The Hateful Eight (2015) Review

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Sam Kench reviews the 2015 film The Hateful Eight written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth, and Demian Bichir.

This review is from about over a month ago with the film was first released. Click below to watch the

The Hateful 8 is set 6 or 8 or 12 years after the Civil War in blistering cold, snowy Wyoming, and a blizzard is coming.  Bounty Hunter John Ruth is bringing his bounty, Ms. Daisy  to the town of Red Rock where she’s scheduled hang for her crimes.  Along the way he and his wagon driver Olie pick up two strangers; another bounty hunter and former union soldier, Major Marquis Warren, and a former southern renegade who claims to be the new mayor of Red Rock, Chris Mannix.  The impending storm forces them to stop at Minnie’s. Rather than being greeted by the bubbly Minnie, four strangers have taken up residence in the shop/stage coach station to wait out the storm. As the storm takes over the mountainside cabin worlds collide. Who’s fate is it to make it out alive?

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The Soon to be Deceased (Original Western Short Film)

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I recently released my western short film on youtube titled “The Soon to be Deceased” I wrote, directed, edited, and acted in the short. The other actors in the short are Shaun Hathaway, Andrew Fortier, and Emmett Morrill.

Here’s a little written behind the scenes.

The Soon to be Deceased was filmed in one day and we actually shot this and then went to a different location and filmed “Max Payne: A Reason to Live” in the same day. Emmet who played Pete in The Soon to be Deceased went on to play Max Payne and Andrew and myself played henchmen in Max Payne. Shaun didn’t come with us, but we were joined by Logan Frye and Eli Redcloud at the Gordon Nash library where the other short was shot.

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The guns in the video have a variety of different backgrounds. None of the guns are real. The double barrel shotgun is a knockoff Nerf gun. The brand is called Airblast, and is actually better because they look more realistic. I hand painted the gun myself and gave it a rusty look on the barrels by using metallic gold paint and then stripping it off with electrical tape. The shotgun shells in the gun were however real. The shotgun shells were real, but were empty, and instead filled with little magnet balls to give them a little extra weight.

There are 3 other shotguns in the video, but there were only 2 other prop guns. two of the shotguns you saw in the video are actually the same prop being used by both actors, and cut together to make it look like two separate guns. This shotgun cost 5 dollars and was meant to fire little suction cup darts, and after I painted it, it was ready for filming.

The remaining shotgun was a malfunctioning Airsoft gun with the stock removed and the orange tip painted black.

The revolver is a a plastic replica that I’ve had since I was a little kid. It’s actually one of my favorite prop guns to use because it looks realistic and has a really nice feel so it’s easy to work with. Plus you can do all the cool western spinning.

Both Emmett and Andrew each play two parts in the video, it’s pretty easy to tell if you know the people.

The rain featured in one quick part of the video was real. It spontaneously started to rain out of nowhere, we kept filming and got that shot done, then it stopped. The rain only lasted for a few minutes and then it was sunny again. We didn’t plan on this but it ended up adding a nice little something to the video.

The Soon to be Deceased was filmed at Shaun Hathaway’s house and the barn and horses in the video are his.

Jumping Off Point Review for Django Unchained

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English: Director Quentin Tarantino at the pre...
English: Director Quentin Tarantino at the premiere of Grindhouse, Austin, Texas. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s no secret that we here at Green Carbon 2112 are HUGE fans of Quentin Tarantino. We can only wish, hope and pray that Sam will get to work with him some day. (Sorry, that’s my inner Dr. Seuss poking out.)

Sam did a really in-depth written movie review of Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” when it was out in theaters. Click Here to read the full review.

Not only does Sam write reviews for our site, Furious Cinema, and The Grindhouse Database but he also sits down with different members of The Newfound Film Making Club for live “Jumping Off Point” reviews.

Where does the “Jumping Off Point” show get its name? Well, these guys start talking about one movie, then springboard off a character to other roles the actor has played, on to different movies, to who knows what else and back again to their main topic of discussion. Sometimes they know what they’re talking about, other times, they have no clue. But, all in all, it’s a good time had by all. You’ll laugh and might even learn a few things in the process.

The review below is for Tarantino’s “Django Unchained“. Emmett takes issue with the use of the “N” word but has no problem saying M***er F***er repeatedly.

WARNING: Emmett uses profanity. If our viewers haven’t noticed by now, Sam never swears.

Django Unchained (2012)

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*Very light spoilers (nothing large, just a few scenes discussed in depth)*

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I’m going to say right away that this movie is FREAKING FANTASTIC!! Go see it while it’s still in theaters. I intend on watching it again in the theater and then again, as soon as it comes out on DVD.

