No hate for the Eight: The Hateful Eight 70mm Roadshow Experience



If you haven’t noticed, we live in times where technology has seen a huge boom. Our phones and TVs are smart, pirating isn’t what it used to mean, and the average joe can make it big by recording a cat trying to fit into the tiniest boxes (seriously though, it’s too adorable to avoid).

Movie theaters have changed too. Most films are no longer shot and shown on film, it’s all digital. No longer do we get to hear the clickity-clicking of the film through the projector. It’s unfortunately a dying format that only a few filmmakers actually care about. Thankfully, Tarantino can be counted as one of the few who does care, which he so lovingly shows through The Hateful Eight 70mm Roadshow.

What is a Roadshow?

Why, that’s a great question! Roadshows special, limited screenings of movies back in the 50’s and 60’s.  Essentially, it’s like seeing a play, but instead, you’re seeing a movie! The roadshow version of a film would likely show a longer edit than the theatrical version that would arrive in the rest of the theaters around the world, giving those who choose to see the roadshow a little more bang for their buck. Continuing with the thought that it’s treated as a play, audience members are handed a program before they enter the theater and are welcomed by an on-screen overture as they take their seats. The film would also have an intermission, letting the audience members leave the theater to discuss about what they’ve seen, contemplate on what they’ll see next, or catch a quick bathroom break before starting the second act. It was a way that made seeing now classics like The Sound of Music, Laurence of Arabia, and Ben-Hur a richer experience.

So how does The Hateful Eight Roadshow Experience compare?

Hell if I know! Obviously, I wasn’t around during the 50’s and 60’s, but the amount of time and dedication Tarantino put into the idea of bringing back the roadshow for The Hateful Eight is apparent from the get-go.

Ultra Panavision 70


First of all, Tarantino filmed the entire film in Ultra Panavision 70, a type of camera that hasn’t been used in almost fifty years. The camera’s film provide an aspect ratio of 2.76:1 than the aspect ratio of 1.85:1 or 2.39:1 that we see today in theaters digitally. Yes, I know; On paper, that sounds like gibberish, but when you see what the Ultra Panavision 70 can do, the difference is apparent and It. Is. Glorious.

The Hateful Eight Program

The program prepared for the roadshow is filled with large, colorful on-screen and off-screen images as well as character descriptions, and details as to why they chose to bring back the roadshow experience. All-in-all, the program was well put together and definitely makes a great souvenir to take home.

The Overture

The overture that greets the audience as they take their seats provides a great setting for the film, a moody, foreboding tune that really sinks under your skin and lets you wonder what you’re about to experience. Listen to the overture here.

The film itself was fantastic, the first act slow build up (though not in a negative way) to an explosive second act. We knew Tarantino could pull of westerns via Django, but this western/whodunit hybrid is something fresh to gaze on. Just like the overture, the rest of the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone was engrossing; a haunting fit to the films genre mash-up. The show stealer, however, goes to Jennifer Jason Leigh in her portrayal of Daisy Domergue, the dirty-mouthed fugitive whom the story centers around. Leigh provides a give-no-fucks feel to her character that makes the audience question when and on whom she’s going to snap.


The Takeaway

The roadshow experience for The Hateful Eight isn’t something to take for granted. This is something that hasn’t happened in almost fifty years, and who knows when another film will be shot with an Ultra Panavision 70. Do yourself a favor: Find a theater that’s hosting a roadshow in your area, get your ass in a seat, and experience what may be the last opportunity on such a cherished form of cinema.


Candy Crush – A Parody

Hey guys!

I know I’ve been slacking on my blog posts, but it’s been for the good! I don’t just like talking about film and the experience of watching a movie, I like to make them too.

I’ve been working with the crew over at Shakedown Comedy to create this spoof on the popular video game, Candy Crush. Take a look at it and be sure to Subscribe to their channel on YouTube. You can also find Shakedown Comedy on Facebook. Be sure to like and share their videos  as well!

Concession Confession: An Unhealthy Love for Popcorn

I like to think of myself as a healthy person. I’m conscious of what I eat and I exercise 5 days out of the week. The only time I find myself pigging out is when I make a trip to the movie theater and that delicious aroma of fresh popcorn enters my nose just to take my sense of smell on the greatest joy ride of all. Butter? Yes please, but not just on the top. Fill the tub up half way, put butter, fill it to the top, and put more butter (somebody please tell me I’m not alone on this process).

