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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019): The Things I Liked…

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), Brad Pitt, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), Brad Pitt, Sony Pictures Entertainment

I don’t remember the last time I sat down to watch a movie and thought to myself ‘Yep. This definitely wasn’t made for me’, but Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 2019’s Quentin Tarantino film that landed the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Brad Pitt is one such film.

As a long time fan of Leonardo DiCaprio, Pitt and Tarantino, I knew, having seen the trailer months prior that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood would be technically good, but also different from Tarantino’s previous films.

What I didn’t know is that as much as I appreciate Pitt and DiCaprio’s acting, the pace of this new movie would prove quite the challenge at times. I actually had to reach for my phone (then put it back quickly because I must focus) once or twice as the film played. All in search of something that worked a little harder to keep my impatient brain engaged and entertained. I’m quite sure that the pace of all that happened made sense for the look, feel, and period of this movie. I simply wish that I could have forgotten that my phone existed during the viewing process.

Thankfully things did become more interesting once we hit the one hour, fifteen minute point. Besides the aforementioned pacing plus the one or two tension-filled moments that seemed to drag on for a little longer than necessary, all else was well with Tarantino’s movie. A story about a specific period in Hollywood (1969) where a TV actor (DiCaprio) and his stunt double (Pitt) go about  their lives navigating their roles and place in the industry. We get to see an enviably close partnership / friendship captured in a way that gives the movie a kind of behind the scenes / documentary feel. One that shows us a glimpse into the middle aged actor experience; along with the experience of a few other Hollywood residents – unsavoury or otherwise.

In terms of great scenes, DiCaprio has some. Overall though, my favourites mostly feature Pitt’s Cliff Booth character. It makes sense since Pitt’s scenes contained a little more of what I love about Tarantino films. Including beautifully choreographed ‘badassery,’ undeniable cool, great dialogue, tension, music and so on.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is one to watch for fans of Tarantino, those curious about his creative evolution and fans of the great actors involved. Even though this one isn’t my favourite Tarantino film, there are scenes I’ll remember fondly. Especially the choreography of a specific scene involving a beautiful pit bull named Brandy.

What’s your your favourite Tarantino classic?

Happy Film Loving

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AD ASTRA (2019): New Trailer From Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones, Donald Sutherland…

Ad Astra (2019), Brad Pitt, 20th Century Fox
Ad Astra (2019), Brad Pitt, 20th Century Fox

Directed and co-written by James Gray; starring Brad Pitt, Ruth Negga, Tommy Lee Jones and Liv Tyler, Ad Astra is the story of an Army Corps engineer (Pitt) who’s searching across the galaxy for his father; a man who disappeared twenty years prior.

He’s also on a mission to unravel a mystery that threatens the survival of our planet…

It’s the very likeable Mr Pitt, a promise of good visuals and what looks like a moving story. Everything to like.

The father / son ‘love story’ part makes me think of Interstellar (2014). I’m sure the films are quite difference but I look forward to finding out.

Kimberly Elise, Loren Dean, LisaGay Hamilton and John Ortiz also star.

Ad Astra Release Dates: September 20th, 2019 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019): New Official Trailer For Quentin Tarantino Movie Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt Al Pacino…

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019), Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Sony Pictures Entertainment
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019), Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).


Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Al Pacino and Margot Robbie has a new trailer.

Ready or not, here is a 2.5 minute tease of a crime / drama / thriller about a TV actor and his stunt double, as they embark on making a name for themselves in the film industry….

So far, I must admit that Once Upon A Time In Hollywood has not quite garnered the same kind of excitement within me as Tarantino’s previous films. I blame that on this trailer appearing to be a slight change of pace / style compared to Tarantino’s other movies. Nevertheless, I still can’t wait to see how he’ll keep things interesting. I mean, the man has never before let us down, right?

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Release Dates: July 26th, 2019 (US); August 14th, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD (2019): New Trailer For Quentin Tarantino Movie Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie…

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019), Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Sony Pictures Entertainment

Read my spoiler-free movie review of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019).


The trailer for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s 9th movie is here and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie.

Set during the Charles Manson murders in 1969 in Los Angeles, a TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry….

Tarantino’s style and the cast are all the reason I need. Am I correct on thinking that this is Pitt and DiCaprio’s first movie together?

Dakota Fanning, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, James Marsden, Emile Hirsch, Damian Lewis and Burt Reynolds also star.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Release Dates: July 26th, 2019 (US); August 14th, 2019 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving

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ALLIED (2016): New Trailer Starring Brad Pitt & Marion Cotillard

Allied (2016), Brad Pitt
Allied (2016), Brad Pitt

Wonderful French actress Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt have a new movie. Set in 1942 during the second world war and directed by Robert Zemeckis, at the centre of Allied is the relationship between Marianne Beausejour, a French Resistance Fighter (Cotillard) and Intelligence Officer Max Vatan (Pitt)…

Looks like Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2007) on a higher level and maybe even more badass.

Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Raffey Cassidy and Charlotte Hope also star.

Allied Release Dates: November 20th, 2016 (US); November 25th, 2016 (UK)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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VOYAGE OF TIME (2016): New Trailer From Terrence Malick, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt…

Voyage Of Time (2016), Terrence Malick Documentary
Voyage Of Time (2016), Terrence Malick Documentary

Terence Malick’s new documentary, Voyage Of Time takes a look at how our world came to be. Featuring breathtaking images and narration by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett…

I’m in because of the visuals. Maybe by the end I’ll have a better understanding of the universe, that for me would be the bonus.

Voyage Of Time Release Dates: October 7th, 2016 (US)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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THE BIG SHORT (2015): For The Entertaining Dialogue & Great Performances

The Big Short (2015), Steve Carell
The Big Short (2015), Steve Carell

You’d think that trying to wrap my ‘non-numbers oriented’ head around the financial market speak of The Big Short might be the hardest thing about the movie. That would be incorrect. I’m afraid having to endure the musical tastes of Michael Burry, Christian Bale’s eccentric character proved far more challenging.

Burry’s penchant for heavy metal aside, the story about the men who saw the credit and housing bubble collapse coming – and proceeded to profit from it is one I enjoyed quite a bit. The narrative structure, dialogue, pace, editing and performances all came together beautifully. Steve Carell was particularly entertaining as Mark Baum. A performance I see as a great follow-up to his notable work in Foxcatcher (2014).

Like The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013), the Wall Street setting of the The Big Short, is very much a boys club and from such situations often come the opportunity for rather entertaining banter, hence my appreciation for the film’s dialogue.

Director, Adam McKay’s film didn’t teach me anything new in terms of how the world works. What it did do is remind me that it pays to have a good understanding of the reality of the bank’s priorities and what that can come to mean for the average person.

Some people have called The Big Short depressing. The reality the film deals with isn’t the kind of news that’ll make your day. However, there’s humour here and the information within the movie, plus its creative execution makes the experience worthwhile.

The Big Short is based on a book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale are the main stars.

Happy Film Loving 🙂

G

 

THE BIG SHORT (2016): New Trailer Starring Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale & Brad Pitt

The Big Short (2016), Ryan Gosling
The Big Short (2016), Ryan Gosling

Set just before the most recent financial crisis, director Adam McKay’s latest film features some very reliable Hollywood leading actors…

The brilliant cast includes Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Gosling, and Karen Gillan.

Release Date (s): 2016, full dates to be confirmed.

Happy The Big Short 🙂

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