Cinema Recall Podcast: That Moment In ‘Kill Bill Vol.1’

I was a guest on another podcast recently!

If you didn’t know yet, That Moment In has added in a new podcast a few months ago hosted by The Vern called Cinema Recall Podcast.

This show, we talk about Kill Bill Vol. 1 and each choose a scene that we loved to talk about. We head into a conversation on whether Uma Thurman should have deserved an Oscar nomination that  year and whether The Bride is an iconic female role.

I can’t embed the player here but here’s the link to where you can give it a listen! Hope you enjoy!

https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/thatmomentin/episodes/2017-08-25T01_52_56-07_00

When you are done, remember to head over to That Moment In and vote for the movie choice for the next selection.

As for myself, I realized that I haven’t reviewed Kill Bill yet so I’ll be doing a Double Feature covering Kill Bill Vol.1 and 2.

Podcast: The Random Chat Show Reviews The Hateful Eight and Plays Tarantino Movie Trivia!

This week on The Random Chat Show, we talk about Quentin Tarantino’s new film, The Hateful Eight. Before that, David challenges us with a Tarantino movie trivia.

Hope you enjoy!

Remember to vote in the Unity Movie Awards!  Vote HERE!

The Hateful Eight (2015)

Well well well…look at me all on top of my game and going to see a Quentin Tarantino movie in the theatres.  Its true though. I haven’t seen one in theatres since Kill Bill and that has been a while.  I’m going to be honest here and say that while I do appreciate Tarantino’s work, I’m not a hardcore fan. On top of that, The Hateful Eight is a western which is the genre I’m most unfamiliar with.

Let’s check it out!

The Hateful Eight (2015)

The Hateful Eight

Director (& Writer): Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Demian Bichir, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, James Parks

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.-IMDB

Right from the start, The Hateful Eight grabs us with the scenery of the location he’s picked.  Its secluded save for that carriage carrying John Ruth (Kurt Russell) and his prisoner that’s worth $10,000, Domergue, a lady that has an incredibly crazed look in her eyes. They don’t intend on stopping since they are running from the blizzard coming right up and they stop for the first person blocking the road, then another. Eventually there is no running away and that’s when they land at Minnie’s Habadashery and have to camp out in the cabin.  One lady prisoner, two bounty hunters and a handful of other known men all sit around.  They have an issue with race and wars and just about anything.  Before we know it, the plot picks up.  Talking about the plot, The Hateful Eight is like watching a story unfold throughout six chapters.  I think that’s a pretty nifty little thing to do.  And well, do I even need to talk about the brilliant score that accompanies this piece. Ennio Morricone is amazing as always.

The Hateful Eight

I’m really not a fan of long movies.  It almost always loses me somewhere and for this one, it was the slow-paced extremely Western style.  My husband pinpointed that feeling for me since I know nothing about Westerns. I tried so hard to stay away.  Chapter 1 had some good build-up and then when we got to mid Chapter 3 and things started happening like everyone was there and they arrived at Minnie’s Habadashery.  That is when it caught my attention.  If I’m truly honest, it was the additions of Tim Roth’s character, Oswaldo Mobray that pulled me right back in along with the other mysterious characters hanging about. There’s a tension in the air that builds gradually and when the action starts, there is no way to stop it, exactly how you’d expect in a Tarantino movie. However, its also this signature that makes me not enjoy Tarantino so much but appreciate the effort.  However, this isn’t a big issue because there was some fun to be had with it all and for what it is, Tarantino tells a great story that really had me thinking (even if I did kind of have my suspicions and they turned out to be correct in the end), it is still rather good.

The Hateful Eight

Tarantino’s action and blood and overly inappropriate use of violence wasn’t even my problem.  I mention it once and again: run time.  I missed the days when watching a movie didn’t use up half a day sitting there watching a movie unfold.  Those movies are great divided in parts at home and I kind of knew I’d feel that way about it. What did surprise me was that I had a harder time focusing on it in the beginning and it really pulled itself together for the last 75% of the movie and it was rather fun. On the terms of this being a Western, my husband mentioned something about the slow beginning really setting up like one but in the end, it was really more like it was mocking Westerns.  How true is that statement? I really can’t agree or disagree.

The Hateful Eight

Overall, The Hateful Eight has all the elements to be a really great movie.  The story was well-crafted as was the storytelling.  The location was nice whether it was in the blizzard or in Minnie’s Habadashery.  The music was perfect. The cast was outstanding and I particularly loved Tim Roth, but then I’ve always liked him. Everyone did a fantastic job and once the mysteries and action started, it was a lot of fun.  My biggest issue was the run-time being at 3 hours and the slow beginning.  If you don’t mind that, The Hateful Eight is a fun movie that will get you thinking and laughing.

Have you see The Hateful Eight? What are your thoughts?

