Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Quentin Tarantino, 2019, US)

7.7/10 IMDb, 85% Rotten Tomatoes

I really needed something current in my life and I figured – hunky great actors, pretty good director, interesting premises.

My thoughts: This movie could have been awesome. I mean, it had all the pieces needed to be pretty cool. Pitt and DiCaprio were wonderful. But the story – the story was just blah. It has moments that were entertaining but it was not consistent. Pitt and DiCaprio’s characters are bros. They navigate their careers together, or more like, Pitt follows DiCaprio due to an unfortunate incident he has that stalls his own career. It’s 80% a story about them… but it doesn’t go anywhere. Then we add in Margot Robbie. I understand why she’s in the movie, and her one main scene, makes her very like-able. You are rooting for her but if you know anything about her character, it makes her story sad. Then we get to the ending, I’m not going to give it away, but totally way out of left field. It’s awesome, definitely what you would expect out of a Tarantino movie, but as with the whole movie, very inconsistent with everything that has happened previously. I went into this movie really wanting to like it. I haven’t loved any of my movies yet…

My Rating – 3/5

Juliet of the Spirits (Federico Fellini, 1965, Italy)

7.6/10 IMDb, 79% Rotten Tomatoes

Again, it took me a little bit to understand what was going on and get a grasp on the storyline but it was much easier to follow along and understand than the last movie.

My thoughts (I’ve changed this category from just initial thoughts because it takes me a while to digest most movies): There is a lot going on in this movie. If I feel for the main characters, I enjoy the movie more, and I definitely empathized with Juliet. The movie starts with her about to celebrate her anniversary with her husband. She is excited and wants it to be perfect. And in walks her husband with 20 of their “closest” friends. She doesn’t complain. She is the people pleaser – from her husband, her mother, her sisters, her “friends”. It starts to wear on her and as she learns more about her life, she has trouble coping. She starts to hallucinate and not really know what is real anymore. She meets someone that symbolizes who she thinks she would like to be, but the grass isn’t always greener. I feel like since I am a people pleaser in recovery – lol – I understood her struggles. The actress, Giuiletta Masina, portrays her character wonderfully. She has such innocence and I felt moved by her journey.

Would I recommend this movie: Again, it is subtitled. So if you can get past that, then I would recommend it. Fellini was know as one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of his time, so I thought it was exciting to finally see something he created. You might too.

Fun Fact: Giuiletta and Fellini were married during the production of this film and were married until he passed away. This film also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1966.

My Rating – 3.75/5

Blow-up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966, Great Britain)

7.6/10 IMDb, 87% Rotten Tomatoes

It took me a couple of days to really find the words for this movie. Is it good? What is it about? What the hell is happening? All questions that I feel are left mostly unanswered.

Initial thought: This was definitely made in 60’s. Everything just shouts an artsy version of Austin Powers, and by artsy, I mean they are really trying too hard.

Fashion photographer not happy with this work, goes out to film more. Along the way stops to buy a propeller (?). Decides to take photos in the park. This is where the story gets somewhat interesting, but this is after an hour of very little dialogue and very little story line. Maybe this is all a way of showing that his life is so mundane. Poor little fashion photographer. I have no sympathy or real feeling for this character. Without giving too much away of a very skimpy storyline, he finds something interesting in his photography… or does he. I believe that the director or screenplay writer was trying to make us think that sometimes your mind believes things are not really there. Case in point, the very last scene is a mime troupe playing tennis. Yes, you read that right. They believe they are apart of the game and the photographer plays along. Maybe his life just needed something exciting to happen, and he made this all up, even with so much going on around him.

Would I recommend this movie: Definitely not. If you want to think during your movie experience, this is the last one I would suggest. I’m all for walking out of a movie feeling like you need to really think about what happened, but this one… was just out there.

Fun Fact: The movie received best director and screenwriter nods, but did not win. Not sure why… must have been a bad year for film. Vanessa Redgrave was also in this movie as Jane. Great actress, again – horrible movie.

My rating: 1/5