Kill Bill Vol. 2 Phoenix & Odeon No single figure in recent years has influenced the world of movie-making as resoundingly as Mr Tarantino. His place in cinematic history is already firmly assured, thanks to the slap in the face that his first two films gave to Hollywood and all its cosy conformity. Following lukewarm reaction to Jackie Brown, though, he was faced with the challenge of finding a new direction in order to remain creatively relevant amid the horde of copycat directors striving for that trademark Quentin ‘cool’. The answer? A hibernation of six years followed by Kill Bill, the self-proclaimed realisation of his moviegeek dreams. Volume 1, with almost every scene saturated in pumping blood and littered with dismembered limbs, showed him taking his penchant for ultra-violence to ludicrous levels. Yet the audacity of the battle choreography and the sheer innovation of his directorial vision made it a relentlessly entertaining experience. It’s almost hard to believe, then, that Kill Bill was originally intended to be released as a single movie, so different are the tone and pace of this second half. Elaborate kung-fu remains the staple of the story but there is no trace of the cartoonish gore of Volume 1. Instead, Tarantino opts to give his violence a brutal, palpable realism reminiscent of his earlier work. Most surprising of all, though, is that the movie ventures boldly into sentimental territory wholly uncharacteristic of its director – and die-hard fans will no doubt be equally shocked that these latter stages are actually handled with a sincerity which belies their idol’s cynical persona. Still, credit where credit’s due, it is Tarantino’s muse, Uma Thurman, who carries these scenes and indeed the whole movie. She gives another dazzling turn as ‘The Bride’, which, with its hints of an insecurity and emotional rawness beneath her character’s icy exterior, saves Kill Billfrom descending into a mere “roaring rampage of revenge” with no human interest whatsoever. As she mercilessly ticks off those last few boxes on her ‘Death List’, the cliff-hanging revelation of Volume 1 is interwoven into the story, giving her mission an added poignancy, whilst flashbacks also shed light on the tangled relationship between The Bride and the previously unseen Bill. Sadly, though, this still can’t save the film from ultimately being something of a disappointment when compared to the first. The ending, in particular, is a definite let-down as the script simply peters out in dialogue rather than concluding on the monumental bang Tarantino’s been teasing us to expect all along. During production, he told the press “I’m making this movie for me. Everyone else is along for the ride”. Self-indulgent and flawed as Kill Bill may be, it’s still one hell of a ride worth taking.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2004
A new fund of £600,000 will also be available to local community groups, through a new LGBT Sector and Community Development Scheme to help them engage LGBT people in their area. Alongside this, these organisations will receive training and development to help them grow, mature and become more sustainable over time. The money will be used to provide training for teachers on how to spot early signs of bullying and how to intervene appropriately. It will also be used to provide resources to support teachers in delivering lessons on LGBT issues to ensure all pupils feel accepted and included.The Government Equalities Office has already delivered the anti-bullying programme in 1,200 schools in England – ahead of its March deadline – and is now inviting voluntary and charitable organisations to bid for £1 million of further grant funding to roll out the programme in more schools.A further £1 million will also be available for organisations to improve LGBT people’s health and social care. The LGBT Survey found that at least 16% of survey respondents who accessed or tried to access healthcare services in the last year had a negative experience because of their sexual orientation, and over half of those surveyed who accessed or tried to access mental health services said they had to wait too long.Minister for Women and Equalities Penny Mordaunt said:“Everyone in this country should feel safe and happy to be who they are, to love who they love, and to live their lives without judgement or fear.“That’s why this government is stepping up its work to tackle bullying in schools, to protect more children and to stop hatred from festering and growing into discrimination in adulthood.“The aim of our Action Plan is that everyone can live safe, happy and healthy lives where they can be themselves without fear of discrimination.”Today, Ms Mordaunt also announced: An LGBT Advisory Panel to advise the Government on policy, act as a sounding board, and provide evidence on the experiences of LGBT people. Stonewall, the LGBT Consortium and the LGBT Foundation have already been appointed to the panel given their longstanding, wide-ranging work on LGBT equality. A further nine members will be recruited through an open process that launches this week. The LGBT Action Plan, launched in July 2018, made 75 commitments to tackle discrimination and improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the UK. It was published alongside the results of the largest national survey of LGBT people ever undertaken. The survey, which had over 108,000 respondents, shows LGBT people are experiencing prejudice on a daily basis.NOTES TO EDITORS:The LGBT survey was launched in July 2017.The LGBT Action Plan can be found hereThe Advisory Panel recruitment will launch this Sunday 4 November.The grant funding will launch during the week of Monday 5 November.