2015: #2 The Hateful Eight


Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Written by: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Bruce Dern
Distributer: The Weinstein Company
Country: USA
Language: English
Rating: R
Running Time: 187 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.76:1
Date released: 12/25/2015
Date seen: 12/25/2015
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $131,385,298
# of Oscar nominations: 3 (Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, and Best Score)
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 11 (Best Musical Performance, Best Sound, Best Makeup, Best Villain, Best Score, Best Cameo, Best Supporting Actor, Best Line, Best Supporting Actress, Best Ensemble, and Best Original Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 1 (Best Original Screenplay)

It’s almost getting boring to love a Quentin Tarantino film when it comes out, so it’s a good thing that the filmmaker has found ways to pave new trails while seemingly staying within the same basic stylistic template.  On a level of pure technical filmmaking this is a clear step up for Tarantino what with his bold decision to film this largely interior set film in Ultra Panavision 70mm, and the film is also up to his usual standards of writing and acting.  What really sets the film apart though is its surprising social relevance, which comes in a very bold form that doesn’t pander to any one side of the culture war and isn’t meant to go down easy for anyone but which does seem to have some real insight into the culture wars we’re all mired in.
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