Pulp Fiction (1994)


pulp“Uuummmm, this is a tasty burger!” Jules

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater, DVD and March 2013)

Brief Synopsis – 4 interwoven crime stories related to 2 hitmen in modern day LA

My Take on it – I remember seeing this in the theater in while visiting in NYC in the winter of 1994. I had already seen Reservoir Dogs (1992) and True Romance (1993) and was excited to see this one on the big screen.

With this movie, Tarantino once again proved that he has the talent needed to make an interesting and compelling movie. His story-lines are always peppered by real-life conversations about inane things between the characters.  This actually makes it more believable to us as the viewer to believe that the characters are real and not just imagined by the writer.

Due to him only having two previous successes, its amazing how many notable actors appear in this movie. John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Harvey Keitel, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette and Christopher Walken.

He also has a knack for writing overlapping stories that meet numerous times throughout  the span of the movie, not necessarily in chronological order.

Bottom Line – Tarantino is at his best, both in terms of storyline and dialogue. Go see it!! Highly recommended

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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    • I totally agree with you on that. The Academy wasn’t ready back in ’94 to award BP to a Tarantinoesque movie. It’s possible that that still rings true today since Django also couldn’t break that barrier. He has been awarded two awards for Writing (which essential is why his movies are so great) which also led to two of his characters (both played by ) to also get awards. I think more than the fact that the movie was robbed, Samuel L. Jackson was robbed. Jules is a great character and he only lost because it was a lifetime achievement award for Martin Landau. Don’t forget that The Shawshank Redemption (1994) was also in the running that year as well as Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Quiz Show (1994)

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      • That’s right, wow, what a year for movies!!! You couldn’t really go wrong with any of those as I love them all, but for what it was at the time, nobody had seen anything like Pulp Fiction up to that point, and it just felt wrong when it didn’t win. And yes, it started the trend to award his screenplays and actors, but not the movie or him as its director. Shame.

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