Song of the Day #4,078: ‘Goodnight Moon’ – Shivaree

Continuing my countdown of the films of Quentin Tarantino:

#9 – Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Though Tarantino considers the Kill Bill films one complete package, it is easy to consider them separately.

For one thing, that’s how they were released into theaters, with a delay between them of several months. But even more significantly, each film has a distinct style and borrows from specific and different genres.

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 fits solidly into one of Tarantino’s favorite genres, the Western. Set primarily in El Paso and a Mexican border town, its color palette is made up of deep browns and reds, a stark contrast to the neon yellow dominating the first film.

Vol. 2 is also a much slower film than its predecessor, with a lot more conversation than action.

The movie contains two brilliantly executed set pieces: the Bride being buried alive by Michael Madsen’s Budd, and her subsequent escape after flashing back to her tutelage under the master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu). These sequences are harrowing then exhilarating and showcase Tarantino at his very best.

Unfortunately, the film ends with a whimper, a nearly hour-long verbal back-and-forth with David Carradine’s Bill that hits some nice notes but ultimately feels anticlimactic. Carradine remained off camera for the entirety of the first film and proves to be the least interesting character when he is finally introduced here.

There’s a nail in the door
And there’s glass on the lawn
Tacks on the floor
And the TV is on
And I always sleep with my guns when you’re gone
There’s a blade by the bed
And a phone in my hand
A dog on the floor
And some cash on the nightstand
When I’m all alone the dreaming stops
And I just can’t stand
What should I do I’m just a little baby
What if the lights go out
And maybe and then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home
So goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it’s not here soon
I might be done
No it won’t be too soon ’til I say goodnight moon
There’s a shark in the pool
And a witch in the tree
A crazy old neighbor and he’s been watching me
And there’s footsteps loud and strong coming down the hall
Something’s under the bed
Now it’s out in the hedge
There’s a big black crow sitting on my window ledge
And I hear something scratching through the wall
What should I do I’m just a little baby
What if the lights go out
And maybe and then the wind just starts to moan
Outside the door he followed me home
So goodnight moon
I want the sun
If it’s not here soon
I might be done
No it won’t be too soon ’til I say goodnight moon

9 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,078: ‘Goodnight Moon’ – Shivaree

  1. Amy says:

    I guessed this would be placed here. I remember little about this film but for those coffin scenes, which are indelibly etched into my brain.

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    I don’t remember much about this movie either and, at this point, couldn’t distinguish between I and II.

  3. Peg says:

    Don’t think we could get through this one 😜

  4. Peg says:

    Don’t think we could get through this one

  5. Amy says:

    To be clear, I remember the films but have difficulty remembering what happened in each one (which may support QT’s assertion that they should be considered one film.). Each battle was unique, beautifully shot, inventive, thrilling, sometimes wickedly funny (the snake in the trailer?!?!), but all these years later I don’t recall the order they appeared.

  6. Amy says:

    Oh… meant to ask yesterday… is there a connection between the songs and each film?

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