This is the most exciting time of the year for anyone who loves film, as critics and journalists no longer have to play the guessing game of what may or may not make it to the Oscars. The awards season frontrunners are already pretty clear, with the exception of a few titles yet to screen for press, including The Revenant, The Hateful Eight, Joy, By the Sea and Concussion. Here’s what your 2016 Oscar categories will most likely look like.
The Hateful Eight
The Hateful Eight media tour has begun.
Last week the first official trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight arrived, and it was absolutely awesome. Christmas cannot get here soon enough — between The Hateful Eight and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s similarly snowy and brutal The Revenant, Christmas is going to be one seriously cold and bloody good time at the movies. In case you were itching to see more from Tarantino’s film, today brings seven new character posters to get you in the mood for the holidays.
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is our most anticipated movie of 2015 that doesn’t have the words “star” or “wars” in the title, so pardon us if we can’t help but get excited over the complete batch of posters that have arrived online. The film’s eight characters are spread across seven posters, showing off one seriously impressive ensemble. One film would be lucky to get two or three of these people. But all together? Speaking Quentin Tarantino dialogue? Can we buy a ticket now?
I can’t blame anyone who’s got Star Wars: The Force Awakens at the top of their list of most anticipated movies of the fall and winter. But for me, it’s all about The Hateful Eight.
Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight has already revealed a series of elegant and gorgeous posters. Now, in what appears to be the first in a series, it’s unveiled this one-sheet to introduce two of the characters in the upcoming Western, namely Kurt Russell’s John Ruth and Jennifer Jason Leigh’s Daisy Domergue.
Hall H tends to be the domain of super-heroes, zombies, Jedis, and their ilk. Super-powered, supernatural types. There’s not a lot time devoted to Westerns or cowboys (except when the cowboys meet super-powered, supernatural types in something like Cowboys & Aliens). Today’s panel for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight was a rare exception, with the modern master of genre mashups returning to Comic-Con to present his upcoming opus about a wagon full of bounty hunters trying to find shelter during a blizzard.
Quentin Tarantino and the cast of The Hateful Eight will be appearing at Comic-Con next week (I know, it’s so soon) to unveil new footage from the director’s upcoming western — hopefully the Weinstein Co. will find it in their hearts to release that footage online for those of us not attending, but until then, you are free to enjoy a new image from the film.
We knew that director Quentin Tarantino was filming The Hateful Eight on 65mm film cameras with every intention of creating 70mm film prints for select theaters. Then we learned that he was spearheading a campaign to retrofit 50 theaters across the nation with 70mm projectors so more audiences could see the movie in its intended format. Now the final piece of the puzzle has fallen into place. The Hateful Eight will open on Christmas Day, but only in theaters capable of projecting 70mm. Everyone else will have to wait an extra two weeks.
Quentin Tarantino is one of the biggest voices in preserving film — his New Beverly theater in Los Angeles doesn’t allow digital projection, proving how committed the director is to protecting and promoting film. In keeping with that spirit, Tarantino shoots all of his movies on film, including his upcoming western The Hateful Eight. And to help ensure audiences can see his new film properly, he’s reportedly retrofitting 50 theaters worldwide with 70mm projectors.