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12.31.2015

It's not every year that we get a new Quentin Tarantino flick, making each new debut a kind of "event", especially if you consider the actual event of the limited engagement "Roadshow" screenings. Now, the film is opening wide for all to see, 70 mm or no, and everyone can bask in the dialogue showmanship and bloodbath violence that is a Tarantino flick. Obviously, Quentin knows how to wrangle a cast and this one has a lot of old favorites and new additions, including Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Demian Bichir, and Bruce Dern. That's a crowd worth watching, without a doubt.

Reviews have been filtering in since the limited debut, but with the film opening wide there will likely be a new flood of takes on the film hitting the Interwebs. Most folks seem to be enjoying it, but it's not as unanimous in terms of how much, especially in comparison to Tarantino's other films (Seems like Tarantino will always have to live by an ever-changing "best of" list every time he puts out a film). Personally, I thought it was a fun little tale that played more like a Bloody Western version of Clue.  Our own Eric Walkuski gave it 8/10, saying "Story-wise, it might actually be Tarantino’s least adventurous tale, but purely in terms of presentation, it could be his most film-geeky to date."

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9:48AM on 01/02/2016
Ennio Morricone is easily my favorite film composer. Having him contribute an original score to this really classed the place up. My only real beef with the movie was the narration in the second half. Even when it told us something that we didn't already know, I'd have preferred a show-don't-tell approach. I love Tarantino, but he needs to get out of his own movies. And the Roadshow was worth the price or admission.
Ennio Morricone is easily my favorite film composer. Having him contribute an original score to this really classed the place up. My only real beef with the movie was the narration in the second half. Even when it told us something that we didn't already know, I'd have preferred a show-don't-tell approach. I love Tarantino, but he needs to get out of his own movies. And the Roadshow was worth the price or admission.
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7:40AM on 01/02/2016
loved it. had a grin on my face for the entire runtime watching this great cast chew the shit out of perfect dialog.
loved it. had a grin on my face for the entire runtime watching this great cast chew the shit out of perfect dialog.
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2:09PM on 01/01/2016

Roadshow was great

I loved it but I think it helps to see it in the roadshow format. Having the intermission really helps it from seeming ovelong. The vistas in 70mm teally looked gorgeous other yhan that the format doesnt really add much. More like a play than a movie but I knew what I was getting into and loved it. This is a movie that is a love it or hate it kinda thing, I dont think you'll have many in between.
I loved it but I think it helps to see it in the roadshow format. Having the intermission really helps it from seeming ovelong. The vistas in 70mm teally looked gorgeous other yhan that the format doesnt really add much. More like a play than a movie but I knew what I was getting into and loved it. This is a movie that is a love it or hate it kinda thing, I dont think you'll have many in between.
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1:16AM on 01/01/2016

Loved it

Went and saw the 70mm showing in Toronto. Well worth it, place was packed and crowd was into it. The dialogue was terrific, Jennifer Jason Leigh better get a goddamn Oscar. I haven't seen The Revenant or The Big Short yet, but this is easily in my top of the year list, with Fury Road and Sicario. And this is QT's 3rd best behind Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, but that's just my opinion.
Went and saw the 70mm showing in Toronto. Well worth it, place was packed and crowd was into it. The dialogue was terrific, Jennifer Jason Leigh better get a goddamn Oscar. I haven't seen The Revenant or The Big Short yet, but this is easily in my top of the year list, with Fury Road and Sicario. And this is QT's 3rd best behind Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown, but that's just my opinion.
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8:30PM on 12/31/2015

Mehh

It could have been way better it was much longer than it needed to be too could of easily been done in 1hr and 45mins instead of 3hrs.
It could have been way better it was much longer than it needed to be too could of easily been done in 1hr and 45mins instead of 3hrs.
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6:37PM on 12/31/2015
I enjoyed the shit out of it, it wasn't as good as Django but still one heck of a Western ride....
I enjoyed the shit out of it, it wasn't as good as Django but still one heck of a Western ride....
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11:22AM on 01/01/2016
Django was mediocre at best
Django was mediocre at best
4:47PM on 12/31/2015

bloody great

Another great classic from tarantino. The dialogue, the acting, the violence, all top notch. Entertaining from the beginning all the way to the bloody end, not once was i bored and that's saying alot especially when it's 2 1/2 hours plus of people stuck in a cabin, but that's tarantino for you, he could make a 2 hour conversation interesting and not alot of writers and directors can do that so kudos.
Another great classic from tarantino. The dialogue, the acting, the violence, all top notch. Entertaining from the beginning all the way to the bloody end, not once was i bored and that's saying alot especially when it's 2 1/2 hours plus of people stuck in a cabin, but that's tarantino for you, he could make a 2 hour conversation interesting and not alot of writers and directors can do that so kudos.
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3:49PM on 12/31/2015

Meh...

