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Seen on: 07/27/2019

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Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood (2019)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Drama | Comedy | Crime

Most recently watched by sleestakk, sleestakk, lordofthemovies, sensoria, CaptainBigTime, sleestakk

Overview

Los Angeles, 1969. TV star Rick Dalton, a struggling actor specializing in westerns, and stuntman Cliff Booth, his best friend, try to survive in a constantly changing movie industry. Dalton is the neighbor of the young and promising actress and model Sharon Tate, who has just married the prestigious Polish director Roman Polanski…

Rated R | Length 162 minutes

Actors

Michael Madsen | Brad Pitt | Dakota Fanning | Al Pacino | James Remar | Vincent Laresca | Tim Roth | Clifton Collins Jr. | Leonardo DiCaprio | Perla Haney-Jardine | Kurt Russell | Bruce Dern | Luke Perry | Timothy Olyphant | Damian Lewis | Zoe Bell | Rumer Willis | Danielle Harris | Omar Doom | Nicholas Hammond | Brenda Vaccaro | Corey Burton | Lew Temple | Emile Hirsch | Maurice Compte | Spencer Garrett | Martin Kove | Scoot McNairy | Rebecca Gayheart | Clu Gulager | Damon Herriman | Marco Rodríguez | Dreama Walker | Austin Butler | Casey O'Neill | Sydney Sweeney | Costa Ronin | Lena Dunham | Ramón Franco | Craig Stark | Madisen Beaty | Margot Robbie | Harley Quinn Smith | Chic Daniel | Eddie Perez | David Steen | Lorenza Izzo | James Landry Hébert | Keith Jefferson | Chad Ridgely | Samantha Robinson | Gilbert Saldivar | Monica Staggs | Kayla Jenee Radomski | Courtney Hoffman | Mike Moh | Rebecca Rittenhouse | Heba Thorisdottir | Margaret Qualley | Kate Berlant | Bruce Del Castillo | Kansas Bowling | Parker Love Bowling | Rafał Zawierucha | Breanna Wing | Mikey Madison | Julia Butters | JLouis Mills | Gabriela Flores | Dallas Jay Hunter | Jimmy Star | Hugh McCallum | Michael Graham | Rachel Redleaf | Maya Hawke | Cassidy Vick Hice | Mark Warrack | Raul Cardona | Michaela Sprague | Zander Grable | Victoria Pedretti | Victoria Truscott | Gillian M. Berrow | Daniella Pick | Kerry Westcott | Josephine Valentina Clark | Kenneth Sonny Donato | Christina Sergoyan | Ruby Rose Skotchdopole | Ryan Ramirez | Ed Regine | Allison Yaple | Sergio Gonzalez | Emile Williams | Michael Bissett | Lenny Langley Jr.

Viewing Notes

Drove down to Littleton to see this in 35mm with Tonia and Gavin. Some minor annoyances aside, I really liked it a lot. This one has a different feel to it than Tarantino’s other films. It really doesn’t try to mimic any other styles and feels settled and self-assured, wistful and melancholy.

I really loved all the characters and everyone did such a great job. I thought both Pitt and DiCaprio were excellent. Robbie brought a nice touching innocence to Tate and Margaret Qualley as Pussycat was a great standout.

Definitely want to see it again in theaters.

Comments

avatarsleestakk
1 year ago

Curious what your “minor annoyances” were. I went to Logan Theatre to see it in 35mm and had some projection issues, which I go into on my last log of the film.

“Wistful” is the best word I’ve seen to describe the film. This is also the type of film I miss having people around to discuss it with. Probably why I ramble on in my notes. I’m going to see it again next week most likely.

avatarsensoria
1 year ago

Gavin, Tonia and I have continued to have discussions about this movie since seeing it but yes, I agree, not having you or Pat here to talk about it has been a bummer! It reminded me of when we went to see GRINDHOUSE its opening night.

As for minor annoyances, there were some minor projection issues, nothing too disruptive.

Wistful definitely works! I mostly feel like this is an ode to a Hollywood that never quite existed as portrayed. I get a little irritated with people knocking parts of it down for that. It’s a movie, it’s not meant to be an accurate portrayal of how Hollywood was back then, despite all the attention to detail in the set designs, etc.

I loved the scene where Tate goes to watch her own movie as those two adjacent theaters are up near UCLA and the very same theaters that we did a double header at when we visited the UCLA campus a few years ago. Kinda cool to see it up on screen and think “Hey, I sat in that theater a few years ago and watched a movie!”

avatarsleestakk
1 year ago

Funny that you mention the discussions b/c I’ve just been having them with myself and wishing they were with you. ;)  It’s been rather exhilarating to have a movie that does this; I’ve been soaking up articles, reviews, podcasts about this film and look forward to my next viewing. There’s so much I can’t put into words about what you’ve described as this “ode to hollywood” that I’ve seen lost on others critiquing the movie. Listened to a podcast episode today that couldn’t wrap their heads around this notion. It was weird. In fact they hated the movie but I chalk it up to them just hating QT.

Also it’s been wild to hear / read opinions of those so much younger than us, not nearly as informed of that period or the Manson family or filmmaking during that time.

I’m so envious of your experience visiting that cinema (I had wondered if that was the one you visited on your trip). Definitely on my list for my next visit out there. I was just thinking about that GRINDHOUSE screening tonight when I was at Village Crossing for IT… just reminiscing over the films I had seen there over the years esp. that one since so few people showing up for it (and many left after PLANET TERROR!).