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The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino

There are few writer/directors over the past 25 years who have assaulted mainstream cinema quite like Quentin Tarantino. A two-time Academy Award winner for Best Screenplay, he is the king of the quotable monologue and a purveyor of some of the most memorable scenes in film. From Reservoir Dogs to Pulp Fiction to Django Unchained, all his films have included an array of eclectic characters projecting snappy and delicious dialogue in between acts of colourful violence. It’s no surprise then that his new film The Hateful Eight continues this trend.

“Few writer/directors have assaulted mainstream cinema quite like Quentin Tarantino.”

Bounty hunter John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth (Kurt Russell, with a phenomenal moustache) and his fugitive prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) travel across the blizzard-engulfed landscape of post-Civil War Wyoming. As they seek refuge from the elements they come across a stagecoach stopover populated by a group of equally dangerous strangers (including Tarantino regulars Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen). Deception and betrayal are soon on the cards as it becomes obvious that not everyone is who they say they are, and the pair must try to survive the hazardous encounter.

Boasting outrageous and fantastic performances by the whole cast, beautifully captured on 70mm and accompanied by Ennio Morricone’s first original score for a Western in four decades, The Hateful Eight is another classic Tarantino outing; don’t be surprised if he gets another Oscar nod, if not a win, for Best Screenplay.