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Pulp Fiction

2. Pulp Fiction

This movie changed my life. It made me truly love cinema, step outside the mainstream comfort area and eventually become a member of this awesome community. Therefore, you could say Pulp Fiction influenced the entire list.

I remember first seeing Pulp Fiction at a friend's house. He loves movies just as much as I do that sadly became out of contact after moving far away. When I first saw the film my English wasn't good as it is today, and the subtitles didn't cover all the pop culture references I get now, but not back then. Regardless, I f**king loved it. That experience long ago was the fastest and most exciting 150 minutes of my life. I watched it again a few years later and it became the Number 1 favorite film.

Pulp Fiction didn't just change and influence me, it influenced cinema as a whole. There had never been a story, dialogues, and characters so original, so fun, and so down-to-earth before the film was released. Sure, the whole story is ridiculous and not very realistic at all but the conversations they have surely are. They're actually quite offensive, B-gradeish and sometimes not that intelligent- but so relate-able and quote-able, its exactly like how you talk with close buddies. This makes the characters extremely close to you and easy to get in their wild lives.

Some say Pulp Fiction is overrated and isn't worth the reputation is has, but I totally disagree. The fact that the film is considered to be so overrated just shows how great the film is. In my opinion, because the dialogue and elements of Pulp Fiction have ingrained closely into out lives- it doesn't feel that special. That's why the current generation of newbie movie buffs checking out on of the best films every made- this film of course- are finishing it only to be felt underwhelmed. However the generation before certainly didn't feel that way, and did everything to make the film be part of our daily lives. To truly enjoy Pulp Fiction I think you need to look into the eyes of someone who lived before the whole phenomenon and enjoy the fresh brilliance when it was released back then, without the giant veil of everyday culture all around us.

This film was the revival and introduction to many people. It kicked off the legendary careers of Uma Thurman and Samuel L. Jackson, and created a 2nd Golden Age for John Travolta, and most important of all the start of Tarantino- while Reservoir Dogs already made him a minor star Pulp Fiction made him into a superstar director and made a path for great films he went to make on later. So overall this film can be described as a powerful kick. A kick that propelled the audience into new levels of cinema, the actors and producers into a world that can easily accept their views because of a guaranteed success hard to obtain for even slightly arthouse directors and make them into legends. Pulp Fiction is a brilliant combination of mainstream and unique, special, and artistic elements. Probably the best combination of the two to ever be born, Usually the two elements fail miserably when put into the wrong hands, but this film is a incredible exception. Enjoyable as comfort homemade food and as rough as the hard grit of the outside, Pulp Fiction will be a favorite until I die.