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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Report Card----"The Hateful Eight"

Of Quentin Tarantino movies, I hated "Kill Bill" 1 and 2.
I've loved all the others.
Including "The Hateful Eight".
It's got everything there is to love about Tarantino movies.
Great storytelling, great dialogue, great violence, great directorial flourishes, great casting and performances.
He doesn't miss a trick in this one.
It's a western starring Samuel L. Jackson.
Pretty tough to miss with that start.

On to the scoring:

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

It's a ripping yarn. That's all it needs to be.
No grade.

Is it a story worth telling?

Any yarn that's ripping is worth telling.

Is it good storytelling?

It is uniquely Tarantino in it's approach to storytelling. Reminiscent of "Pulp Fiction" in its non-linearity.

Is it well written?

The dialogue is great.

Is it well cast? Well played?

All wonderful.

Well shot?


Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

Does he ever.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale?

Early enough.

Is it too long? Too short?

It's almost three hours and just zips by.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Totally and totally.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

Lots of surprises.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Just about how fun it all was.

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?


Is it impressive?

In every way.

Overall grade: A+.

I think I've run out of compliments.

My books ,"Show Runner" and it's sequel, "Show Runner Two", can be found at the Amazon Kindle Store.
Along with the newer ones, "The Man Is Dead", and "Report Cards".
They are all compilations of blog entries that have since been removed from the blog.
So this is the only way you can find them.
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The paperbacks, "Mark Rothman's Essays" and my new novel, "I'm Not Garbo" are not
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I have many readings and signings lined up for those, and the thing about Kindle is you can't sign one. If you'd like one of the paperbacks, personally autographed, contact me at

And now, we've got my reading of my "Laverne and Shirley Movie" screenplay on YouTube.



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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."