In hopes of creating the most awkward episode to date, Dad and I watched The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino’s violent pressure cooker of a Bounty Hunter story. Taking place almost exclusively inside a general store during a blizzard, this ultra-violet Western takes on an enormous amount, exploring nothing less than the history of racism in America, while at the same time taking elements from murder mysteries, horror films and of course, previous western bounty hunter sagas. And being a Tarantino film, it is of course chock full of extreme violence and language, often in the form of N-words. The highlight for me was certainly discussing Samuel L Jackson’s signature monologue in the center of the film with my dad. It’s worth a listen for that alone. Topics of conversation also include the genius of Ennio Morricone, the generational gap when it comes to Tarantino’s output, the merits of meta filmmaking, how one’s supposed to feel about violence against despicable characters, and of course, the definitive conversation about race in America. That’s right, it’s actually happening on this podcast, where my Dad and I watch a Tarantino film and discuss it! Well, we mostly just talk about what we think the ending means. Honestly, it’s a film so loaded with purpose and intent we could probably do another episode about it. Although Dad probably wouldn’t be too keen on that. Also, as this film is pretty filthy when it comes to language, we get a little blue in discussing it. Unavoidable!
Afterwards, we discuss Season Five of Game of Thrones, which we totally spoil, if anyone still cares, and I have a few words to say about some recent genre films, Midnight Special and Green Room. Next time, we’ll be watching the Randolph Scott revenge picture, Seven Men From Now.
The Hateful Eight stars Samuel L Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth, Demian Bechir, and Bruce Dern. It was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.