Django Unchained is Quentin Tarantino’s newest film. It’s no secret that Tarantino is my favorite film maker of all time. This was definitely my most anticipated movie of the year. Actually I think it might be my most anticipated movie of all time. The first Tarantino movie to come out since I discovered how great he is. I did see Inglorious Basterds in the theater and that is an amazing movie, but I wasn’t as hyped going into it, because I hadn’t yet discovered who Tarantino really was. Now that I’ve seen all Tarantino movies multiple times and seen this new one I can say that Django Unchained is amazing just like all his other works. He has never made a bad movie. Grindhouse, which he made with fellow film maker Robert Rodriguez was not well received, but most people who did not like the  movie, did not understand it. Grindhouse is my favorite movie, with all the other Tarantino movies right behind it.

Django Unchained is Tarantino’s tribute to the spaghetti western genre. 

Tarantino can do any genre of film and make an amazing movie. He is a huge film fan himself and he has such a knowledge of all genres that he can tap into that wealth of knowledge and conquer them all. Tarantino’s filmography looks like he’s trying to make the best film in each genre. I would say he’s doing so quite successfully. All of his movies are a melting pot of different genres. They all share elements of comedy and other various genres, but each of his films seems to be based in a  particular genre, then it reaches out to the other ones.

Reservoir Dogs is a heist film. One in which the actual heist is never seen. Pulp fiction is a crime gangster story. Death Proof is a horror film, Inglorious Basterds is a war film and Django Unchained is a western.

Let me start with the cast. The title character is played by Jamie Foxx who is an actor that I was not too familiar with. After seeing this I’m now interested to see his future works. This is one of those movies that can make me a fan of an actor. Falling Down made me a fan of Michael Douglas and Django Unchained made me a fan of Jamie Foxx. Many other actors were talked about for the role of Django, names like Will Smith were tossed around regarding the role, but I think they made the right decision. Jamie Foxx plays a great Django. His character has a very good progression, from the soft spoken and feeble slave, to the tough,

smooth talking, bad*ss he is by the end.  Django is a name that has been used in many spaghetti westerns throughout the years. Christoph Waltz is from Austria and he says that when growing up “Django” was a synonym for “cool”. Tarantino is making a spaghetti western send off so it’s perfectly fitting that he uses an infamous name for the title character.

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Christoph Waltz is such an amazing actor. At a point in this movie I forgot he was an actor. I’m not exaggerating, he’s really that good. I was aware that all the other characters were being played by actors, but Christoph Waltz is just so natural that it seems like his character is a real person among fictional characters. That’s not to say that the other actors are bad, quite the opposite, they are fantastic, but I think Christoph Waltz was the strongest of the strong. He deserves to win best actor.

After leaving Django Unchained I tried to think about his role in the previous Tarantino movie Inglorious Basterds. I honestly could not think of him as the same guy. It’s so hard to imagine that these two characters are played by the same person. That’s the mark of a truly great actor. If you can think about his characters as stand alone entities, then that speaks volumes about the actors portrayal of the characters. Also when I tried to think of the Jew hunter character, I realized how different Waltz looks in Django. In Django Unchained he has an awesome beard, and I had a hard time imagining him without it after seeing Django Unchained.

Leonardo DiCaprio plays Calvin Candie the antagonist plantation owner of Candie Land. This is the first time that Leonardo has played a hardcore villain. He does a great job. He has a couple of monologues that are just ridiculously good. When he starts talking about fernology you’re on the edge of your seat. He has a lot

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of high energy yelling and commits a lot of devious actions.

There are a few verbal battles between DiCaprio and Waltz. These are some of the highest caliber conversations to ever be committed to film. You have amazing actors delivering Tarantino’s masterful dialogue. Quentin Tarantino has a real talent for bringing out the best performances from actors. Actors in his movies always seem to be having so much fun on screen, without detracting at all from the film, and in fact the exact opposite. The fun that is put into the performances makes the movie all the more enjoyable.

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Samuel L. Jackson is in the film as he is most Tarantino movies. He wanted to play Django but was too old, so he plays the evil house slave that challenges DiCaprio for the title of big bad wolf of the film. His performance is great. He delivers Tarantino’s dialogue so well, and his character is such a bad person, but he is so damn funny. His mouth hangs open due to being absolutely flabbergasted, and his eyes are always watery and shiny for some reason. He’s so great. the cast is fantastic.

