Screen Junkies » Pulp Fiction http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:27:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Learn A Thing Or Two From This Supercut Of Quentin Tarantino Explaining Things http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/learn-a-thing-or-two-from-this-supercut-of-quentin-tarantino-explaining-things/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/learn-a-thing-or-two-from-this-supercut-of-quentin-tarantino-explaining-things/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:23:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=266291 You can tell this guy poured over the Encyclopedia Britannica as a kid.

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Supercut: Every Quentin Tarantino Movie Death http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/supercut-every-quentin-tarantino-movie-death/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/supercut-every-quentin-tarantino-movie-death/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:46:21 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264281 It's oddly therapeutic, in a way. Although I'd say that the Gimp's death was sort of undetermined. Some say he's still out there, looking for love.

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Today’s must-see video comes to us from Jaume R. Lloret, who has lovingly placed every single violent death from Quentin Tarantino‘s films into one convenient supercut. It’s oddly therapeutic, in a way. Although I’d say that the Gimp‘s death was sort of undetermined. Some say he’s still out there, looking for love.

For a full body count, consult this Quentin Tarantino movie deaths infographic.

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10 Other Movie Characters That Should Be Band Names, Besides Veruca Salt http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/10-other-movie-characters-that-should-be-band-names-besides-veruca-salt/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/10-other-movie-characters-that-should-be-band-names-besides-veruca-salt/#comments Sat, 16 Aug 2014 20:07:56 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264248 Veruca Salt's true genius was in naming themselves after the bratty girl from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Here are ten more classic film characters and the fictional bands that could have taken their names.

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By Jeff Finkle

You know ’90s nostalgia is exploding when the Volcano Girls themselves, alternative rock band Veruca Salt, go on a reunion tour. After breaking up in 1998 due to personal differences between singer-songwriters Louise Post and Nina Gordon, the duo put the original band back together this year, and even have a new album coming out. Their hit song “Seether” was one of the biggest hits of the ’90s but the band’s true genius was in naming themselves after the bratty girl from the unforgettable Roald Dahl book and the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Here are ten more classic film characters and the fictional bands that could have taken their names.

10. Cameron Frye (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off)

“Frye. Frye. Frye…” There’s nothing that gets rock fans riled up before a show than the recorded voice of Ben Stein being blasted from the speakers before the band emerges onto the stage to kick ass. Of course, this band has to be coaxed into getting out of bed that morning by their cool friend Ferris (or possibly a member of the band Save Ferris.) You’re sure to have the best day ever when you go see Cameron Frye perform and you might just learn something about yourself along the way. If you have to make a phony phone call to get out of work, do it. Cameron Frye is worth it. They are so choice.

You’ll feel the energy and the rage when you pump your fist to the Cameron Frye classic “Take a Stand.” You just might want to wait a few days before you call your father.

9. Vada Sultenfuss (My Girl)

Who wouldn’t want to be taken back to a time when it was OK to wear overalls, and riding a Schwinn bike took you across your whole world. Get ready to get lost in the guitar riffs of a band whose ‘70s sound is inspired by both the Allman Brothers and the Osmond Brothers. Vada Sultenfuss will knock you out of your doldrums with their groovy sound and lyrics so deep you’ll swear the singer/songwriter took Mr. Bixler’s class on poetry.

Grab your cell phones and pretend they’re lighters because when Vada Sultenfuss jams out to “An Ode to Thomas J.” you might get so emotional that you’ll wish you could run home and hug your comatose grandma.

8. Josey Wales (The Outlaw Josey Wales)

Josey Wales might sound like a perfect name for a pop group with a female guitarist but these male indie rockers (and fans of Clint Eastwood’s iconic western hero) made music history with a name that puts fear in the heart of weak-willed men. The only excuse a fan has for missing a live performance from Josie Wales is if you get stuck on a Missouri Boat Ride.

Prepare to walk tall and gaze at folks with a steely determination after hearing the Josie Wales ballad “Dyin’ Ain’t No Way to Make a Livin’.”

7.  Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction)

Who doesn’t remember the first time they saw the film Pulp Fiction, and who doesn’t remember the first time they heard the album Say What Again! by the band Jules Winnfield? They might have a Chili Peppers funk rock sound but this band is cooler than Fonzie and way more philosophical than the Peppers. You might have to fight the urge to walk the Earth when you listen to the music of Jules Winnfield because the experience is like a Big Kahuna Burger for your soul.

Listen to the track “Ezekiel 25:17” from their debut album and it will surely put you on the path of the righteous man.

