Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Director: Quintin Tarantino

Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Eric Stoltz, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Phil LaMarr, Maria de Medeiros, Rosanna Arquette, Uma Thurman, Frank Whaley, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, Quentin Tarantino, Kathy Griffin, Julia Sweeney

More info: IMDb

Plot: Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents.

My rating: 9.5/10

Will I watch it again? Duh.

I have nothing but love for this movie ever since I saw it in the theater nearly 20 years go. It blew me away just like it did with about every other person that saw it. It shook up the film world and an exciting way and I've been a tremendous fan of Tarantino's ever since. There are tons of quotable dialogue and every performance, save one, is tops. Tarantino's acting role is 75% great but he's got a couple of line readings that are just atrocious and keep me from giving it a perfect 10. His choice in music couldn't be cooler. The picture's funny, violent and shocking. I expect it would be difficult for anyone watching it for the first time all these years later not to understand how important and revolutionary this film is. It came at a time when the cinema had gotten stale and in a rut. Like him or not, Tarantino added some much needed spice and inspiration to films and a legion of film makers that followed.

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