A RANGE OF VIOLENCE


The recent catastrophe in Connecticut has driven all thoughtful people to reconsider the issue of violence. 

There are many aspects of the extreme zeal for weapons and combat. But here I’d like to touch upon the widespread attraction to mayhem in movies, with special attention to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

For all its gore, Kill Bill is a surprisingly subtle film, with an overlay of massive, vengeful assault as reflecting a pervasive impasse about contemporary life.


Whereas most of its audience would be drawn to its spectacular demolition factors, there is, attempting to to make an impact within the juvenile entertainments, an emergence of dealing reflectively with that disastrous reality.

Where does cynicism end and nobility begin here?

That a refined understanding of resentment at epidemic proportions could also be implicated in inciting such hostility and callousness is, I think, an indication of how severe a problem we have on our hands, as horrifically getting into our face in that recent disaster.

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