As i’m sitting there with my tub of corn, Raisinets, and mountain of napkins for the dripping butter, I can’t help but wonder what exactly is going into my stomach. It’s just popcorn right? Wrong. Here’s what I was able to uncover about Regal Cinemas and AMC Theatres and their popcorn.

AMC Theatres:

After browsing their website for quite some time,  I wasn’t able to find type of nutrition guide for their food. They have a whole page that displays their food, but nothing indicating a nutrition guide.  Curious as to why they didn’t have anything on their page, I decided to take my question to twitter and got a surprisingly fast response (You’re a quick one, Rick)!

So with no nutrition guide provided by AMC, I decided to take my search to everyone’s best friend (Google) which lead me to my first stop:

According to, A small bag of their popcorn is 225 calories , 11g of fat, 26g of carbs, and 5g of protein. They also provide a calorie breakdown, stating that the small bag is 44% fat, 47% carbs, and 9% protein.

But honestly, who gets a small bag of popcorn? also gives the nutrition for the large tub of AMC popcorn which comes in at 1,030 calories and 41 grams of fat (and this is without butter, mind you). Don’t forget to get your free refill when you’re done with the first tub!

Regal Theaters:

Again, I’ve browsed around the Regal Theaters website to find any indication of a nutrition guide that can sum up their popcorn and everything else they sell but ended up empty handed. So, like before, I reach out to them via Twitter:

This tweet was sent about 2 days ago, and there still hasn’t been any response.

Luckily, states that Regal’s large tub of popcorn outbeats AMC’s calorie count with a wopping 1,200, and 60 grams of saturated fat. So what’s like in comparison to anything else you’re eating?  Webmd states that eating a large tub of popcorn is equivalent to eating two Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizza’s with two days worth of saturated fat left over.

So, is it really worth it?

Who knew that the light and salty movie treat was such troublemaker? Yes, loading it up with butter obviously makes popcorn more fattening (and taste better), but who knew it was so bad without the butter? Personally, I don’t know if I could give it up. Buying popcorn at the theater is a part of my movie watching experience. Will you be conscious of your snack choice for your next visit to the big screen?

To the Viewer goes the Spoils

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Just a couple of weeks ago, the doors were closed to TV’s favorite Serial killer as Showtime’s Dexter aired its series finale. Following suit, AMC’s Breaking Bad took it’s final bow this past week, leaving a gaping hole of emptiness in the hearts of die-hard Heisenberg fans.

Ultimately, that’s what it’s about. Television, movies, or any work of fiction wants to create a connection between their character and the audience to keep us emotionally invested. Once that level of connection is made, some viewers become so passionate about their shows and the characters that live in them that live and breathe for the next episode.

Although Dexter and Breaking Bad have ended, there are still many people who haven’t seen the finale or are even seasons behind what was just aired. Hearing anything about the current events within the series can cause an outrage to someone who hasn’t seen it.

Regardless of whether you consider yourself a hardcore fan of something like Harry Potter or just a casual one, there’s an a single word that chills both parties to the bone: Spoilers. It can be seen as the ultimate insult for fans. So, how did spoilers come to be? Are there rules for them? How and why are they used? Let’s look into what turns the nicest nerd into a raging Hulk.

Spoiler Origins

You don’t know what a spoiler is? Really? Well, SPOILER ALERT! According to Webster’s Dictionary a spoiler is, “information about the plot of a motion picture or TV program that can spoil a viewer’s sense of surprise or suspense; also :  a person who discloses such information”.

That’s right, not only can a spoiler be exploited information, but you can be a considered a spoiler for exploiting that information!

Although people are more exposed to spoilers or have an easier means to spoil via the internet, the term spoilers was coined in the 1971 April issue of National Lampoon, in which Doug Kenney wrote an article titled (drum roll please), “Spoilers”, which depicted important plot points about famous movies and TV shows. As you can tell, the idea of what a spoiler is still holds true today.

Wait, so are there rules for spoilers?

Actually, no. There are no written rules as to what is considered a spoiler and what’s not. When you boil it down though, it’s quite simple:

Be very general with your descriptions. If you want to talk about it to someone who hasn’t seen it yet, just remember, the devil is in the details.

You need to be very respectful of your surroundings;  although you and your buddy have seen it and are talking about it, you don’t know whether the stranger beside you watches the same show and is behind. Keep your voice low!

And ultimately: If you think it’s a spoiler, it probably is.

