Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Tarantino has been called out in the past for being problematic, and I was fully prepared for that to happen again.  Perhaps it was the subject matter or personal enlightenment, but this was Tarantino laying out a fairy tale.  This was an imaginative take on a horrific story in Hollywood history.  Tarantino imagined how different life would have been if an actor and stunt double who were past their prime became the heroes and changed Hollywood history.  This film was well done, but like many of Tarantino’s films they are best screened at home.  Especially this one because you will want to do Google searches while screening.

PS: Pitt and DiCaprio are aging well.



From the desk of Dr. Dion Metzger

Confession: This is my first Quentin Tarantino film. I have no shame in saying Leonardo DiCaprio is the reason I convinced Lauren to see it. This is actually Leo’s second film with Tarantino but you know I wasn’t seeing “Django”.  Anyways, I loved “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. I was fully entertained, even if I had to cover my eyes during the violent scenes (remember this is my first Tarantino). Leo is one of the greatest actors of our time. It’s been four years since his last (and award winning) performance in “The Revenant” and he came back without missing a step. This film also passed the parking lot test where I was still asking Aziz and Lauren questions about it up to our car doors. I love Old Hollywood and I love Leo. I loved this and now I’m going to check out “Reservoir Dogs” because I’m intrigued by Tarantino’s storytelling.


Leonardo DiCaprio stars in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

What does Aziz say?


“That was the best acting I’ve ever seen in my whole life” – Trudi

That line from talented 10 year old actress Julia Butters summed up my expectations for this star studded cast. Leo DiCaprio did not disappoint in his performance as actor Rick Dalton. It should be noted that I’m a big Tarantino fan & fascinated with Hollywood crime stories. The backdrop of the Manson Murders & Tarantino’s ability to make compelling characters was just what I came for. Even though the run time was well over 2 and a half hours I didn’t feel like there were any lulls in action throughout the movie. Climatic ending kept you on the edge of your seat.







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“Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”

Directed By:  Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie

Runtime: 2hrs, 41 mins 

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“Family” was interesting…The film was the equivalent of standing in line waiting to ride this epic roller coaster and being underwhelmed when you get off.  I got the plot line about Kate (played by  Taylor Schilling) and Maddie (played by Bryn Vale) as an Aunt who “gets” the niece.  That is the best part of being an aunt. The connection to Insane Clown Posse’s juggalo gathering was bizarre and a weird addition to an underwhelming plot.


From the desk of Dr. Dion Metzger: 

Taylor Schilling (Orange is The New Black), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) and Kate McKinnon (SNL)…how can I not love “Family” when I love all three of them? Well, I didn’t. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great either. I do have to point out I was pretty entertained by how little f—-s Taylor’s character gave. I also learned that a “juggalo gathering” is terrifying. Overall, “Family” barely made the cut for a stream…like a random pick if you’re bored .

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Directed By: Laura Steinel

Starring:  Taylor Schilling, Kate McKinnon, Allison Tolman

Runtime: 1 hr, 25 mins

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Let me start off by giving Olivia Wilde a standing ovation. She knocked it out of the atmosphere with this cinematic genius. “Booksmart” is a hilarious adventure of when two students throw caution to the wind and make their last night of high school memorable. I loved every minute of it. Amy (played by Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (played by Beanie Feldstein) are a perfectly matched comedic pair. I want to see them in more roles together.  The characters and story line are flawlessly developed, and made me reminisce about the cast of characters from my senior high school year. “Booksmart” shows what makes movies magical.

PS: I am Amy… always ready to leave before the night even begins, but has the most random antics of the night.


From the desk of Dr. Dion Metzger: 

Brilliant! This is my favorite film of 2019…actually of 2018 and 2019. These kind of movies are why I love film. I laughed a lot, fell in love with the characters and jumped into the nostalgia of senior year of high school. I loved every minute. Go ahead and add this to my list of teen classics with “Juno”, “Superbad” and “Clueless”. When we saw “Ladybird”, I had no idea Beanie Fieldstein was Jonah Hill’s sister! She nailed the role of “Molly” in “Booksmart” making it evident that Beanie will not be in her brother’s shadow. “Booksmart” was well-developed, hilarious, beautifully shot and even had a dope soundtrack. It was a perfect and Olivia Wilde…you did good.


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Directed By: Olivia Wilde

Starring:  Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Skyler Gisondo,  

Runtime: 1 hr, 42 mins


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