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Bill vs. Kill Jesus
[Chris Field] 4/19/04
I read an interesting movie review on the Fox News website.
The review by Roger Friedman was on the new movie by Quentin
Tarantino, Kill Bill, Vol. 2, and contained nothing
but praise for the flick. (For those of you unfamiliar with the
Kill Bill movies, they are samurai-style films known for
their violence and blood as much as their quality.)
strangely enough (well, maybe not that strangely), reading
Friedman's old stuff
we find that his main complaint with Mel
Gibson's The Passion of the Christ was its graphic
violence and blood. So, after reading of his love for Tarantino
and Kill Bill, Vol. 2, I sent to Friedman an email.
I thought y'all might enjoy it.
I noted with
interest your review of Kill Bill, Vol. 2. What
made the review of this movie interesting -- and your replay
of praise for Vol. 1 - was not the actual good things
you had to say about it, but, rather, reading it in light of
what you wrote about The
Passion of the Christ.
Here's what you penned on February 25, 2004:
the real problem with 'The Passion' is that it is graphic
and unrelenting. How anyone will be able
to sit through this thing is the real mystery. There is blood,
blood, everywhere. The violence toward Jesus is sadistic and
If the "real
The Passion was
the violence, would not that same characterization and "problem" hold
true for at least Kill Bill, Vol. 1, if not also Kill
Bill, Vol. 2 (which I've yet to see)?
Or, were you hoping
no one would remember your "excuse" for
not liking The Passion - which was your supposed
dislike for "graphic" and "unrelenting" violence.
In light of your comments
about The Passion, I also
found it ironic (maybe just plain weird) that you closed your
column on Kill Bill, Vol. 2 with the words "Have
a happy Easter."
Regards (and Happy Easter),
I've dug up Mr. Friedman's review of Kill
Bill, Vol. 1.
You might find it as interesting as I did, that this movie critic
who was so worried about the violence of The Passion had
this to say about Tarantino's first Kill Bill installment:
the impressions I was left with after the screening: that it
rocked, that the violence and spurting blood
was cartoon-like fun..."
I'm just guessing,
but I'm not sure Mr. Friedman's problem with The Passion was actually the violence. CRO
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