MACK #61: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Hello fine people! I hope 2020 has been treating you all well!

This week’s episode is all about Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood! If you have not seen it, but truly plan to, perhaps this episode should be set aside for now. If you have seen it then YAY! and continue reading!

*** Spoilers Ahead! ***

I gave Dave a choice of 3 movies to watch for this week’s episode, sorry Rambo: Last Blood and Joker, maybe next time!

If we had heard anything about this movie going into it, we’d both totally forgotten about it.

The focus of the movie is mainly 1968/1969 Hollywood and an actor, Rick Dalton [Leonardo DiCaprio] along with his best friend and stunt double Cliff Booth [Brad Pitt].

From Wikipedia:

In February 1969, veteran and aging Hollywood actor Rick Dalton, star of 1950s Western television series Bounty Law, fears his career is coming to an end. Casting agent Marvin Schwarz advises him to travel to Italy to make Spaghetti Westerns, which Dalton feels are beneath him. Dalton’s friend and stunt double, Cliff Booth —– a war veteran skilled at hand-to-hand combat who lives in a tiny trailer with his pit bull, Brandy —– drives Dalton around Los Angeles because Dalton’s alcoholism has resulted in multiple DUIs. Booth struggles to find work in Hollywood due to rumors that he murdered his wife. Actress Sharon Tate and her husband, director Roman Polanski, have moved next door to Dalton, who dreams of befriending them as a means of reviving his declining acting career.

Oh boy. Of course once you hear the name “Sharon Tate”  — if you are of a certain age — you pretty much know where that story line is heading.

And that bugged the shit out of me. This movie is so good, every second of it was just an absolute treat for me. BUT! In the back of my mind I just knew shit was going to go wrong at some point. You don’t have to be a history professor to know what happened to that poor woman and a group of her friends that terrible summer night. So with every minute I watched this film, enjoying it immensely, a terrible knot grew larger and larger in the pit of my stomach because —

I fucking knew.

It didn’t help at all that Margot Robbie was completely charming [regardless of how many lines she did or didn’t have] as Tate.

The sense of impending doom loomed so large that with about a half hour left in the movie I warned Dave that I may have to “punch out” before the ending. I was getting ill.

And then — a Quentin Tarantino miracle happened.

If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t, then I won’t spoil it here, but be warned we spoil the shit out of it in the podcast.

Anyway, this is a “must-see” movie in my not-so-humble opinion.

In this episode not only do we go over the film but we also chat about the real life events of the day, playing some clips from both.

Alrighty, that’s enough yappin’ from me! Get listening!

Thanks, as always, for tuning in! We appreciate you!



PS The official website for the movie is really fun, so if you haven’t checked it out, here’s the link!