The main cast is great! There are many cameo roles from Tom Savini, to Zoe Bell, to Franko Nero (An actor who previously played Django) Even Quentin Tarantino himself has a cameo. He often cameo’s in his movies and it’s always great to see. When he first speaks it’s very off putting. He’s going for an Australian accent and doesn’t quite nail it, but it’s great nonetheless, and the payoff to his cameo makes this one of my favorite cameo’s to be in any movie.

django big daddyDon Johnson has a pretty large role as big daddy. Don Johnson was previously “Introduced” in Machete by Robert Rodriguez A good friend of Quentin Tarantino.

James Remar who is currently best known as the father of Dexter has a large supporting role. 2 actually. Jonah Hill has a completely pointless role as Baghead #2. Let me rephrase that. The role wasn’t pointless, but having Jonah Hill play it was. He does an okay job, but really anybody could have played him. He is in one scene which is one of the funniest scenes I’ve seen in a long time. It involves a bunch of wannabe KKK members bitching about their faulty hoods. Tarantino’s clever writing makes this scene along with the entire movie funny. Tarantino mixes emotions really well. He can make you laugh then shock you and make you feel bad for laughing, then make you laugh again right after that.

In the trailer they show Waltz shoot those 2 guys when he’s freeing Django. What they don’t show in the trailer is the guy’s head exploding from the very first gun shot in the movie, followed by a horse almost being cut in half by a bullet. The movie is incredibly gory in the most enjoyable way possible.

There are buckets and buckets of blood being used and I love it. The effects are done practically, which means they weren’t done on a computer, which is always a plus for me. The violence in this movie is so brutal. It’s one of the goriest action movie of all time. It even surpasses most horror movies in terms of blood and gore. The only other action movies that I can think of that would be even slightly comparable would by the 4th Rambo movie, and Robert Rodriguez’s Planet Terror which was part of Grindhouse.

The action in this movie is superb. I’m talking real top shelf stuff. There is a big shootout towards the false end of the movie that is amazingly good. I honestly think it might be one of the greatest shootouts from any movie. I need to see it again to be certain, but what I am certain of is that is was incredible good. It’s done in the over the top stylized of John Woo movies like the Killer, which has been referenced countless times in Tarantino movies. There is action throughout the movie, but anyone who’s seen the movie will know what I’m talking about when I say the shootout. The definitive extended shootout. Tarantino has proven that he can do the action. He doesn’t do straight up action movies. He sometimes does action sequences but only if it is crucial to the plot. Tarantino’s had great action pieces, like the bar shootout in Inglorious Basterds and the street chase in Reservoir dogs, but I think he’s only done 3 real extended action sequences. 1 chase. 1 sword fight. 1 shootout. The car chase is from Death Proof which I say is the single greatest car chase of all time. Not one of the best. The best. The sword fight from Kill Bill vol. 1 which is one of the greatest sword fights, and now the shootout from Django Unchained which is one of the greatest shootouts of all time. Tarantino may not do action very often, but when he does it’s at the very top tier of it’s type.

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The soundtrack is classic Tarantino. His films always have a great soundtrack. This one has some odd choices, like a rap song playing in the middle of the movie, but hey, it works.

There has been a lot of controversy around the use of the N word in Django Unchained. People can’t really get mad, because it’s just being historically accurate. Slavery is a topic that is constantly being avoided, including in cinema. Not many people would be willing to take on such a controversial topic, but Tarantino does it completely unabashedly and he doesn’t shy away from showing the real horrors of the time period. If it makes you uncomfortable, then it’s not a movie for you. You can go ahead and get uncomfortable, but you can’t justifiably get offended. Django may have the record for most N words in a movie, but there’s no way it’s said more in the movie than it was in the south during that time period.

Tarantino has many great references to old classics, as well as twists on old cliches. Tarantino takes the old cliche “Cool guys don’t look at explosions” and completely turns it around on itself. He has Django stare at a an explosion through sunglasses and makes it awesome. Turning a cliche around like that successfully is wonderful to see.

This is a fantastic movie. I can easily say it is my favorite western of all time. Out of the 4 that I’ve seen, and the 2 that I actually liked. But still a great accomplishment nonetheless. The western genre was one that I never had a great deal of interest towards, but after seeing Django, it makes me want to become a little more familiar with the genre.

Well here comes the end of the review. I know it was a long one, but I had a lot to say, and wanted to make sure I said it all. Hell I still probably didn’t say everything I could about this movie. I know I could say more, I could talk about it all day.

That’s why I haven’t reviewed other Tarantino movies. I’m worried I wouldn’t do them justice. I have so much to say and have a hard time getting all my love for his movies out in a coherent manner.

Django Unchained is a fantastic movie. Go watch it now!