The Hateful Eight

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Three hours and seven minutes of mostly strait dialogue accompanied by great acting and a classic cast. This is Quentin Taranitnos latest movies and it has his signature moves all over it. Set in the western days in the cold mountains of Wyoming a group of men and and a women prisoner who is hard to tell if she out of her mind or not, are snowed in in a cabin waiting out a blizzard.

The men are rugged and tough and some have secret allegiances with one another. Most of them don’t know each other but as they wait the storm out in the cabin together the story unwinds into a drawn out uncovering of secret motives and greed.

Now the funny thing about this blog is it is not at all a completely watched movie so therefore there may be some holes in my judgment. Due to watching this movies at three different times and seeing different bits and pieces of it probably making up 85% of the movies. Though experiencing the movie in this way and having seen this much I believe has given me a fresh perspective unlike I have ever experienced before watching a movie.

The beginning starts off great, drawing me in to the movies With the highest expectations that I had landed on a gold mind. About thirty minutes in the movie slows down quite greatly and then the next hour and a half drag on with little action. Finally the story picks back up as the tension rises and comes to a climax.

I love Quentin Tarantinos movies but this one just did not make it in his top peaces of work in my opinion. Suggestion if your going to make a movie three hours plus add in more adventure and action and less strait dialogue.

7/10

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The Cold Dish: The First Novel In The Longmire Mystery Series (Book Review)

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Mark: This book looked like a good one from the Barnes and Nobles and i knew it would have potential. The story unfolds with Walter Longmire, the sheriff of a small town in Wyoming.  I love Wyoming after visiting there so this made the story even better for me. Walter is hilarious to me, but also i feel sympathy for him, as he doesn’t have any family around and has been through some dark times.  He does have a good friend in Henry, a bar owner and indian in the town.   There are many other diverse characters as well as some that made you scratch your head.

Parker: I agree, the scenery depicted and the towns talked about paint a beautiful picture of the WY country side and small town life. In the beginning you are a little fuzzy on what the layout is and the ground to be covered in this book but as the story unfolds get a clear picture in your mind of setting the story is placed in. The towns and where they are at become real to you as if you were taking along with LongMire himself.

The book really didn’t catch my interest at first it was slow to start out and it really didn’t start to get interesting infill about page 120. But as the story progresses it gets more and more interesting leaving you with exciting cliff hangers at the end of every chapter.

Mark: I really like the dynamic between Vic the deputy and Walter.  She really is a firecracker she says whatever she wants and does whatever she wants. Walter really doesn’t know how to handle her and her style. As the story progressed i felt like Henry was the killer.  The story in the background is about four young men who did something mean to Melissa, an Indian back when they were in high school. Cody, George, Keller, and Jacob.  These young men play a vital part in this story throughout, so pay close attention readers.

Parker: The mystery was hard to solve but I am glad because the clues were always leading to a bigger more complex case. You can see the excitement in the characters when ever they get a new lead that re-vitalizes the cold dish. One thing I really appreciated about this book was the break of comedy it added to make the intermittent scenes fun and relaxing. Then there was all of the women that wear starving over Longmire, he basically had the whole woman population in his district of WY courting him. Remarkably he is a classy man and would never take advantage of a women, though that is hard to say about the women drooling over him.

Mark: In closing, let me just say that this book is not by any means a short read.  It took me a month.  400 pages, so not Lord of the Rings or anything that daunting. Midway through, you will become very engaged in the book and will have trouble setting it down.  It gets to be quite exhilarating and you will have to pay close attention to the details.  I did not like the first half, but the last half really was much better.  The characters are strong, and the author really puts his insights into it and you can feel him driving the narrative in the direction he wants it to go, which is quite a gift.  Put down the iPhone and read this and get lost in the story! I give this book a Six out of Ten.

Parker: Well it is my first book to read that is a series and is also a TV series. I can’t wait to see how this is going to play out on Netflix. So many firsts. ‘tears’.. This book gets a Seven out of Ten.

Rating: 6/10

Rating: 7/10

Total Rating: 6.5/10