The Hateful Eight (2015) Review

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?



Stuffed animals inspired by Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’

The team of Re-Cyco Dogs has been fully assemble and ready to rock their first movie trailer parody.

As you all know, S is an aspiring film maker and his favorite director is Quentin Tarantino. I started making these little guys and popped a collar and tie on one and bang, an idea was born. I asked him to recreate one of the official “Reservoir Dogs” movie trailers using these cute guys.

But of course there are more than just Mr. Pink, Mr. Blonde, Mr. Orange, Mr. Brown, Mr. White and Mr. Blue in the trailer so other characters were needed.

Joe and Nice Guy Eddie put the team together in the movie, but Sam thought they should be Bulldogs rather than Scotty Dogs. I decided to use a left over log cabin quilt block of blues and purples to make Nice Dog Eddie to sort of match the windbreaker worn by Nice Guy Eddie played by Chris Penn in the movie.

Speaking of left overs. All the stuffed animals are hand sewn using recycled materials. That’s why I call them the Re-Cyco Dogs.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.

There is a scene with Mr. Pink, played by Steve Buscemi, pulling a woman out of a car when he was running away from the cops. This scene was used in all the movie trailers. Below is a still shot from the movie. Below that is a photo of my version of Mr. Pink and a very surprised cat.
We also needed four police officers to complete the trailer. Three that chase Mr. Pink when he makes his getaway and the one officer, Marvin Nash, who is kidnapped by Michael Madsen‘s character, Mr. Blonde.
Given we were making a spoof on a Tarantino movie where the criminals have zero respect for the cops, we made the cops pigs.
 Here’s my little handmade version of Mr. Blonde and police officer Marvin Nash with a quote from that iconic scene where he cuts his ear off. I stitched long strands of red thread for the blood where that little pig’s ear should be. Now I’ve got “Stuck in the Middle with You” stuck in my head.

Thank you Quentin Tarantino for all you do.

Super Secret Undercover Scotty Dog

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As most of our readers know, my son Sam is an aspiring movie writer/director and a HUGE movie fanatic. In fact, he writes most of the movie reviews on our blog. Quentin Tarantino is his all time favorite director so I decided to make Sam a set of Reservoir Dogs.

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I think they turned out pretty cute. So, I made a few, slightly bigger ones, for sale.

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Mr. Orange, the Super Secret Undercover Scotty Dog loves Tarantino movies starring his favorite actor Tim Roth. He’s a handsome fellow with an engaging smile and luscious locks. This little dog can tell the truth from a lie in the blink of an eye, is always dressed to impress and will have your back in a zombie invasion.


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This handsome puppy is completely handmade from recycled materials.


7 inches tall from the tips of his ears to his paws

9.25 inches long from nose to tail

10.25 inches around his middle

Love the look of Mr. Orange but want him in a different color? How about a different size? We can do that. Just send along an email to coordinate.

I love experimenting with fabric and coming up with new designs. Click here to visit the Green Carbon 2112 shop and see what other animals are looking for a good home.

Four Rooms Review of Rodriguez and Tarantino Sections

Four Rooms Review of Rodriguez and Tarantino Sections

“Four Rooms” is an anthology of four stories each one by a different writer/director, but all starring the same main character.

Tim Roth stars as Ted the Bellhop, the character that connects the stories together. Each story takes place in a different room of the hotel that Ted works at. The time is New Year’s Eve and everybody is celebrating. Ted is practically alone at the hotel, and has to rush around to the rooms. The movie is mainly a comedy.

Robert Rodriguez does the third  section of the movie. His section is called The Misbehaviors. Antonio Banderas is in the part and he plays some kind of gangster or tough guy, it’s not very clear. He and his girlfriend, or wife (not very clear again) are bored and want to do something exciting, so Banderas takes charge. He makes Ted take care of the kids while him and the woman go out and see the fireworks, and do “other stuff”.

There are two kids, a little girl and a little boy. The boy looks like Banderas and the girl looks like the woman. This leads me to believe that the two adults both are single parents meeting up, because the kids look so different. There are little funny bits sprinkled throughout, but nothing really that funny…until the end. When you get to the end you see how the rest of the segment is all leading up to the hilarious climax. Everything just erupts at once, at the moment that Antonia Banderas walks back in.

Spoiler Alert: At the end the room is on fire, there is vomit everywhere, the paintings are ruined, there is dead hooker in the bed, and there is a giant syringe plummeting towards his child and the kid is smoking a cigarette, and more chaos. Everything comes full circle, and all the little things that seemed random before now make perfect sense. Throughout the segment they are always complaining about the smell, and think that it is someone;s feet. Turns out they were smelling a dead body rotting in the bed the whole time. Everything works out with perfect comedic timing.

The acting is good, but nothing special from the parents, and the kids, are really awkward, but I think they’re supposed to be that way. Selma Hayek is in the movie. She just plays a stripper who dances on the TV, and you never see her head.

This segment works, because of the fantastic ending.

Quentin Tarantino’s  section is called “The Man From Hollywood. Tarantino is the man and stars in this section. Bruce Willis also stars in this part, working with Tarantino again after Pulp Fiction”.

Tarantino has the ending segment, and the credits play while his part ends. This segment fits perfectly at the end. I think that this segment is the best. Best, does not mean funniest. This segment is the best speaking in terms of acting, and writing. Personally I think it is funnier throughout than any other segment, but the ending of the Rodriguez segment is arguably the funniest part of the movie.

This section can be summarized as: Ted the Bellhop goes into the penthouse suite, and is talked into refereeing a bet between Tarantino’s character and Paul Calderon’s (also from Pulp Fiction) character.

Bruce Willis‘ character spends the majority of the segment fighting with his wife over the phone. A character from the second segment , played by Jennifer Beals comes back for Tarantino’s segment, she doesn’t do too much though. Tarantino plays a big shot, Hollywood movie director who is staying at the hotel, spending New Year’s Eve partying with his friends.

The bet is over a Zippo lighter and is inspired by a 1960 Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode, “Man From the South” starring Peter Lorre and Steve McQueen.

Paul Calderon‘s character has to light his lighter 10 times in a row. If he wins he gets Tarantino’s brand new expensive car, but if he loses, his pinky finger gets cut off.

Most of the segment is Tarantino trying to convince Ted to cut off his finger if he losses the bet. Ted finally accepts. When the time comes, the comedic timing is so perfectly hilarious.

 “Four Rooms” is a good movie. But it’s a great one if you skip the first half.