6. Garth (Wayne’s World)

You’re not worthy to experience the hard rock power guitar riffs and amazing drum solos of Garth. Even the legendary Alice Cooper would bow down to their awesomeness, and Garth makes Gwar look like Maroon 5. They might be named after the ultimate sidekick but they would surely be the lead act at Waynestock. So grab your red rope licorice and your best friend and head out of your parents’ basement because Garth is coming to your town and they like to play.

Point yourself towards a real babe and get ready to “Schwing” when the band Garth plays the song of the same name. You might get lucky or at least feel like when you used to climb the rope in gym class.

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Throwback Thursday: The 25 Most Iconic Movie Posters of 1994 http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/throwback-thursday-the-25-most-iconic-movie-posters-of-1994/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/throwback-thursday-the-25-most-iconic-movie-posters-of-1994/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 13:00:39 +0000 bgoldstein http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=263822 Check out these classic posters, and let the waves of nostalgia wash over you.

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If you were of movie-going age twenty years ago, consider yourself lucky — 1994 was one of the greatest years in the history of modern cinema. It was the year that gave us stone-cold classics like Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption, cult-favorites like Natural Born Killers and Clerks, and Jim Carrey demolishing the box office three separate times. Also, Forrest Gump gobbled up six Oscars, while Speed only won two, proving once again how out-of-touch the Academy is.

For today’s installment of Throwback Thursday, we’re honoring some of the best flicks of ’94 through their classic movie posters. Check out our favorites in the gallery above, and let the waves of nostalgia wash over you.

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I’m Your Huckleberry: Five of the Greatest Movie Faceoffs of All Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/im-your-huckleberry-five-of-the-greatest-movie-faceoffs-of-all-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/im-your-huckleberry-five-of-the-greatest-movie-faceoffs-of-all-time/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:47:39 +0000 Jared Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263232 The faceoff sets the tone for the violence that is about to occur. It builds tension, anticipation, and whips our unquenchable bloodlust into a frenzy. Here are five great ones.

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By Jared Jones

Over at CagePotato, I write about all things mixed martial arts (MMA)-related — fight bookings, event recaps, and the occasional head-to-head fighter breakdown — all while making sure to include as many fart jokes as possible. And if there’s one thing I’ve learned that MMA fans love in my time at CP, it’s a good old fashioned faceoff, a staredown, or whichever term you prefer.

For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, maybe step outside every once in a while, but also know that a faceoff is what you get when you place when two opposing forces in each others comfort zones while expecting them to remain completely civil, usually in the interest of selling more pay-per-views. Sometimes it works. Sometimes it does not. This is the best staredown of all time. This is the worst one.

The faceoff is one of the more cinematic elements to be adopted by mixed martial arts, boxing, etc. It sets the tone for the violence that is about to occur. It builds tension, anticipation, and whips our unquenchable bloodlust into a frenzy. Faceoffs are truly the calm before the storm, whether in movies or martial arts, and it is with that notion that we look back at some of the greatest faceoffs in film history, ranked in no particular order.

Jules vs. “Pumpkin”/”Ringo” — Pulp Fiction

If you thought I would make it more than two entries into this list without mentioning Samuel L. Jackson, you are one dead wrong motherf*cker, motherf*cker.

You see, even when I attempt to evoke the intimidating presence of sir Jackson’s voice in writing, it still comes out sounding like it’s being spoken by the scrawny-legged, pimple-popping dweeb that I was from ages 9-13 and also 13-present. That’s just the kind of gravitas Jackson speaks with, and it was his closing monologue as contract killer Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction that really boosted Jackson’s bad motherf*cker cred to a level unattainable by most mortals. Even now, when he’s dressing like an old, female librarian in those Capital One commercials, I still have no doubts that Samuel L. could find out what’s in my wallet through sheer force in under 30 seconds flat.

Quoting Ezekiel 25:17, Jules manages to pull off the rare feat of comparing oneself to God and sounding 100% believable in this scene. And like a true badass, he doesn’t even need to fire a shot to get his point across. For although Jules may be brandishing 9 mm, it is his word bullets that do all the damage here.

I apologize for all that confusing writer-speak I used just then, but let’s move on.

Rocky vs. Thunderlips — Rocky 3

Speaking of the Bible, Rocky Balboa vs. Thunderlips: The Ultimate Male is about as accurate a David vs. Goliath story as we will ever see out of Hollywood. Standing at approximately 4’3″, Balboa literally did not possess the physical mass to register as a blip on Thunderlips’ radar. That he had been beaten into a state of semi-retardation by the third Rocky film did not aid him in his fight with Thunderlips, as you can tell by their derp-filled pre-fight faceoff.

