THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE HATEFUL EIGHT (2015) (ROADSIDE VERSION)


#130 of 2015 is the unique Hateful Eight, written and directed as only Tarantino would ever do. First off, we saw the 70mm "roadshow" version, a throwback to the days of "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" when some films were shown with a full overture, an intermission and even special programs that were handed out. On December 31st, it will be shown without these extras, projected digitally and edited down from its around 3 hour running time. Warning: if you are not a Tarantino fan and don't appreciate his excesses, STAY AWAY! The story of how an unsavory group of eight end up stranded in a blizzard is full of many twists and turns. After we leave behind these gorgeous snowy vistas this becomes almost a filmed staged play. Until the final chapter that is (!). The dialogue is the best thing about Hateful Eight - every character is lovingly rendered despite (or because of) their numerous flaws and scummy attributes. And after the intermission, director Tarantino gives us a voice over summing up what happened during the 15 minute intermission and sets up a Ten Little Indians-type whodunnit section out of nowhere (!). Followed by all kinds of bloodshed. The actors are game and in the right spirit, especially Kurt Russell and Sam Jackson as bounty hunters, Jennifer Jason Leigh as the female prisoner Russell is taking to be hung and Walton Goggins as the soon-to-be-sheriff of Red Rock, where all were headed before the weather stranded everyone at Minnie's haberdashery. These are all fully fleshed out types, if that makes any sense. Enjoyed this tremendously but this should certainly not be your first Tarantino film.

Recommended cautiously.


TLA one-word review: epic