuan"... so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence."
Just. Perfectly delivered. And I agree - it's a great word.
And I loved Bill talking about why Superman is his favourite superhero: "An essential characteristic of the superhero mythology is, there's the superhero, and there's the alter ego. Batman is actually Bruce Wayne, Spider-Man is actually Peter Parker. When he wakes up in the morning, he's Peter Parker. He has to put on a costume to become Spider-Man. And it is in that characteristic that Superman stands alone. Superman did not become Superman, Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he's Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red "S", that's the blanket he was wrapped in as a baby when the Kents found him. Those are his clothes. What Kent wears, the glasses, the business suit, that's the costume. That's the costume Superman wears to blend in with us. Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent? He's weak, he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race."
I don't care what anyone says. So what if Tarantino is a plagarist? So what if he's a wanker? The dude makes awesome films. And hello! The CSI finale? I'm all over it.
The reason I like to read film criticism is because my brain doesn't really work that way. Well, it does to a point, then it sort of stops. I will either enjoy watching something or I won't and I can comment on basics like whether the script was good, or the cinematography was pretty, or the acting was terrible, or the directing unimaginative. But that's it. So I rely on the critics I respect to explain why I did or didn't enjoy this or that film. I want their insight. I love film and TV and that includes looking at it critically, which, comparatively, I suck at. Although, compared to some of my friends, I'm Pauline fucking Kael.
I love Stephanie Zacharek the most because not only is she a wonderful, witty writer, her taste in film is a lot like mine and she sees film as something that should, first and foremost, be enjoyed. So she'll rate a film like the Fantastic Four higher than Batman Begins because the former was, like, WAY MORE FUN. And the latter? Took itself WAY TOO SERIOUSLY.
I get very excited when a person can put in to words exactly how I'm feeling about something. Expecially when I don't understand why I'm feeling a certain way. Especially when I have no idea how to express myself coherently. Critics rule.
This is what I learned. The hard way.
If you act like a whore, you'll get treated like a whore. *hangs head in shame*