After all, it's just a ride….

The Hateful Eight (2015) Trailer

So shall we cast our quivering pen down the Tarantino crib-sheet? Overwritten but amusing movie-speak pontification crowbarred into larger than life character’s maws? Check. Opportunity for numerous tense Mexican stand-offs punctuated by blistering blood-drenched violence? Check. Admired but underused 1970’s character actors? Check. Samuel L. muthafucking Jackson? Naturally;

Like many other movie fans I’d rather see QT turn his postmodern talents to deconstructing another genre like a giallo or a continental euro-crime pastiche rather than return to the Italian Western paddock, but I’m sure this will be entertaining with his usual cinephile contractions. I’m more excited about seeing Jennifer Jason Leigh in something new than I am in Quentin unfurling his usual box of tricks, and of course the prospect of a new Morricone score is also quite tantalising. So yeah I’m not counting down the days crazy about this but of course I’ll see it on opening weekend, hopefully in glorious 70mm (or rather more specifically  65mm film with 1.25x squeeze anamorphic lenses, for an aspect ratio of 2.76:1, the first use of the format since 1966’s Khartoum) in the West End. Am I being an insufferable bore? Probably, but then check out this amusing clip which is doing the rounds again. Meanwhile, in other exciting news…….

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