Vickie Lester, and a moment of penance for a film that opens Christmas Day

“The Hateful Eight”

The glory of 70 mm filmmaking resurrected in the service of a vapid one-note narrative, that devolves into a prolonged finale of exploding meat bags.

That said, I’ve seen a number of films this year that were excellent — this just wasn’t one of them — and it was particularly disappointing that such a beautiful method, mothballed for 50 years, made its comeback with this.

I feel I should light a candle and pray forgiveness from:

Fred Zinnemann

William Wyler

william wyler

Otto Preminger

Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins

David Lean

david lean

George Cukor

Akira Kurosawa

and

Stanley Kubrick

stanleykubrick

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