For more “rules” Check out this comedic take on them by College Humor:

Accidental Spoilers and the Spoiler Abusers

Majority of people who actually spoil things don’t intend to, yet it still has a powerful affect on others. There are unspoken rules as to what can be spoiled and what can’t be. Some people abide by these rules while others go out of their way to break it.

For example, let’s look at the worlds favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter. Upon the release of the final book in the series, The Deathly Hallows, many fans gathered in swarms to line up for the release. Some took advantage of the gatherings for their own twisted (and somewhat hilarious) pleasures. Take a look (or not, if you haven’t read the books or watched the movies. SPOILERS!):

So, what’s your stand on spoilers? Are you an avid avoider of spoilers, or perhaps an abuser of it to get a rise out of others?

Five Layers of Joss Whedon

My Five Layer Dip Method:

Through my many years of experience I’ve learned to always show up early to a BBQ. Why, you ask? Imagine yourself walking into a backyard to find your neighbor pretending like he knows how to start a grill. He’s obviously putting waaaay to much lighter fluid on the charcoal and the other early guests are awkwardly standing around the snack table waiting for someone else to break the ice. Sounds horrible, right? But what is great is what’s on that snack table.

It’s a rare commodity when someone brings a five layer dip and a bag of tortilla chips to a party. Although when they do they go fast, so you best be sure to get first dibs on that dip. But as you take that first bite, ask yourself this: Who decided what goes into this five layer dip? Did they put the layers in a specific order or did they just make it up as they went? Is there some sort of five layer dip cult with an unspoken rule as to how many layers there have to be?

This is my concept for my “The Five Layers of” posts. I want to pick a specific director, actor, or writer, take my favorite films from that person, and create my own five layer dip of their work for you to enjoy.

Is there any specific order to these movies in terms of favoritism? No. Do you have to agree with my list? No. All I can hope for is that you see my Five Layer Dip on that snack table, pick up a tortilla chip, and dive right in.


With his recent burst of recognition for 2012’s The Avenger’s and the release of the TV spin-off Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D premiering  on September 24th, Joss Whedon is one busy guy…but then again, he always has been. Although some may not know it, he’s been “the man behind the curtain” on some of your favorite (or maybe hated) movies and TV shows. As a script doctor (a screenwriter who’s hired to re-write a pre-existing script to make it “work”), Whedon has been responsible for some memorable movies.

Toy Story (1995)

Ah, yes. The first full-length movie that’s completely computer generated, which brought the worlds favorite toy cowboy and astronaut. The movie was directed by John Lasseter, who also came up with the original story. Unfortunately for Pixar (which was still an up and coming studio at the time), the screenplay just didn’t work. Enter Whedon as a script doctor. Although he spent four months re-imagining the story before it was eventually green lit, very little is mentioned about his work on the film. Although he put a good amount of work into Toy Story, Whedon takes no hard feelings to the lack of mention. During an interview with In Focus Magazine, he said, “I definitely feel I played a part in “Toy Story,” a substantial one, but it is John Lasseter’s movie”.

Titan A.E. (2000)

Remember that time that Titan A.E. made Creeds “Higher” cool for about 5 minutes? Yeah, me too. What were we thinking, right? But that’s besides the point. Titan A.E., an animation/computer generated sci-fi, erupted from Whedon’s success in TV with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Unfortunately, there isn’t much regarding interviews or articles with Whedon talking about the film, however it is known that he co-wrote the screenplay with Ben Edlund and John August. According to, The movie “wasn’t made for kids”, but in turn calls it, “essentially Battlestar Galactica for kids”. Make sense? No…but still watch it.


Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Assisting writing the screenplay with Director Drew Goddard, Cabin in the Woods is a horror comedy that takes the typical horror movie scenario and adds and interesting and unpredictable twist. In the DVD Commentary of the film and also in an interview with, Whedon mentions that him and Goddard locked themselves in a hotel room for 3 days to work on the script. “We never talked about anything else, but because we were so locked into the vision of the thing there wasn’t a lot of downtime,” Whedon said.  “There wasn’t a lot of pacing, we wouldn’t get tired, we didn’t go, “Oh you know, let’s gab about stuff,” at any point.  The fingers kept flying; I mean I did a personal best on this which I think was 26 pages in a day. Even though this movie somewhat went under the radar, it’s being featured this year at Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Night’s as a haunted house.

Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog (2008)

Being a hero is overrated. Why save innocent people when you can build a Death Ray and join The Evil League of Evil? This three part online series focused on the makeshift villian Dr. Horrible, who struggles between his dream of joining a team of bad guys and his infatuation with Penny, a girl at his local laundry mat. Created by Whedon and his two brothers during the writers strike back in 2008, this comedic superhero musical is a quick but awesome watch. Recent news states that a Dr. Horrible sequel will be airing on the CW, despite Whedon’s busy schedule with everything Marvel.

Firefly/Serenity (2002/2005)

What kind of a Joss Whedon list would this be if it didn’t mention Firefly or Serenity? Created, written, and directed by Whedon, Firefly started off as a promising sci-fi/western television show on Fox, but was cancelled after the first season. However, fans (known as Browncoats) of the show wouldn’t let that be the end. The show created a cult following so large that the story returned in the form of the film Serenity in 2005. Reuniting the full cast, the movie tied up loose ends to the TV series. Although many fans hope for a full revival, there doesn’t seem to be one in the future. However, recent buzz says that Dark Horse comics is continuing the series as a comic. It may not be the victory the Browncoats were looking for, but it’ll do.

The Unofficial Heath Ledger Cycle and why Ben should get a Break


While the rest of the world has moved passed the casting of Ben Affleck as the new Batman for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, hardcore bat-fans are still raging about the new Bruce. The question is, are they justified in their argument? It’s been quite some time since Affleck’s last lukewarm superhero outing (Daredevil) and since then he’s proven himself as an actor and a director in The Town and Argo. So why the hate? It’s quite simple, actually. The internet has fallen back into what I call “The Unofficial Heath Ledger Cycle”.

Don’t take this the wrong way; many actors prior to Heath  have been thoroughly criticized after they’re announced to play a fan favorite character. I just happen to feel that Heath was the most criticized and then the most praised actor after his performance as the scar-faced Joker. Hence, “The Unofficial Heath Ledger Cycle”.  Shall we begin?

Step 1: The Announcement and the Internets Wrath

You know the movie is coming out. You hear the rumors about which actor is playing who. your expectations are high and then BOOM! The most unknown or inexperienced actor/actress is cast and you scream obscenities to the Hollywood Gods.


As mentioned above, Warner Brother’s announced that Heath Ledger was to play The Joker in The Dark Knight back in 2006The internet ERUPTED. Just look at some of the comments:

TheAnswerMVP2001: “And now begins the downfall of the Batman series…”

Mink: “Christopher Nolan is an idiot, he’s not going to cast this cowboy.”

Aussie Rocket: “Heath Ledger is an embarrassment too all Australians. the guys couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag”

Anonymous:  “Please…no. The Joker is a character that needs an actor with gravity. Not some little twerp who got lucky.”

Step 2: Production stills, costume designs, and further fanboy rage

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At this point, the hype from casting announcement has died down and some have come to terms with the choice on the said actor as the said character. As development of the film continues, promotional material like set photos are revealed to tease the fans of what’s to come.

The most recent to receive internet hate for a photo would be Anne Hathaway as Catwoman. The photo in question is pictured to the right and shows her in the Catwoman attire riding what we know now as the Batpod. Once again, fans threw a fit. So much, in fact, that Hathaway responded to the criticism during an interview with MTV

Again, this is just one example of how costumes or the way an actor portrays the character that made Bat-fans weep. The internet poked fun at Christian Bale for his raspy Batman voice, and who could ever forget George Clooney’s bat-nipple suit?

Step 3: The Viewing and the final Judgement

With our childhood heroes being re-imagined time after time, die hard fans can be very judgmental (if you couldn’t tell by now). The raving and the ranting will only be truly confirmed by the release of the film. As we all know, Ledger won the general the audiences attention as well as receiving nominations and winning the Golden Globe Award for his iconic role. Alas, all things come full circle, another actor is cast for another remake, and the cycle repeats.

So what does this have to do with Ben Affleck?

Everything! Affleck’s the newest victim of the Heath Ledger Cycle and is currently experiencing the first step. The hate has even spread onto Twitter, where those who dislike the decision use the hashtag #betterbatmanthanbenaffleck. So, one has to ask: Why do we continue this cycle? No matter who is cast into a role, they will be hated because they weren’t the last best thing. When Christian Bale was cast as Batman, we argued that he wouldn’t be as good as Michael Keaton. Now we have the same argument that Ben Affleck won’t be better than Christian Bale.

