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Film Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ is the ninth and latest film from acclaimed, well-known director, Quentin Tarantino released in 2019 which explores a revisionist take based partly on the infamous Manson murders in 1960’s Hollywood, which is when the film is set. The film focuses on fictional actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double friend Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt). Rick Dalton is the film’s central protagonist, who is known for starring in Westerns and follows the actor and his stunt double as they navigate the changing nature of the film business during this tumultuous time in Hollywood. 

The film also features a sub-plot featuring actor Sharon Tate (Played by Margot Robbie) before the Manson murders took place. The film also features Mike Moh as notorious martial arts actor, Bruce Lee and Damon Herriman as infamous criminal, Charles Manson, who orchestrated the infamous Manson Murders, which culminates in a particularly bloody sequence towards the end of the film….

During the film, director and writer Quentin Tarantino’s revered filmmaking talents as an expert of his craft are demonstrated throughout with his convincing portrayal of 1960’s Hollywood, which is shown in the clever writing and dialogue, and in typical Tarantino fashion keeps the audience engaged throughout with well-written, witty and natural comedic dialogue from the characters, with particular highlights including “Tarantino’s trademark sudden bursts of violence help to keep the viewer ‘on the edge of their seat’. Tarantino also shows a clear passion and love for filmmaking of both the era and of filmmaking in general, with one particular conversation scene of Rick and a young girl talking about acting being a highlight.

Tarantino’s convincing portrayal of 1960’s Hollywood in the dialogue  is only added to by cinematographer Robert Richardson’s excellent use of mise-en scene in every frame, with plenty of authentic details throughout, such as vehicles of the era authentically replicated and other architectural details replicated such as movie theatres of time (including a drive-in theatre). 

The performances throughout from the actors are enjoyable to watch and add to the wittiness of the already well written dialogue, with Leonardo diCaprio and Brad Pitt’s performances as Rick and Cliff respectively being particular highlights, which shows a natural friendly chemistry between the two friends, which remarkably does not feel forced in any way, which further shows the clear talents of the actors.
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Good Morning Dubai!

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It's a beautiful day in Dubai...








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At The Top!

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At The Top! Experience the simply breathtaking Burj Khalifa @ Levels 124 & 125 from around

141 AED or go all the way to Level 148 for around 370 AED. To complete a great day-out take in the Dubai Mall and its vast array of shops and restaurants.
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Play With Us!

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The Morning After The Storm!

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The morning after the storm and all is well!
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It's A Dog's Life!

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It's A Dog's Life! Chilling and soaking up the afternoon sun in Dubai!
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Stunning Morning in Dubai!

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It's a stunning morning in Dubai. Thank you to our reader for the photo.
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Novo IMAX Open At IMG Worlds!

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The stunning new Novo IMAX Cinema is open at IMG Worlds Of Adventure! This is significant because it is now the largest IMAX screen in the region. It is well worth the trip to IMG Worlds Of Adventure to experience the

state-of-the-art sound and picture quality. The 3D effects were of course amazing but what struck me was the crystal clear audio which wasn't overdone and "shouty" as often is the case in large cinemas.

The whole experience was cutting edge from start to finish with a contemporary feel throughout from the entrance area to the box office, food zone and screening areas. The experience is heightened as you ascend the huge escalators for what seems an eternity to the highest point in IMG Worlds Worlds Of Adventure! 

In summary, well worth going the extra mile to experience, highly recommended!








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Settling In

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Our new addition, a Pug-Border Terrier cross is settling in nicely...
He is super sweet and loves company and lots of cuddles.
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Amazing Skies Over Dubai

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Amazing skies were spotted over Dubai today. The late afternoon skies were spectacular, the scattered pattern looked very much like floating ice in a frozen lake.


Close-up of the pattern.


 Earlier on as the clouds were forming.
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Stunning Dubai

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Dubai has stunning architecture, beaches and parks. The Burj Khalifa offers unparalleled views and is an engineering masterpiece. Standing at 828 meters tall and clad with some 15,500 square meters of stainless steel it is a beautiful building
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Dubai Mall Of The Emirates

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Stunning Mall of the Emirates.
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Morning

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It is a gorgeous morning in Dubai, 
the sun is shining and temperature is perfect.


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Amazing Sun Burst In Dubai

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Amazing sun burst through the clouds in Dubai. The only good camera is the camera that you have with you! In most cases these days that is a phone...
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New Addition

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We adopted this gorgeous Pug-Border Terrier Cross from a rescue center. He is super sweet and loves nothing better than long walks and playing ball and lots of cuddles.
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