Tarantino Mini Marathon

Deutsche Version

Today it get’s a bit bloody.

Reservoir Dogs

Harvey Keitel … Mr. White / Larry Dimmick
Tim Roth … Mr. Orange / Freddy Newandyke
Michael Madsen … Mr. Blonde / Vic Vega
Chris Penn … Nice Guy Eddie Cabot
Steve Buscemi … Mr. Pink
Lawrence Tierney … Joe Cabot
Randy Brooks … Holdaway
Kirk Baltz … Marvin Nash
Edward Bunker … Mr. Blue
Quentin Tarantino … Mr. Brown

2 men return from a robbery that went bad, one of them badly wounded. In the course of time others also come back and they try to figure out what went wrong and why – that means, as long as they aren’t busy with threats of killing one another.

My opinion:
Tarantino movies are never shown in the order of the events that have taken place, this one’s no different. This one starts at the beginning of the second quarter, jumps to the third quarter and then fills the gaps of the first, second and fourth quarter. Of course one has to like Tarantino’s way of spilling blood or else one wouldn’t like this movie.

Pulp Fiction

John Travolta … Vincent Vega
Samuel L. Jackson … Jules Winnfield
Tim Roth … Pumpkin (Ringo)
Amanda Plummer … Honey Bunny (Yolanda)
Eric Stoltz … Lance
Bruce Willis … Butch Coolidge
Ving Rhames … Marsellus Wallace
Phil LaMarr … Marvin
Maria de Medeiros … Fabienne
Rosanna Arquette … Jody
Peter Greene … Zed
Uma Thurman … Mia Wallace
Duane Whitaker … Maynard

Vincent Vega has just come back from Amsterdam and he get’s two new jobs from his underground boss Marsellus Wallace: first he is to retrieve a certain suitcase of Marsellus’ and second to give Marsellus’ wife a nice evening. The boxer Butch gets only one assignment by Marsellus: to go down in the fifth round of tonight evening’s fight.

My opinion:
I would say that this is “the Tarantino movie”. Despite its unorthodox structure of storytelling it is clear in the end what happened and in what order. But because of this “unordered” structure the first-time-watcher can’t tell, when the movie is going to end and that makes it interesting.

Jackie Brown

Pam Grier … Jackie Brown
Samuel L. Jackson … Ordell Robbie
Robert Forster … Max Cherry
Bridget Fonda … Melanie Ralston
Michael Keaton … Ray Nicolette
Robert De Niro … Louis Gara
Michael Bowen … Mark Dargus
Chris Tucker … Beaumont Livingston
Lisa Gay Hamilton … Sheronda
Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister … Winston

Jackie Brown is stewardess who flies for a small airline between Mexico and L.A.. Additionally she transports money for the weapons dealer Ordell Robbie. But one day she gets picked up by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and they want Ordell.

My opinion:
While the order of events is pretty much straight up one nonetheless needs one or two convolutions of the brain to understand what plan is hidden in what plan which in turn is hidden in another plan.

Additionally there is practically no bloodbath, which is exceptional for a Tarantino movie.

Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Uma Thurman … The Bride
Lucy Liu … O-Ren Ishii
Vivica A. Fox … Vernita Green
Daryl Hannah … Elle Driver
David Carradine … Bill
Michael Madsen … Budd
Julie Dreyfus … Sofie Fatale
Chiaki Kuriyama … Gogo Yubari
Sonny Chiba … Hattori Hanzo
Chia Hui Liu … Johnny Mo

A member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, Black Mamba, gets killed by her suqad during her wedding. Her husband, the guests and her unborn child also gets killed. Only that “the Bride” didn’t die but lays in a coma for four years until she wakes up. And then she takes revenge.

My opinion:
Great movie. I am a fan of samurai swords and movies in which someone figths with them. And the massacre of the Crazy 88 is perfectly choreographed.

The benefit of the Japan cut is that is fully colorized and it is slightly longer, e.g. one learns how and why Sofie lost her second arm. The drawback is that no subtitles are shown when they speak japanese. Watashi wa nihongo ga hanasemasen.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Uma Thurman … Beatrix Kiddo – The Bride, ‘Black Mamba’
David Carradine … Bill – ‘Snake Charmer’
Chia Hui Liu … Pai Mei
Michael Madsen … Budd – ‘Sidewinder’
Daryl Hannah … Elle Driver
Michael Parks … Esteban Vihaio

3 finished, 3 to go. The next in line is Budd, the little brother of Bill’s. After that Elle Driver and finally Bill himself. But suddenly there is a new element in the game.

My opinion:
I like this one as much as the first one but he is defintively different than the other. But I’ll admit than I have never watched them with a monthlong gap, i’ve always watched the second one as a double-feature with the first one.

The only thing I had wished for would have been a real end-fight between Beatrix and Bill.