Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood ★★★★★

Omg this movie.

But first: A history of Tarantino movies and I.

My mom got the VHS tape of Pulp Fiction in, iirc, 1995 or 1996 (and I’d bet she still has it) and let me watch it. Loved that movie so damn much! I saw Reservoir Dogs at some point too, and also liked that.

I did not see Jackie Brown, and still haven’t, although it does look pretty good. Just never quite appeared solidly on the radar; it floats around in the periphery of films I should watch.

Then came the films where Tarantino started losing me: Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2. They were fun action movies, but I can’t take their premise seriously, like at all. When spy agencies kill people it’s with a drone or bits of radioactive material, not attractive ladies swinging swords at each other. Kinda ridiculous.

Then came the film where he completely lost me: Inglorious Basterds. 

World War 2 saw the deaths of around sixty million people, eleven million of whom were specifically targeted for extermination by Nazi Germany. It’s beyond ignorant to make a film where Hitler is killed by assassins; he caused too much horror and suffering to change that story, especially in a society where people probably believe this is what actually happened. 

He got me back pretty quickly after disposing of his more childlike habits in The Hateful Eight. Now this is a good movie.

Then along came Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. This is fantastic! It digs into so much interesting stuff-Hollywood’s disdain for hippies, actors who’ve careers have derailed, pitbulls devouring the manson family.

It does change history. But y’know...this could’ve happened. The Manson murderers could have just gone to the wrong house and wound up dead. It’s not completely unbelievable. 

So yeah, good movie and I’m looking forward to his tenth.