Movies to Watch Before The Hateful Eight

Even though The Hateful Eight is nearly gone from theaters after being released a month ago, there’s really no bad time to hear what movies are good to watch before you see Quentin Tarantino‘s latest, violent Western. Even if you aren’t able to see the movie in theaters anymore, it’ll be out on home video soon enough. So if you happened to miss it the first time around, you have ample time to check out these movies before then. Plus, this video laying them all out includes commentary on each from Tarantino himself. Find out below. Read More »

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As long as people have been making movies, they’ve been telling stories about outlaws returning home, trying to put their dark pasts behind them, and finding their talent for violence coming in handy when bad guys come calling. Nothing about director Jon Cassar‘s Forsaken looks particularly original or unique, but when you’re dealing with a genre as classical as the western, that may not be a bad thing. Sometimes, the same song performed by a fresh band can be mighty pleasing.

The obvious hook here is Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland playing father and son, but as you can see in the trailer below, the real attraction is the chance to watch an old school western that is seemingly free of pretense.

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It’s no secret Quentin Tarantino‘s films tie together. Forget Red Apple cigarettes, because the connections go deeper than that. Some of the writer-director’s characters are related, some have possibly crossed paths with one another, and some, according to Tarantino, have even watched each other at the movie theater.

After the jump, the Hateful Eight director discusses the Quentin Tarantino universe.

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Quentin Tarantino‘s The Hateful Eight is now in theaters. While the film has been a tad divisive amongst the filmmaker’s fans and critics, both Jacob Hall and I absolutely adore the film. In fact, I’m seeing it for a third time tonight, and I can’t wait to once again unravel Tarantino’s rewarding narrative. It’s simply great storytelling, and as he’s stated before, it would work just as well on the stage. Now, he’s making the prospect of The Hateful Eight stage play sound more likely.

Read Tarantino’s future plans for the material after the jump.

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If you were to sit down and hammer out a list of the best modern television shows that feel like they represent everything the medium can accomplish while quietly pushing media and culture to another level with their prodding, impossible-to-exaggerate greatness, HBO‘s Deadwood would be in the top five. Top three, if you decide to not kid yourself. It was a good show. You should watch it. Call your parents and get their HBO Go password, kids.

Unfortunately, David Milch‘s profane, beautiful and immersive western series was cancelled too early, concluding after three seasons with a final episode that was a fine season finale but a lackluster series finale. But now, HBO says that the series will finally get to go out in a blaze of glory with a proper Deadwood movie. Which is great news! But temper your expectations, hold on to your horses, etc. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this kind of news.

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The /Film team has spent the first week of 2016 saying goodbye to 2015 in the best way possible – by assembling our personal top 10 films of the year lists. Each of these lists represents one writer’s specific viewpoint, celebrating the movies that matter the most to them. These lists are, by their very nature, deeply personal.

But what would a year-end list representing the entire site as a whole look like? Could we take these personal lists and merge them into one uber-list that reflects our combined tastes?

That’s what we set out to discover. Blood was spilled. Tears were shed. Numbers were crunched. But we did it. This is the official, mathematically proven /Film Top 15 Films of 2015.

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People were fortunate enough to get to see The Hateful Eight earlier than expected last year. After writer-director Quentin Tarantino‘s eighth feature film performed as well as it did in limited release, The Weinstein Company pushed up the expansion date. So, by now, the hope is most of you have seen this fantastic film. But whether or not you have, you might enjoy watching Quentin Tarantino discuss The Hateful Eight for 30 minutes. Click the jump to see his (not-very-spoiler-y) talk.

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Jacob Hall’s Top 10 Movies of 2015

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When I sat down to create my top 10 movies of 2015 list, I decided to jot down a quick list of every single movie that I felt was a contender. You know, just to get the creative juices flowing. Over 30 titles later, I realized I had to start getting picky.

2015 was one hell of a year for cinema and the rare year where major Hollywood productions often seemed to match the independent scene step-for-step. One of the distinct pleasures of this past year wasn’t just the sheer number of good movies, but the variety. Animation and comedy and horror and drama and action films all found a place on my top 10. The fact that the mold-shattering biopic Steve Jobs and the effortlessly entertaining and inspiring The Martian didn’t make the cut boggles my mind. How could I not find room for the oddly romantic and deeply funny S&M oddity that is The Duke of Burgundy? The sobering Spotlight probably should have been on this list. The Big Short, too. In any other year, the elegant thrills of  Bridge of Spies would have been a shoo-in for this list.

But try as I might, there is only room for 10 movies in my top 10 list. These are the movies that still cling to me in the early days of 2016, the films that, for one reason or another, feel like they matter the most. Not all of them will cling to you in the same way and that’s okay. These lists are less about making definitive statements and more about encouraging conversation. No, I didn’t “forget” anything on my list, but I’d certainly love to hear what’s on your personal top 10. Let’s start talking.

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DJANGO UNCHAINED

Now that the police unions have abandoned their bizarre, supervillain-esque plot to take down Quentin Tarantino, it’s someone else’s turn to put a metaphorical target on his back. Just his new film The Hateful Eight rolls into theaters, Tarantino is getting sued over his last movie, Django Unchained, by two screenwriters who claim he ripped off their own original screenplay. More about the Django Unchained lawsuit after the jump.  Read More »