Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Hello, hello!
My darling readers, today I’ll be reviewing one of my most anticipated releases of 2019. I am beyond excited that Quentin Tarantino’s latest picture finally hit cinemas and I already went to see it multiple times.

The Plot:

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is set in 1969 following the lives of actor Rick Dalton and his stunt double Cliff Booth. They are both struggling in a changing world.
In the meantime, Rick’s neighbor Sharon Tate is on her way to success in Hollywood…

The Rating:

Okay, so here’s the deal. I, for my part, really enjoyed this film. However, it is obvious to me, why many people didn’t.
First of all, there isn’t all that much of a story going on. I think Tarantino was more trying to capture the vibe of the 1960s, the zeitgeist and getting that feeling across. If you aren’t into the 1960s aesthetic, this might not be for you.

I absolutely love the 1960s and could watch the film for the clothes and music alone. However, I am also quite familiar with the movies of that time. So for me, the not really existing story about Sharon Tate was interesting. But if the only thing you know about her is that she was a Manson family victim, you’ll be bored with her scenes.
Unless you have some background knowledge, you won’t get why many of the scenes are in this film as several of them don’t seem to contribute pretty much anything to the story. Let me give you an example. In one scene, Sharon goes to a bookshop to buy a copy of Tess D’Urberville for her husband. This scene is not particularly interesting nor has it any relevance for the rest of the picture. However, the scene gets interesting if you know that Sharon had read that precise book, loved it and wanted to get her husband Polanski to make a film of it. She would have played the leading character. The day she gave him the book was actually the last time Polanski would see his wife before she was murdered. He did end up making the film about ten years after her passing and dedicated it to her. The movie title Tess was a huge success and nominated for six Academy Awards.

There are several instances in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood where scenes will be lost on you without at least a bit of background knowledge. Tarantino included so many details, every time I re-watched the film I discovered something I had missed before.

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Thursday Movie Picks: Revenge

Hello, my darling readers!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
This week, I’ll show you my favorite revenge films. So let’s get down to it!

#1 Kill Bill (or pretty much any film by Quentin Tarantino)

I’m a huge Tarantino fan and love all of his movies (almost) equally. Revenge is a big factor in his productions more often than not. But I guess the one that screams revenge the loudest is Kill Bill. I mean, just look at the title. It’s not a film for the faint of heart but it’s so iconic, everybody who is able to stomach it should absolutely check it out. Uma Thurman is breath-taking (just like all the other amazing actresses this production), the soundtrack is flawless. The best revenge movie out there!

#2 Carrie

The ultimate high school revenge flick. If you ever hated your schoolmates, if you ever were bullied or found yourself among the outcasts, this Stephen King adaptation is for you.
Carrie is 100% horror but I couldn’t help but feel a bit smug when she went to take down all those who wronged her before.
Just to clarify, I’m talking about the 1976 movie featuring the magnificent Sissy Spacek. If you decide to check out the film, please do me a favor and go for the original, not some remake.

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Movie Mania: The Magnificent 7 (2016)

Hey guys!
Yesterday I had an awesome movie night with my friends. We headed to the cinema to check out The Magnificent 7, a remake of the 1960’s cult film (that I have yet to watch).
After a bit of discussion and reflection on the movie, I’m ready to share my thoughts with you!

 

The Plot:
Bartholomew Bogue is our typical villain for this western. He basically wants to annex the town Rose Creek in order to build gold mines in the area. The townsfolk are frightened but one woman heads out to seek help. She returns with the Magnificent 7 to win back her home… Continue reading