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“Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

Posted in Reviews - of books, mostly, Uncategorized by EloiSVM42 on August 29, 2019

OI watched and recommend this latest Quentin Tarantino movie. It is basically a nuanced buddy movie starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio, with allusions to the Sharon Tate murder spree by Charles Manson’s murderous, mindless minions.

Tarantino takes liberties with the Tate story. Spoiler alert: It ends differently than in real life, but who among us does not wish it had ended differently?

I read a good review of this movie by Richard Brody in The New Yorker, which had two ludicrous observations at the end about something that happens in the movie, and the audience reaction to it that freaked him out. The first was the “sudden, insane burst of brutality that is inflicted by men upon women.” What the hell is he talking about? The women in question were homicidal maniacs. They deserved everything that happened to them, and more.

“The other was the reaction of the people around me in the auditorium to that monstrosity. They laughed and clapped.” Of course they did. Everybody wishes the events on Cielo Drive on August 9, 1969 had ended differently.

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