The Hateful Eight (2015)

Another few years go by and Tarantino shows up again.

While in pursuit to the town of Red Rock in Wyoming, John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russel)  is taking fugitive prisoner, Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Lee) there to be hanged by the neck for committing multiple crimes. However, along their journey back to Red Rock, they encounter a bounty hunter known as Major Marquis (Samuel L. Jackson). He is on his way to Red Rock because he needs to collect the fee for his killing of prisoners. Ruth lets Marquis come along for the ride because they are heading to the same place, and also because he has some respect for Major Marquis. A deadly blizzard is heading their way, so they need to stop somewhere to rest for a couple of days in order to let this blizzard pass over. The group finds a shelter known as “Minnie’s Haberdashery.” When they arrive to “Minnie’s,” they are not the only one’s there. Four other men are there as well and everything seems to be real nice in the beginning, but as the time passes, it is evident that something shady is up with one of them.

Something special about Quentin Tarantino is that he is going to do whatever he wants and doesn’t give a damn what anybody thinks because to be truly honest, almost one hundred percent of the time it fully works for him. The Hateful Eight is the second Western film he has shown us and while it may not be as good as Django Unchained, it still deserves a lot of credit because it was awesome. Most of the major talk about this movie is that it was going to be shown in 70mm, which is really awesome because Tarantino likes to do all his movies in an old-fashioned way. It was really interesting to see him do this because being a fan of film, that kind of stuff is really cool to me. As with every Tarantino movie, The Hateful Eight is crazy and filled with a ton of violence. For a movie that was over three hours, I never found myself bored or uninterested once, which is a great thing considering that a movie over three hours is extremely intimidating to watch, except if it is a Tarantino flick.

The acting in The Hateful Eight is spot-on and excellent as usual. Tarantino always knows who he needs in his movies to make them great, and everybody is excellent in The Hateful Eight. Samuel L. Jackson usually finds a way to show up in almost every Tarantino film, and that is perfectly ok with me due to the fact that he is awesome on this movie. Maybe not Oscar contender worthy, but he still is as bad-ass and funny as you would want him to be. The same goes for Jennifer Jason Leigh. I really feel like she was the star of this movie and may very well find herself an Oscar nomination. We haven’t really seen much of Leigh in the past few years and with her performance in The Hateful Eight, I feel like she is going to make some sort of comeback. Besides these two being the best in the film, we still see fine performances from the rest of the Tarantino crew that are known as “The Hateful Eight.”

As interesting and awesome as the film was, I have to say that it was definitely not the best film we have seen from Tarantino, which is not that hard to say given that every film he makes is a masterpiece. Even though this may not be on the top of his list of great films he has made, it is definitely not the worst and even the worst movie he has made is still great. I really want him to move away from Westerns for now and do something different with his next film. Tarantino is arguably the best in the business and I don’t want to see him have limits. Anything you get out of Tarantino is going to be a phenomenal film. The Hateful Eight is still an incredibly well-crafted film that even with the three-hour runtime can still be quite the experience to watch. The thing about the three-hour runtime is that it is completely necessary. Even though that seems like a very long time for a movie, everything that happens in the film takes some time and it was for all the right reason why this was such a long movie. If you are a fan of Tarantino, know that this is a movie that you have to check out.

Overall, The Hateful Eight is another one in the books for Quentin Tarantino and even though it may not be his best film, it is still well-directed, written and presented in an amazing way for film lovers. Even though this movie is three hours long, it is still necessary and I can’t wait to see it again.

Grade: A

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Welcome To Me (2015)

Here’s a new movie that was just recently released that I got a chance to see. I can’t wait until I hit the lottery. Alice Klieg (Kristen Wiig), has borderline personality disorder. Alice hits the lottery and decides that she wants to spend it on what she always wanted in life: her own talk show on television. In this talk show, Alice will have no one else on the show besides herself and she will just talk about her life and her feelings. A lot of people think she is crazy for wanting to do this. Alice will pay whatever price the network wants for her to have 100 episodes. The whole entire show is completely ridiculous and everyone a the network understand that except for Rich (James Marsden). The network is failing and they need a lot of money and since Alice can pay for it, Rich will take whatever he can get. Problems start to arise when the show starts getting insane and she starts to forget about the people who mattered to her the most.

Welcome To Me is a nice, little indie film that actually surprised me and was a pretty decent film. This was a really brave move for Kristen Wiig. Taking on the role of someone who is mentally ill is really a tough task and she really pulled this one-off. Wiig turned the role of Alice into a funny, dark and often frightening character. That just shows the good acting from Wiig. That’s the whole thing about this movie. The acting is so good and the rest is kind of just whatever. The movie itself is just okay and I think it could have done a few things differently to make this a lot better than it was. I was really excited to see this movie and I left more disappointed than satisfied.

The acting we see in Welcome To Me is fine. I really like how there is some big time actors in this movie. We see some small appearances from Tim Robbin, who is one of my favorite actors of all time and we also see people like, Joan Cusack and Wes Bentley. To be truly honest, the acting is what really saved this movie because the premise is very goofy and extremely ridiculous. The movie itself was not all that great and the acting is definitely not to blame for it. Everyone we see in this movie are their usual selves, meaning that they were fine and delivered nice performances. So we can definitely say the acting wasn’t the problem with this movie because I think most importantly, Wiig gave an outstanding performance and nailed this role.

The reason this movie was not all that great is because it just could not put the missing puzzle pieces together. What I mean by that is the fact that nothing really came together by the end with what are some great actors. Welcome To Me left me very disappointed throughout most of the film. I think that it started off really well and then just kind of got completely messy and boring in the second half of the movie. If you are a person who likes to just sit down and watch a nice, little movie then this is one for you. Other than that, this is no more than an okay movie with some really good acting to try to hold it together. I do think this is one that you should check out, not only because of all its hype, but it can be somewhat enjoyable to watch at times.

Overall, Welcome To Me may not have all the pieces of the puzzle together and the only reason it was as good as it was is strictly because of the actors. Nothing more than an okay movie!

Grade= C (Okay)