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« on: February 04, 2003, 11:28:38 AM »
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Several years ago, before I was really into movies, a friend of mine wouldn't shut up about how great Pulp Fiction was, so I decided to rent it.

I turned it off halfway through, and from then on declared myself "not a fan of Tarantino".

But last night, I caught the last half hour or so of Pulp Fiction on cable, and I think I finally got what was so great about the movie in so many people's eyes (and now, possibly even mine).

I was completely blown away by the dialogue.

So now, I need to watch it again with different eyes. Before, I watched it expecting story. Now, I'll watch it looking for characters and dialogue. Before it's over, maybe I'll finally have a bit of appreciation for someone who I've largely ignored in the past.
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2003, 12:06:10 PM »
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first off, your avatar scares the hell out of me

second off, when Pulp Fiction was huge, I never liked it.  I watched it and I didn't see what was so great about it.  I watched it again and it clicked for me too.  I now am a huge Tarantino fan.

It is more than just the dialogue, the homages to other films, the long takes, the natural lighting, the soundtracks....all of it...
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2003, 12:09:30 PM »
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I grew up on this movie. I've loved it since I was 9, before I got any of the film references and directorial genius that was Tarantino. I just thought it was hella cool!


I apologize, I will NEVER say hella again.
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2003, 12:19:35 PM »
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Pulp Fiction is a classic. And one weird thing is that I never really got into the movie until really late. Thing is, I have only been serious about movies since '99 and discovered a love for Pulp Fiction like two years after that.

But people in my opinion never really seem to get what makes it so great. I always compare it to The Passion of Joan of Arc in creating a new way of building characters and a story. Passion focused on character development through just the imagery of Joan of Arc and her accusors during her trial. All things noticeable of the three act play kinda story was gone. Pulp does the same thing and lets us analyze characters through how they talk and act in situations that may be of no importance to the history or understanding of the character, but thing is, that's real life and thats how we see other people around us. But with the professions the characters have, we identify them all with being bad guys, the great thing is that with every criminal act one does, it is followed up with an act of redemption of sorts and the ambiguilty is who in the film truly believes in what they are doing is for their own redemption or just to save their own skin only. Identifying sincereness in characters that at first glance have none is truly what makes Pulp Fiction special.

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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2003, 01:37:20 PM »
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So what is in the briefcase? Gold? A soul? Something to do with Kiss Me Deadly? God?

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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2003, 01:48:42 PM »
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Although Tarantino has said that it is unspecified, the popular theory is that the briefcase contains Marcel Wallace's soul.
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« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2003, 02:30:21 PM »
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I probably saw the same interview. He just figured that the contents wouldn't seem so great if they were known. I tend to agree. I never liked the whole soul theory. It just seemed too "out there" for this kind of movie.

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« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2003, 02:40:02 PM »
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So what is in the briefcase?


A MacGuffin  :lol:
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« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2003, 03:12:08 PM »
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Nice one, JB!

(where's that thumbs up everyone has been begging for?)
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« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2003, 03:24:51 PM »
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The soul thing is always an interesting theory, but my personal favorite is "Greed"

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« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2003, 07:29:53 PM »
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I liked how they made that glow so unrealistic to anything one would think that it could be so everyone has started guessing on what it could be.

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« Reply #11 on: February 05, 2003, 05:54:17 AM »
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first off, your avatar scares the hell out of me

second off, when Pulp Fiction was huge, I never liked it.  I watched it and I didn't see what was so great about it.  I watched it again and it clicked for me too.  I now am a huge Tarantino fan.

It is more than just the dialogue, the homages to other films, the long takes, the natural lighting, the soundtracks....all of it...


HAHA! Me too man!  (I'm a big wimp though. When I first saw Scream freshman year in high school it scared the hell out of me) I don't know why but I really just busted out laughing in the library when I read this. I need to lay off the sauce...

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« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2003, 03:57:25 AM »
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I'll never forget the first time I saw 'Pulp Fiction'.
It was about 10 at night, on video, and I couldn't beleive my eyes (watching this whole film at night is an experience)
All this wild crap happens that you just dont see coming (one minute Uma Thurman is dancing around in her house, moments later she's in a bloody mess, one minute Bruce Willis is sneaking into his motel room, five minutes later he's in a basement with two rapists and a gimp!)
It was so different and exhilerating (how often in a film do you see a conversation in a car that is suddenly interupted because a person accidently blows someones head off?)

'Pulp Fiction' forever!
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« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2003, 11:47:15 AM »
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you were ten, that other dude was nine. damn i'm old.

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« Reply #14 on: March 24, 2003, 09:02:32 AM »
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So what is in the briefcase? Gold? A soul? Something to do with Kiss Me Deadly? God?

this is a very tired question and there is no right answer...

 

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