Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The 9th film (don’t get me started!) by Quentin Tarantino was also the one that I was looking forward to the least.  Great cast… check.  Old Hollywood theme… check.  But another rambling near 3 hour Tarantino film after the disappointments of Hateful Eight, Django and almost all his films since Jackie Brown… Check. But Once Upon a Time In Hollywood won me over.  It’s not perfect for sure (it’s far too long and has a middle section that adds nothing to the film) BUT the central cast are quite simply phenomenal and this is Tarantino both at his most and least Tarantino… a balance that oddly works.  Okay so the last act feels oddly tacked on and his once again history meddling feels strange but on balance this was a well directed, expertly acted romp that has more positives than negatives.

Best Bit: The old ranch

Cinema, Stream, Avoid: Cinema

If You Liked this Try: Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, True Romance 

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Full Tilt Boogie (1997) – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Full Tilt Boogie (1997) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Full Tilt Boogie charts the making of From Dusk ‘Till Dawn but goes beyond the usual ‘chuck it on a BluRay’ extra that’s typical of this genre and instead delivers a fun, insightful and often controversial behind the scenes film that is surprisingly honest. From Juliet Lewis doing Karaoke to a rather bizarre interview with Harvey Keitel, from Grips to assistants complaining about catering and working hours… it’s pretty warts and all but also highlights just WHY people would want to do this job.  It’s a fascinating look behind the curtain of filmmaking and an essential one for anybody interested in the craft!

Best Bit: Unions!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, From Dusk Till Dawn, Hearts Of Darkness: A Filmmaker Apocalypse, 

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: The Hateful Eight (2016) – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: The Hateful Eight (2016) – A (Not So) Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s (Not So) Quick Capsule Review:
The Hateful Eight is a tough film to watch.  Not just because of the violence but because it’s like watching your child grow up and at every step knowing when they could be great they just aren’t no matter how hard they try.  Tarantino’s eight film (we know this because he tells us at the start) is another Western (yes apparently Django was a Southern but outside of QT’s fevered ego to everyone else it was a Western) but probably for the most part has more in common with Reservoir Dogs than his recent output.

There were moments I loved this film, even more dubious moments  like the odd 4th floor breaking narration which I found was quite clever and an interesting stylistic choice.  The music and cinematography (in Panavison 70mm as we are told once again in the opening credits) are top draw, with Tarantino once again managing to draw out some amazing performances from what could be his best cast yet.  The OTT effects work by long time collaborators Howard Berger and Greg Nicotero are as good as you would expect and It was generally very well written and it was pretty funny at times.

Yet I didnt love it.  At times I was bored.  At times I checked my watch. At times I just wanted the film to get to the point, which when you look at the story in the round is probably his simplest narrative yet. But all that said, and lets be honest baggy and undisciplined story telling is what we have come to expect from a man who managed to drag out a 90 minute action film across two near three hour movies, this film has two major issues for me that are utterly unforgivable:  The violence towards women is nothing short of hateful and I never want to hear the word Nigger in ANY film ever, let alone a Tarantino film. I cringed by the time I’d heard it the 15th time. By the 100th I just wanted to stop watching.   I know Tarantino probably ISN’T a racist, misogamist pig. But he makes it pretty hard to believe.   It’s a shame because there are moments that made me believe this film was possible his fourth best film.  The flowing dialogue, the simple story, the swerves and twists – all Tarantino at his best.  At at 95 mins, with some language and violence control it could well have been.  And this film NEEDED to be 95 minutes for every time there was a lingering shot of something that went on for MUCH longer than it needed to I kept thinking how that was another minute I wouldn’t ever get back, and another minute that could have been spent on the story.

Oh and just fuck off with the 8th Film by credit (which it isn’t by the way). Nobody but you and Bob/ Harvey care.  This is a film you have to see.  It’s Tarantino after all and that fact still (just) demands it.   But man prepare for some mixed emotions along the way.

Best Bit: Violence!

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Reservoir Dogs (1992)  – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: Reservoir Dogs (1992) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Reservoir Dogs is an essential film.  It marks the debut of Quentin Tarantino of course but it’s also the template for how to take a small amount of money and deliver what was a landmark, career defining movie.  It’s raw, in your face and smart both using the cliches of the genre and defining new ones that would spawn a million copy cats for years to come.  What’s surprising is just HOW well the film holds up all these years later.  Its power & its energy drives you from one scene to the next leaving you breathless, all wrapped around some brutal violence and THAT dialogue.   Reservoir Dogs remains one of Tarantino’s best films and one of the best films of the 90’s.

Best Bit: Stuck In The Middle…

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Jackie Brown, Pulp Fiction, The Hateful Eight 

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – A Quick Capsule Review

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Week: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
From Dusk Till Dawn remains one of the most nuts films of the 90’s and possibly marked the last great film by both directors Quentin Tarantino and  Robert Rodriguez.  Yes really I went there.  Starting as a typical Tarantino, it’s not until they hit the Titty Twister bar that the film takes a surprising twist. Well not that surprising as the trailer gave it away but still bloody good fun.  Cameos by Tom Savini, Fred Williamson, Greg Nicotero sit along side a career making turn by George Clooney and a ‘What the fuck am I doing here’ look of Harvey Keitel.  Greta script,. superb action and a crotch gun.  What’s not to love.

