Broadsheet Trailer Park: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood


What you may need to know:

1. The 9th film from Quentin Tarantino, as he is fond of pointing out. He has said on occasion that he intends to retire from directing when he reaches ten.

2. The official blurb:

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.”

3. It is in no way a true story, but film is known to also be related to the infamous murder of Sharon Tate and four others at the hands of the Manson Family. Tate is played by Margot Robbie.

4. I don’t know about anyone else but I really don’t want to see those events dramatised, especially in Tarantino-land.

5. Also in the typically starry cast are Al Pacino, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Bruce Dern, Scoot McNairy, the late Luke Perry and more.

6. All of the usual Tarantino tropes look to be present and correct, meaning Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will likely be review proof, sidestepping the quality scale and instead existing on a plane of how much of his self-indulgent tendencies you have the patience for.

Doug’s verdict: As long as it’s not three hours long, sold.

Release: July

29 thoughts on “Broadsheet Trailer Park: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

    1. Cloud

      It’s not that, just the ultra-violence and inflated running time of The Hateful Eight both felt somewhat contrived.

    2. rotide

      He’s not the only one.

      The self indulgence is through the roof with him these days. Numbering your films is bad enough, but including the number in the title is off the scale.

      His films are a mess of narcism and self indulfence these days. I didn’t even bother with Hateful 8 after the atrocity that was Inglrious

      1. Boj

        I felt the same about Inglorious but watched again and really enjoyed it. I *might* dedicate some time to the 3hr runtime of h8tful. Kill Bills were complete crap though…

        1. rotide

          I put myself through it a second time after the years of fawning praise for it and it only stumped me even more the second time around. I just don’t understand how anyone thinks the genre mashup is in any way coherant or how self indulgent 45 minute scenes featuring characters that have no involvement in the film past delivering Quentin’s sacred dialogue make for a good film.

          1. millie st murderlark

            I feel like that was specifically aimed at Christopher Walkin in Pulp Fiction, and how dare you.

          2. rotide

            Well no, walkens scene was nowhere near the length of the cantina scene and it actually served a point in the narrative, unlike the cantina.

  1. eoin

    How come this is #9, do we ignore the two Grindhouse films, Planet Terror and the Kurt Russell pyscho driver one? Aren’t we up at #11?

    1. Cloud

      Tarantino only directed Death Proof that time, not Planet Terror. Also Kill Bill 1-2 is counted as one.

    1. Bertie Blenkinsop

      Watched “The Way We Were” recently and jeepers, young Robert Redford is a sight for sore eyes.

  2. johnny

    -yeah box office of 150 million with a budget less than 50 million on The Hateful Eight,Django Unchained over 400 million, Inglourious Basterds over 300 million-totally unwatchable amazing he can even get make a movie in this town…or its just a different audience (younger)……totally unwatchable:)

    Movie looks great, perfect summer flick, can’t wait,Us new Jordan Peele flick opening tonight in LA/NY.

      1. johnny

        -yeah your totally right i doubt anyone go this either, like you said he’s unwatchable,probably straight to cable/pay per view.
        -its Hollywood,thats the metric, unlike Montrose/RTE where they have a big rich sugar daddy (the state),that continues to bail them out,while they make unwatchable rubbish and lose money,with little or no consequences….

          1. johnny

            -oh i do at this point jusayinlike-its midly amusing,like those fail videos,Tarantino is unwatchable haha,you’d think someone would have a word with Leo and Brad,two the most ‘bank’ actors in Hollywood
            -his last few movies have only grossed over a BILLION at the box office,won numerous awards including an academy award, but yeah he’s totally unwatchable
            -like OMG now he’s numbering them, he could use zodiac symbols, who cares

          2. rotide

            You seem to be doubling down on the idea that the benchmark of quality in film is it’s box office gross. You really are settling into America nicely.

          3. johnny

            -its a summer,blockbuster Hollywood movie starring two the hottest actors in town-thats why they releasing it on one the biggest box office weekends of the year-Jul 4th-duh!
            -it doesn’t look like its aimed at oul fella’s who go alone in the afternoons to ‘art’ house movies, while moaning and complaining about the artistic merits of da ‘film’-its a big time MOVIE !
            -and thanks yeah i like LA and NY-lots fun people who don’t take things like a blockbuster flick, too seriously and try read way too much into them,large or small popcorn is the real question…
            -did enjoy Yardie a lot -BFI funded,haven’t seen anything “irish” in a while

          4. Rep

            That surely makes the Fast & Furious series the greatest set of movies of all time then. I mean, they have made an absolute ton.

          5. johnny

            -last one the fast and furious didn’t cover its costs at the box office, but don’t let facts get in your way….

          6. johnny

            -it was actually fecking mind blowing when really stoned:)
            Cameron is also totally unwatchable like Tarintino-Avatar 2 out next year, amazing they get to make movies, while RTE refuses compromise its artistic,integrity i mean who can forget that 1916 thing they blew millions on…The Rising eh no.

          7. rotide

            I’d watch Rebellion 10 times over before watching Dances With Indians Except Their Blue And Globalism Is Bad Except When Its Our Film again.

          8. johnny

            RTE blew 7,000,000 or over 1 million per episode on it, viewers halved after first few,got awful reviews was considered complete rubbish, but yeah im sure you would enjoy watching it 10 times, did one episode really cost more than the entire Series 1 of Derry Girls…
            Ro-your not exactly the target audience for Cameron/ Tarantino flicks….

            Ps-Dances with.. is from the early ’90’s its 2019!

  3. Cloud

    Here’s a thought – it’s the first film of his that won’t be produced by Weinstein. I read that in his new deal with Sony, QT managed to retain the same unusually high level of creative control he had with the Weinstein Company. Even still, I wonder if someone over there will manage to get him to listen to someone else in the edit suite.

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