Well its a good week to watch movies in Whistler, starting at the Village Eight Cinemas. First theres the release of the fourth film by Quentin Tarantino, Kill Bill, part 1. You remember Tarantino, that funny looking guy that made the world crap itself in the mid- 90s by making Reservoir Dogs and following it up with Pulp Fiction. Yeah, well he tried to act for a while and now Ol Quentin is back and hes upped the ante with a nice bloody, limb-severing revenge flick.
Kill Bill is about a female assassin (Uma Thurman) out for revenge on her old employer, Bill, who betrayed her. Uma has to fight other female assassins who still work for Bill. Sound good? It gets better. These girls are female ninjas, which means they have swords and partake in long acrobatic ninja fight sequences. This is exactly what I want to see, especially when Lucy Lui and Vivica A. Fox are Umas enemies. Not everyone is a fan of Tarantinos witty dialogue or highly stylized ultra-violence. But I am. Kill Bill will be released in two 90-minute movies. Part two is scheduled for release in February.
On the lighter side of things, School Of Rock is a bitchin film about a freeloading rocker (Jack Black) who, by chance, becomes a substitute teacher at a pretentious elementary school. Black instantly declares recess a daylong event, and then forms a rock band using his Grade 4 students as band members. With total disregard to the regular curriculum and a "Stick-it-to-the-man" rock philosophy, Black manages to teach the children, their parents, and the tight-ass school principal a new perspective on whats important in life.
Sure it may be a simple plot containing some stereotypical characters but who cares? Not me, I laughed my ass off. School was the top grossing movie of last week. Jack Black is a master of physical comedy and his facial expressions alone pay for the ticket. The children, all real musicians, nearly steal the show with their cute, but slammin rock song. Director Rick Linklater handles the script perfectly and gives this film the same musical integrity that made Dazed and Confused such a classic. School of Rock is a kids movie that doesnt suck. Its funny and it rocks, and thats good enough.
Or check out Foolproof a tense caper movie written/directed by William Phillips. This is a Canadian movie and thats reason enough to support it, but its gripping and good as well.
The Rainbow Theatre has Freaky Friday and SWAT playing this week.
The DVD of the week is anything from the public library. They have some pretty good DVDs there and theyre free if you have a library card. They have books there too, same price. Check ya later.
At Village 8 Oct. 10-16
Kill Bill, Intolerable Cruelty, Rundown, Foolproof, Good Boy, Out of Time, Lost in Translation, Under the Tuscan Sun, School of Rock. Mystic River starts Oct. 15
At Rainbow Theatre Oct. 10-16
Freaky Friday, SWAT
Feet Banks of Heavy Hitting Films is a Whistler filmmaker who is also organizing the B-Grade Horror Film Festival at the end of the month.