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Went with Tammy.

From the actual previews I wasn't sure I wanted to see it.  Sometimes Uma can look pretty hot, and other times just scrawny.  And I really couldn't picture her as the lead in an action movie.  But I was quite willing to give Quentin Tarentino a chance.   And he came through.

I think the easiest way to describe this movie is it's an anime story using real people.  But since it's not based on an existing story/series Tarentino was allowed to use his own style.

One obvious signature technique is that the movie is his out-of-order editing.  We start with the scene in the preview, where Uma and Vivica Fox (yowza!) are fighting.   Then we flash back.  It jumps around some more from there.  Her stay in the hospital, getting the sword, etc.

Throughout the movie there are copious amounts of blood.  I've had one or two people who were apparently put off by the blood, though even they liked the movie.   Tammy and I found it simply comical, there's so much.  As Job Bob puts it, arms roll, heads roll, check it out.

The Lucy Liu story (another hottie) is done in actual anime.  That was one section that was particularly violent and dealt with tough subjects.  One person pointed out that by doing that section in anime it remained stylized enough to keep the movie from getting an NC-17 rating.

The stunts in the big fight scene are generally very good.  Only a coupla spots where the motion looks like wires.

Tarentino did a good job of maintaining mystery without it being annoying.  I really want to know the rest of the story, but not knowing didn't elicit irritation.   I don't know how he pulled it off, but it worked.

On my brother's Total Movie Value Scale, Matinee with Dinner.  Very Tarentino.  Lotsa blood, but it's done comically.  Almost Monty Python silly.   Basically an anime movie with real people.


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