Thursday, February 4, 2010
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction is Quentin Tarantino's second film, released in 1994. One of my all time favourites, it's up there in my top three alongside Rio Bravo and Chinatown. It's simply amazing. I could try and go into detail about what techniques I think he is employing and so on, but I think it's just for the fact that it's so entertaining is the reason I love it. It's up there with the likes of Indiana Jones, Jaws, Terminator 2 and Rio Bravo for films that I come away with a buzz after watching.
To be honest, I wasn't all that crazy about Reservoir Dogs for some reason. To me it seems as though he knew how and what kind of movie to make that would sell, and get his foot in the door in the business, and he did it. I think he's got such an awareness of the industry that he knows exactly which buttons to press to make it work. And that's why I think he made this movie. He knew people would eat it up. It is a great movie, would trump most other Hollywood movies, but not my favourite Tarantino movie.
But back to Pulp Fiction. Samuel L. is fantastic. "I just figured it was some cold blooded shit to tell a nigger 'for I put a cap in his ass!" How great was his performance. They all talked about John Travolta's come back role of his career but Samuel L. Jackson was amazing. Ofcourse he had, and probably will never get better, dialogue written by a genius, but as Tarantino himself says "The S.L.J knows how to sing my dialogue". His delivery was impecable.
Not saying that John Travolta wasn't any good. He was superb. Just not as good as S.L.J for this particular movie. He was really cool, and laid back. He never got the rush of blood to the head when he had the chance to bang Mia Wallace, the Boss's wife. "You're gonna go back in there, have your drink, say goodbye, go home, jack off, and that's all you're gonna do". He was definatley tempted, but the story about Tony "Rocky Horror" would make anyone think twice. "Nigger fell four stories...kinda developed a speach impediment after that". That sucks for Tony. Another bit of the movie I was laughing at with Vincent was his run in with Butch, played by Bruce Willis. Butch: "You looking at something friend?" Vince: "You ain't my friend, palooka" Butch: "Whas that?" Vince: "I think you heard me just fine, punchy..." Like how did Tarantino develope such an ear for great dialogue.
The music in this film is one of the best things about it. Well really most things about the movie are brilliant: casting, script, camera work (love the homage to Sergio Leone with the closeups), editing, set design in Jack Rabbit Slim's. But I really friggin dig the music. There's Dick Dale and the Del Tones with the iconic "Misirlou". If you get a chance listen to "Banzai Washout" which is not on the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, but it's fantastic. Dusty Springfeild's "Son of a Preacher Man". Every one knows that one. And much more you just have to check em out.
I hope he gets back to the form of Pulp Fiction soon. My second favourite of his films was actually "Inglorious Basterds" but he's not quite hitting the same mark. I couldn't even watch the Kill Bill movies. I don't know why: Too showy, too many homages, too stylistic, it just didn't do it for me at all. Same with Death Proof. Jackie Brown I thought was good. Watch Pulp Fiction!