OPINION: Eight not-so-hateful reasons to watch a movie this weekend

I don't usually need to talk myself into going to the movies. Usually, it's just a matter of what movie, which showtime and what size popcorn should I get?...


I don't usually need to talk myself into going to the movies. Usually, it's just a matter of what movie, which showtime and what size popcorn should I get?

This week is no different, and this week's big draw is Quentin Tarantino's newest film, "The Hateful Eight," which I've been anticipating for several months. I'm told westerns are a big draw around here, so perhaps I'm preaching to the choir (presumably of a cowboy church).

But, apparently, not everyone checks the newest movie listings feverishly, then bases their week's outlook on whether the movie they want to see will be coming to a theater near them. I don't understand those people, other than I understand that they do exist.

I thought I would reach out to these exotic, non-film-obsessed people with whom I share an earth, and offer my own argument for taking a trip to the theater this weekend. Hence, my eight reasons to see "The Hateful Eight":

• It's a western. For a girl who grew up around horses, guns and a whole-lotta John Wayne, pretty much any western is a must-see. 'Merica!


• It's Quentin Tarantino. Love him or hate him, Tarantino is interesting. In a world filled with sequels, prequels and franchises that just. will. not. die (hard), Tarantino offers the rare opportunity to view an original film. Are his movies usually gratuitous and unsuited for anyone under the age of 18? Yes. But, interesting nonetheless.

• It has a local connection. Turns out a Letcher business, Hansen Wheel and Wagon, made the stagecoach featured in the film. Based on the trailer, the stagecoach is pretty important. It's almost like a supporting character. Probably less wooden than some characters played by human beings. So, even though the stagecoach was snubbed for an Oscar nomination for Best Character Made of Wood in a Supporting Role, it's still something to note.

• There will be a real stagecoach at the Mitchell theater. That same Letcher business will have a "sister coach"-not the same stagecoach, but basically identical-to the one used in the film. You can't climb in it, but you can be near it, and breathe in the aura of the Old West. I sense a "stagecoach selfie" hashtag in our future.

• It has a great cast. Some of the big names in this movie include Samuel L. Jackson-who seems to be fulfilling an oath to Tarantino to be in all his films-Channing Tatum, and, most importantly, Kurt Russell, who was in "Tombstone." Done.

• I've seen where part of it was filmed. This is less of a draw for filmgoers who aren't me, but I'm including it anyway. Just like parts of "True Grit," there's a chunk of "The Hateful Eight" that was shot in western Colorado, where my best friend lived for a time. Did she or I get to go on set? No. But movie sets are like horseshoes. You get points for being close.

• I have a call sheet for the film. My aforementioned best friend used her local connections to get her hands on a call sheet for the movie. She presented it to me with the announcement, "Who is the best friend ever?" She's not wrong. Again, less of a draw for non-me personnel, but, now you can say you know of someone who has a call sheet for the movie. It's like six degrees of separation, Movie Edition.

• It's set in Wyoming. True, parts of the snowy landscape were filmed in Colorado, but the story-according to IMDB, which is more reliable than most Internet sites-is set in Wyoming. Not discounting the fact that my dear mother is from the Cowboy State, Wyoming is also one of only a handful of states with an official state dinosaur. (It's the Triceratops, which is also the official state fossil of South Dakota). Wyoming is also the least-populated state in the nation, so, if you go there after watching the movie, it will probably look mostly the same. Or, it would, if the movie had been shot there.

There are my not-so-hateful eight reasons. Whether your own reasons are the heavenly seven or the tricksy six is up to you, but, it's always good to go into a situation prepared to defend why you're there.


Still not interested? Well. I tried.

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