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Old 03-28-2020, 01:13 PM   #1641
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No discernible story. Nothing tied together.
It's the story of a fading B star and his friend set against the backdrop of the death of an era of innocence.

edit: I do put the disclaimer that I'm not a huge Tarantino fan. He has some really good movies, a lot of meh ones as well. I don't think I'm biased when it comes to him.
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Old 03-28-2020, 01:29 PM   #1642
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It's the story of a fading B star and his friend set against the backdrop of the death of an era of innocence.

edit: I do put the disclaimer that I'm not a huge Tarantino fan. He has some really good movies, a lot of meh ones as well. I don't think I'm biased when it comes to him.
Essentially you just follow the two of them around and then the ultraviolent final scene happens. The tense scenes lead nowhere, the funny parts are self-contained, and there is absolutely zero narrative build-up or progression. Like I say, just a glimpse into an alternative 1969 Hollywood, which to me doesn't carry a 161 minute film.

In terms of traditional beginning-middle-end storytelling, it is all middle.
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Old 03-28-2020, 01:43 PM   #1643
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Essentially you just follow the two of them around and then the ultraviolent final scene happens. The tense scenes lead nowhere, the funny parts are self-contained, and there is absolutely zero narrative build-up or progression. Like I say, just a glimpse into an alternative 1969 Hollywood, which to me doesn't carry a 161 minute film.

In terms of traditional beginning-middle-end storytelling, it is all middle.
The hyperbolic comedic release of tension is the point though.
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Put me down as a huge fan of Once Upon a Time... I adored every single frame of that movie on first viewing, went out and bought the bluray, and have now watched it 2 more times since. Easily one of my top 3 favorite Tarantino flicks.
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Old 03-28-2020, 01:58 PM   #1645
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The hyperbolic comedic release of tension is the point though.
That was mentioned before when I complained about the movie at its release. If so, that contributes to my opinion that it was a poor film as there was no need to release any significant tension as none had been built until the beginning of that final scene. Everything before was so disconnected and compartmentalized that I felt it had no weight. The scene was so independent from the rest of the film that it didn't fit.

I wasn't a big fan of the ultraviolent endings of Inglourious Basterds or Django Unchained either, but they at least served the story in the ways you mentioned. A cohesiveness that was lacking in Once Upon a Time.

Look, I'm glad people enjoyed it. I'm a Tarantino fan, so any success he receives I hope encourages him to make more art. However, I firmly place this as the worst of his films and haven't recommended it to anyone I know.
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Old 03-28-2020, 03:53 PM   #1646
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How is it that Ive never heard of the movie ‘Freaks’ before??? Do yourself a favor and watch it on Netflix. Incredible.

And as in my case, I think the less you know the better.
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Watched Dark Waters. Great movie about how disgusting the American capitalist system is. The people that control the world’s largest and most profitable companies don’t care about you or me, they only care about more profits.

Rob Bilot is a goddamn hero who should be revered and held up as an example of the best that human beings can offer to the world with regards to caring about your fellow humans and condemning the ‘big business’ model of profits above anything else and the individual idea that if I’m getting mine, #### everyone else.

Watch this movie.
Quoted to bump, very powerful film. Far better than anything I've seen in the past year and yes, Rob Bilot is a damn hero.
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How is it that Ive never heard of the movie ‘Freaks’ before??? Do yourself a favor and watch it on Netflix. Incredible.

And as in my case, I think the less you know the better.

are you talking the 1932 Freaks? Great yet disturbing movie.
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Old 03-28-2020, 06:07 PM   #1649
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are you talking the 1932 Freaks? Great yet disturbing movie.
Nah, 2018 with Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern. Filmed in Vancouver.
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How is it that Ive never heard of the movie ‘Freaks’ before??? Do yourself a favor and watch it on Netflix. Incredible.

And as in my case, I think the less you know the better.
I watched it the other day after someone mentioned it in this thread.

Pretty neat overall.
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It's the story of a fading B star and his friend set against the backdrop of the death of an era of innocence.

edit: I do put the disclaimer that I'm not a huge Tarantino fan. He has some really good movies, a lot of meh ones as well. I don't think I'm biased when it comes to him.
I was really on board not to like this film and I really did like it.
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