The Hateful Eight Poster Revealed!

The Hateful Eight Poster Revealed!

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Quentin Tarantino’s been in the news a lot lately. From a possible Kill Bill re-release to rumors of a new sci-fi project potentially being in the cards it seems like his desire to retire by his tenth film may have just been all talk. Now we have the trailer for what is officially his next film, The Hateful Eight. The Hateful Eight is Tarantino’s second Western after Django Unchained and its production has been very interesting to follow. First the script was leaked. Then Tarantino filed a lawsuit against the site that popularized the leak. Then he did a live reading with his preferred cast for the film. Then he said he rewrote it for the stage. And now we’re back to him saying he will direct it for a 2015 release. A new Tarantino flick is always something to be excited about. In my opinion, however, the big draw for this movie just might be Tarantino’s decision to shoot the movie in 70mm.

Tarantino’s decision to shoot in 70mm is simultaneously awe inspiring and baffling. Tarantino’s trying to make a point about film being superior to digital. 70mm is considered the best in visual quality that you can get. However, 70mm cameras are traditionally very heavy and bulky, making action shots very difficult without at least some level of heavy rigging. The movie has been described as being largely a “one room” kind of picture, with much of it being a conversation. But we know Tarantino is bound to throw some blood shed in there.

The poster for the flick was released in time for Comic-Con and it looks like what you would expect from a Tarantino flick: stylish and to the point. It’s also great to see The Hateful Eight Poster sporting an illustrated style. Painted style poster art is making a big come back in a big bad way and I’m loving it.

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UPDATED: New Interstellar Trailer Review

UPDATED: New Interstellar Trailer Review

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*UPDATE* The trailer’s been released on You Tube. You can find it down below.

This is beautiful. That’s my review.

 

Oh, you wanted some actual commentary? Okay. I think this is exactly the direction that sci-fi films need to go. We’ve been bombarded by science fiction lately that has done nothing but tell us how much the future is going to suck. Granted, this film shows a future that also sucks, but the message of hope and humanity’s perseverance are what shine through. The themes at play here honestly seem stronger than anything Nolan did for the Dark Knight Trilogy. As much as I love those films and think that Nolan did touch on some great emotions there, this look like his most heartfelt work. Just the very idea of having to leave your family behind and honestly not knowing if you’re coming back is kind of heart wrenching.

Now let’s talk about the stuff you really wanted to know about: Space travel. The amount of work put in to making the film realistic enough to be believable is staggering. We get a look at the alien world our protagonists go to, a hint of the kind of world they come home to (assuming that they are home, as the trailer does a good job of remaining vague in terms of giving away hard details), and we get an amazing look at a black hole.

Early buzz is already touting this as Nolan’s hands-down masterpiece, and I’m starting to see why. My only hope is that the script doesn’t have some of the same plot hole problems that prevented The Dark Knight Rises from being cinematic perfection. Nolan’s biggest problem recently, from a technical standpoint, is a lack of tightness in his scripts. He tends to get carried away with the actual plot, and if I’m being honest, Wally Pfister’s overly realistic and kinetic cinematography (at least as far as his recent output goes) wasn’t helping things. Nolan changing things up with cinematographer Hoyt Van Hoytema might be just the thing Nolan needs to breathe new life into his films before they get stale.

On the whole, I am incredibly excited for this film. To check out the trailer, just head here. The access code is 7201969.

Telltale Games Walking Dead Series Gets Third Season

Telltale Games Walking Dead Series Gets Third Season

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Telltale Games is a very hit or miss studio for me. While their dedication to storytelling is admirable, the gameplay in their video games feels arbitrary at best most of the time. The exception, however, is their Walking Dead series. The Walking Dead has been Telltale’s one true saving grace because of the sense of urgency the gameplay creates along with a story that constantly ups the ante. The journey of Clementine from scared, innocent little girl to fast thinking zombie killer is simultaneously heart wrenching and gut wrenching. Fans who are still on the edge of their seat over Walking Dead’s second season will be thrilled to learn that a third season has been green lit. Right now there are essentially no story details about Season Three. This means that everything could be up in the air in regards to story, especially since Season Two has yet to conclude.

The Walking Dad has essentially been a continuous payday for creator Robert Kirkman. Telltale, on the other hand, have started to produce better games with The Wolf Among Us. It remains to be seen if their game adaptation of Game of Thrones continues their newly found success. If Telltale can learn to up the quality of their gameplay to match that of the stories they are trying to tell, then we could be in for some special games from them.