September 13 04

“Superman stands alone. Superman did not become Superman, Superman was born Superman. When Superman wakes up in the morning, he is Superman. His alter ego is Clark Kent. His outfit with the big red S is 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, unsure of himself… he’s a coward. Clark Kent is Superman’s critique on the whole human race, sort of like Beatrix Kiddo and Mrs. Tommy Plympton.”

What a fantastic movie. I really liked the Kill Bill, but this time, Quentin Tarantino really outdid himself.

Some interesting trivia nuggets about Kill Bill courtesy of imdb.com:

~~The large wooden flute played by Bill (David Carradine) actually is the exact same flute that David Carradine plays as Kwai Chang Caine in “Kung Fu” (1972). Carradine brought the flute to rehearsals and Quentin Tarantino decided to find a way to put it in the movie.

~~Bill says that The Bride is a natural born killer. Natural Born Killers was originally written by Tarantino.

~~Elle Driver wears the same outfit that Uma Thurman wears in Pulp Fiction. It was also worn by Pam Grier in Jackie Brown.

~~Bill’s apartment in Mexico is number 101, the same as Neo’s in Matrix, The (1999). The fights in both films were choreographed by Woo-ping Yuen. In addition, room 101 is a reference to George Orwell’s “1984″, the room where the thing you fear most resides.

~~Quentin Tarantino pays homage to his first film Reservoir Dogs twice in this film: First, the Bride pulls a single blade razor from her cowboy boot which is a direct homage to Mr. Blonde in Reservoir Dogs, who pulls a razor from his cowboy boot in the infamous ear scene. Second, when the Bride and Bill are talking, Bill says that he hears a gunshot to the kneecap is quite painful. In Reservoir Dogs, Mr. White says to Mr. Orange, “Aside from the kneecap, the gut is the most painful area a guy can get shot in.”

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  1. There is actually an online “Annotated Kill Bill” which is FABULOUS — contains a thorough index of all the references Tarantino makes to other films in KILL BILL. You can probably Google to it.

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    Comment by Wally Conger on September 13, 2004
  2. Thanks! I’ll see if I can find it!! :)

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    Comment by Anonymous on September 13, 2004
  3. http://www.geocities.com/lost-highway.geo/

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    Comment by Ali on September 13, 2004
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