Since his debuted first feature film Reservoir Dogs in 1992, Quentin Tarantino has become a modern Hollywood legend for many avid cinephiles and ordinary moviegoers in the U.S. and around the world. With satirical, foulmouthed, and violent action-packed dramedy hits already becoming classics such as “Pulp Fiction”, “Kill Bill”, “Inglorious Bastards”, “Django Unchained”, and “The Hateful Eight”, the Oscar-winning director recently took aim at mid-20th century American popular culture in the heartland of mass entertainment.
Set in Los Angeles in 1969, a historical year filled, counter-culture euphoria, with global unrest and moonshot possibilities, the historical fiction dramedy “Once Upon a Time Hollywood” follows the life and times of television actor Rick Dalton, played by Leonardo Dicaprio, and his stunt double Cliff Booth, played by Brad Pitt, who is facing a near existential crisis as they try to transition towards film acting. Along the way, they get entangled with several youthful characters would later be known as The Mason Family, a murderous cult led by the infamous Charles Manson. Also, other casts of characters are also followed including Dalton’s neighbor, actress Sharon Tate, played by Margot Robbie, who was killed by The Manson Family while pregnant with child.
Throughout the film, beyond nostalgic pleasing aesthetics and backgrounds, Dalton and Booth represent the rise, fall, and resurrection of what it means to be in the media and entertainment business as well as one’s self in an individual limited mortal lifetime. Furthermore, the film’s near entirety provokes 20th-century American popular culture through its usage of the Manson cult and the real-life terror they have inflicted on an era of counter-culture and revolution in sunny side California. With definite award season worthiness, Tarantino proves he still has his twisted charm and art.
Jumpstart a career doing something you are passionate about with one of College Media Network’s courses. Read about our current offerings, schedule and unique virtual learning environment here.
Illinois Will Now Mandate LGBTQIA+ History Curriculum to be Taught in Public schools
The land of Lincoln is becoming more inclusive in its curriculum.
U.S. Teen Birth Rate Starting to Decline Nationwide
As the country's birth rate stagnates or declines, so does teen birth rates.
North Carolin Governor Blocks Public Funds for LGBTQIA+ Conversion Therapy By Executive Order
State or Federal funds will be impacted by executive order.
Poll: Almost 40% of College and University Undergraduates Nationwide Favor Socialism
Socialism is slowly rising amongst college youth.
California Bans Discrimination Based on Natural Hairstyles
The Golden State is combating discrimination based on appearance.
The Supreme Court Determines the Fate of Political Representation
The country's high court determines the future of representation.