||[Dec. 29th, 2015|05:10 am]
Phrembah (a potato-like mystery)
Quentin Tarantino is really more into "cinematic experiences" than "movies" per se. I loved his and Rodriguez's Grind House which was very much a cinematic experience.
Hateful Eight is needlessly violent, needlessly racist and needlessly obscene. In other words, classic Tarantino. The 70mm "Road Show" version was an experince. Starting with a handbill passed out at the box office and an overture played to a placard that said "Overture" before the movie even starts. The projection was magnificent, edge to edge on what had to be an eighty to a hundred-foot screen. There was an old fashioned intermission, which the narrator in the film acknowledges and brings you back up to speed on what was happening before the intermission and what's going on now. It was really something. Like I said, a "cinematic experience."
Tarantino is a consumate film maker; the cinematography is breathtaking. In my opinion he goes too far in the writing, though. He writes good dialogue with some real zingers, but he doesn't know where to slow down or stop. It's debateable whether he made it out of junior high school or not, emotionally. He's in esteemed (if not by me) company there: Trump and Limbaugh both operate on essentially an eighth-grade level.
My overall impression of The Hateful Eight is . . . WOW! It's a great movie, but a very strong, pungent movie. A triple shot espresso movie. Be ready.
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Tarantino's films ranked by IGN for fun (I need to go back and see what was so good about Kill Bill Vol. 2 and what was so bad about Jackie Brown.) :
Kill Bill Vol. 2
The Hateful Eight
Kill Bill Vol. 1
(I guess Kill Bill 1 & 2 count as one)