Opinion Battles Year 2 Round One Favourite Quentin Tarantino Character

Check out the first round in Opinion Battles Year 2! We have some new players and a lot of variety in choices. Our first is all about our favorite Quentin Tarantino Characters! My choice is The Bride (along with a few other players as well).
Head over and drop your vote! 🙂

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Year 2 Round One – Favourite Quentin Tarantino Character

Quentin Tarantino is one of the biggest name in directing in the modern era of cinema and with his latest work The Hateful Eight coming to the cinemas it seems only fitting to look at some of our favourite characters he has bought to the screen, be it from his directing, writing or even his own acting. Having eight major releases not including Hateful Eight, five of these films have been voted into the top 250 on the IMDB with one making the top 10. Quentin has a reputation of being able to revive careers and his style of directing will always be one people can see from a single scene, the two Oscar wins for writing show he knows how to give us a film too. We ask did we pick your favourite Tarantino character?

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TV Binge: From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 1)

Let’s get back to a proper TV binge! I’ve been meaning to watch From Dusk Till Dawn since it was released on Netflix but I can’t remember what made me put it aside for a while.  But then, my life last year was revolved around a lot of procrastination.  You’ll be seeing a lot of catching up on TV this year.

From Dusk Till Dawn is based on the movie written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by Robert Rodriguez.  I haven’t seen that one as it expired from Netflix a few months ago and I never got around to seeing it.  Hopefully I’ll see it one day.  If you have seen it, did you like it?

From Dusk Till Dawn (Season 1)

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Creator: Robert Rodriguez

Cast: D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Wilmer Valderrama, Jesse Garcia, Eiza Gonzalez, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Robert Patrick

The Gecko Brothers, Seth and Richard are back and they just robbed a bank of $30 million of bearer bonds.  They need to make their way across the border to Mexico where they will meet up with Carlos who will reward them with a chance to El Rey.  However, due to the younger brother, Richard’s visions causing his mental instability, they end up hitting a few snags.  This leads them to have Sheriff department’s office, Freddie Gonzalez to go rogue and be hot on their trail and eventually joining with an ex-pastor, Jacob Fuller and his daughter, Katie and adopted son, Scott who are taking a family trip away as they become their captives.

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From Dusk Till Dawn has a ten episode Season 1 run on Netflix.  There are some good and bad things about this one.  Overall, I definitely enjoyed watching it because the concept and the ideas are really creative and I like their take of vampires and mixing in some, what I think is, Mexican gods/goddesses.  Its definitely different and so much more cool than say, the bottom of the barrel and sparkling vampires.  You know, just saying…  Plus, the season is pretty much split into two parts.  The first part is about the Gecko brothers escaping to Mexico and the reveal of everyone’s problems and just building up the stories so we understand the characters better, especially when there’s technically 4 simultaneous stories going on which eventually converge together as we head into the second part which is when things really go bad and its the reveal of the vampires here.

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The story itself might be where it falls short a little.  I can’t quite pinpoint what didn’t work so well but I knew that there were moments where I didn’t really care much for what would happen next.  The plot seemed to be a little inconsistent in pace.  At times, it would reel me in and I’d want to know what was going on, probably because certain characters had more meaningful development and connection than others, whereas other times, I just couldn’t wait for the episode to end so that I could close it and watch it again.  The latter occurred more in the first part.  The second part was a lot more intense and fast paced and made this a little more memorable and fun. Except the character of Santanico drove me crazy because this actress overemphasized too much on how she talked.  It got REALLY annoying.

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Overall, From Dusk Till Dawn isn’t any time spectacular but it does have a lot of good moments.  There are some characters that I did connect and start liking their development and the whole premise was creative and a refreshing take (because I never saw the original, I guess).  The cast does a fine job with what they have and the second half is a lot stronger than the first part of the series.  Still, I look forward to seeing what From Dusk Till Dawn whips up for the second season, which is supposed to air in late summer of 2015. Consider me slightly excited for it 🙂

Have you seen this series, From Dusk Till Dawn? Did you see the movie in 1996? If you did, how do they compare?

Double Review: Sin City (2005) & Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

Surprisingly enough, I got selected for a special advanced screening of Sin City: A Dame To Kill For.  However, my memory of the first one was not that great especially since I didn’t remember much, so I decided to revisit it the night before I went.  The experience of being the first group to see the movie is definitely great and since I’ve been doing this little blog and diving into the world of movies, I’ve learned that I’ve changed a little in how I appreciate movies and that is the main reason why I wanted to revisit this.

Since I’ve been massively behind with everything, I decided to just go ahead and do a double review of these two movies. It baffles me that after almost 10 years we get a sequel for Sin City but still, lets see how it all went.

SIN CITY (2005)

sin city posterDirector: Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez (special guest director: Quentin Tarantino)

Cast: Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Clive Owen, Rosario Dawson, Alexis Bledel, Powers Boothe, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Clarke Duncan, Jaime King

A film that explores the dark and miserable town, Basin City, and tells the story of three different people, all caught up in violent corruption.-IMDB

I have no other way has to how to describe this movie but just use the synopsis in IMDB. I’d give it a shot but honestly, I think it all starts with this.  The first time I saw Sin City in theatres with some college friends, I thought it was THE most boring thing ever.  Why? Because nothing made sense and it was like a jumble of nothing.  It was beautiful and black and white gory and brutal.  Its not really not my thing and as I rewatched it a few nights ago, I saw it in a different light.  There is a brilliance to the jumbled-up story and I stayed awake for it and apparently, I only remembered two parts from the original viewing.

