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1994 film by director Quentin Tarantino

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  • May 31, 2011
**** 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, or as of ever.

It's so hard to review this film. It's epic to impossible ends; intoxicating and violent to extremes, but alas, I'm going to try my best. So here you go with that.

If you remember the acclaimed indie hit "Reservoir Dogs", which was also directed by Tarantino, then you'll remember the non-linear story-telling that was involved. And you'll also remember that it was more admirable than it was annoying; which made it a pretty badass movie. But of course, if you have not seen "Pulp Fiction", then you haven't seen anything yet.

So there you have it; a non-linear plot. The film is divided into about three separate stories. The first one involves two hitmen, Vince Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), as they head on their way to retrieve a briefcase from a man named Bret. While having executed many men upon leaving, we also learn that Vince must look after his boss's wife (Uma Thurman) while he is out of town. He takes her to dinner, enters a dance concert with her, and saves her life in a needle-injection scene so famous that you can almost quote it without seeing it once.

The second story involves a down-on-his-luck boxer named Butch (Bruce Willis), who makes a deal with his boss, Marsellus (Ving Rhames), who is also the boss of Vince and Jules, to lose his next match for a damn good amount of money. However, Butch instead wins the match, and plans to flee before his boss can catch up to him. However, this does not go as planned, since Butch goes from a motel to collect his watch (which his father had passed down to him), and discovers Vince in his bathroom, and shoots him to death. What happens next, I cannot say; it is violent, savage, and interesting. I just wouldn't want to spoil it.

And finally, we have the final part of the story, which shifts focus from Butch back to Vince and Jules; both taking refuge at a friend named Jimmie's (Quentin Tarantino) house. They hide out there because they Vince had accidentally shot a man in the face, in the car, and realizing that time is limited, they must find a way to get the blood off of the seats, as well as the corpse out of the vehicle. They get help from Winston Wolf (Harvey Keital) for this.

In the end, each story comes together to form one with a meaning; with a purpose; with unending complexity. And in the end, I realized that I couldn't love "Pulp Fiction" any more. There I say it; you cannot have good cinema without mentioning "Pulp Fiction". Of course, that may be my opinion and my opinion alone, but I don't suppose that many will disagree when I say that "Pulp Fiction" is, well, intoxicating. That is what it is, and with all due respect, it achieves all that it can; and maybe even more. In my life-time, I shall watch this many times over; obtaining something new from each viewing, and anticipating, cherishing each moment along the way.

Tarantino does not tell stories like most people do. He tells them through dialogue, through violence, through action, and through his ability to truly "wow" the audience. I've thoroughly enjoyed everything I've seen out of this filmmaker, and he is truly a talented man who knows what he's doing behind the camera. The casting for this film is flawless; Travolta is eccentric, Jackson is a genuine badass, Willis is just bald and awesome, and Thurman is both sexy and mysterious. I could go on-and-on with this, but I shall not, because nobody has all the time in the world. Even if "Pulp Fiction" deserves every moment that I've got.

I loved the stylization of the film, among other things. From the opening credits to the ending ones, the film feels good and looks good. It's real stylish, sure, but it also has the substance that most films fail to have. It's a darkly humorous piece of cinematic art; complete with a great soundtrack, admittedly intense violence, and its share of solidly funny moments. When you can both laugh and cringe at a film, you know it is something special, but "Pulp Fiction" has something that few movies do, and there shall never be another like it. But that is, without a doubt, what I love about some of my favorite films; their personalities, their resonance, and their wit. "Pulp Fiction" has every one of those things and more. That alone should seal the recommendation.

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May 31, 2011
For me, this may be my favorite Tarantino movie with Kill Bill and Jacki Brown a close second. Thanks for the enthralling review!
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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 . 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
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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.
review by . August 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 …
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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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