Of course, cooler (softer?) heads once again prevail in the Rocky franchise, as Balboa manages to take down his massive opponent using nothing more than his fists, a chair, and the help of a dozen or so security guards. Just like his Dad raised him.

Batman vs. The Joker — The Dark Knight

CALM DOWN NERDS. I’m only including this so I don’t have to deal with all the “But what about my pwecious Dawk Knoight?” comments that would follow its omission.

In the second chapter of a dark, gritty story about a man who wears a cape with the honest-to-God intention of scaring people, Batman faces off against his greatest rival ever: a man in clown makeup dressed like a rejected gang member from The Warriors. Super-serious stuff that we should take super-seriously follows, including this scene where Christian Bale needs a lozenge and mercilessly beats Heath Ledger for not giving him one.

Honestly, I can’t look at or listen to Bale’s Batman anymore after seeing Pete Holmes do it way better.

Doc Holliday vs. Johnny Ringo — Tombstone

The art of the staredown was practically, if not literally invented by the Western. There are over 3,000 staredowns to choose from between the films of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood alone, but for me, it always comes back to the OK Corral. While the 1957 original starring Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster is undoubtedly a classic, my favorite faceoff comes in 1993′s Tombstone, and more specifically, the “I’m your Huckleberry” scene pitting Val Kilmer’s Doc Holliday against Michael Bein’s Johnny Ringo.

To say that Val Kilmer absolutely slays it in this movie would do his performance no justice. Thankfully, Holliday hands out enough justice in Tombstone for the both of us, and usually in the form of a bullet between the eyes before a breakfast consisting of whiskey and a good blood cough.

Two films later, Kilmer would don Batman’s cape in 1995′s Batman Forever. His career would never recover. I’m just saying, Duster > Cape.

Lt. Vincent Hanna vs. Neil McCauley — Heat

While not a “faceoff” in the traditional sense, the diner scene between Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) and Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) in Michael Mann‘s Heat is one of those “defining moments of cinema” that you always hear critics talking about while sniffing their own farts. It’s a meeting of two powerhouse actors at the peak of their relevance. It’s one of the greatest movies of its decade. It’s Godfather vs. Godfather for Christ’s sake!

There are so many quotable lines from this exchange, but my personal favorite has to be:

Hanna: “So you never wanted a regular-type life, eh?”

McCauley: “What the fuck is that, barbeques and ball games?”

Hanna: “Yeah.”

That is some Samuel Beckett-level existentialism right there, and one of the many reasons why we will forever be in debt to Heat for bringing together two acting greats for one memorable faceoff.

You can list your personal favorite faceoffs in the comments section if you’d like. I will consider considering them. 

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Soundtrack Studies: ‘Trainspotting’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-trainspotting/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-trainspotting/#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:06:57 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263233 It's a workplace dramedy, and the workplace is "heroin addiction."

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Movies about heroin, unlike movies about other drugs, generally aren’t very fun. While filmmakers have the ability to glamorize other drugs, or at least downgrade them to “mischievous” or “sleazy,” there’s something sad about heroin films. The act of sticking a needle in your arm, the ceremony, the privacy required is a very sad, lonely state of affairs.

But thanks to the magic of Irvine Welsh and Danny Boyle, Trainspotting manages to turn heroin addiction into something of a chore rather than an addiction. The characters are humanized to an extent that addiction becomes this thing they have to live with, sometimes humorously, like the characters in Office Space have to live with their jobs and bosses.

When Trainspotting isn’t mundane, it runs towards the whimsical and absurd. Babies crawl on ceilings and guys swim through toilets to get suppositories. A dead baby on a ceiling isn’t as sad as a dead baby in a crib (which the film also gives us). I don’t know why that is, but probably because a dead baby on a ceiling makes you think, whereas a dead baby in a crib just makes you feel. The ceiling baby is not sad, but morbid and certainly bleak.

The film’s bleakness, which is probably the prevailing “tone” of the film, is largely a result of two things: the film being set in Scotland and the film featuring a pitch-perfect soundtrack that offers a halo of cool to the film. The soundtrack, populated by many New Wave, post punk, and Brit-pop artists. In fact, the soundtrack is entirely British save for the inclusion of a couple Lou Reed songs. Brit-pop was always cool, but had a hard time becoming popular Stateside. Possibly we are Americans, and we like our pop hermetically sealed in a safe environment.

