Sunday, December 6, 2009
Capsule Review: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino's breakthrough mash-up of exploitation films and pulp crime novels established him as a directorial force to be reckoned with, and created a crop of equally quirky ensemble films which somehow never managed to capture the spark of the original. A series of stories told out of chronological order, though often featuring the same characters, Tarantino gave all of his lead actors – including John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Harvey Keitel and Bruce Willis – chances to show off their abilities. A film by a movie geek for movie geeks that somehow still sparked the public's attention, Pulp Fiction remains impossibly entertaining and introduced a new cinematic language to young filmmakers.