Didn't love this movie like I wanted. I enjoyed most of the performances, Kurt Russell can do now wrong, Sam Jackson is great, JJL is good...and disgusting, Tim Roth absolutely reminds me of Waltz. I found myself bored quite a bit in this film. Tarantino seems to just get in his own way sometimes when he's writing dialogue. I know, everyone thinks he writes great dialogue and sometimes he does..but sometimes I feel like his characters ramble. Obviously, it's a character driven Tarantino film.
Didn't love this movie like I wanted. I enjoyed most of the performances, Kurt Russell can do now wrong, Sam Jackson is great, JJL is good...and disgusting, Tim Roth absolutely reminds me of Waltz. I found myself bored quite a bit in this film. Tarantino seems to just get in his own way sometimes when he's writing dialogue. I know, everyone thinks he writes great dialogue and sometimes he does..but sometimes I feel like his characters ramble. Obviously, it's a character driven Tarantino film. I just didn't really care about many of the characters. I love a good western and I was disappointed I didn't get it from QT.
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3:35PM on 12/31/2015

The cinematography and 70mm filming was fantastic, but this was not the right screenplay for this glorious return to 70mm print film.

The Hateful Eight was good, and at some points it was really good. However, would it kill Quentin Tarantino to make an epic Western like The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly? I'm not asking Tarantino to remake Good, Bad, and The Ugly, I'm begging him to make an epic Spaghetti Western the way Sergio Leone did. Or at the very least blend Hollywood westerns and Spaghetti westerns. Django Unchained was very close to this, and I thought Tarantino was finally back on track with cutting down on heavy
The Hateful Eight was good, and at some points it was really good. However, would it kill Quentin Tarantino to make an epic Western like The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly? I'm not asking Tarantino to remake Good, Bad, and The Ugly, I'm begging him to make an epic Spaghetti Western the way Sergio Leone did. Or at the very least blend Hollywood westerns and Spaghetti westerns. Django Unchained was very close to this, and I thought Tarantino was finally back on track with cutting down on heavy dialogue scenes and learning to move quicker from scene to scene. The Hateful Eight looks, feels, and flows more like a good stage play then it does a Western deserving to be shot in 70mm scope film. The Hateful Eight is beautifully shot in 70mm. The cabin set is glorious and works spectacularly with the night time blizzard happening outside the windows and even with snow blowing through the cracks of the cabin walls. The Hateful Eight would be a great film to watch on nights during of a heavy snowfall.
The number problem with the dialogue in the film was repetitive arguments. The same discussion of ideas and beliefs only re-worded. The first half is good, but out lasts it's welcome within the first 50 mins. The second is better but only because there action and more conflicts, but with so much violence, almost as though the violence is making up for a slow first half. Made me wonder if all the bloody violence- shooting people's balls off, chopping off arms, exploding heads, throwing up blood, if all the violence was truly necessary. In Django, it made sense. All the blood and gore in the shootout in the house made sense because it was shootout. It get it, these people are hateful, but it was a bit extreme. Also, I love Zoe Bell, but in her only scene she along with all the women in the scene are the playful ditzy female Tarantino characters, too ditzy!
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1:18PM on 12/31/2015
I was kind of bored at the beginning. It picked up pretty well though and I became more interested once they got to the cabin. I really liked the characters, especially Senior Bob. There was only one part that I felt like went on for too long. My only real complaint is the execution of it all. I felt like everything was good, but anytime something was revealed, I didn't feel surprised at all, except for Channing Tatums reveal.
I have a love hate feeling towards this film. I liked it, but
I was kind of bored at the beginning. It picked up pretty well though and I became more interested once they got to the cabin. I really liked the characters, especially Senior Bob. There was only one part that I felt like went on for too long. My only real complaint is the execution of it all. I felt like everything was good, but anytime something was revealed, I didn't feel surprised at all, except for Channing Tatums reveal.
I have a love hate feeling towards this film. I liked it, but there is something off. 7/10 for me.
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12:50PM on 12/31/2015

I assume we can post spoilers here

I liked it. Not my favorite tarantino, but still good. I felt the Tim Roth was trying to he Christoph Waltz and Kurt Russell was trying to be John Wayne, but all the other characters were fine. It was nice to see a 3 Jr movie play out in almost real time. There were maybe fI've times where the movie cut to moments later and even then it was all I'm 1 day.

