Thursday, July 7, 2016

The Hateful Eight 2015

     After the Civil War, a stagecoach with six horses and two passengers travels through the snowy Wyoming countryside.  Bounty hunter John Ruth is taking Daisy Domergue to Red Rock where she will be hanged.  Along the road, they encounter Major Marquis Warren and he is stranded after his horse dies.  They give him a ride after much persuasion.  They also meet up with Chris Mannix and he claims to be the new sheriff of Red Rock.  The group stops at Minnie’s Haberdashery to get out of a snow blizzard right behind them.  Bob claims he’s taking care of the place in Minnie’s absence, Oswaldo Mobray says he’s the hangman of Red Rock, Joe Gage is a cowpuncher and elderly Sanford Smithers is a former Confederate General.
     This is a LONG movie and it’s filled with a lot of talking, killing, blood and nailing the door shut.  That sums up the action.  The scenery is nice with wide vistas.  There is a racial slur mentioned over and over.  Fifty theaters were retrofitted with projectors to display Ultra Panavision 70.  The film was released on 12/25/15 as a road show presentation in the analog film format theaters.  Later there was a wide release in digital theaters.  2 ½* (This movie is so-so)

3 hours 7 min, Crime directed by Quentin Tarantino with Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demian Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks.

Note:  Imdb 7.9 out of 10, 75% critic 76% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 2*, Amazon 3.3* out of 5* with 1902 reviews.
Special Note:  Filmed in Los Angeles, Telluride, California and San Miguel Mountains, Colorado.  The script was leaked online and Tarantino didn’t want to make the film.  There was a short reading of the script in LA and Jackson convinced him to make the picture.

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