Revisiting Pulp Fiction

I don’t know how many years it has been, but it has been too long a time. I finally rewatched Pulp Fiction again. I did. And for lack of other news, let me share some thoughts with you. After all these years, I’d go as far and say Pulp Fiction wouldn’t have the impact on a new viewer (one who’s never seen it before) than it had back in the 90s. Some scenes are certainly still shocking, and the film’s unusual narrative structure will puzzle many, but if you would release this film now, its impact might be minimal. That said, it isn’t. It is very much a product of the 90s, with on the edge snapshots of violence, pop culture references and music from a decade earlier. I was surprised how much it still blows me away. The movie, from its soundtrack to  little details, is loads of fun, it’s a wild ride that employs narrative and cinematic techniques that will grab you, and only let you go when the credits roll. I suggest you grab the DVD, pop it in and prepare for a great evening, if – like me – you haven’t seen this timeless classic in a while. Dive into the world of Marsellus Wallace, of $5 milk shakes, of The Gimp and golden watches. It is a world where you could still recite cool bible phrases, where you don’t store “dead niggers” in Jimmy‘s garage, a world where cinema jumps off the screen, slaps you in the face and you’re more than happy to turn the other cheek. Send me an email with your thoughts about the film. I’ll publish the 5 most interesting thoughts.

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Sebastian is the founder and owner of the Tarantino Archives and has been a fan and observer of QT for over two decades now, cherishing his work and the window in the the wider world of cinema his movies have opened up. Inspired as such, he runs the Spaghetti Western Database (SWDb), the Grindhouse Cinema Database (GCDb), Furious Cinema, its German sister Nischenkino and The Robert Rodriguez Archives. He lives in Berlin.

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