The biggest issue I had was that everyone died. Even in Reservoir Dogs does Steve Buscemi survive. Movies where everyone dies rub me the
I liked it. Not my favorite tarantino, but still good. I felt the Tim Roth was trying to he Christoph Waltz and Kurt Russell was trying to be John Wayne, but all the other characters were fine. It was nice to see a 3 Jr movie play out in almost real time. There were maybe fI've times where the movie cut to moments later and even then it was all I'm 1 day.

The biggest issue I had was that everyone died. Even in Reservoir Dogs does Steve Buscemi survive. Movies where everyone dies rub me the wrong way. Like who was this story for, who learned a lesson, who tells it later, who remembers what happened. If everyone dies then you can drop a bomb on the building, kill everyone, and have the same effect. I was hoping one of Minni's workers had survived and was hiding in the attic or something, but no, everyone in the credits is dead.

Aside from those and a few other nit-picks, it was a solid, fun, and we'll directed movie. 8/10 from me
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1:25PM on 12/31/2015
Quick, name another film where everyone dies.
Quick, name another film where everyone dies.
4:25PM on 12/31/2015
Any version of Macbeth, any version of Hamlet
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
Dead Man
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
Easy Rider
Night of the Living Dead
etc etc etc....
Any version of Macbeth, any version of Hamlet
Beneath The Planet Of The Apes
Dead Man
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid
Easy Rider
Night of the Living Dead
etc etc etc....
11:49AM on 12/31/2015
My least favorite Tarantino film used to be Deathproof. Now it's The Hateful 8. But that doesn't mean it's not good. Tarantino's worst is still better than most other films out there, and his films are always entertaining. I look forward to his next. Also, when it comes to 2015 westerns with Kurt Russell, Bone Tomahawk has Hateful 8 beat.
My least favorite Tarantino film used to be Deathproof. Now it's The Hateful 8. But that doesn't mean it's not good. Tarantino's worst is still better than most other films out there, and his films are always entertaining. I look forward to his next. Also, when it comes to 2015 westerns with Kurt Russell, Bone Tomahawk has Hateful 8 beat.
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11:49AM on 12/31/2015
I love this movie, I'll be seeing it again today. Definitely glad I drove 2.5 hours to see it in 70mm. And it positively flew by. I couldn't believe how well paced it was, considering how it was 95% dialogue. Django Unchained was shorter and felt a lot longer (and Django was a great movie). It's obviously been divisive, but that's Tarantino for you, I guess.
I love this movie, I'll be seeing it again today. Definitely glad I drove 2.5 hours to see it in 70mm. And it positively flew by. I couldn't believe how well paced it was, considering how it was 95% dialogue. Django Unchained was shorter and felt a lot longer (and Django was a great movie). It's obviously been divisive, but that's Tarantino for you, I guess.
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11:24AM on 01/01/2016
Django was mediocre at best
Django was mediocre at best
11:40AM on 12/31/2015
Great film. There was a couple sitting next to us, they must've been in their late 70's. They had no idea who or what a Quentin Tarantino even was. They simply thought they were about to watch a western (you know old people and their westerns). Before the movie the man started talking to me and asking what the movie was about and I explained it was a Tarantino film and a bit about who he was and what to expect. I told him it might be violent with some harsh language. The man seemed a little
Great film. There was a couple sitting next to us, they must've been in their late 70's. They had no idea who or what a Quentin Tarantino even was. They simply thought they were about to watch a western (you know old people and their westerns). Before the movie the man started talking to me and asking what the movie was about and I explained it was a Tarantino film and a bit about who he was and what to expect. I told him it might be violent with some harsh language. The man seemed a little worried. I kept glancing over at them during the 3 hours and especially during those parts of the film and he and his wife were both laughing and just having a blast with it. After the movie they clapped and laughed ,said they LOVED IT. Good for you Quentin Tarantino, you just earned yourself 2 new fans!!
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10:19AM on 12/31/2015

