When I learned that one of my favorite shows, Community, would be paying tribute to Quentin Tarantino’s oft-referenced film Pulp Fiction (1994), I knew I would be doing myself a disservice if I were to watch the episode before viewing the film. With the knowledge that I would no longer be the person who had to pretend to understand what it meant to call in a “cleaner,” or the significance of a couple dancing the twist to “You Never Can Tell” by Chuck Berry, I mentally prepared myself for 154 minutes of some of Tarantino’s finest work.
He did not disappoint. As the king of non-linear storytelling, Tarantino weaves three main plots together in a stunning display of violence, drug-use, and swearing. In short, he creates characters committing acts that movie-watchers enjoy viewing. The appeal of Pulp Fiction is that each one of the characters has vitality and depth, which is essential to ensure that the viewer still roots for mobsters Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent (John Travolta), failed-actress/mob-wife Mia (Uma Thurman), and boxer Butch (Bruce Willis), and even after they engage in some morally repugnant activities. Although many of the scenes and lines from the movie are considered iconic, I would not want to spoil any more of Pulp Fiction for those of you have not seen this action-packed, Oscar-winning, crime film. Just be cool and go watch it.
Here’s that twist scene I mentioned:
- Brigida Pirraglia