Starring: Uma Thurman, Lucy Liu, Vivica A. Fox, Michael Madsen, Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Sonny Chiba, Julie Dreyfus, Chiaki Kuriyama, Gordon Liu, Michael Parks
Release date: October 10, 2003 (Vol. 1) / April 16, 2004 (Vol. 2)
Tarantino counts Kill Bill Vols. 1 and 2 as one movie, and so do we. I'm still waiting for a chance to see the Whole Bloody Affair before I die and wish they would put it out on Blu-Ray already. There have been countless times that I carved out five hours to watch these back to back on a washed-up Saturday night. This film brought out Tarantino's influences the most in a way that still felt unique. Sonny Chiba's vibe was present as the Bride had to battle with gangs in the streets while she wore a motorcycle suit that paid homage to Bruce Lee in Game of Death. His take on classic martial arts films put Kill Bill in the same category as films like Enter the Dragon and the Shaw Brothers' 36th Chamber series (featuring Gordon Liu, aka Pai Mei). And all of that was while we only heard Bill; he wasn't even seen until the second volume. Speaking of which, this saga has one of the best final scenes in Tarantino's catalog, in which Uma Thurman and David Carradine act their asses off.
Kill Bill is one of the most beautiful and well-written movies ever made. Quentin is able to capture pop culture in film like no one ever. Now we just need him to give the streets that finale and let Vernita Green's daughter get her rightful crack at revenge. —Angel Diaz