Top 250 Tuesday: #133 – Pulp Fiction (1994)

Continuing to wend my way through the Sight and Sound Top 250 Greatest Movies of All Time. This week, it’s #133 on the list, Quentin Tarantino‘s Pulp Fiction. For a longer introduction and a look at the full list, just click here. And if you want a heads-up on what I’ll be watching for next week in case you want to watch along, just head on over to the Facebook page or follow me on Twitter (both of those links are in the sidebar) where I’ll be posting that info later in the day.

This is actually going to be a fairly short entry in the ongoing Top 250 conversation, partly due to time constraints, and partly because I find that this is simply one of those movies that I don’t have a whole lot to say about. Or perhaps it’s that I have far too much to say about than the scope of these articles really allows.

pulpfiction1Pulp Fiction is, in my mind, the movie that took Quentin Tarantino and made him into QUENTIN FREAKIN’ TARANTINO! This was the film that propelled him from the rank of promising writer/director into that of Someone Who Can’t Be Ignored, and whether you like or hate his movies, there is simply no way to deny that he has only risen in stature since, to the point where his every new release, especially his latest two films, Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained have become events unto themselves. That’s not to say that he hasn’t made some missteps along the way, and the man certainly has his detractors who dislike his films on a number of levels, but even they can’t ignore the man or deny his considerable impact on the world of film making as it stands today.

Not only that, but with his constant referencing and “homage” to earlier periods of cinema – especially, but not exclusively the various types of “exploitation” films of the 60s and 70s – Tarantino has also managed to shape a lot of the way that we look back upon these films, and the way that we discuss them, to the point that it seems that almost any lengthy discussion of the movies of that era is going to eventually wind up referencing either the man himself or one of his movies.

Anyway, as far as this film itself goes. it’s the only one of QT’s movies to crack the Top 250, and I can easily say that I not only understand that, but I think that it’s the right choice, because I can’t think of any other of his movies that so well represents, in one densely-packed presentation, just what a Quentin Tarantino film really is.

Yeah, this is definitely one that I love.

So what are your thoughts on Pulp Fiction? Is it a movie that would make your own Top 10 list? Or would it not even crack your Top 250? Let me know below.

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