Today’s Vibe: L.A. Story

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This time next week, the film world, such as it is these days, will be jumping over itself to offer thinkpieces and hot takes on Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest epic homage to Los Angeles. It’s too soon to tell what the verdict will be on that, but for our money, it’d be hard for QT to match this late in his career the heart and soul that you can feel in Jackie Brown, which screens tonight in its original 35mm format at Philadelphia Film Center. Jackie Brown is our low-key all-time Tarantino fave, because it’s the only one that hits all the Tarantino marks — deep-cut film-nerd casting, high style, classic heist moves — while somehow also investing his characters with real tenderness. Robert Forster’s doleful eyes! Samuel Jackson as the conflicted, not-that-on-top-of-it boss! Pam Grier in one of the signature roles of the 1990s, to say nothing of a late-career comeback that now defines the terms of such a thing. And don’t even get us started on the soundtrack. Swoon.


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