Quentin Tarantino’s first novel is, to borrow a phrase from his oeuvre, a tasty beverage.
It’s his novelization of his own 2019 film “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” (the book’s title omits the ellipsis). It’s been issued in the format of a 1970s-era mass-market paperback, the sort of book you used to find spinning in a drugstore rack.
It’s got a retro-tacky tagline: “Hollywood 1969 … You shoulda been there!” If it weren’t so plump, at 400 pages, you could slip it into the back pocket of your flared corduroys.
“The movie is called Barfly, and it’s about me, because that’s what I was, a barfly,” Bukowski explained. “You ran errands for sadists and let the bartender beat you up, because you were the bar clown. You filled people’s days with your presence, and maybe you’d get a few free drinks now and then. ”
We were hunched down with our elbows on the padded edge of the bar, talking quietly like conspirators. Linda, Bukowski’s child bride, was taking down mental notes of everything.
“The way I became a barfly,” he said, “was, I didn’t like what I saw in the nine to five. I didn’t want to become an ordinary working person, paying off the mortgage, looking at TV, terrified. The bar was a hiding place, to get out of the mainstream. ”
“Did you decide to become a barfly, or did you just look up one day and see a barfly in the mirror?” I asked him.
“I can’t answer,” he said. “It was kind of a subconscious decision. Meanwhile, I was a writer on the side, selling short stories to dirty magazines. I gave up the writing after a while and concentrated on the drinking. I refused to accept the living death of acquiescence.”
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I saw The Exorcist in the theater and there was a family in the audience with two kids that looked like they were under eight years old. They walked out during the crucifix mastubation scene. Great movie. Not for all audiences though.
Mathew Price is a production sound mixer who has worked on The Sopranos and The Marvellous Mrs Maisel. “When they take the sound we record on set and kind of undermix it, it feels like, ‘What did we try so hard for?’” he says. Price believes the problem is partly that modern directors have so many more tracks to play with, causing “track overload”, the result being that “the dialogue gets short shrift a lot of the time”. When he watches films or TV shows at home, he turns on the subtitles in case of clarity issues – he is far from the only one – and will limit the TV’s dynamic range.(In cinemas the dynamic range – the range between the loudest and quietest sounds – is wider than on home TV screens, and, although the sound is compressed in the transition to TV, the range can still be so wide that you are forced to turn up the volume for dialogue, then down again for action.)
David Crosby – Remember My Name
Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Atlanta Child Murders
The Secrets of Nimh
Let the Right One In
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead
Withnail & I
Touch of Evil
The Day of the Jackal
A Place at the Table
Jew Suss: Rise And Fall
Children of Paradise
Up the Down Staircase
Crips and Bloods: Made in America
King Leopold’s Ghost
Raising Victor Vargas
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5. Why did Vince leave his gun on the counter at Butch’s apartment when he went to the bathroom?
Quite simply, he didn’t, the gun belonged to Marsellus. Vince was clearly with somebody else at the apartment as he didn’t react when Butch came in, thinking it was his partner. Jules had given up ‘the life’ by this point and Marsellus was probably filling in on this job. For further evidence look at the scene where Butch runs Marsellus over; the ‘big man’ is carrying two cups and as he is near to Butch’s apartment, we can assume that he is Vince’s partner.
8. What was the book that Vince was reading on the toilet?
“Modesty Blaise”, a pulpy novel written by Peter O’Donnell in 1965 which is very much in keeping with the film’s title.
The film opens in a diner as a couple of thieves discuss the possibility of holding up restaurants. This leads us into three distinct strands; a date between a hit man and the wife of his boss, the boxer who is supposed to throw a fight and the cleaning up of a hit man’s mistake. The stories are told in non chronological order and we finally return to the diner for the final scene.