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“I Don’t Like Tarantino Movies”

December 22, 2015

We’ve had this discussion before and actually, there are Tarantino movies that I don’t like. It is just that they are far fewer than I thought. I am anticipating that The Hateful Eight will not add to those few. Instead of seeing (awesome) Star Wars: The Force Awakens again, you might want to go see this. I cannot imagine that you will be disappointed.  Opens Friday.

  1. December 22, 2015 10:15 am

    I haven’t watched any of his early films. The only ones that I can think of were Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, and Kill Bill, but I didn’t actually even watch much of those. Saw bits and pieces and decided they weren’t for me.

    But then came Inglorious Bastards. Loved it. Then his next one, and Django was even better.

    I think the reason that I liked those two is because they had a ‘moral compass’, a purpose in Bastards, and a Hero in Django (actually 2 heroes).

    However, I’m getting the vibe from this one that he is back to just a gratuitous violent movie with no real center or moral purpose. I’ll take a closer look, but I think this one is a ‘pass’ for me…..

    • December 22, 2015 12:03 pm

      I would encourage you to go back and try his older films (they may still be on Netflix). They are a lot more complex and narrative interesting than initially thought.

      I am very excited for this movie, but it will be hard to make it to the theater until early Jan. Plus, I still need to see Star Wars a few more times.

  2. December 22, 2015 4:58 pm

    Adam, Johann wants to see it again, too. By the way, in typical Japanese fashion, Star Trek was number two here. Some anime was #1!! LMAO!

    Kenai, I know exactly what you mean and that is why I said what I said in that conversation with Frenik and Blank. Indeed, I don’t like the violence, and I am starting to change my regard for “revenge” in movies as well. I don’t have any time whatsoever for Kill Bill (apparently he is making #3) though I watched at least the first one completely. It doesn’t matter who the cast, what the special effects, how great the martial arts, I don’t like it at all.

    What I liked about the others was everything else.

    As for The Hateful Eight, I read a spoilery review, and was delighted to confirm something that I picked up on just from viewing the trailer. It is a homage, a sequel of sorts, to one of my favorite movies of all time.

    The following excerpt from the review neither spoils nor reveals that movie to which it pays homage, it just gives a little more insight into the flick:

    THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Tarantino’s eighth feature, is a true and proper Western (DJANGO UNCHAINED is realistically more of a Southern), set in Wyoming a short number of years after the end of the Civil War. The timeframe is vague, but it’s clear that those members of the titular eight who served during the battle between the North and South still harbor old grudges and bear old wounds—physical and otherwise.

    If he’d set his mind to it, Tarantino could have staged this tale as a theater piece, since most of the film takes place in one of two settings. But if he’d done that, audiences would have missed out on THE HATEFUL EIGHT’s most prized asset—its presentation in Ultra Panavision 70mm. There’s no reason to miss this impossibly rare opportunity to see the film projected this way, as wide and breathtaking as it gets, courtesy of Tarantino and Scorsese favorite, cinematographer Robert Richardson, who captures the expansive, desolate Wyoming terrain with such detail, you feel you can dive headfirst into the endless snow. It’s almost humorous that so much of the film takes place in cramped quarters (either in the coach or the cabin), yet somehow the Panavision still does its job—in this case, you can practically fit the entire room in the frame, so there’s a great deal to look at and pay close attention to. Set aside the better part of three-and-a-half hours for the full-length roadshow version of the movie, which includes introductory music, an intermission, and three hours of movie.

    The H8ful Eight releases in Japan on the 27th of February.

    • Blankman permalink*
      December 22, 2015 8:27 pm

      I guess it’s different strokes for different folks, but I don’t understand why you would ruin your movie experience by exposing yourself to spoilers, Suns. You’ve touted your love for movies and television, and your acceptance of spoilers just boggles my mind. I don’t have anything against your practice of it because you are your own person. I’m just simply wondering why?

