Sunday, December 27, 2015

My thoughts on Hateful Eight - Spoilers

Hateful Eight - Spoilers

Please Note: This is not a review. These are just my thoughts after my first viewing of the film.

1) Both a step forward and a step backward

A step forward in pushing the celluloid medium. But was the medium used to its full potential?

What happens to a storyteller and artist when they have to seek out the environments for their films rather than spontaneously generate them?

That opening shot was superlative. It captured everything that matters to a none digital filmmaker. It was a big expansive beautiful shot that the filmmakers had to wait for. It was an example of a fleeting sort of movie magic. Not the kind where you create spectacular worlds within a computer, but when you capture the magic moments of a real landscape onto celluloid.

I just wish that the 70mm felt as necessary of as exquisite with the studio shots indoors. If you remove the environmental establishing shots, was the 70mm necessary? Was it something that kindled passion for the celluloid medium in the way that Tarantino and others have so demonstratively advocated? It does make me wonder and wish that some of that amazing fight choreography in Kill Bill had been shot on 70mm (Wouldn't that be something to really move the medium a step forward...Please Quentin make something like that happen).

A step backward as a story teller?

However from a pure narrative point of view, I think this story attempts way less than Tarantino has attempted with his past two films, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained. It may be in there and I just won't glean it until a second or third viewing. But this was the first film of Tarantino's where I wasn't energized and enthralled by the end of it. I wasn't hungry for a second viewing. Where as I always understood the "why" of the violence in the other two films, I am still hunting for the "why" of this film.

Why is the Hangman so determined to watch his bounties hang?

Given the powerlessness of the Confederate General, why was Samuel so insistent to tempt him into dueling and upsetting the balance within what was already a very precarious environment?

Also, I want there to be something meaningful in that Walton Goggins and Samuel L's characters are the remaining two, but it doesn't feel truly earned to me given the huge political and racial obstacles of their backstories.

I don't know that I need a moral to the violence. But this film seems to aim for something more than "bad shit begets tons of violence". I know that an artist's ambitions for meaning don't have to follow a specific trajectory. But, I long for work from my favorite directors that has higher ambition than this film seems to have. Tarantino's ambitions for the last 4 films was huge. Given that, this film feels like a step backward.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Favorite Thing(s) This Week - Sarah Joncas

Sarah Joncas

The mystery that is always unattainable. The secrets that girls know and can't share even if they wish too. A dark world devoid of boys, but still ripe with the danger and imbalance that desire brings. A touch of the uncanny. A mist of surreality.

 

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

FavoriteThing(s)This Week - AJ Fosik






Vibrant. Violent. Tex Avery Inspired Taxodermy. These pieces are so full of color and electricity. What sort of adventure was undergone to take down these beasts and mount their tokyo colored heads? These 3-D pieces always bring me a sense of joy, fun, and wonder.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Favorite Thing(s) This Week - Moebius


http://theairtightgarage.tumblr.com/

I love Moebius. Most of us do even if we don't realize it. This link is to a blog appreciating his work. H/T to Tony Akins for pointing the way to it!