“The Hateful Eight” Toys with Truth and Race, but Ends Up Less than the Sum of Its Parts

The eighth film from Quentin Tarantino is not his best, but it might be his most political. The Hateful Eight was born from the TV Westerns of the 1960s where a group of outlaws would kidnap the main character in a sort of bottle episode. Well, Tarantino pondered, what if the audience didn’t know who was the “good guy” once we got to the bottle? As the back stories unfolds, various clues indicate that perhaps we shouldn’t be so trusting of what we are being told – by anyone. From there, Tarantino’s brand of pithy dialogue and penchant for violence takes over as percolating racial tensions begin to boil over.

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The Hateful 8 Trailer is Pure, True-to-Form Tarantino Beauty

The first official trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s eighth theatrical feature, The Hateful 8, was released yesterday. The film appears to be a mish-mash of Django Unchained and Reservoir Dogs, fusing the Old West bounty hunting of Django with the ensemble cast and bottle-episode feel of Dogs (possibly with some non-linear storytelling thrown in for good measure). We get to see a number of Tarantino regulars in the trailer, plus a few newbies, bumping elbows in a log cabin in the middle of the winter. Check it out:

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Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” to Debut on Select 70mm Screens on Christmas Day

After Inside Out is released next week (which I get to see on Tuesday!), there’s probably only two films that I absolutely have to see for the remainder of 2015: Star Wars The Force Awakens, and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight – and it looks like I’ll get to see both in December. It was announced today that The Hateful Eight would be released on Christmas day in select theaters capable of displaying the 70mm projection, in which Tarantino chose to shoot the entirety of the film (technically, he shot it in 65mm, the other five holds audio tracks, but who’s counting?).  This results in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, a panoramic widescreen view akin to an IMAX theater. In fact, Tarantino is making an effort to install 70mm projectors in various theatres across the United States in order to promote his love of shooting on film (a real passion of his – he hates digital filmmaking). For those theaters that cannot handle 70mm, The Hateful Eight will play nationwide a couple of weeks later on January 8th.
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