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#30793 - 01/05/16 11:51 AM Current Movies 2016
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How about starting off the new year with a little Grand Guignol, Quentin Tarantino style? The Hateful Eight has it all -- macabre humor, great dialogue, and extreme violence. Extremely extreme. The story is set right after the Civil War, and Samuel L. Jackson's first appearance as a bounty hunter gives you fair warning of what's coming. He's in an immense snow field, nothing but white all around, waiting by a pile of three corpses with a saddle on top of them (his horse died).

Most of the action takes place in a sort of halfway-house where eight of the characters are sheltering from a storm, and at times I thought I was watching a stage play: the confined, almost claustrophobic space, wonderfully articulate people going at one another, the ensemble acting. I wasn't completely happy with Kurt Russell's performance; he slipped into camp on occasion, even getting a bit hammy. But Jackson and the rest of the cast were excellent -- Michael Marsden, Channing Tate, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Tim Roth, Bruce Dern, others who were unfamiliar to me.

If Tarantino's ultra-violence is too much for you, then skip this one; it's a bloodbath. But you'll be missing a helluva good movie.

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#30794 - 01/06/16 02:22 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Barbara]
Austin
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Yeah, it's bloody all right. I had to go alone because my wife gets squeamish at Tarantino movies. But I liked it. Tarantino is the only director who can make you laugh out loud while saying "Ewww!" at the same time.

Russell did ham it up in the early part of the movie, in the stagecoach scenes. But by the time they were all at the way station, he blended into the ensemble OK. There was one other performance, though, a small part that was so over the top it stood out like a sore thumb. A blond woman called Six-Horse Judy, bouncing around, talking like Pollyanna, waving her arms. She's killed off almost immediately after she's introduced ... a VERY small part.

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#30797 - 01/06/16 07:11 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: ]
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Oh, right, the arm-waver -- I forgot about her. Her performance is so out of key with the rest of the movie that I have to think she was directed to play it that way. But I can't think of any reason for it.

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#30798 - 01/07/16 06:02 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Barbara]
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Ah, she's a redshirt. She appears only in a flashback to demonstrate how easily the bad guys kill. That doesn't explain the arm-waving, though.

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#30800 - 01/08/16 05:33 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Christopher]
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Oh, dear...is it really that violent?

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#30801 - 01/08/16 08:46 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Lorna]
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Really.

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#30802 - 01/08/16 08:47 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Lorna]
Austin
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Really.

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#30803 - 01/09/16 02:58 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: ]
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Yes yes really. I went last night and Austin is right...you sit there gasping and laughing at the same time. I thought it was an outstanding movie, but I can see how it might be tough going for some. Lorna, you know your own tolerance for violence on the screen...you can always walk out if it gets to be too much.

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#30891 - 02/23/16 12:22 AM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Rita]
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Luckily, I just got to see Joel and Ethan Coen's Hail, Caesar! before it disappears from the theaters. Absolute delight from beginning to end. It's a spoof of 1950s movie-making, and the inside jokes keep coming at you nonstop. Great cast, and ALL the performances were good; I was especially impressed by Alden Ehrenreich's turn as a singing cowboy. But the most appealing thing about Hail, Caesar! is the sheer love of movies that's evident in every scene of the film.

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#30899 - 02/28/16 01:32 PM Re: Current Movies 2016 [Re: Barbara]
Lorna Offline
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Oh dear, I skipped this one because the previews were rather farcical. I didn't realize it was a Coen production, not that that's any guarantee against farce. But now I want to see it.

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