I loved it 9/10

QT throws a lot of dialogue at you for over an hour but the second half moved so quickly. Hell, the whole thing moved quickly. I loved Walter Goggins and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Leigh was so messed up and looked so sinester covered in blood the whole movie. The mystery was pretty good too. It was like a stage play the way it was filmed.
QT throws a lot of dialogue at you for over an hour but the second half moved so quickly. Hell, the whole thing moved quickly. I loved Walter Goggins and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Leigh was so messed up and looked so sinester covered in blood the whole movie. The mystery was pretty good too. It was like a stage play the way it was filmed.
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9:36AM on 12/31/2015

Reservoir Dogs II: Snow Dogs in 70mm

It's a retread of the much better "Reservoir Dogs." with a cowboy hat slapped on it THINK ABOUT IT.
Wearhouse = Haberdashery
Mr Orange & Mr. Blonde
Hidden cop = Who's in league
Non linear flashback reveal.
Sporadic ultra violence = Sporadic ultra violence
Ending = tweaked but the same.
It's a retread of the much better "Reservoir Dogs." with a cowboy hat slapped on it THINK ABOUT IT.
Wearhouse = Haberdashery
Mr Orange & Mr. Blonde
Hidden cop = Who's in league
Non linear flashback reveal.
Sporadic ultra violence = Sporadic ultra violence
Ending = tweaked but the same.
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10:13AM on 12/31/2015
Thanks for allowing me to think about it at least three times already since you continue to post it (twice on the last Hateful Eight thread). By the way selling the film as Reservoir Dogs in the west is a good thing I would watch that all day everyday and twice on Sunday!
Thanks for allowing me to think about it at least three times already since you continue to post it (twice on the last Hateful Eight thread). By the way selling the film as Reservoir Dogs in the west is a good thing I would watch that all day everyday and twice on Sunday!
11:26AM on 12/31/2015
I notice you didn't dispute my repeated statements and taste is taste, poor or not.
I notice you didn't dispute my repeated statements and taste is taste, poor or not.
4:23PM on 12/31/2015
I didn't come to dispute what you were saying just pointing out your infatuation with saying it. It is not like we truly have to think about it, hell anyone could draw that comparison just from the trailer alone or reading the films synopsis. And at least he is borrowing from his own material from a film everyone who is a QT fan loves; Reservoir Dogs! Are you saying it is bad because of similarities? Many films do this and they are good we all can draw comparisons between films like Avatar and
I didn't come to dispute what you were saying just pointing out your infatuation with saying it. It is not like we truly have to think about it, hell anyone could draw that comparison just from the trailer alone or reading the films synopsis. And at least he is borrowing from his own material from a film everyone who is a QT fan loves; Reservoir Dogs! Are you saying it is bad because of similarities? Many films do this and they are good we all can draw comparisons between films like Avatar and Dances With Wolves or The Last Samurai or A New Hope and The Force Awakens and still enjoy them, just as I did with this. But you are right taste is taste and you are free not to like it for whatever reason I don't care, but just wanted to let you know WE GET IT with your post after reading several times.
9:29AM on 12/31/2015

I'm not a big QT fan, but this movie was really well done.