As such, some of that lack of traction can be attributed to Trainspotting. I don’t think that one album is capable of stopping a movement, but the film manages to be funny, cool, and extremely dangerous, and that danger may have proved to be a turnoff for many people. The words “funny,” “cool,” and “dangerous” also describe another film that came out a year before: Pulp Fiction. Similarly, the Pulp Fiction soundtrack was something people wanted to be around, but not get too intimate with.

Trainspotting had more starpower going for it with cuts by the aforementioned Lou Reed, Pulp, and Blur, in addition to New Order, Elastica, Underworld, Primal Scream, and Brian Eno. People generally don’t go out of their way to listen to Brian Eno, and he’s generally someone that people don’t feel compelled to get to know better.

Not unlike the characters of Trainspotting. Sure, it’s fun to watch Renton attempt to straighten up and fly right, it’s fun to watch Sick Boy hustle, and it’s fun to watch Begbie fight, but by humanizing the addicts and making them far more complex, the film’s effects are more insidious than those of a Requiem for a Dream. We would watch these guys without the heroin, but from the outset of the film, we have to make peace with the fact that will never happen.

The film masterfully weaves between the normal lives of these characters and their crippling addiction, and the soundtrack goes a long way towards that end. There are a number of uses of songs here that resonate profoundly with the viewer, and the one most frequently cited is “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed, which plays while we witness the protagonists shoot heroin and bliss out.

I can say with some certainty that this song got more mileage out of its inclusion on the soundtrack than any other, newer work. It doesn’t hurt that it was the most familiar song to Americans on the soundtrack (being the only song by American on the soundtrack), but also it’s because the song is perfect.

There are lot of songs that bring to the film a more palpable sense of fun and hope, but those are by newer artists and confuse the message that DRUGS ARE BAD. It’s a little ridiculous to say that some rock songs didn’t get more traction because they glamorize drug use, but when delivered in the package of Trainspotting, lots of emotional dynamics serve as stumbling blocks on the path leading from the film to a good time.

But the film ends with hope and a perverse sense of justice set to Underworld’s “Born Slippy” (which unfortunately, exists on that playlist only as a replica of the original). Renton, once again resolute in his desire to quit straighten up and fly right, steals a sum of ill-gotten cash from his friends, gives leaves some for the only guy who deserves it, then leaves.

The song gives an extremely faint sense of hope, and that’s just enough for the film to make the leap from being a great film about drugs to just a great film.

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Cannes Film Fest To Throw A 20th Anniversary Party For ‘Pulp Fiction’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cannes-film-fest-to-throw-a-20th-anniversary-party-for-pulp-fiction/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/cannes-film-fest-to-throw-a-20th-anniversary-party-for-pulp-fiction/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 16:01:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261766 $5 milkshakes for all.

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If any movie deserves a birthday party, it’s Pulp Fiction. The game-changing film that took Quentin Tarantino from indie darling to household name is getting a celebration all its own for the 20th anniversary of the film’s release, way back in 1994.

Where does the time go?

John Travolta, Uma Thurman, and of course QT himself will all be in attendance. The event will kick off with a cocktail party, as all good things do, then lead to a screening of the movie on the beach, with an introduction by its iconic director.

The folks at Cannes probably owe Tarantino a little goodwill considering he’s kept churning out movies for them, so why not throw him a party, considering that getting convincing Cannes people to throw a party is a little like convincing the sun to set.

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Soundtrack Studies: ‘Pulp Fiction’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-pulp-fiction/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-pulp-fiction/#comments Tue, 06 May 2014 15:29:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261465 Maybe this movie was so good it could have made any collection of songs popular.

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If there was ever any doubt that a popular film can carry a wildly esoteric and diverse soundtrack on its shoulders to the masses, look no further than the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantino’s sophomore effort, Pulp Fiction.

The film, despite its non-linear narrative and and a bend so heavy towards timelessness that it would make Wes Anderson blush became the critical and cultural darling of not only 1994, but the entire decade. Perhaps even more impressively, the film manages to remain in the Venn Diagram overlap between “classic films,” and “films people actually want to watch,” which is pretty rare air, especially in the past 20 years.

Soooo, Pulp Fiction was a great, popular film that captivated everyone at the time and continues to do so. And it’s easy to see why.

The soundtrack is so timelessly curated so specifically to the film’s tone, pace, and “feel,” that while it feels completely natural during the 100-minute journey onscreen, it reads as an odd mess when viewed alone.

