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David Miller
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Posted: 04 August 2019 at 9:23pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I'm coming around to the movie. I keep laughing at the way Brad Pitt's character utterly dismissed the Manson cult:

 Cliff Booth wrote:
Perpetrators? They were hippie assholes. Two of ‘em burst through the front door there and, and the guy hippie said he was the devil, and he said, "I’m here to… do some… devil shit." That’s not verbatim.

What do we think of the theory the ending all took place within Cliff's acid trip?


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I certainly felt like I was on an acid trip.  Makes sense to me.
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I don't find this film one of QT's worst at all. It is probably my favorite film of his since INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS. That isn't to say I disliked HATEFUL EIGHT or DJANGO, because I liked them both, but I loved ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

And, yes, David, I loved Cliff's utter dismissal of the Manson family, both at the old ranch where he wasn't in the least bit afraid of them and at the end of the film. 
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Craig Markley
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It felt weird that there are still a few people alive
depicted in this movie unlike other real-life persons in
Tarantino's previous films.
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‘Cliff Booth’ was the best part of the film to me.  An entire movie of Brad Pitt cruising through that character would be fine with me.  I knew he was going to dismiss them the second they stepped into the house.  Hell, he trashed “Bruce Lee”, for God’s sake.  


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Loved it.

It's a strange flick, though. It wasn't what I expected at all. 

It's more of a hangout, laid back film until the last half hour (which is brilliant).

While obviously enjoying it I didn't know quite what to make of it while watching it, but at the end it all came together. QT's done it again.

Tarantino being an LA native and uber film nerd he might never have considered that this tragic event isn't THAT universally known (like, say, World War II). While most people know Charles Manson by name outside of the US, I don't know if everybody in this generation knows the details of the infamous Tate house murders (some of my friends didn't know at all).

And if you don't know that, the movie directly makes no sense. Maybe that's why the film isn't doing that great internationally.

The other kinda strange thing is the Bruce Lee characterization. Lee's daughter and Kareem Abdul Jabbar among others came out and said it was disrespectful and out of character.

I'm a huge Lee fan but I had fun with the scene. It was unexpected, and I thought the actor was great. Lee was kinda cocky, and I could see something like that happening. It's played for laughs, and everybody knows QT worships Lee and his legacy. I think it was a good natured comedy bit, but I understand some people can be sensitive over it.






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Finally saw it (Bruin Theatre no less) and it did not disappoint.  Excellent movie... Pitt and DiCaprio have a field day in a culmination of QT's strengths (great dialogue, compelling conflict, amazing sense of time and place) and occasional weaknesses (it needed to be 20 minutes shorter.)   Should be required viewing for anyone interested in the LA of this era.
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I fianlly scratched this itch as well - it was the first
movie I saw at the new Alamo Draft House in Los Angeles. I
thought it was excellent - pure Tarantino.

I like the theory that the ending is Cliff's trip, but at
the time all I could think was this was a true Hollywood
ending, the fairy tale end that we wished would happen.


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A local non-profit theater that I'm a member of is bringing in a 70mm print of this movie.  Last time they showed the 70mm road-show version of Hateful Eight, QT showed up unannounced and did a Q&A. 
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I want to see it again, so I was thinking I would catch a
show at Tarantino's New Beverly Cinema before it goes.

But then I was in Hollywood last night and saw it is
playing in 70mm at the Cineramadome, so I may have to do
that - especially since the New Beverly keeps selling out!

The soubdtrack is great driving music - just picked it up
after seeing the movie and it's a piece of work unto
itself.


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Posted: 31 August 2019 at 10:12pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Was thinking I was going to see this tonight and then my dog ate half a tray of barbecue sludge from its collection tray and the decision was taken out of my hands.

Fortunately, the dog perked up enough to avoid several hundred dollars of vet bills, but the cinema went right out of the window in favour of minute-by-minute dog observations...
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The soubdtrack is great driving music - just picked it up 
after seeing the movie and it's a piece of work unto 
itself.

Amen. QT's musical taste is impeccable.

I will never listen "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Vanilla Fudge in the same way again, much like "Hurdy Gurdy Man" by Donovan after watching ZODIAC.


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