Once Upon a Time in… Hollywood (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) One can keep guessing how Tate murders will be shown in the movie only to realize that it’s a Tarantino movie and we are watching a piece of alternate history from his point of view. In Inglourious Basterds (2009), he gave his personalized treatment to Hitler, this time it was Manson Family‘s turn.
2) Leonardo DiCaprio – the last movie star of Hollywood – gave one of his best comedy performance.
3) A great homage to 1960s Italian-Westerns with fake movie posters and plot details.

 
CONS –
1) Too much archival footage, too much narration, too much radio commercials.
2) QT movies are revered for their soundtrack but this movie disappoints.
3) All in all, this is not Tarantino’s best work where he poured his soul. This is a second rung QT movie in the league of Jackie Brown (1997). QT loves pop-culture/movie references. This movie is so much laden with such references that it’s more about references than the actual movie.
4) There are a few scenes which are not leading anywhere. Although the same formula worked out great in Pulp Fiction (1994), but it didn’t work this time. One cannot make a cult film intentionally.
5) The missing Tarantinoesque scene. The Bruce Dern scene was very close to that but it fizzled out in the end.
6) The entire scene where Sharon Tate is in a movie theater watching The Wrecking Crew (1968) was completely futile. Al Pacino scene was poorly written.

 
QUOTE –
When you come to the end of the line, with a buddy who is more than a brother and a little less than a wife, getting blind drunk together is really the only way to say farewell.

Iron Monkey (1993)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) A must watch for Kung-Fu lovers. A vintage Yuen Woo-ping period action movie.
2) Yuen Shun-yi as Chief Fox – A lovable character providing comic relief.
3) Kung-Fu stances: Shadow Kick, Super Eagle’s Claw, Virgin’s Sword Stance, Buddha’s Palm, Shaolin Fist, Grappling Hands, Carry The Bow, Shoot the Moon, Monkey’s Rod, Double Flight from the Sea, Fisherman’s Paddle, Rod that Sweeps Away Injustice, A Strong Force Flows from North to South, The Top Turns over the Sky, The Bottom Turns under the Earth, Fix The Body, Flying Sleeves.
4) Shaolin traitors: Powerfull boss Hin-hung and his scar-faced henchman White Eagle.
5) Boss fight atop burning wooden poles.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Hin-hung: Birds live for food. Men live for fortune.

The Hateful Eight (2015)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) 70MM SUPER CINEMASCOPE using Ultra Panavision 70
2) Every character is more corrupt than the other
3) Samuel L. Jackson as Major Marquis Warren; the central figure and also the most hateful character.
4) Kurt Russell as John Ruth; One of his best role.
5) Plot twists with Ennio Morricone’s epic score.
6) Civil War references

 

Cons –
1) Tim Roth & Michael Madsen: wasted

 

Quote –
John ‘The Hangman’ Ruth: No one said this job was supposed to be easy.
Major Marquis Warren: Nobody said it’s supposed to be that hard, either!

True Romance (1993)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Nerdy Clarence (Watching Sonny Chiba triple feature / Working in a comic store and discussing Spiderman 1 on his date / discussing Elvis’ rockability as pick-up lines)
2) The mentor “Elvis”
3) The huge supporting star-cast (including Samuel L Jackson)
4) Christopher Walken Cameo (almost Pulp Fiction)
5) Dennis Hopper’s Sicilian Monologue
6) Gary Oldman as Drexl the pimp
7) James Gandolfini Murder Scene
8) Bum Brad Pitt
9) “Coming Home in a Bodybag” (A possible Spin-off)

 

Cons –
1) Missing Non-Linear Storyline (In that case there would be no Pulp-Fiction)

 

Quote –
Clarence : You wanna see what Spider-Man#1 looks like?
Alabama : You bet.

From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 3/5

Pros –
1) Premise: Tarantino Universe
2) Regular QT and RR actors (Salma Hayek as Santánico Pandemonium / Cheech Marin in triple role / Danny Trejo as Razor /Tom Savini as Sex Machine and his crotch gun/ Michael Parks)
3) Titty Twister Mexican rock party.
4) The final scene with the Aztec temple
5) Black-comedy: Its sense of humor is heavily influenced by Evil Dead.

 

Cons –
1) The movie progresses as a regular crime film for the first half and out of nowhere it became a B-Grade slasher Grind-house extravaganza.

 

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