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Note: Over the weekend, I did see Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood for the eighth time (a personal record for seeing any film in theaters) but after writing two months of posts about it I’ll take a break—until the DVD release. Over the weekend Downton Abbey ended up number one in the U. […]

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“I didn’t go to film school—I went to films.” Quentin Tarantino Note: I’ll start The Unofficial Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood Film School with a list of 10, and then add and update this post from time to time. There will be spoilers. It’s unusual for me to write much about movies while […]

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Tomorrow I’ll try to get my post on The Unofficial Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood film school published.  Concepts based on Quentin Tarantino’s ninth film that I’ve now seen seven times in theaters. But today, I found this nugget from Tarantino from a “lost” interview he did with Jeff Goldsmith back in 2009. […]

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“Convincingly creepy while also slightly thought-provoking, it warns about deceiving facades, because what hides underneath masks is possibly much worse.” Carlos Aguilar review of HAUNT Los Angeles Times  Filmmakers Scott Beck & Bryan Woods were working on the screenplay for their new movie Haunt at the same time they were working on the script for A Quiet […]

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The Van Nuys Drive-In Theatre opened in 1948 and was demolished in the 1990s—but it found a new life in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. It’s where Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) lives in a Airstream trailer and his pit bull. Actress Jane Russell began working in theater at Van Nuys High […]

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“I saw the beginning of the sixties as a real transition in the culture, because of the Vietnam war and the things we were going through, and I wanted to make a movie about it.” Director George Lucas on American Graffiti “I wasn’t thinking about [American Graffiti] when I was writing [Once Upon a Time […]

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Yesterday I went to see Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood for the sixth time. That’s more than twice the number of times I’ve ever seen any movie while it’s still in theaters. But I must put an asterisk by it. In July I signed up for the new Regal Unlimited Movie Pass Subscription […]

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Over the weekend Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood was the top movie in the UK—for the third week in a row. Screen Daily stated it was “Tarantino’s biggest UK box office release.” According to Box Office Mojo the film has now made $283 million worldwide. Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood is one of those rare […]

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“I never knew until I came here to Hollywood that somebody could be really nice to you for years and really hate your guts. Happens all the time here.” Jean Seberg Yesterday I not only went to see Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood for a fifth time (a personal record for seeing a […]

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“To me, torture would be watching sports on television.” Quentin Tarantino How in the world can you tie in a college football game in Florida with Quentin Tarantino’s movie Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood? It’s really not that hard because in Tarantino’s world everything is connected. Once upon a time the rivalry between […]

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