Best Bit: ‘Everybody be cool.  You be cool.’

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Buy

If You Liked this Try: Desperado, Pulp Fiction, Lost Boys

 


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Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Tarantino’s Best To Worst Films (So Far!)

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: Tarantino’s Best To Worst Films (So Far!)

Best... Other Cr*p Quick Review

With Once Upon A Time In Hollywood out this week, Phil takes a look at the Best To Worst of Quentin Tarantino‘s DIRECTED films to date…  

 


Best: Jackie Brown

It’s Tarantino’s best work, restrained like never before (but brutal when it needs to be), it’s a great adatpation of a good book and is cast to perfection with the story & directyion being the highlight not the dialue or the actors.

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2. Pulp Fiction

It’s brilliant and a classic.  The fact I cant watch it after seeing it too much at University isn’t the films fault but whilst it’s flashy and expertly done, I still prefer Jackie Brown overall.

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3. Reservoir Dogs

A brilliant debut, raw and brutal and it still holds up today. Set the tone of Tarantino’s later work except that he has never shown restraint like he does here.

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4. Inglorious Bastards

It’s long.  It’s over written. But it has two of the greatest scenes in QT’s arsenal which saves the film from being a lot lower on the list.  Great cast, funny finale.

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5. Death Proof

Yup hated by most , I kinda like Tarantino’s grind house entry.  It’s raw, over long (as most of his post Pulp Fiction films tend to be) but at least it felt genuine.

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6. Django Unchained

Loved this on it’s release but in all honesty I’ll never watch it again.  Full of excess and flabbiness, Django is a 100 minute film stuck in the body of a 3 hour self proclaimed epic. And don’t even get me started on QT’s cameo…

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7. Kill Bill Volume 2

Kill Bill Volume 1 was more fun, but I liked Tarantino’s first western more than his actual Westerns. The ending was a kick in the face to others but I liked ho wit played out.

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8. Four Rooms

Directing on of the story segments (and the second best), it’s fun if totally forgettable Yet I’ve watched it much more than his later work and for the last time it showed that with restrictions Tarantino can deliver.

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9. Kill Bill Volume 1

It’s fine and the action is well handled but it’s overlong and spends FAR too much time paying homage and far too less time kicking behind.

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Worst : The Hateful Eight

Another film that could have been half as long and twice as good, Tarantino’s need for a strong editor and better producer are never more apparent than they are here.

 

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Quentin Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Part 1)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Quentin Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (Part 1)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the upcoming release of Tarantino’s latest Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, reflecting back across his 8 (!!!) other films so far.  We also chat about one of this years’ biggest surprises… Booksmart.

Part 2 due after the UK release of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (with the Ross And Phil Talk… Quentin Tarantino & Once Upon A Time In Hollywood: The Whole Bloody Affair following soon after!)

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed former filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Discussed: Booksmart, Kill Bill, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Grindhouse, Inglourious Basterds, The Hateful Eight, Django Unchained, License To Kill, Skyfall, A View To A Kill, Commando, Goodfellas, True Romance, Tony Scott

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) – A Quick Capsule Review

Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Ozploitation is a thing.  The low budget exploitation cinema of Australia may have rarely troubled our shores but the films, filmmakers and actors were too important to todays current crop of movie makers to not be recognised at some point.  Enter 2008’s Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation – a wild, crazy documentary that breaks down the key films, key players and key fans (including Quentin Tarantino) of these often insane and often near unwatchable movies. It’s a ball, especially if you grew up loving low budget films.  There’s stories, footage and tales here that you will relish.  A real must for fans and wannabe filmmakers a like.

Best Bit: Seeing David Hannay (an old friend) on screen! Also loads of amazing film clips

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape, American Grindhouse, American Movie

 


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Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

Bad Times at the El Royale (2018) – A Quick Capsule Review

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Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Bad Times at the El Royale takes me back to the 90’s.  The split narrative, title cards, cool retro vibe… it’s what back in the day would have been branded as a Wanna Be Tarantino film (it even has a Briefcase style McGuffin in the cine film canister). Years down the line a bit ‘Tarantino’ has become a byword for a film that feels long and a touch bloated.  Which I guess probably fits even better… yup Bad Times is cool, yup bad Times has some great ideas and yup Bad Times is well acted but Bat Times is also too long, a bit too meandering and, ultimately, a really simple narrative that could have easily been 40 minutes shorter.  So fun often but not always, essential no.  So like most recent Tarantino into films then…

Best Bit: The room rescue

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: The Hateful Eight, Reservoir Dogs, Things To Do In Denver When You Are Dead

 


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Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Captain Marvel (And Marvel Films!)

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Captain Marvel (And Marvel Films!)

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

On this episode of the podcast we talk about the recently released Captain Marvel.  We also break down our favourite and least favourite Marvel films to date. Spoilers: Ross really didn’t like Captain Marvel.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Captain Marvel, Ant Man & The Wasp, Doctor Strange, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: End Game, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Iron Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Reservoir Dogs, Marvel, Quentin Tarantino

For more on Ross Boyask search @RossBoyask on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Also check out @EvoFilmsUK online.

For more on Phil Hobden check out www.philhobden.co.uk , Twitter (@PhilQuickReview) and Instagram (RossAndPhilTalkMovies)

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