The prevailing theme throughout the soundtrack seems to be “old stuff fans of contemporary independent cinema won’t recognize or appreciate.” And even if that analysis is correct, it doesn’t really matter. Tarantino remains so myopically focused on his filmmaking, that its almost absurd to think he’d sacrifice the film for something as crass as soundtrack album sales.

The only thing that makes this a cohesive work is the fact that it says PULP FICTION on the front of the CD case, with a smoking hot picture of Uma Thurman under it. Other than that, it’s more or less a completely arbitrary collection of songs, the quality of which can be debated, but largely varies from “pretty good” to “good,” with one song registering at “Off the Chart Fucking Excellent.” That songs is Dusty Springfield’s version of “Son of a Preacher Man.”

Besides that gem, you’ve got Dick Dale doing Miserlou, you’ve got that Chuck Berry song, you’ve got a Neil Diamond cover song, you’ve got Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” and you’ve got “Jungle Boogie.” Good songs, but, as I mentioned in last week’s Judgment Night piece, diversity in music generally tends to alienate more of an audience than it does attract one.

However, these strange, imperfect pieces fit so well in the scenes Pulp Fiction that together, the fact that they’re so evocative of dancing at Jackrabbit Slims, the opening credits, Mia Wallace playing Urge Overkill on a giant reel-to-reel, that this ostensibly serves as a $15 souvenir of the film.

So when we look at this album, and if you indulge me enough to concede that, while these songs are pretty good, there was no market for them until Quentin Tarantino made them a part of something bigger. It’s not a hard line of logic to buy into, especially considering the exact same thing could have been said about John Travolta and his career at the time.

Quentin Tarantino’s movie was so good that it made things special just by being around them.

And I believe that’s why this soundtrack performed as well as it has. The soundtrack as an album is not that special. It’s a quirky and old, but not in a nostalgic fashion. In a weird QT brand of cool. And that’s among the most marketable brands of cool in the world. Sprinkle in some of those painful little dialogue snippets throughout the soundtrack, and all of a sudden Pulp Fiction wasn’t just on your TV at home. It was in your car, too.

If you are to believe that the Pulp Fiction “brand” was so powerful it could have made any collection of songs a hit album that went double platinum, then you must ask, “Is the soundtrack of Pulp Fiction largely incidental?”

No, not really. Those songs worked perfectly in the film, and without such a great soundtrack, the film wouldn’t have been as good. So in that sense, the soundtrack was a success. Which would ostensibly be the only sense that matters in the world of film. Soundtracks exist to support films. Otherwise, they’re just compilations, anthologies, or albums.

But when the context of the film is gone, does a soundtrack have an obligation to the purchaser to succeed on its own?

Without answering that thorny question, I would say that the Pulp Fiction soundtrack succeeds on its own just by virtue of being the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. Which is a convenient little crutch, but also a nice perk of being the soundtrack to what’s (very) arguably the greatest film in a generation.

 

 

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“What. Does. Marcellus Chocolate. Look. Like?!” By popular demand, ReenSnackments gives “Pulp Fiction” the steak and eggs treatment in “Gulp Fiction.”

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Watch ‘Pulp Fiction’ In 60 Seconds http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-pulp-fiction-in-60-seconds/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-pulp-fiction-in-60-seconds/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 21:58:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257231 Turns out Tarantino could have made his point a lot faster.

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It’s doesn’t have the same impact without a nine-minute monologue about the history of the Quarter Pounder with cheese.

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7 Greatest Characters From Quentin Tarantino Films http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-greatest-characters-from-quentin-tarantino-films/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-greatest-characters-from-quentin-tarantino-films/#comments Tue, 11 Dec 2012 01:38:40 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252311 With apologies to 'Destiny Turns On The Radio'.

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When Django Unchained opens on Christmas Day, we’ll be introduced to a brand new bunch of memorable Quentin Tarantino characters. From vengeance-seeking former slaves to likable bounty hunters to clueless clansmen to psychotic slave owners, get ready for your new favorites. It’s no small task to choose favorites when it comes to Tarantino’s film creations, so the honorable mentions go on and on. But we took our best crack at choosing the seven greatest characters from Quentin Tarantino films.

Gogo Yubari – Kill Bill

Often overlooked on QT superlative lists, how could she ever be missed? Gogo Yubari makes the list based solely on style and kitsch. The top assassin dresses like a schoolgirl, wields a spiked meteor hammer, and disembowels pervy businessmen. That leaves quite an impression with me.

