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(USA 1994 153m) DVD1/2

Ezekiel 25:17

p  Lawrence Bender  d  Quentin Tarantino  w  Quentin Tarantino, Roger Avary  ph  Andrzej Sekula  ed  Sally Menke  m  various  art  David Wasco 

John Travolta (Vincent Vega), Samuel L.Jackson (Jules Winnfield), Uma Thurman (Mia Wallace), Bruce Willis (Butch Coolidge), Maria de Madeiros (‘Lemon-Pie’), Harvey Keitel (Winston ‘The Wolf’), Quentin Tarantino (Jimmy), Tim Roth (‘Pumpkin’), Amanda Plummer (‘Honeybunny’), Ving Rhames (Marsellus Wallace), Peter Greene (Zed), Eric Stoltz (Lance), Rosanna Arquette (Jody), Christopher Walken (Captain Koons), Steve Buscemi (Buddy Holly waiter), Frank Whaley, Bronagh Gallacher,

Though Pulp Fiction was received to virtually universal acclaim following its Cannes festival success and instantly hailed as a masterpiece by all and sundry, some critics dared to call it shallow, pretentious and junky.  They’re right in many ways, but they are missing the point?  The title of the film is, after all, Pulp Fiction and what we have here is a cinematic version of a cheap piece of pulp throwaway literature.  Just as such stories are meant to be expendable and forgettable, Tarantino uses this as a way to make even characters disposable and dialogue deliberately ‘normal’.  This may be the same world of Reservoir Dogs, personified by Travolta playing a relative to Michael Madsen’s character in Dogs, but this is, to quote Jackson’s Jules, “not the same ballpark, not even the same sport.”  It’s a cinematic adrenaline rush (excuse the pun) of unbridled virtuosity and energy.

            The story intertwines four plot lines; two hitmen killing some small time crooks and the ensuing accidental murder of a hostage; one of them taking out his boss’ wife for dinner and a funny but potentially fatal chain of events; a boxer being paid to throw a fight, then not doing and going on the run; and two worthless robbers deciding that robbing a diner is an easy target without reckoning for two of the diner’s customers.  (more…)

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