The Hateful Eight (2015) 70mm roadshow version

Booking  tickets for two 70mm roadshow version screenings  in one day was not a mistake. This has been / is the full cinematic experience.

If you have the opportunity to watch it from a 70mm film print , Do it!

I could write how good the movie is, but there are many, many reviews on the internet.

The only bad thing : In Europe that they don’t give you a nice paper program, as they do it in the US, but it is the only dislike I have.

Mr CINERAMA FRANCE – François Carrin,  the owner of the film projection equipment, gave a nice introduction, showed some film prints and a lens during the intermission, which was a nice addition to the event.

I will watch it few more times in a theatre, and I hope the 70mm copies will be still in circulation for some time.

Thank you Mr Tarantino for one of the best cinematic christmas days ever.

 

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A Danish western – The Salvation (2014)

Plot:

In 1870s America, a peaceful American settler kills his family’s murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.

The Good:

Casted well, with one exception (why do you need E.Cantona in this film!).

Really nice paced, wouldn’t hurt if the movie would be a bit longer than 90 minutes.

Editing is on a good level.

Music spaghetti western style.

Action sequences well constructed.

Photographed nicely, few unconventional shots, few really well know shots (S. Leone shots?)

Great locations (despite post-production manipulation); shot in Africa

The Bad:

Not much to complain about,

missed long-shots a bit (Italian western twisted my brain)

night scenes are a bit distracting ( watching them made me think if they shot them during the day…)

The Ugly

CGI – some cgi implementation choices could be skipped (fire and smoke  for instance), some were unavoidable (burning man), some seem weird (the canyons/ landscape)

Flaming Star

We have Navajo – Burt Reynolds in Navajo Joe

We have Apache- Burt Lancaster in The Apache

and we have our third Hollywood-Indian:

Half breed  Kiowa – Elvis in The Flaming Star.

The movie itself is a good quality Don Siegel western with songs, shooting, stampede and stabbing (interracial love affair included).

however it’s far away form Rio Bravo.

 

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