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Tarantino's the slickest draw in west; THE HATEFUL EIGHT 18 FIlm Controversial film-maker's Western is full of usual blend of thrills and violence.

Quentin Tarantino is no stranger to controversy.

The writer-director has been gleefully provoking audiences since 1992 when he stormed the Sundance Film Festival with his incendiary debut feature Reservoir Dogs.

His eighth film, action-packed Western The Hateful Eight, has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons on the other side of the Atlantic.

Law enforcement unions threatened a boycott in response to the filmmaker's comments about police brutality, some critics charged Tarantino with misogyny in their reviews, and selected screenings of a 70mm version of the film were blighted with technical problems including out-of-focus images, improperly synced sound and failing projectors.

An cinemagoers took to social media to voice their displeasure.

As an ardent advocate of traditional film-making techniques, Tarantino shot his film with the widescreen format in mind. Very few cinemas in the UK have the old projectors.

Only the Odeon Leicester Square in London can show the 70mm Ultra Panavision version of The Hateful Eight, which includes an overture composed by Ennio Morricone and a 12-minute intermission.

Technical gremlins aside, the film is a gritty period piece set shortly after the American Civil War, which is bookmarked into six blood-spattered chapters and follows bounty hunter John Ruth (Kurt Russell) as he escorts prisoner Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to Red Rock where she will be tried and hanged for murder.

She is handcuffed to Ruth and occasionally feels his wrath, when she dares to shoot her mouth off.

As the bounty hunter and Daisy trek through the rural wilds of Wyoming, they are engulfed by a blizzard and seek refuge in a stagecoach lodge called Minnie's Haberdashery.

The owner, Minnie Mink (Dana Gourrier), is away visiting her mother, so Bob (Demian Bichir) is running the establishment in her absence. Other lodgers include rival bounty hunter Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L Jackson), town hangman Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), quiet and unassuming cowboy Joe Gage (Michael Madsen) and former Confederate General Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern).

Town sheriff Chris Mannix (Walton Goggins) is also present.

With a sizeable bounty on Daisy's head, trigger fingers become itchy and Ruth faces a battle of bullets and wits to cling on to his valuable prisoner. It's for you if you love Tarantino's signature blend of action, humour and over-the-top violence.

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GUNNING FOR A HIT John Ruth (Kurt Russell), Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and General Sanford "Sandy" Smithers (Bruce Dern)

RUTHLESS Samuel L Jackson is Major Marquis Warren

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jan 10, 2016
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