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Ian Crow’s Film Masterclass #2 – Pulp Fiction (1994)

Hey guys, my first article in a new topic seems to of been a popular one which enticed me to continue with this topic. If you guys didn’t see my first article, the jist of it is basically that I always wanted to do an all-time top whatsoever of my favourite films of all time and knowing that it’s an incredibly difficult thing to fathom, I’ve decided that I will write an article titled ‘Film Masterclass’ monthly where I will talk about my favourite films of all time. My first addition was Nicholas Winding Refn’s masterpiece ‘Drive’ back in 2011 and after much deliberation, the next film to be inducted to my film masterclass is…Pulp Fiction!

As you may already know, I am a huge Quentin Tarantino fan and I believe he is the greatest filmmaker of all time; every single one of his films are a masterclass in their own and not only that, but they all have their own swagger which shines on screen and oozes class, and if there was to be one Tarantino film that I had to pick which resembled exactly what I just said, it would be Pulp Fiction. Delivering a brilliant feature debut in Reservoir Dogs, expectations were high on the upcoming director and he pulled the rabbit out of the bag by delivering Pulp Fiction, which is by far one of the greatest films of the 90’s. Winning big at the Oscars with Tarantino winning for his Original Screenplay and being nominated for another six films including Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Not only that but it scooped the Palme d’Or at Cannes Film Festival. But it’s not all about the awards that it won, it’s about the actual story and the characters within it; Starring Samuel L. Jackson is his best performance on screen ever, the resurgence of John Travolta who brought back his coolness of the 70’s back into the 90’s which includes that iconic dance with Uma Thurman at the diner. Watching Uma Thurman and John Travolta boogie on the dancefloor with ‘You Can Never Tell’ by Chuck Berry & Jerome Patrick Hoban playing over the top, I always seem to go into a trance at the hip swinging Travolta, and I can assure you, I never trip out when watching someone dance.

As you will agree, Pulp Fiction is one of the most memorable films of all time, let alone the 90’s; and it helps to get that iconic status by good screenwriting, but we were gifted by superb screenwriting by the master of conversation in Quentin Tarantino. Most likely the only person in the world of filmmaking who can make a conversation about the metric system of cheeseburgers and the ability of buying a beer in McDonalds in Paris interesting to hear. Not only that, but the timeline isn’t in chronological order. The story isn’t in order, but It all comes together eventually as we all see our key characters before and after pivotal moments in the film and are wonderfully implemented throughout the film as they all come together and collide.

Full of iconic scenes including the infamous speech by Samuel L. Jackson’s character towards the start of the movie and the other including the overdose of Uma Thurman’s characters with John Travolta eventually stabbing her in the heart with an adrenaline shot. I could go on for years and years about how incredible Pulp Fiction is, but the fact of the matter is that everyone knows that. It’s one of the most loved films of all time and is adored by critics alike.

So there we go, Pulp Fiction has been inducted into my Film Masterclass. Hope you enjoyed my new addition and let me know if you agree! Film Masterclass will be back next month!

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