  3. December 23, 2015 1:00 am


    Very cool obituary.

    And to your point, Kenny. Normally I stay clear, but two things, First, there was no way I was going to this Star Wars without confirming that it wasn’t full of Jar Jar Abrams BS, and as regards H8ful 8, that isn’t even playing in the theaters until the end of February, so considering the sites I surf, it is going to be impossible to not be spoiled to a certain extent. Also, I didn’t read all of the article. Generally, I can skim and when it looks too spoilery, I skip. 🙂

  4. Herandar permalink
    December 23, 2015 8:25 am

    It’s an homage to The Shining, isn’t it?

    • December 23, 2015 2:13 pm

      Nope, but I am not going to spoil it. I can see how you would have gotten that vibe, though, and the Shining is definitely high on the list.

    • Blankman permalink*
      December 23, 2015 3:32 pm

      “One of them fellas is NOT what he says he is,”- Kurt Russell’s character, ‘The Hangman.’ Hmm, Russell has been in a similar situation before (trapped in the same kind of setting- The Thing). It set off the light bulb because I watch this flick at least once a year. One of my all-time favs.

    • December 23, 2015 4:42 pm

      When it actually does start working and we start playing again, we are going to have to make a note of the server and always go to the same one. That is, if we don’t want to have to start at level 1 every time.

      In other words, if this stuff starts working, make a note of the server(s) at send out xblmessages, or a comment on the site.

      Thanks for following it closely Zos. Each of us has energy (i.e., enthusiasm) for certain games. Kenny is all about keeping us up to date on The Division, I’M PvZ:GW2, and you seem to be on top of Ark. This is good.

  5. Blankman permalink*
    December 23, 2015 8:54 pm

    I got tickets for X-Mas Eve’s 6 PM showing in all its 70mm glory with twelve minute intermission. The roadshow will only last until Dec. 31st, and then it’s adios muchachos. Since Sherri has no interest in Tarantino flicks, I convinced a friend to join me. It didn’t hurt that special programs (collectibles, baby) will be passed out to all roadshow viewers.

  6. December 23, 2015 9:37 pm

    BABY! is right! I would so be that +1 if I were livin’ near. Here is some more spoiler-free impressions of the movie:

    Nordling here.

    I sincerely hope Quentin Tarantino doesn’t retire. But if he does, we should enjoy the ride as best we can, and on his terms. With Tarantino, the old is new again, and while he’s been accused of ripping off many story tropes that he’s seen in films and television over the years, it’s not the ingredients that make a great stew, it’s the care and love that goes into making it. And Tarantino loves movies. His love goes into each and every one of them, and it’s supremely important to him that his love shines through.

    Love ain’t enough, though. I have a ton of love for cinema, but I have the sneaking suspicion that I probably wouldn’t be very good at it. What separates Tarantino isn’t that he can appreciate and process great cinema from past to present, it’s that he can use what he’s learned and make rich, compelling art. And so we come to THE HATEFUL EIGHT, which is many things in one: a traditional Western, an Agatha Christie-type chamber mystery, a commentary on social issues, a showcase for some of the best performances from the careers of quite a few illustrious actors, and finally, one of the most entertaining films to come out this year. Where does THE HATEFUL EIGHT rank in Tarantino’s catalog? Hard to say, and certainly not one I’d attempt to rank at one viewing, but I’m tempted to put it high in the roster. It’s remarkably funny, has a sweet tension, and is a lot nastier than expected (and from Tarantino, that’s saying something). There’s a cruelty to THE HATEFUL EIGHT that we haven’t really seen at this level since RESERVOIR DOGS – while we get nothing quite on the level of the famous ear-slicing scene, the animosity between all the characters is palpable, and Tarantino plays our unease like a violin.

    The rest of the review with, one assumes, spoilers, is here.

  7. December 25, 2015 6:13 pm


    Red Band Deadpool #2

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