Number 1000!!! – Friday, October 28th - Larry H. publishes his one thousandth movie review 1997-2022
Hateful Eight
Released:  December 7, 2015
This is movie-making at its best.  Quentin Tarantino has evolved into directorial genius and a trailblazer in his eighth film.  It seems like he has been making movies for a long time because he made “Reservoir Dogs” in 1992 and followed that with “Pulp Fiction” in 1994.  Is Hateful Eight his best film; arguably, but Tarantino fans will debate forever about the Tarantino Best Movie Award.  What about “Kill Bill” and “Django Unchained”?  His best film is probably coming out in 2025; he’s only 52. 
He won his two Oscars for writing for “Inglourious Basterds” and “Pulp Fiction.”  And he wrote this screenplay; this movie should garner numerous nominations including this creative plot of a bunch of Post-Civil War desperados holed up in a one-room rest stop in the wintry outback of Wyoming.  The bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) is handcuffed to his fugitive captive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) at all times to insure that he gets her to the gallows in Red Rock.
But there’s a storm  brewing as a pounding blizzard forces the fascinating, yet hateful, eight humans together in Minnie’s Haberdashery and let the craziness begin.  I’m laughing now just thinking about the outlandish and comical scenes created by Tarantino and a super cast.  This movie is full of blood and death; lots of blood so be warned, but the humor makes it all okay.    
We can’t have a Tarantino movie without Samuel L. Jackson so welcome the witty and heavily-armed Major Marquis Warren to the party.  Other Tarantino regulars Tim Roth (“Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir Dogs”) and Michael Madsen (“Kill Bill”) also join the twisting, back-stabbing plot of killers and egomaniacs with a bullet for a brain.  Bruce Dern as General Sandy Smithers and Walton Goggins as Sheriff Chris Mannix round out the formula for absolute fun and joy for two hours and 46 minutes.  But, we need eight so Demian “The Bridge” Bichir plays Bob and Channing Tatum is the mysterious Jody.   
This is such a great film that I’m on my way to see it again as soon as I finish this review.   Some believe that Hateful Eight  is not a classic Tarantino movie.  Bah, humbug; this has Tarantino’s handprints all over it and if you like his out-the-box style, then you will love this movie.  Rock ‘n Roll.
Grade 94.  Larry H.
Addendum:  I’ve just come back to Harrison Law Firm from my second viewing of Hateful Eight – great movie but it’s not better than “Pulp Fiction.”  The big winners are The Weinstein Company and Walton Goggins who also appeared in “Django Unchained.”  This project is very incestuous – Harvey and Bob Weinstein executive produced most of Tarantino’s movies including “Pulp Fiction.”  Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh starred in “Backdraft” in Ron Howard’s film in 1991.
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