Bat-fans, look into your hearts and see past your repetitive ways. An actor or actress wouldn’t be casted into a role unless someone actually saw the potential in that actor to deliver. So before we judge, let’s wait it out until we actually see the final product.

Here’s to 2015 and the hopes to ending this vicious cycle.


Are you One of these Five Obnoxious Moviegoers?

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You know that feeling you get when you first get home from a long day? You’re in familiar territory; sacred grounds, if you will. A rush of comfort runs through you, without having anyone to disturb you with what YOU want to do.  For a movie lover like myself, the theater is my second home. I love it all; the smell of freshly popped corn, the sticky floors, and yes, even the overpriced tickets don’t bother me. In fact, my love for the movies and the theater is why I chose to study film.

No matter what your form of comfort may be, there will always be an opposing force that will trample your sense of serenity. The avid theater goer, this dream shatterer is the one and only Obnoxious Moviegoer.

Yes, we’ve seen them all and we might even be one ourselves from time to time, but how would we know if we are? Here’s my take on five different kinds of Obnoxious Moviegoers.

1) The Annoying Muncher

The Symptom: Everyone can agree that there’s no popcorn like movie theater popcorn. In fact, it’s loved so much that one movie theater chain claimed to sell 3.7 million pounds of the buttery goodness. That being said, many people indulge while watching a flick. Then there’s The Annoying Muncher. These types of folks love their movie snacks so much, you can hear them chomping away on their popcorn or finding it the right time to open up a bag of Sour Patch Kids during the quieter scenes.

The Solution: Munchers, open your candies during prior to the movie so that you’re good to go! And for goodness sake close your mouth when you chew!

2) The Peanut Gallery

The Symptoms: Ever find yourself so lost in thought that you talk to yourself out loud and that one stranger gives you the stink eye for doing it? Don’t lie! It’s happened to everyone. The same rules here apply to this Obnoxious Moviegoer. They’re the ones yelling “Don’t go in there!” to the protagonist in a horror flick or doing a drawn out “D’awwwww” during a romance film. They are verbally giving their opinion on multiple scenes throughout the movie. This causes the same effects as The Annoying Muncher would; blocking out important dialogue and essentially taking you out of the film.

The Solution: Unfortunately, there is no solution for The Peanut Gallery. Even if you turn around and tell them to be quiet, they will subconsciously blurt out their feelings. If you think there might be a solution, please please please let me know!

3) The Attention Grabbers

The Symptoms: The Attention Grabbers only travel in groups and have the potential to take up a whole row in a movie theater. This type of Obnoxious Moviegoers are usually of a younger age and are likely to be found in a PG-13 movie on Fridays and Saturdays. They usually say lame one-liners like, “that’s what she said” during intense or dramatic scenes, causing the whole row of Attention Grabbers to laugh. They are also fond of throwing popcorn.

The Solution: The only option for these movie goers is to get the staff of the theater involved. Talking reasonably to them will get you no where. Throw back popcorn at your own risk!

4) THOSE Parents

The Symptoms: It’s unfortunate that this type of moviegoer even exists. THOSE Parents will bring their children or baby into a PG-13 and up film with what seems to be every intention of annoying everyone else in the theater. The children aren’t to blame because they don’t know any better. The fault lies with the parents and their lack of babysitting  decisions.

The Solution: Ask a close friend or family member to watch them for the hour or two you’ll be in the theater if you can’t afford a babysitter. If you can’t find anyone, reschedule your movie date for another night for the sake of theater etiquette.

5) The Cellphoners

The Symptoms: Don’t fool yourself. You saw this type coming a mile away! This Obnoxious Moviegoer has plagued the theaters so often that the theaters have created PSA’s about turning your cellphone off in theaters. I’m sure you’ve seen them before.  Regardless of the warnings, these moviegoers will continue to blind and/or distract anyone sitting above them as they simply type “LOL” to their BFFs.

The Solution: If your phone buzzes during a movie, simply ignore it. It’s as simple as that. If you can’t find yourself doing that, then just turn your cellphone completely off before the movie starts. Out of sight, out of mind!

So there you have it folks, the five types of Obnoxious Moviegoers.  In all honesty, we’ve all done at least one of these in the past. I’ve been a Cellphoner until I learned better. Do you happen to find yourself being one of these Obnoxious Moviegoers? If so, please answer the poll below as to which you are. If you pick Other, please let me know what it is in the comments! I would love to hear any types that I’ve missed!