Saturday, June 11, 2016

Shortcast Episode 1: The Hateful Eight.

Shortcast Episode 1: The Hateful Eight
Host: Frank Shaw
Produced by Hobos in the Back Row
Scripting by Frank Shaw
Edited by: Frank Shaw
Graphic Design by: Nathan Newell
Intro Music: Images of Home: Morning Activies by F.G. Shaw
Outro Music: Images of Home: Morning Activies by F.G. Shaw

I failed completely to talk about the music of this film during the episode. That's a grave error on my part. The score to this movie is fantastic! By far the best of any Tarantino movie, and it relies solely on the fact that Tarantino actually utilized composer Ennio Morricone in a way that showcases the mans considerable talents and ability to fit the music to the scene. Although Mr. Morricone's music does show up in previous Tarantino movies, this is the first time Tarantino fully trusted Morricone's ability to produce an actual score that compliments the drama on screen. The entire score (for the most part) is perhaps more enjoyable and riveting than the film itself. There's a certain ominous dread that permeates through out the picture. The music during Chapter 4 helps build the scene up, and compliments the insanity on the screen at the moment. If you're not inclined to watch a Tarantino movie, but you enjoy film scores, I still recommend checking out the score to this picture. It will not disappoint (even out of context of the movie).

The larger controversy of this film, at least from what I could tell through google searches, seemed to be the treatment of Daisy Domergue by John Ruth. As I mention in the podcast, it is uncomfortable.
The cast and crew of the film defend it quite thouroughly: Kurt Russell, Harvey Weinstein, as well as Tarantino and Jennifer Jason Leigh. There are some points to the idea that the film is heavily misogynistic, and perhaps if I had come from this with a woman's mind instead I may feel differently about the treatment. Then again my first view was uncomfortable, so maybe not.

Though I liked the film, quite a bit actually, I won't deny it's a brutish film. While I found specific portions quite compelling, it lacked the finesse that it needs to truly make it remarkable.

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