Shosanna Dreyfus – Inglourious Basterds

The French-Jewish cinema owner who lost her family at the hands of Hans Landa bides her time and plots her revenge. She holds a deep hatred for Nazis and commits herself to their downfall. When a young SS soldier takes a liking to her, she uses this influence to lure the fascists into her trap. Melanie Laurent’s Shosanna is the backbone of Inglourious Basterds and the face of Jewish vengeance.

Mr. Blonde – Reservoir Dogs

Michael Madsen portrays Vincent Vega’s brother with a psychotic cool. Most famous for the scene that put Tarantino on the map, Vic Vega (aka Mr. Blonde) shows extreme cruelty while torturing Marvin the cop – all to the hip-swinging soundtrack of Stealers Wheel’s “Stuck In The Middle With You.” A song that is now synonymous with hacking off ears and dosing people with gasoline. Probably not Stealers Wheel’s intent when they wrote the song.

The Wolf – Pulp Fiction

In a film with so many great characters and strong performances, sometimes less is more. Amongst the cameos from Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, and Parker Lewis, stands out Harvey Keitel‘s unforgettable performance as “The Cleaner,” Mr. Wolf. When you’ve got a corpse in a car in a garage minus a head, who else can you depend on to solve that problem? I’m sure there are a handful of folks you can trust in that industry, but will they all show up wearing a tuxedo at 8:50am? No. That’s the Winston Wolfe difference.

Jules Winnfield – Pulp Fiction

You don’t get a wallet touting the status of “Bad Motherfucker” by not being a bad motherfucker. Well, I guess you could just buy one at Spencer’s Gifts but, c’mon. You wanna earn a distinction like that.

Pulp Fiction essentially introduced the world to Samuel L. Jackson and the world has been a better place since. Though he’s played many memorable roles since, the mushroom cloud-layin’, scripture-quoting hitman Jules Winnfield remains a standout. His delivery of Ezekiel 25:17 actually makes church seem awesome. Ball’s in your court, the Pope!

The Bride – Kill Bill

After Pulp Fiction, Uma Thurman reteamed with Tarantino to help co-create his most ass-kicking character. Beatrix Kiddo aka Black Mambo aka The Bride awoke from a coma with a list and a mission — to kill her former boss and co-workers who put her in that state. The highly trained assassin, marksman, swordswoman and the self-proclaimed “most dangerous woman in the world” travels the world armed with Hanzo Steel, killing all who stand in her path. Including an entire dojo full of bloodthirsty Yakuza swordsmen.

Col. Hans Landa – Inglourious Basterds

Tarantino’s most engaging and memorable character to date. Brought to gleeful life by Christoph Waltz, the Jew Hunter exudes an easy charm that makes his existence grotesque and haunting. Yielding great power and an ever-turning mind, he injects terror and tension into something as everyday as adding creme to strudel.

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8 Characters Who Were Dumb Enough To Mess With Samuel L. Jackson http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-characters-who-were-dumb-enough-to-mess-with-samuel-l-jackson/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-characters-who-were-dumb-enough-to-mess-with-samuel-l-jackson/#comments Tue, 17 Jul 2012 20:26:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249744 In honor of Meeting Evil...

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Next week, the DVD of Sam Jackson’s Meeting Evil hits stores, which gives us at Screen Junkies pause to wonder if it ever really pays to mess with Samuel L. Jackson. I mean, there are probably a couple of guys I fear a little more (Michael Madsen and Danny Trejo come to mind), but that list is short.

Sam Jackson can disassemble your constitution with literally one f-bomb. So it’s best to steer clear of the man and mess with someone you can handle. Like Jason Biggs.

Here are eight characters that learned that lesson the hard way.

The Snakes on a Plane

I don’t know if snakes are aware of who Samuel L. Jackson is, but they should be after seeing how they fare in this campy B-movie nod. Snakes, roaches, lizards, and geckos should all give Mr. Jackson a very wide berth. He is not one to be trifled with. If he doesn’t have a weapon, he will literally curse at you in an angry voice until you die of shame. Of all God’s creatures, only Sam Jackson can do that.

Prince Akeem and Semmi

Sometimes even a broken clock is right.

In Coming to America, these two African transplants draw upon their martial arts training to thwart a disheveled Jackson’s attempted robbery at McDowell’s. In case you were wondering, McDowell’s is the place with the golden arcs. Not arches. Arcs.

When Eddie Murphy’s Akeem sweeps Jackson’s leg (with a mop), Semmi steps up, catches the gun out of the air and lays down the law.

