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1994 film by director Quentin Tarantino

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100th Review Special! From the Vault... My Favorite Film of All Time, "Pulp Fiction"!

  • Aug 12, 2009
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The first time I ever saw Pulp Fiction, I was probably way to young to have been watching it, but my father had no problem introducing me to great cinema.  To this day, I cannot thank him enough for introducing me to this film.  Why is Pulp Fiction, a bloody, violent, foul movie my favorite piece of cinema art of all time?  Well, when you put a cast that includes John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Tim Roth, Ving Rhames, Rosanna Arquette and Christopher Walken in a film together, good things are bound to happen!  Quentin Tarantino in my mind will forever be a genius in the film industry for coming up with such an amazing work of art!

When Vincent (Travolta) and Jules (Jackson), two hitmen, are sent to retrieve a very special brief case, things don't go according to plan, setting off a whacky chain of events in the day of the lives of Vincent and Jules, Butch (Willis), a washed up boxer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Rhames) and his wife Mia (Therman) and two petty thieves (Roth and Amanda Plummer).  As Vincent deals with a heroin overdose by Mia and Butch figures out what to do after killing his boxing opponent, things will never be the same for any of the people once this day is over.

Quentin Tarantino's whirlpool of characters in Pulp Fiction is what made me love the film so much.  In no other movie can you find a hitman with a love for God and who has a conscience in Jules.  Certainly in no other movie can you see John Travolta giving Uma Thurman an adrenaline shot after ODing on heroin.  The way in which he created these characters was just so diverse and insane all at the same time.  The two thieves who are having an educated conversation about the finer points of robbing diners or the one scene monologue given by Christopher Walken's character as he tells young Butch how he hid his Great Grandfather's watch.  All of these amazing acting performances and I could talk about them all!  However, if you haven't seen the movie, you really need to experience this world for yourself.

Of course, the way in which the movie was shown, not being in order was another reason why Pulp Fiction was so good.  Now, over ten years after its release, it is almost as if films like Crash or Babel took after this method of movie viewing.  Back in 1994, this wasn't something that had been done very often and it was such a unique way to watch a movie.  It also changed the way in which the film could end.  If you haven't seen it, after you do you'll understand what I mean.  Instead of the movie going one direction, Pulp Fiction would take you from character to character at the beginning of their story.  Later in a scene, you would realize you were watching a part of the film that had already happened. just from another point of view.  It was just a very clever way of making a movie and I have never seen anything else quite like it since. 

To this day, Pulp Fiction remains a cult classic and favorite.  If you've seen it, than you probably love it and if you haven't than I'm guessing you never will.  However, I urge you to rent this one as fellow movie lovers.  Quentin Tarantino delivers his most creative work to date and if you're a fan of his present works, you won't be disappointed by Pulp Fiction.  Like I said above, you can't really go wrong with the cast that Tarantino was able to muster up for this one.  My favorite film to this day, BIG 5/5!
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August 15, 2009
I love love LOVE Pulp Fiction. It's my absolute favorite film of all time! It's snappy dialog and interesting conversations and Tarantino's dark sense of humor. I really enjoyed this thing a lot. Great review, man. When Inglorious Basterds comes out you should post a review of that too.
August 12, 2009
Congrats on #100!! Woo Hoo!!

Nice review...I can feel the passion you have for movies and this one in particular. I wouldn't be sure about your guess that if they haven't seen it they won't, b/c your review likely will make their next click to Netflix.

I really liked this film as well. I also just saw his new flick Inglorious Basterds. I am guessing that you'll like this one too!
August 12, 2009
I cannot wait to see Inglorious Bastards!! Thanks for the Kudos!
August 12, 2009
be sure to spell it wrong...uh...right...uh...wrong...it's Inglorious Basterds. QT won't talk about his artistic spelling.
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review by . November 07, 2010
One of the all time best
   This is my favourite film, and in my opinion, the greatest film ever made. Every time I watch it, I can't find a single flaw. From the diner at the beginning, through to Brett's apartment, Butch's fight, Vince Vega's night out, right through to the hostage situation, it's perfectly scripted, plotted and paced.      Quentin Tarantino, my favourite director after this and Reservoir Dogs, is at his finest with this staggering film. Every camera move …
review by . May 31, 2011
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**** out of ****     If there's anyone to take pop culture and flip it to a whole other side, it's Quentin Tarantino. In a world of darkness and unoriginality in the film industry, Tarantino is there to remind us of what cinema is all about; and he does this just about every time he makes a movie. He has made great films, although "Pulp Fiction", a film which is almost unanimously known as a masterpiece, is his best. And it's also one of the best films I have seen as of now, …
review by . July 23, 2010
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This is by far my favorite movie of all time.  I have to admit I only saw it for the first time a few years ago but have loved it ever since.  I watch it a ton and it makes me laugh every time.  I really love all the different story lines and how Tarantino ties them together.  It's fascinating that you never find out what is in the briefcase too.  I love Sam Jackson and although I am not a huge fan of John Travolta, I love the two of them together.  I think they …
Quick Tip by . August 12, 2010
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Tarentino is the bomb! I especially love the several situational vignettes he uses in the movie. Love the dialogue in this movie. Great acting as well!!!
Quick Tip by . August 20, 2010
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aahhhaaaa i finally get it! after my third time watching it the plot finally caught up to me lol
Quick Tip by . August 03, 2010
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The wonderful 2nd feature & surely his milestone that will never be bettered.
Quick Tip by . August 01, 2010
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Tarantino's blockbuster drama in 94 was hyped to me to the point that it could only fail. It has it's moments for me but it's writing and energy impressed legions and inspired numerous knockoffs for years to come as well as inspiring the way movies are looked at and made. I acknowledge all of this, but still got rubbed the wrong way with it's graphic drug use. If I'm brave I will watch it again.
review by . March 18, 2009
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WARNING: This review contains spoilers!   Note: In my summary of the plot I have put the film's story into chronological order so that events unfold sequentially. This is not the order in which the events of the film are actually shown.   After the unexpected success of his first film, Reservoir Dogs, Quentin Tarantino set out to create his follow-up film, Pulp Fiction, which would prove to be a milestone in his career and would become one of the best films of the decade. Pulp Fiction …
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
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Def. a Modern Classic. QT is on key with his second direction.
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Alot of people talk about how this movie revitalized John Travolta's career, but the best parts of this movie are the roles played by Harvey Kietel and Samuel L. Jackson. The movie may push the limits for some viewers, but whatever reality it is in which this story takes place, it is an interesting place to watch. A solid movie.
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Hi, my name is Julian Brown. I currently write for The Brotherly Game, a local Philadelphia soccer website where I cover the US Women's National Team and the local WPS Philadelphia Independence. I … more
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Pulp Fiction
is a crime drama film released on October 15, 1994 and produced by Miramax Films. The film was directed and written by QuentinTarantino and assisted by Rober Avary.  Pulp Fiction was produced by Lawrence Bender, and starred John Travolta, Uma Thurman, BruceWillis, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette and Christopher Walken.

Pulp Fiction tells the story of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife and a pair of diner bandits that intertwine in four cases of violence.  After its release the film received 40 nominations, and celebrated 43 wins and an Academy Award in 1995for Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directy for the Screen.

 It was given an MPAA rating of R and runs 154 minutes.

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