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Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood: Collective Reviews – July 25, 2019

A Collection of Reviews: The Critics Have Spoken

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 25, 2019

With Once Upon a Time In…Hollywood  out in U.S. theaters tomorrow, July 26, the movie reviews have started pouring in. Here is what they are saying:

New York Times

There is a lot of love in “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” and quite a bit to enjoy. The screen is crowded with signs of Quentin Tarantino’s well-established ardor — for the movies and television shows of the decades after World War II; for the vernacular architecture, commercial signage and famous restaurants of Los Angeles; for the female foot and the male jawline; for vintage clothes and cars and cigarettes. But the mood in this, his ninth feature, is for the most part affectionate rather than obsessive. Don’t get me wrong. Tarantino is still practicing a cinema of saturation, demanding the audience’s total attention and bombarding us with allusions, visual jokes, flights of profane eloquence, daubs of throwaway beauty and gobs of premeditated gore. And yet “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” whose title evokes bedtime stories as well as a pair of Sergio Leone masterpieces, is Tarantino’s most relaxed movie by far, both because of its ambling, shaggy-dog structure and the easygoing rhythm of its scenes.

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Critics Consensus: Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood – July 22, 2019

Rotten Tomatoes Rating

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | July 22, 2019

Critics Consensus: Thrillingly unrestrained yet solidly crafted, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tempers Tarantino’s provocative impulses with the clarity of a mature filmmaker’s vision.

Official Tomatometer: 92% fresh
Average Rating:  8.19/10

Out in U.S. theaters July 26, 2019 and in the U.K. August 14, 2019.

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From the Trader’s Desk: Billions S4 E10 New Year’s Day – May 31, 2019

Moments in Time

by Lady Trader I Fan Fun with Damian Lewis I May 31, 2019

And so we’re told this is the golden age
And gold is the reason for the wars we wage
New Year’s Day – U2

Hello and welcome to the Trader’s Desk. I know I have said this a few times (and we still have two episodes left) but this may be my favorite episode of the season! From the opening, to getting answers to questions I have had for 4 seasons, this was exactly the episode I needed after last week’s break.

I want to break my post down into two parts: quick observations, and then diving into particular moments. I believe certain moments of “New Year’s Day” are pivotal for some of our favorite characters.

Observations

I could not think of a better opening sequence than the one we were privileged to get this week. The combination of the wintery scenes of my favorite places in downtown Manhattan, accompanied by the unique voice of Bono from one of my favorite bands, U2, was just simply genius. I have had the pleasure of seeing U2 in concert several times, and all I can say is that there are front men, and then there’s Bono.

Taylor buying up shares in the main supplier to Rebecca’s Saler’s stores is a smart move. TMC basically controls the oxygen to the stores now, since Kling Appliances was 63% of Saler’s revenue. Rebecca will try to look for another supplier to buy, but some of the names she mentioned (Samsung, LG) are huge companies. The market cap of Samsung is $272B, and while smaller, the market cap of LG is $4.8B. Neither one are really options for Rebecca, since Saler’s has more debt than cash. It will be very interesting to see how this works, or if Axe can ride to the rescue once again for Rebecca.

Bonnie is now the Axe Cap IR person? This just seems strange. Don’t get me wrong – I love Bonnie, but I truly think she is much better at her Bloomberg trading than out meeting with current and potential clients. Bonnie’s personality is an “acquired” taste, so I’m wondering if this was done to break up her budding relationship with Dollar Bill. As always, Billions doesn’t do things just to do them, so I’m curious to see where this new role takes Bonnie. Continue reading From the Trader’s Desk: Billions S4 E10 New Year’s Day – May 31, 2019

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Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood Review – May 21, 2019

A Collection of Reviews from the Press Screening at Cannes Film Festival

by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | May 21, 2019

During the screening of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, writer/director Quentin Tarantino asked the press not to reveal anything that would prevent later audiences from experiencing the film – the journey of discovering a story for the first time. And we know even less about Damian’s portrayal as Steve McQueen in the much anticipated film set to release in U.S. theaters on July 26 and in UK cinemas on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Until then, here is a collection of reviews that we’ve found mentioning Damian or “cameo” actors that are sure to whet your appetite.

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From the Trader’s Desk: Billions S4E9 American Champion – May 17, 2019

Office Romance ,101

by Lady Trader | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | May 17, 2019

Some people say my love cannot be true
Please believe my love, and I’ll show you
I will give you those things you thought unreal
The sun, the moon, the stars all bear my seal
N.I.B – Black Sabbath

Welcome to the Trader’s Desk, where a refreshed and relaxed Lady Trader is ready to dive in to “American Champion.”

This week, Billions almost seemed like an episode of the Love Boat, in that we had stories about couples. Let’s look at some of these (surprising) pairings:

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