Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

DVD - 2019
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In 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, TV star Rick Dalton and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore.
Publisher: Culver City, California :, Columbia Pictures :, Sony Picture Home Entertainment,, [2019].
Copyright Date: ©2019
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (approximately 162 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
2.39:1 widescreen, rda
DVD, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD, dual layer, region 1, rda

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richmole
Jan 24, 2020

And the Oscar for Self-Indulgence goes to...Quintin! Get yer a** up here!"
SFX: HUGE APPLAUSE.

Well, of course! All of Tarantino's films are self-indulgent. That's kinda what it's about. HIS truth, HIS take, HIS focus, HIS perception. So there! Now that we've got this out of the way...

MY BRO. IN LAW: I loved the look! I love the music!* I loved the detail but...didn't like the movie.
ME: Oh. Why?
MY BROS. IN LAW: Where was the story??
ME: All the stuff you mentioned? THAT was the story. And a lot of it was funny. And some of it--the final pool scene for sure--was outrageous.

Actually, there WAS a story there. Reminds me--in true Tarantino fashion--of a song. Freddy Fender's Wasted Days and Wasted Nights... Oh, boy. I'll say. That's whatcha get in Hollywood. A real career for maybe, if you're lucky, 3-5 years. Like pop stars. Like screenwriters.

Sufficiently cartoon-ish approach that I can almost forgiven the cardboard performances of Len DiCaprio and--to some extent--Brad Pitt. Because they fit right in. And the child-actor--not "actress"--who counsels troubled would-be star DiCaprio like a juvenile shrink? Priceless bit.

Another thought: if you are a Millennial or Gen Xer considering this--I mean sooo many nominations, right? You might want to reconsider. You kinda had to be a teenager/20-something a half-century ago, to really "get this" movie. Still interested? Remember: it's the director's take, focus, perception, etc. So misses a whole lot of really good stuff that somehow made it out of Sleaze City (Planet of the Apes, Rosemary's Baby, In the Heat of the Night, Cool Hand Luke, the Wild Bunch. Stuff like that.)
*My favourite listen-to-the-music moment? Treat Her Right, Roy Head and the Traits.

A rude awakening for any Tarantino true believer (I must've seen RESERVOIR DOGS half-a-dozen times at the theater when it was first released). This is a crypto-Trumpian and anti-#MeToo manifesto, a counterfactual history that tries to put a happy face on the cultural revolution of the 1960s by re-imagining the period solely through the lens of commercial television. Nonetheless it's a must-see. Tarantino is making a strong statement here; it's just embarrassing how infantile it is.

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pl8
Jan 19, 2020

Fun for the first hour, fantastic during the sequence at the farm (3 great scenes), but it commits the one and only sin of cinema, it gets BORING as it goes on and repeats itself in the second+ hour.

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jmart2812
Jan 19, 2020

I tend to like Tarantino films, but this one just kind of seemed pointless. Lots of big name actors being charming, without a lot of interesting things going on.

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matze17
Jan 16, 2020

I loved this movie. I lived as an adult thru this time & remember it all very well. I liked the way this movie ended. I enjoyed the walk down memory lane with the music & tv shows. It made the movie more believable.

Note--the following is historical fact--
At the start of the movie, I think the guy that walked up to the Sharon Tate house was Charlie Manson- he said he was looking for Terry...that Terry was a record producer at the time.
Charlie wanted to be a rock star but didn't have the talent so Terry did not sign him. This made Charlie mad & he wanted revenge against Terry. (this is true historical fact)

Dennis Wilson was also mentioned, he was the drummer with the BeachBoys & he also knew Charlie. So there is the beginning connection with Charlie Manson -he wanted to kill both Dennis & Terry for revenge. Note- Terry is Terry Melcher, the son of Doris Day.

CCPL_Sara Jan 15, 2020

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood might lack the nonstop excitement of Tarantino’s other films, but its slower and more thoughtful pace felt right for his (rumored) last film. I had a lot of fun with the retro Hollywood nostalgia and thought Pitt, DiCaprio, and their adorable pit bull costar absolutely shined. The ending is likely the year’s most fun ten minutes on film.

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lovee
Jan 15, 2020

Once upon time.. is a snooze fest.

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AgnesJames
Jan 13, 2020

Really loooong movie. Few interest scenes. Good actors in it. The ending is really confusing to me.

JCLBrittanyC Jan 10, 2020

Apparently, I have never seen a Quentin Tarantino movie because what was this. I
was told that is film followed many of the same characteristics of his past movies,
but was definitely a bit more outlandish. The film follows TV star Rick Dalton and his
stunt double Cliff Booth as they make their way through the ever changing
Hollywood scene. Let’s just say, I was over halfway through the movie wondering
why I was watching it. I will say I am not a Tarantino expert, and will hear out any
major fans, but I was just left confused.

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AureliaReads
Jan 10, 2020

A complete waste of time. Boring, smug in-crowd references, a lame attempt at satire (??) that falls completely flat. People talk about nostalgia but the film does not stir any fond feelings for the by-gone era. It all seems so pointless and flat. Barely any plot, and the "reward" for sticking out the whole mess is a dose of Tarantino violence in the final scenes. It seems impossible to dislike any character played by Brad Pitt. 'Nuf said. But DiCaprio was just a wooden, alcoholic mess of bad acting portraying an unlikable, aging actor.

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Dec 31, 2019

46 quotes posted in IMDb already. Thanks to its contributors. The best lines come from the brilliant little woman Trudi Fraser (Julia Butters):

I believe it's the job of an actor - and I say actor, not actress because the word actress is nonsensical - it's the actor's job to avoid impediments to their performance. It's the actor's job to strive for one hundred percent effectiveness. Naturally, we never succeed, but it's the pursuit..that's meaningful.
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That was the best acting I've ever seen in my whole life.
-Thank you.
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I don't like names like 'Pumpkin Puss'... but since you're upset, we'll talk about it some other time.
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***If you want more of the wise-beyond-her-years Trudi, watch one of the deleted scenes when Trudi welcomes her two step-brothers (Timothy Olyphant as James Stacy and Luke Perry as Wayne Maunder) who have just ridden in town from a wagon.

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