January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #2 of the 48.
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Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the theater when it came out not long after first seeing Reservoir Dogs (1993) and was so impressed with the story and its non-linear storytelling.
“If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.” – Jules
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (Theater, DVD and March 2013, 1 Sep 2014, 28 Nov 2018 and 3 Jan 2021)
Brief Synopsis – Anthology of stories featuring an L.A. Gangster and those around him including two hitmen, his wife and a boxer.
My Take on it – Such an amazing film that manages to stays so enjoyable and fun to watch no matter how often one watches it. The cast is superb with Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman, Tim Roth and Ving Rhames all giving such powerfully unique and iconic performances here. The non-linear way of storytelling, which has become the signature of Quentin Tarantino works so well with this story because it is able to give us such a comprehensive story that surprises along the way, even when they find ways to revive deceased characters. The dialogue is done so well and allows these gangster characters to feel so much more realistic and genuine in everything they say or do because they talk about mundane issues and pop culture references as they go about their regular business. The script is filled with so many great twists and turns along the way that shed light on that particular chapter of the film along with connections to the others at the same time. The film might be over two and half hours long, yet never feels that way at al because it flows so well from start to finish. It is able to remain captivating no matter how often one watches it. Very deserving of its Oscar for Best Original Script and its multiple nomination that year including Best Picture, Director, Actor and Supporting Actor. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The shot of Vincent plunging the syringe into Mia’s chest was filmed by having John Travolta pull the needle out, then running the film backwards. Watch carefully and you’ll see a mark on Mia’s chest disappear when she’s revived. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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