“When I’m doing a movie, I’m not doing anything else. It’s all about the movie. I don’t have a wife. I don’t have a kid. Nothing can get in my way.” Quentin Tarantino in 2009 GQ article Triumph of His Will It’s offical—Once Upon a Time …. in Hollywood became the first movie I’ve ever […]

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“In Jailhouse Rock, he’s everything rockabilly’s about. I mean, he is rockabilly: mean, surly, nasty, rude.” Clarence on Elvis in True Romance Written by Quentin Tarantino Last Friday was the anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death and since I’ve been running a string of posts on Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood this seems like a […]

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“So you got that foundation story [in Hollywood Shuffle], but it goes into the whole set piece about Hollywood’s first ‘Black Acting School.’ Then it goes into the whole detective piece, and even the movie they’re actually shooting at the end is like a setpiece in itself. It’s really interesting how every phase of Shuffle opens up […]

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Jacksonville, Florida was once known as “The Harlem of the South” referring to the African-American renaissance going on in Harlem, New York mostly in the 1920s and 30s. A time of intellectual, social, and artistic explosion. That creative expression was also experienced on a smaller level in the LaVilla area in what is now part […]

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So I called up the Captain “Please bring me my wine” He said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1969” Hotel California/Eagles Yesterday I went to see Once Upon a Time …. in Hollywood at the Sun-Ray Cinema in Jacksonville, Florida. I drove to this theater two hours from my house because it was […]

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“People talk about, ‘Wow. You’ve had so much success and it’s been so overnight and whatever.’ Well, whatever success I’ve got has come after like eight years of nothing working out trying to get a job in films.” Writer/director Quentin Tarantino 1994 interview with Charlie Rose    

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“People talk about, “Wow. You’ve had so much success and it’s been so overnight and whatever. Well, whatever success I’ve got has come after like eight years of nothing working out trying to get a job in films.” Writer/director Quentin Tarantino 1994 interview with Charlie Rose    

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A graphic designer/web developer friend of mine asked me if I’d seen the Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood website and I said I hadn’t. It’s brilliant. It’s set up like a magazine published in 1969, complete with a letter from the editor—Quentin Tarantino. Scott W. Smith

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“A good majority of movies that come out you pretty much know everything you’re going to see in the movie by the first ten or twenty minutes. Now that’s not a story. A story is something that constantly unfolds—I’m not talking about a quick left turn, or a quick right turn, or a big surprise— I’m […]

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“The Hollywood we were driving to that fall of ‘63 was in limbo. The Old Hollywood was finished and the New Hollywood hadn’t started yet.” Andy Warhol Popism Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood is a strange mixtape of the ups and downs of the movie industry. Writer/director Quentin Tarantino could have picked any […]

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