Advertisement

Movie Mom

Movie Mom

Tribute: David Carradine

posted by Nell Minow

Fans throughout the world mourn the loss of David Carradine. The son of actor John Carradine (“The Grapes of Wrath”), he first achieved success as the star of the television series “Kung Fu,” where he played a mysterious Western character who had been trained in the then-obscure Chinese method of combat. He is probably best remembered now as the title character in Quentin Taratino’s two “Kill Bill” movies.

My friend Adam Bernstein wrote about Carradine’s legacy in the Washington Post. And my friend Mike Clark reminded me of Carradine’s best performance in the 1976 biography of Woody Guthrie, “Bound for Glory.”

Advertisement

  • Alicia

    I recently read the “Kill Bill Diaries” which highlighted Carradine’s ability as an entertaining and fascinating storyteller. Ever since “Kung Fu,” I’ve been a big fan, and I am so sorry about this untimely death.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    I’ve heard the “Kill Bill Diaries” are terrific, Alicia — thanks for mentioning them. I always felt he had more to offer than most of his movie appearances permitted him to show.

  • http://www.fischlerwarner.com Steve

    He will be missed.

  • Alicia

    In Carradine’s own words (from “The Kill Bill Diary”):
    “I figured out a long time ago that we were all living in a little box. We think it’s the world, but it’s just a box. If we work at it really hard, superhumanly hard, we break out of that box, and find ourselves in a truly big, wide world. But if we continue to evolve, we’ll eventually discover that this New World is nothing but a bigger box. And then, maybe, we’ll break out of that one into, yes, yet another much bigger box. The process may be endless. I don’t know. I may not live long enough to find out. And, if there is no end to it, it doesn’t matter how long I live, or how many times I reinvent myself, I’ll never come to an ending to the journey.”

Previous Posts

Dick Van Dyke to Guest Star on "The Middle"
My all-time favorite sitcom is "The Dick Van Dyke Show."  Though I've seen every episode many times, I still watch them on Hulu.  And some of the best were the ones featuring Van Dyke's real-life brother Jerry as Rob Petrie's brother, Stacy. ...

posted 8:00:06am Apr. 20, 2015 | read full post »

The Hobbit: The Definitive Movie Posters
The Hobbit: The Definitive Movie Posters is a gorgeous new book and a must-have for all would-be denizens of Middle Earth. [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTI5XHs-odg[/youtube] ...

posted 3:16:48pm Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Ebertfest #3 -- The "Ida" Panel
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk2--Y8hfqQ[/youtube] Thanks to Matt Zoller Seitz, Sheila O'Malley, and Todd Rendleman for our superb discussion about this year's Oscar winner for best foreign language movie, "Ida." ...

posted 8:59:24am Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Movies vs. Science -- The Worst Science Mistakes on Film
The Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum used to have a great little video with a claymation Albert Einstein shaking his head over the many mistakes in sci-fi movies. "They're breaking my rule!" he exclaimed. As the animated genius went on to ...

posted 8:00:59am Apr. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Ant-Man
Okay, I admit I was skeptical. I was thinking along the lines of Teeny Little Super Guy from Sesame Street. But I love Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, and Corey Stoll and this trailer has me sold. [iframe width="560" height="315" ...

posted 3:25:31pm Apr. 18, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.