I enjoy Tarantino's films but he does seem to have developed a worryingly large amount of authorial tics -- Mexican standoffs, the Radio 2 soundtrack, the black suits and white shirts, the pop culture references, having a caption flash up revealing that a character has performed a normally timeconsuming task in a matter of seconds (or the flipside where they perform an incredibly simple task over a period of hours). I think maybe that's why he leaves it so long between films so people forget that he's just repeating stuff he used in previous films.
Anyway, yeah KILL BILL is pretty shallow. And QT deserves a slap for the passe post-modern irony/homage to 70s exploitation flicks. But somewhere behind the waferthin plot and below-par dialogue is one of QT's favourite themes -- professionalism clashing with personal loyalty. He just doesn't handle it as well as he did in DOGS or PULP.