PULP FICTION

Directed by Quentin Tarantino
Written by Quentin Tarantion & Roger Avary
Cinematography by Andrzej Sekula
Edited by Sally Menke
Starring John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria de Medeiros, Ving Rhames, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken, and Bruce Willis
U.S.A., 1994

[****]

Forget Oscar®-nominees Travolta and Thurman. And forget the rancorous claims that Tarantino stole his best ideas from the last quarter-century of action moviemaking in America and abroad. Samuel L. Jackson is the beating heart of Pulp Fiction, and his performance alone would make this well worth your while. Jackrabbit Slim's bores my ass off, but I get a giddy rush from the mesh of violence and high comedy; the urgency in Jacksonís voice when he insists, "Iím trying real hard to be the Shepherd"; the arrival of Harvey Keitel, liberated from that Bridget Fonda movie; and the way that Tarantinoís narrative folds back on itself almost delicately, a self-conscious counterpoint to the excess of it all.

[Note to anyone who's never seen a Hong Kong movie: watch Pulp Fiction one more time, and then rent John Woo's The Killer and turn your world inside out all over again.]

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