Though it worked out for these two this time, going forward I can’t recommend that anyone mess with Samuel L. This probably won’t be the outcome 95% of the time.

The Guy in the Closet with the Hand Cannon

Just don’t fire guns at Samuel L., okay? That should be a rule. In Pulp Fiction, this poor fella is hiding in the bathroom as Vincent and Jules are wondering if Marcellus Wallace looks like a bitch. And right about the time that Jules divulges that his girlfriend being a vegetarian pretty much makes him a vegetarian too, this guy comes out firing. For some reason, the bullets seem to swerve around the duo. They look around, amazed, before getting a peeved look on their face and lighting the guy up with about ten bullets.

If you fire a gun at SLJ (I don’t expect that name to stick), God will pull some of that divine intervention crap and rain down furious anger, just like Ezekiel said he would.

The Two Rednecks

In case this isn’t totally clear to you right off the bat, the two rednecks in question were the men in A Time to Kill that raped and assaulted his character’s daughter. Completely devastated and shaken, he seeks redress against these men after the justice system fails him. He comes into the courtroom shooting and takes them out, and also a constable in the process.

Fortunately, he’s got a young Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock for lawyers, so he not only avoids the death penalty, but gets acquitted on all charges.

I wouldn’t expect this same result if you hire Magic Mike as your lawyer.

The Police Commander

I thought about just comprising this list of seven people that screw with Sam Jackson’s character in The Negotiator, but that wouldn’t be a very exciting list. I mean, I liked The Negotiator, but I’m aware it wasn’t a very good movie. And recapping it by citing seven people who wronged his negotiating character would probably be overkill. However, the internal affairs snitch played by J.T. Walsh, and the police commander played by often-jerk Ron Rifkin are worth noting.

Most of the people who cross Jackson die, except for Rifkin, who gets clipped in the arm in an effort to prevent him from committing suicide.

Yeah. I just spoiled The Negotiator for you. Cry about it.

The Shark

So the shark from Deep Blue Sea pretty much has his way with Jackson without much direct recourse. I mean, yeah, the shark gets his comeuppance, but that’s not really related to his attacking and eating the shit out of Sam Jackson.

The moral here is that if you’re an African prince or a giant mutant shark, there’s a chance that you can mess with Samuel L. Jackson, but I really don’t think it’s a good idea for the rest of us. So here’s my rule of thumb.

Don’t mess with Samuel L. Jackson. Best case scenario, you get away with it. Worst case scenario, he not only kills you, but precedes dispatching you with a really long, intense monologue that makes you terrified for your last minutes on earth.

Not good times. Don’t mess with Samuel L.

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Good news. We have a winner in our ‘Pulp Fiction’ caption contest. He’s a very special boy named Chris Ahrens, and he’ll be receiving a copy of ‘Pulp Fiction‘ on Blu-ray DVD. Oh, the pride he must feel! But in all fairness, there were two captions that were funnier than his, but they came from myself and a former Screen Junkies editor, so they were illegible.

At any rate, let’s take a look at the winning caption.

“When life gives you a gag… mmffmm mum mmm”.

Once again, congrats to Chris Ahrens.

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Today, Pulp Fiction is being released on Blu-ray. In honor of the occasion, we’ve decided to have a contest. Caption the pic below. The person with the funniest caption will receive a copy of the DVD. You have until 12:00 PM PST on Friday, October 7th, to submit your caption. Feel free to submit multiple times. The winner will be decided by me and me alone, so deal with it.

Here’s the pic. Good luck!

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‘Pulp Fiction’ Blu-Ray Shows Bruce Willis’ Penis, But Not What’s In The Briefcase http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/pulp-fiction-blu-ray-shows-bruce-willis-penis-but-not-whats-in-the-briefcase/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/pulp-fiction-blu-ray-shows-bruce-willis-penis-but-not-whats-in-the-briefcase/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 13:38:51 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231059 Highly recommended for the picture and sound upgrades alone, as well as a great catalog of extras.

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Today sees the Blu-Ray release of Pulp Fiction, perhaps the most beloved film by director Quentin Tarantino. Since opening in 1994, Pulp Fiction has become a pop culture touchstone, endlessly referenced and imitated in film and television. How does it hold up by today’s standards? The film is as entertaining now as it ever was, with dialogue you wind up thinking about for days and performances that remain essential for the film’s stars.

