1 Year, 100 Movies: #94 Pulp Fiction (1994)

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For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!

I was expecting a typical Quentin Tarantino blood bath in this movie- and while that was true- plus some, I actually liked Pulp Fiction more than I expected to. The dialogue- while very constructed and scripted, holds your attention. It uses words just for the love of the words. Granted there is a fair amount of naughty language.  There are great actors in the film- Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Uma Thurman, and one of my favorite actors, Bruce Willis. Of course the iconic scenes can’t be ignored either- for example, Thurman and Travolta’s dance sequence at the diner. By the way, what’s with the obsession with fast food and hamburgers in this movie?

Pulp Fiction is almost an impressionistic take on a movie, it’s not real, and it goes in circles, but it gives the impression of something real. A quote from the review website Rotten Tomatoes showcases this thought: …”[The movie is made up of] the serious violence of American gangster movies, crime movies, and films noirs mixed up with the wacky violence of cartoons, video games, and Japanese animation; and the fragmented story-telling structures of such experimental classics as Citizen Kane, Rashomon, and La jetée.” It’s folklore that Quentin Tarantino used to work as a clerk in a video store, and so the inspiration for Pulp Fiction is old movies, not real life. Whether or not that is true I think his use of different types of movie structures was very influential in the making of this movie.

In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns:

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