The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight Review

The Hateful Eight Review

RATING: (4 STARS) There was some blood spilled at a Wyoming haberdashery some time after the Civil War. Well, a fictional Wyoming haberdashery, but still … boy, there was some blood. It’s the time and place of Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film, the very appropriately titled The Hateful Eight. The blood is nothing new in a […]

When and How You Can Watch 2015’s Best Movies

When and How You Can Watch 2015’s Best Movies

John’s Top 20: The Hateful Eight “In the dead of a Wyoming winter, a bounty hunter and his prisoner find shelter in a cabin currently inhabited by a collection of nefarious characters.” (In theaters) Carol “An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman.” (In theaters) The Big Short “Four denizens of the […]

The Best Films of 2015

The Best Films of 2015

Looking back at my list of the best films of 2014, I led with this statement: “It seems you’re supposed to open your end-of-year favorite films list with an assessment of the movie year as a whole, but I’ve never really been interested in that. Good, bad, or somewhere in between—I have no idea what […]

2016 Oscar Predictions: Carol Comes on Strong

2016 Oscar Predictions: Carol Comes on Strong

It’s been a month since I last visited by 2016 Oscar predictions page, but as I wait around to see the last of 2015’s major contenders in The Revenant and The Hateful Eight, as well as continue to cram in screeners to finish my best of 2015 list, I thought it was a good time […]

2016 Oscar Predictions: Round One

2016 Oscar Predictions: Round One

I published my first round of 2016 Oscar predictions today. We don’t know about everything yet, but I think we’re far enough along that it’s not terribly reductive to start looking at 2015’s films through awards-colored glasses. To sum things up succinctly, I’m high on The Hateful Eight. The lack of an obvious front-runner at […]

2015 Fall Movie Preview

2015 Fall Movie Preview

Expectations are a tricky thing. In years past, I’ve listed duds like Labor Day, Carnage, Love and Other Drugs, and various The Hobbit movies in various iterations of this very column. On the flip side, there’s something like Wild last year, which I expected to be an obnoxiously transparent Oscar play. Or Drug War from […]

The Biggest Movie of the Fall of 2015 Will Be…

The Biggest Movie of the Fall of 2015 Will Be…

We’re in the midst of a record-breaking box office year. It’s almost unbelievable. Jurassic World broke the record for the all-time biggest opening weekend. It currently ranks third on the list of all-time worldwide money makers—just a bit ahead of Furious 7 (#5) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (#6). Take that in. Three of the […]