Uma Thirman Smoking In Pulp Fiction

The real question is, is it worth the upgrade to Blu-ray? Absolutely. The sound is crisp and engaging (listen to all the nearby chatter during the diner climax), and the picture is clearer than I can ever remember (including poor Marvin’s brains). In fact, the picture is so crisp that you can clearly see Bruce Willis‘ penis when he gets out of the shower. I’d much rather have seen what was in the briefcase.

The extras include most of what was featured on the Collector’s Edition DVD, but with two notable additions. There is a new retrospective featuring the films cast, including John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Tim Roth and more. They offer some trivia about working with Tarantino before he was a major player, and other neat tid-bits. The other new feature is a film-critic round table discussion of the film, featuring Elvis Mitchell and others. It’s a fun bull session to listen to if you’re a fan of the film.

John Travolta Dancing In Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction is released on Blu-Ray Tuesday October 4th, with a SRP of $19.99. Highly recommended for the picture and sound upgrades alone, as well as a great catalog of extras.

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The Best ‘Pulp Fiction’ Parodies From The Past 17 Years http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-best-pulp-fiction-parodies-from-the-past-17-years/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-best-pulp-fiction-parodies-from-the-past-17-years/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 14:41:43 +0000 Archibald Bayou III http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230896 Don't worry, 'MadTV' made the list.

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In honor of this week’s release of Quentin Tarantino‘s classic Pulp Fiction on Blu-ray, Screen Junkies has taken a look back at the most noteworthy Pulp Fiction parodies from the past 17 years. From “Saturday Night Live” to “Community” to ”House M.D.” and beyond, Pulp Fiction has been referenced and spoofed in every way imaginable. With that in mind, let’s explore the lighter side of a film that features murder, overdosing, and forced sodomy.

Break.com

Lil’ Pulp Fiction is the newest entry on this list, and it comes from our parent site Break.com. After all, why let the opportunity for a shameless plug go to waste.

Spaced

I have yet to immerse myself into the U.K. series Spaced, but I understand the series featured spoofs of many different films and television shows. This one, an homage to the final showdown between Butch and Vincent, is pretty solid. It also features Nick Frost, who ruled in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, and can make me laugh pretty much by standing still.

Community

NBC’s excellent sitcom “Community” has parodied everything from Predator to Goodfellas to Space Camp. Last season’s episode, “Critical Film Studies,” devoted itself to Pulp Fiction, and really captured the deep love that the film’s fans have for it. Bonus point: Britta looked super hot in her Mia Wallace costume.

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There are 429 curse words in Pulp Fiction, the vast majority of which are some variation of “fuck.” Now you can see them all in one video! That’s fucking awesome. Fuck.

Fuckity fuck-fuck:

Emma Roberts Does Her Favorite Scene (Movieline)

Man Smashes Watermelon On Face (BarstoolSports)

Militia Fanny Pack Fashion (Holytaco)

Chris Evans Gets Righteous (FilmDrunk)

Victorias Slutty Dance Moves (CelebJihad)

The Saddest Image From E3 (Unreality)

How Ferris Bueller Saves Depression (Moviefone)

A Sad Day At Playboy Mansion (PopEater)

Superheroes Who Will Never Get Their Own Movie (Smosh)

The Best and Worst US Presidents (Ranker)

Mark Cuban Taking A Leak (BroBible)

Mark Stong in Green Lantern (Maxim)

Christian Bale Is Disgusting (Pajiba)

Red Riding In The Hood (NextMovie)

MMA According to Google (CagePotato)

Inside A Secret Restaurant (MadeMan)

Tomb Raider Preview (GameFront)

Patricia Velasquez Hotness (TuVez)

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Rapper Recreates 9 Movies In 1 Take, Because Why Not? http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/rapper-recreates-9-movies-in-1-take-because-why-not/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/rapper-recreates-9-movies-in-1-take-because-why-not/#comments Sat, 23 Apr 2011 00:38:57 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=208624 Film history classes are for people with money to burn. Check out this hip-hop, film history CliffsNotes video from rapper DeStorm.

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Film history classes are for people with money to burn. Burn, money, burn. Check out this hip-hop, film history CliffsNotes video from rapper DeStorm. He jumps from famous movie scene to famous movie scene all in one take, like a less impressive (though still entertaining) version of the Old Spice commercials. You can expect to see everything from Casablanca to Pulp Fiction, with a little Rocky thrown in there for good measure. Gotta have my “Adriaaaaan.”

There’s another music video DeStorm made about video games. What about a combined video, where he goes through the history of classic video game movies? You’d have… uh… and then you’d jump to… uh… The Wizard? Okay, bad idea.

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