once upon a time in hollywood soundtrack

Whether it worked for you or not, Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood, has a lot to unpack. Unsurprisingly for a Tarantino film, one of the most impressive elements is the use of source music, a soundtrack littered with tunes from in and around the 1969 Los Angeles milieu.

Read More »

Leonardo DiCaprio's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood character

Here’s something that I’m sure will be in no way controversial or argued about on Twitter. In a new interview, Quentin Tarantino revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood character Rick Dalton is bipolar. The disorder is never mentioned by name in the film, and Rick himself is unaware he even has it. This confirmation lends a whole new layer to Rick and his problems, and attitude, throughout the film.

Read More »

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Walt Disney

Naturally, there are spoilers ahead.

Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood is the ninth (or tenth?) film from Quentin Tarantino. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a has-been Western actor named Rick Dalton and Brad Pitt as his stunt-double and driver, Cliff Booth. Together, they traverse the world of Hollywood in 1969 and its changing landscape. Many look to 1969 as a turning point in the old Hollywood system for a lot of reasons. It straddled the line between the old way and the new way, often drastically. 1969 saw the release of both Hello, Dolly! made by the establishment and Easy Rider, a film made by the next generation trying to find their way in a world gone mad. Then, of course, was the murder of Sharon Tate and co., a gruesome punctuation mark at the end of the era.

But Tarantino doesn’t follow this text to the letter. In fact, he makes some big changes to the narrative. He pulls a Walt Disney.

Read More »

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood first reactions

David, Devindra, Jeff are joined by Lindsey Romain to debate Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the ninth and penultimate film by Quentin Tarantino. Stay after the feature review to hear everyone giving their ranking of the director’s illustrious filmography.

Read Lindsey’s Nerdist article about the boat scene in here, and article on why the movie is a love letter to Sharon Tate here.

For more background material on this era of Hollywood, Lindsey recommends the You Must Remember This podcast, the book Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi, and the collection of essays The White Album by Joan Didion.

Listen and subscribe to David’s newest podcast Culturally Relevant (and check out this recent episode where he chats with Dan Trachtenberg). Check out Jeff Cannata’s D&D show Dungeon Run. Listen to David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill Devindra’s new podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets. Subscribe to David’s Youtube channel at Davechensky.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Also, follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

Read More »

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood family

Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is riding high after the director’s biggest opening weekend of his career. And while there have been plenty of thinkpieces written about the movie (as expected from any new Tarantino joint, especially one involving characters who are based on real people), it mostly seems well-liked, earning an 84% on Rotten Tomatoes at the time of this writing.

But responses from family members of the real people who are depicted in the movie have been more divisive. Read on to hear how the families of Sharon Tate and Bruce Lee responded to seeing their family members portrayed on screen. Read More »

It’s almost easy for modern audiences to forget just how tumultuous the 1960s were. In 1963, Civil Rights leader Medgar Evers was assassinated in the driveway of his own home. Months later, a bomb planted in Birmingham’s 16th Street Baptist Church killed four young girls. That November, the President of the United States was assassinated in front of hundreds of people while driving through Dallas. 

Fast forward to February 1965, when Malcolm X was assassinated at the Audubon Ballroom. One month later, peaceful protesters marching for voting rights were violently attacked on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on “Blood Sunday.” In 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated just one month apart. 

All the while, Vietnam raged, the body count climbing on both sides, scarring both the Southeast Asian landscape and the men who returned home broken in both mind and body. These are just some of the “highlights.” 

There was a revolution in the streets and a revolution in the sheets. A generation disenchanted by the American Dream, eschewed “traditional” values, dabbled in drugs, grew out their hair, and espoused free love ideals. But the advent of television meant being unable to feign ignorance at the bodies piling up overseas and in segregated cities at home. And so, turn on, tune in, drop out.  

But underneath it all, violence always simmered. In 1969, it finally boiled over.  

Read More »

weekend box office once upon a time in hollywood

Disney’s The Lion King continues to rule the box office, but it had some adult competition over the weekend. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the latest from Quentin Tarantino, ended up raking in a hefty sum as well, earning Tarantino his best box office opening weekend ever. Even if you’re not a fan of Hollywood, you have to admit seeing an adult-driven, non-Disney movie finally go over well with audiences this summer is a breath of a fresh air.

Read More »

once upon a time in hollywood spoiler review

Who could’ve guessed that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, once thought of as “Quentin Tarantino‘s Charles Manson movie”, would end up being one of the sweetest films of the director’s career? Beneath the rampant speculation, beneath the True Crime trappings, beneath the bursts of shockingly graphic violence, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood has a warm, loving heart.

It’s a melancholy film – a film about endings, and beginnings. It’s about living your dreams, and realizing that sometimes those dreams aren’t enough – and then learning to accept that. You may be doing what you love, but you might still not be where you want to be. And maybe that’s okay, as long as you have someone to share it all with. It’s a fairytale. A question of “What if…?” writ large on celluloid. And it’s a masterpiece. 

Read More »

once upon a time in hollywood influences

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood cinematographer Robert Richardson sat down for an interview about creating the unique style for Quentin Tarantino‘s latest, and in the process, rattled off an entire list of TV shows and movies that influenced the look and feel of the 1969-set film. It’s a hefty list, but it helps give fans a glimpse into what went into creating Tarantinos new Hollywood-set epic. Check out the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood influences below, and beware of potential spoilers.

Read More »

Cool Posts From Around the Web:

tom cruise in once upon a time in hollywood

One of the selling points for Quentin Tarantino‘s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is the big movie-star team-up of Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. But things could’ve turned out much differently. According to Tarantino, if Brad Pitt hadn’t been available, he would’ve offered another big movie star his role: Tom Cruise. But that doesn’t mean DiCaprio would still be in the movie too. As Tarantino tells it, it was important to get the pairing of his leading men just right.

Read More »