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JWeber

Member Since 13 Sep 2007
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In Topic: THE LYCAN - OFFICIAL

28 January 2016 - 11:50 AM

Damn, that's amazing! Definitely found the right guy. The new site looks good too.

In Topic: THE HATEFUL EIGHT

21 January 2016 - 06:31 AM

I did not get to see the raod show.  I wanted to, but the closest was a 6 hour trip.  I did get to see it last night though.  Loved it for several reasons.

 

First off, I was hoping this would have been a bit of a departure from QT's regular work, and watching the opening with the linger on Jesus on the Cross, it felt that way.  All those beautiful Panavision 70 mm shots were amazing.  It had a  diffent look, but as soon was we came upon Warren, it was classic Tarantino.  As soon as that happened, I was glad to be back in familar waters.  QT is one of those creators who has his own world, and its an amazing one to be in.  The cast is great, but it's Russel and Jackson that steal it.  Roth is very close, though.  I could go on about plot points and characters, but I don't want to get too in depth.  This is a murder mystery.  Anyone could be the bad guy and that's the way it's played.  I will say this though, I love the relationship beteween Ruth and Daisy.  He hates her, she's crude and wild, but she's his golden ticket.  Any chance he gets to smack her around, he does.  But then you see a bit of tenderness.  It's subtle, but there are the moments like when she gets stew on her face, and he wipes it clean.  It's almost like they are ex lovers trying so hard to hate each other, but there's still a spark. 

 

The other big thing people talk about is the score.  That beath taking Ennio Morricone score.  It's not a typical Western score. It's closer to some of his war films, with a hint of The Thing in tossed in with an ever so small dash of Western.  I have yet to see Carol and Bridge of Spys, but he has the Oscar in the bag.  I have yet to buy it, I'm waiting another 6 weeks. Planning on getting a record player for my birthday, and this is going to be my first record.  Wish I had the cash and time to make it down to Third Man Records. They have a pretty cool boxed set for it, including a steel box with real bullet holes in it for the case: http://thirdmanrecor.../hateful-eight/

 

I did leave happy.  I loved it, but there was one thing that nagged on me, the gore.  Maybe I'm getting old, but I still love splatter films, so I think it has more to do with QT indulging himself than anything.  I'm okay with that. The quality of film he puts out, I can grant him that, but still, it pushed into a cartoonish area of gore.  Some of it was fine, but the constant barage of over the top gore got old and seemed like it was played for laughs.  Kill Bill, it's okay, but The Hateful Eight had a higher caliber going for it.  The excesive gore seemed to cheapen it.  I think if it were played diffrent, it would have worked better. If you look at the gore in The Thing, it works.  There was a lot, and one could say it was over the top in a way, but it was played realistic.  The Hateful Eight, not so much.  I don't think a bullet to the head would cause gallons of blood to fly upon impact.  I would wager this is why it was snubbed for Oscars.  This is one that should have played more real and not grindhouse. 

 

I'm making that sould worse than it is, but it did irritate me a bit.  Just a bit, not enough to ruin it for me.  I mentioned The Thing a few times.  There are deffinatly two films that influenced this, Resivoir Dogs and The Thing.  You can see O.B's look was taken from MacReady, the Ennio Morricone Score, the blizzard, and strangers trapped in a small location with the knowledge of impending doom.  There are other things, like the way shots are set, or how things look, like the rope to the barn and outhouse. Of course, in grand QT tradition, there are nods to his other films like Inglorious Basterd and Pulp Fiction. 

 

If you get the chance, see it.  Some could say it's a slow burn, but it was the quickest and most tense 3 hour film I have ever seen.  It now will join my blizzard showing of The Shinning and The Thing.  Every year we get hit with a blizzard, I watch those 2 films, not I have a third. 


In Topic: The Punisher: "Blood Night" an 80-page photo graphic novel

15 January 2016 - 06:50 PM

If you go solid white, I like the Dirty Laundry skull.  If you distress it, LaRosa's looks pretty good too. 


In Topic: The Punisher: "Blood Night" an 80-page photo graphic novel

06 January 2016 - 03:38 PM

Mike! Welcome back.  Still a few of us hanging around.  Looks pretty good. 


In Topic: *STANDOFF*

14 December 2015 - 04:25 PM

Looks like they fixed it: http://www.amazon.co...ywords=standoff