The First Word Podcast - 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood', feat. Aaron Neuwirth

July 30, 2019

The First Word Podcast - Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

"It's official, old buddy. I'm a has been…" On this episode of The First Word podcast we jump right into an analysis and discussion about Quentin Tarantino's latest film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, his ninth feature, this one set in Los Angeles in 1969 following buddies Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) and Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio). Read our original Cannes review for a bit more to chew on. Friends Alex Billington (@firstshowing) and Mike Eisenberg (@Eisentower30) team up to bring you a podcast providing in-depth discussion, analysis, and interviews about the latest movies, and some old ones too. For this episode, our friend and fellow podcaster Aaron Neuwirth (@aaronsps4 of the Out Now podcast) join us as our guest for this discussion about Tarantino's new film and why he loved it so much (read his review). We talk about everything, including the end of the movie and the impact of it, so watch out for spoilers. Listen in below.

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Our guest: Aaron Neuwirth (@aaronsps4) - listen to his podcast Out Now

Our topic: Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Listening to this without seeing the movie...I know, I know. But I really don't care about spoilers. // Thank you my friends !! Great stuff.

DAVIDPD on Jul 30, 2019


Great podcast. @dawisebuddha:disqus I had the same reservations and feelings after seeing this too. After it was over I was left with great chemistry and brilliant performances from Pitt and DiCaprio, tied into an interesting story with a crazy finale. The thing I was most impressed with, is the run time was almost 3 hours....and I didn't even notice. Does that say something about the quality of the movie? Perhaps? But compared to the rest of the catalog...this felt like a strange departure from Tarantino's previous iterations. Is it his best? Probably not. But it's certainly not his worst. I also took issue with Kurt Russell narrating out of nowhere. It seemed strangely out of place and somewhat unnecessary? It was a strange choice and to me, still feels ill-fitted. I read up on Margot Robbie and her portrayal of the late Sharon Tate and found that her sister gave her blessing to Tarantino after reading the script. Thought that was cool of him to honor her in that way. I also agree that just like Soderbergh, Tarantino isn't done at just nine films. I would hope he'd like to cap it off nicely at 10 and that it's some kind of sci-fi space opera.

THE_RAW_ on Jul 30, 2019


Jackie Brown is my favorite Tarantino film. Always has been since I saw in the theater. The film actually broke during the screening during the climax and we waited 20 minutes to finish it. 1. He's constrained by Elmore Leonard's novel. 2. It has amazing elements 3. Its all of Tarantino's style done excellent. So, Alex, you should watch.

Movies Are Fun on Jul 31, 2019

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