By Arun Fulara. Posted on August 13, 2015
We don't do this usually. But how often do two of your favourite directors go head to head with two films that have you salivating. Larger than life characters on a chase, set against a snow-soaked merciless landscape with some of your favourite actors playing key roles. Shot on wide lenses by two legendary cinematographers who have 5 Oscars between the two of them.
Not very often. Which is why this Christmas promises to be one hell-of-a-day for movie buffs & cinephiles around the world. That is assuming both The Hateful Eight & The Revenant release across the world (or at least in India) on the same day. We hope they do, in their full 65 mm & 70 mm glory.
The Hateful Eight is Tarantino's 8th movie that revolves around eight characters who take refuge in a stagecoach stopover during a blizzard and get involved in a plot of deception & betrayal. The movie has had an interesting journey till now, complete with its own twists and turns. One of the earlier drafts of the script got leaked a couple of years back making Tarantino shelve the project before better sense prevailed.
The movie, shot by the legendary 3 time Oscar winning DOP and frequent Tarantino collaborator Robert Richardson, has a stellar cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Channing Tatum, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Zoe Bell & Jennifer Jason Leigh. If that's not mouth-watering then this trailer should do it.
And then there's the prospect of watching Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in action in a film that has been shot by a DOP who's in the form of his life (if there is such a thing) having won two Oscar's back to back in last two years, directed by one of the most poetic directors around.
Based on the true story of Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who survives mauling by a bear and the snowy countryside to seek his revenge on those who left him for dead. The movie is already making news for its miserable production and for having gone over-budget. Lubezki has shot the film only in natural light and with Inarritu deploying some of his usual long tracking shots, it does explain why most of the crew term the shoot as 'a living hell'.
But one look at the trailer and you know it was worth it. Those involved can atleast claim to have created a piece of art.
So what would you be watching this Christmas?