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MOVIE REVIEW | The Hateful Eight (2015)

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Well, well, well! Looks like Minnie’s Haberdashery’s about to get cosy for the next few days.

“The 8th Film by Quentin Tarantino“. That’s a pretty pretentious credit to open your movie with.  Like we should all be thankful that Tarantino has been gracious enough to bless us with eight movies.  That’s what I wanted to think, that his ego and hubris had got away on Tarantino, that his bravado had finally overtaken his talent,  But you know what, as aggravating as it is to admit, Quentin Tarantino’s skill as a writer and director aggravatingly lives up to his own bullshit.  Because the 8th Film by Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight, is an amazingly unique and well executed piece of cinema.

John “the Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) rides through post Civil War America on a stage coach, trying to outrun a blizzard, with his latest bounty (Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dasiy Dermague) in cuffs.  Picking up rival bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson) and new sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) along the way, agendas are flying from the get go. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***REMAKE WEEK*** The Getaway (1994)

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“Don’t think too badly about your wife, Doc. After all, you were locked up in prison. She is a stunningly, healthy young woman.”

I don’t have a problem with the concept of remakes.  Sure, very few improve on their originals.  But when you get something as fun and cool as Ocean’s Eleven, or bat shit bananas as Scarface, or just balls out badass like Dawn of the Dead, remakes seem like a no brainer.

Good remakes use technological advances, or cultural changes to tell a story better than the first time around. Or at the very least, tell it differently.  The problem, and the reason why remakes are seen as generally bad, is that the vast majority don’t tell a story better or differently, they just tell it again.  It’s that kind of pointless remake that I got with The Getaway. (more…)