Sin City

What I absolutely love is the style.  The black and white and the interlacing of sharp colors: the red silk (and sometimes, blood), the colors in the eyes, the contrast in hair and that sort of thing.  It just makes an impression.  Then you have one of the bad guys, Yellow Bastard who is just a disturbing and ugly character that popped out because he was literally yellow.

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The second thing that I love about it was the cast.  Bruce Willis is just amazing as Jack Hartigan.  Clive Owen is awesome as Dwight.  And then there’s the passion and chemistry between the characters. The stories gave time for the characters to grow and develop in exactly the space and time it needed.  Each of the stories had their impact and honestly, Basin City has some pretty impressive characters.  The Old Town girls are brutal, violent and fun to watch.

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As I sit here thinking about it more, its really starting to grow.  The third thing that works is the stories.  Everyone has something that makes it worthwhile to watch. It has exaggeration, sarcasm, darkness, violence, manipulation.  This town is full of ugly people in personality.  Its corrupt and dark but strange enough, its also covered in beautiful women who are almost as lethal as you can imagine.  There are boundaries and all that.  Its a pretty amazing set-up for a movie.

Sin City has the formula for a great movie and for the most part, it delivers.  The question is whether its your type of movie.  I love the comic book visuals, the sharp contrasts, the set up of the town and the stories of our main characters, and especially the fantastic cast.  It was well-balanced, brutal and very fun to watch. However, its not exactly my type of movie that I go for everyday so it took time for me to really see it through.  The second viewing definitely made me praise it a lot more.

Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014)

sin city a dame to kill for

Director: Robert Rodriguez & Frank Miller

Cast: Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, Josh Brolin, Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rosario Dawson, Powers Boothe, Bruce Willis

Some of Sin City’s most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with a few of its more reviled inhabitants.-IMDB

On a lesser run time than the first one and having a few new characters, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For still lacks a little something.  I loved the style that was equally has beautiful as the first with the black and white and sudden colors to give it a great experience.  The music was awesome and matched the atmosphere.  I’m trying to pinpoint in my mind if there were 3 or 4 story arcs right now but they weren’t quite as fun as the first.

 

The characters were great because the cast is still very decent.  Mickey Rourke returned as Marv and is still as violent (and a bit stupid) as before.  The new additions of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green and Josh Brolin all bring something new to the table. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gets his own story arc as a cocky gambler who never loses.  He goes to Kadie’s to challenge Senator Roark except in the corrupted sin city, he gets warned time and time again that its not a wise thing to do.  As much I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt in absolutely anything and he is very wonderful as Johnny, I felt his story wasn’t quite where I wanted it to go.

sin city a dame to kill for

The next story arc was for an older Dwight (previously played by Clive Owen) but is returned this time played by Josh Brolin. Dwight’s story is possibly the most elaborate.  He is trapped in a flame that he can’t shake off.  He tries to not respond to the attractive Ava, played by Eva Green who is now married to a rich man.  She comes back and he falls right back into her arms.  This leads to a game of manipulation, a trap, revenge and a lot of naked Eva Green scenes. This one was actually pretty fun to watch.  The chemistry, passion, manipulation all works out even if you can predict what will happen 😉

sin city a dame to kill for

I guess, the fourth story would be Marv retracing how he ended up where he was, except I’m wondering if there was anything for him.  Except, Marv, played by Mickey Rourke (like the first one) is the key to drawing everything together because he appears in all the stories in one way or another.  If anyone is easily manipulated, it would have to go to him. Plus, he is the action and the brutal violence.  There is no doubt that Marv is a great character and Mickey Rourke does a great job, even after 9 years he still has the essence of Marv in him and revives him on the big screen.

sin city a dame to kill for

I personally like the follow up with Hartigan’s death and the impact it has on Nancy the best.  The roles are both still played by the original two, Bruce Willis and Jessica Alba. Although Nancy and her dancing scenes are thrown around the entire movie and it lets the audience see how she’s completely broken by it all.  Its a mental struggle for her and she not only wants revenge that she can’t pick up the courage to do so she drowns herself in alcohol.  In her struggle, she sees glimpses of Hartigan, as if he’s never left her side.  Its really something to watch.  There was one shocking part that I never would’ve guessed and its pretty awesome the way they handled it.

Overall, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is not as good as the first one.  The stories lack the punch it had in the first one, even though there are two that particularly stand out.  However, the style and the music is still amazing.  The 3D is done extremely well and adds to the overall effects.  The cast does a great job at bringing everything they can to the movie and for the most part, they do a very good job.  Even the new additions, Joseph Gordon-Levitt brings a charm to his story (even though it falls flat), Josh Brolin has a compelling character and story and Mickey Rourke is fantastic once again as the ever so violent Marv.

I need to make a point of saying this: If you were a fan of the first one, the chances of you enjoying this one more than me is very high.  Keep that in mind when you decide whether you’d like to see this 😉

Are you a fan of Sin City? What makes it so great to you? Have you been anticipating the sequel? Do you think its been long-awaited or unnecessary?