2/22/18

Good Geek Stuff: The Uma Thurman/Quiet Amidst Chaos Edition



I've been thinking of this scene a lot lately. Horrific events in the news trigger something in my brain. My mind calls upon soothing memories to quiet the chaos. I don't know what it says about me that so many of them are movie-related. Alas. It's how I'm wired.

I still remember the first time I watched Kill Bill. I was alone in a movie theater, pretty much my favorite place to be. The stillness of the scene below stood in such stark contrast to the rest of the movie. I wasn't sure I could watch Kill Bill anymore after Uma told her story about almost dying on set. I don't think actresses should have to risk life and limb to perform their art. And so many of us are reminded of violence and past trauma in these times. It's enough to make you go full hermit.

The other day I got low. Real low. And this scene simply popped into my head. I couldn't help it. My subconscious is searching for strength. There was a reason I was alone in that theater, but that's a LOST flashback for another day.

I had both volumes of the soundtrack on CD in the early aughts. I took them to the Y when I was marathon training. Running is an innately hypnotic activity anyway, when you pair that with a surreal soundtrack...maybe it programmed something at the body level. My mind seeks strength and makes this association.

Whatever the reason, wrong or right, this scene stills my soul. And I'm so glad. Glad to be alive. Glad to be who I am. Glad that Uma Thurman is okay. Just glad.


There's something magical about the sound design from 0:08 to 0:28 here too. You know what I think? I think that in the future, silence and serenity will be co-opted by advertising companies because it will be so shocking. So outside the norm. Anyway, it's beautiful in this scene...


Reminds me of the quiet beauty of this classic. I'm sure that was intentional.


What is a hermit but a hero in solitude? Who spends a lot of time alone? Well...yeah, weirdos, I guess. The lonely. But also Batman. And Lara Croft. And Beatrix Kiddo. And cowboys.

Time to pick up a metaphorical sword. Time to thrive and survive in whatever little pocket of peace you can find in this world.

What movie scene stills your soul? Why?


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