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Pulp Fiction (1994)

August 31, 2009

10/10 Tasty Burgers

It’s not for everyone, but it’s in my Top 3. That might border on sounding cliche’ by now, but come on, there aren’t a whole lot of movies out there quite like Pulp Fiction, now are there?

Pulp Fiction is about…man, I don’t even know where to begin with this one. It’s about two hitmen coming to terms with their own mortality in the face of a “miracle”. It’s about a “date” gone horribly wrong. It’s about a boxer running for his life after screwing over his bookie. It’s about all these things at once and a crap load of other things that you could spend hours upon hours reading into and re-watching to the point of insanity. And the great thing about it is that you want to.

There are only a handful of movies that I’ve sat down and re-watched an ungodly amount of times for this very reason; Memento, The Matrix, Akira, and Pi are the only ones coming to mind right now, but like Pulp Fiction, those are some rare fucking gems of film making.

The acting is great; easily the best thing Samuel L. Jackson has done for the world, and maybe for Bruce Willis, too. The writing and storytelling are nothing short of brilliant, completely entertaining exercises in cool. The directing is top-notch and reeks of style that’s uniquely Tarantinian (copyrighting that shit). The soundtrack kicks ass up and down. Man, struggling to pick out some flaws here. I guess it’s a little long. Eh, not really.

Look, this movie redefined how movies were made in every. freaking. way. The non-chronological plot structure, the colloquial, incredibly badass banter, the seamless progression from normal situation to nightmare crisis, the eccentric characters that are all wildly different from one another, the list continues. Anyone who’s seen a Tarantino movie knows what I’m talking about. Anyone who hasn’t really ought to at least try to get on the bandwagon.

Countless people have tried to emulate this movie, but none of them even come close; such is usually the case with most things groundbreaking. It’s really hard to measure how much this movie altered the way movies are made and viewed, but man, things really haven’t been the same way since.

It’s funny, I actually thought I’d have a lot more to say about this movie than I do, but how much can you really reiterate that a movie is near-perfect before it gets old. I guess the best way to sum up this movie is to just give it the highest recommendation I can. It’s really violent, there’s tons of swearing, there’s guaranteed to be a scene that’ll make you cringe, you might just hate it, but holy hell, you will never see anything else like Pulp Fiction in your life.

So buckle up and hit PLAY, folks. If you’ve never seen it, you’re in for one fucking fun, whacked-out ride; but even if you’ve already seen it a gazillion times like I have, there’s always a good reason to go back and revisit good old Pulp Fiction.

Oh, thought of one more flaw: it started that idiotic trend of people starting out their movies with dictionary definitions. Give that shit up already.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 31, 2009 7:51 pm

    There really aren’t many things you can say about this film, other than it’s just amazing. Plain and simple. I reviewed this as well, and it is right up there with some of my other favorites. Good Job!


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