I didn't like Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs was kinda slow and I am probably in the minority when I say Jackie Brown was his best movie. But I REALLY dug this movie. I think people expected an action fueled romp. The trailers made sure to prepare audiences for a slow burn. The dialogue was top notch, the different characters were really well distinguished and vivid with life. The scenery was beautiful. This was just a gorgeous movie to look at. It's like how well Episode 7 looked with its amazing
I didn't like Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs was kinda slow and I am probably in the minority when I say Jackie Brown was his best movie. But I REALLY dug this movie. I think people expected an action fueled romp. The trailers made sure to prepare audiences for a slow burn. The dialogue was top notch, the different characters were really well distinguished and vivid with life. The scenery was beautiful. This was just a gorgeous movie to look at. It's like how well Episode 7 looked with its amazing imagery on Jakku, this was the POLAR opposite (pun intended) with the snow setting.
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10:20AM on 12/31/2015
One thing many people have to realize is that when you walk into a QT film you are going to get a lot of dialogue before that violence goes down.
One thing many people have to realize is that when you walk into a QT film you are going to get a lot of dialogue before that violence goes down.
8:29AM on 12/31/2015
If you took QT's name off of it, everyone here would say that it sucked.
If you took QT's name off of it, everyone here would say that it sucked.
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10:22AM on 12/31/2015
No, a good movie is a good movie despite whose name is on it. I didn't think I was going to like it that much because of how I heard it was stationed in that one location most of the movie. QT is so good that he made the movie move so quickly despite it not having several locations for that characters to move through.
No, a good movie is a good movie despite whose name is on it. I didn't think I was going to like it that much because of how I heard it was stationed in that one location most of the movie. QT is so good that he made the movie move so quickly despite it not having several locations for that characters to move through.
6:56AM on 12/31/2015
I absolutely loved it and thought it was among Quentin Tarantino's best scripts as the writing was superb. The character development was immense and the build up of tension was very well executed. There were plenty of twists and turns, most of which were completely unexpected and the use of 70 mm was very effective as the landscapes were awe inspiring ( very reminiscent of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, The Searchers, etc). The performances all around were stellar. This is the first time
I absolutely loved it and thought it was among Quentin Tarantino's best scripts as the writing was superb. The character development was immense and the build up of tension was very well executed. There were plenty of twists and turns, most of which were completely unexpected and the use of 70 mm was very effective as the landscapes were awe inspiring ( very reminiscent of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, The Searchers, etc). The performances all around were stellar. This is the first time The performances all around were stellar and it was masterful t and it was masterfulmy scored.
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6:03AM on 12/31/2015
Great dialogue,cast esp., Walton Goggins and music.It will be one of Tarantino's films that i would like to watch repeat times.Never felt bored while watching the film.For a 2:45 min long film,mostly set in a single location,that's a great accomplishment in my book
Great dialogue,cast esp., Walton Goggins and music.It will be one of Tarantino's films that i would like to watch repeat times.Never felt bored while watching the film.For a 2:45 min long film,mostly set in a single location,that's a great accomplishment in my book
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4:52AM on 12/31/2015
Absolutely loved it and thought Goggins crushed it. Definitely one of Tarantino's better, more intimate films up to date.
Absolutely loved it and thought Goggins crushed it. Definitely one of Tarantino's better, more intimate films up to date.
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6:30AM on 12/31/2015
It's easily one of his worst.
It's easily one of his worst.
9:51AM on 12/31/2015
So are we all going to act like 12 year Olds and pretend opinions don't exist?
So are we all going to act like 12 year Olds and pretend opinions don't exist?
10:43AM on 12/31/2015
Of course we are. It IS the Internet, you know.
Of course we are. It IS the Internet, you know.
4:10AM on 12/31/2015
I enjoyed it whilst kurt Russell was in it, after that not so such. It went on far to long and just wasn't very good overall.
I enjoyed it whilst kurt Russell was in it, after that not so such. It went on far to long and just wasn't very good overall.
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12:49AM on 12/31/2015

Thought it was great

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I love how two characters that have all reason to hate one another come together in the end and sorta become friends.
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I love how two characters that have all reason to hate one another come together in the end and sorta become friends.
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12:40AM on 12/31/2015

The most Overrated movie of the year.

It's also one of Tarantino's weakest films. There's just so little about it that's interesting. Compared to the brilliance of his last two films this one just feels so beneath Tarantino's ability, I found several characters to be annoying but overall It's just the fact that the story is so fundamentally uninteresting. There was very little about it (aside from Jackson's monologue pre-intermission and trying to guess how it was going to play out toward the end) that was at all interesting.
It's also one of Tarantino's weakest films. There's just so little about it that's interesting. Compared to the brilliance of his last two films this one just feels so beneath Tarantino's ability, I found several characters to be annoying but overall It's just the fact that the story is so fundamentally uninteresting. There was very little about it (aside from Jackson's monologue pre-intermission and trying to guess how it was going to play out toward the end) that was at all interesting.

Also while I love some controversy and I usually don't have a problem with violence in his films this film really did feel like the epitome of what everyone who charges Tarantino as just having ugly violence for violence sake.
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6:57AM on 12/31/2015
It's very strange that you find it uninteresting overall but Samuel L Jackson's monologue, given the content, somehow stimulated you.
It's very strange that you find it uninteresting overall but Samuel L Jackson's monologue, given the content, somehow stimulated you.
12:19AM on 12/31/2015

It was so damn boooring.

It got kind of interesting in The Last Chapter, but even that got boring because it just went on, and on, and on.....
It got kind of interesting in The Last Chapter, but even that got boring because it just went on, and on, and on.....
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