Experience pivotal year 1969 when you watch ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’

There will never be another year like 1969, and Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood captures the turbulence and uncertainties of this pivotal period in global history.

The 1960s was the height of a creative and political counter-cultural movement in America. Life was fun, love was free, the music was new and everywhere, the poetry was deep and thought-provoking and everyone believed change was in the air.

But by 1969 the peaceful façade of the movement was crumbling.  People were angry, about the Vietnam war, about civil rights and Americans were still reeling from the 1968 assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Despite the moon landing – 1969’s great crowning achievement –  the growing darkness culminated on August 9, 2019, when a band of hippies lead by self-proclaimed messiah Charles Manson broke into actress Sharon Tate’s Bel Air home and murdered the 8-months pregnant star and 4 of her housemates.  The murders shocked and terrified not only the Hollywood community but the world, and the peace-loving flower-power 1960s were officially over.  Their story became one of the most tragic legends of a changing world.

It is in this extraordinary setting where Tarantino immerses his audience. Movie goers familiar with the story will appreciate Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood on a deeper level.

Watch a special featurette below and get inside the context and milieu of Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood.

In Philippine cinemas August 28, Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. #OnceUponATimeInHollywood

Leonardo DiCaprio stars in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

About Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

With Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino continues to evolve and to surprise audiences. While the movie has all of the hallmarks of a Tarantino film – a wholly original story, with fresh characters, presented with bravura technique – his ninth film also breaks new ground for the writer-director. It is a character-driven story, dealing with mature issues of unfulfilled expectations that inevitably confront us all as we age. In Hollywood, this struggle is particularly dramatic, as success and failure live side by side. In Once Upon a Time…, they do so literally as well as figuratively.

Uniting two of today’s greatest stars in a first-ever pairing and recreating an entire lost era, the film is big cinema made for the big screen. A true original in a landscape of sequels and superheroes.

Set in 1969, Tarantino recreates the time and place of his formative years, when everything – the United States, the city of Los Angeles, the Hollywood star system, even the movies themselves – was at an inflection point, and no one knew where the pieces would land. All this is not entirely dissimilar from the changes buffeting Hollywood today.

Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore.   The ninth film from the writer-director features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moments of Hollywood’s golden age.  

Margot Robbie stars in ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.

Sunshine Cruz enjoys first Cinemalaya movie, CEB’s Grade B rating of ‘Malamaya’

“Malamaya,” the sexy romantic film starring Sunshine Cruz as a strong-willed visual artist and Enzo Pineda as an aspiring photographer, received a grade of “B” from the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB). “Malamaya” is currently showing in theaters nationwide.

The film depicts the challenges of an artist as told through the complicated relationship of Sunshine and Enzo’s characters. Produced by Spears Films and ALV Films with Cine Likha Productions, it was one of the entries at the recently concluded 15th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival.

In CEB summation, the CEB reviewers complimented the film for being aesthetically pleasing just like the many art works that are featured in scenes. The CEB said, “(It) is a visual artist’s film in more ways than one; its strongest points are the production design and cinematography…”

Lead actress Sunshine Cruz was very pleased when she heard about this news.

In between taping for her regular TV shows and movie promotional guestings, Sunshine found time to pose for a souvenir photo at the lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ main theater, holding Cinemalaya’s iconic “balloons with eyes.”

Sunshine’s beautiful smile and lovely aura in that picture captured what she felt about her Cinemalaya film debut. “Salamat sa napakagandang experience #cinemalaya2019,” she posted on her Facebook account. “Thank you Malamaya team, my directors, Direk Leilani (Chavez) and Direk Danica (Sta. Lucia), to our producers Sir Albert (Almendralejo) and my manager Arnold (Vegafria). Hanggang sa muli.”

The star happily ended her post with an announcement about CEB grade of Malamaya and an invite to her friends and followers to watch her film.

For more information about “Malamaya,” visit ALV Talent Circuit Inc., Spears Activation & PR and Malamaya Film on Facebook.