This week, the wait is over. Quentin Tarantino’s highly anticipated “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” is hitting movie theaters after its debut at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It will be the director’s first film since 2015’s “The Hateful Eight.”
The movie is being billed as the ninth film from Tarantino, who is on record saying he is retiring after his 10th film. The filmmaker has a legion of dedicated fans, eager to see their favorite director’s latest addition to his filmography. Some of Tarantino’s contemporaries have found similar success among their most ardent fans. Christopher Nolan and Paul Thomas Anderson enthusiasts enter their latest films ready to defend at any cost.
When looking at a director’s entire oeuvre, certain filmmakers come to mind as having several great, all-time films. Martin Scorsese’s films of the ’70s and ’80s populate most “best of” film lists. Some of Scorsese’s most popular titles include “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull,” “Goodfellas,” “The Age of Innocence” and “Casino.” Scorsese made smaller films like “After Hours” and “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” which don’t aren’t nearly as mentioned among his best work, despite being great films.
If there is one filmmaker anyone could list at least nine great films by, it’s Alfred Hitchcock. His movies pushed boundaries and were inventive for a genre that feels so shopworn by contemporary standards. Hitchcock made “Spellbound,” “Notorious,” “Rope,” “Strangers on a Train,” “Dial M for Murder,” “Rear Window,” “Vertigo,” and “North by Northwest” in the ’40s and ’50s. If this run wasn’t already impressive, it was all leading up to “Psycho” in 1960.
Perhaps, for some, the answer will be as simple as Tarantino, after everyone sees “Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood” opening weekend. There are many filmmakers who deliver every time they make a movie and even when a film may appear to be a lesser outing, certain filmmakers even make those films worth watching. We are lucky to be witnessing filmmakers who take such pride and care in their work, especially when it shows on screen.