Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction just finished on Bravo. I only watched the last third or so. It doesn’t make any difference, I’ve seen the movie many times.

This is an amazing movie. It’s also the most violent movie I like. I wish that weren’t so, but the movie is powerful enough to overcome the objections I’d normally have.

I think there are some exceptional performances, that’s probably what impresses me the most.

First, Samuel L. Jackson. He is so powerfully weird, yet believable at the same time. I can’t think of one thing he should have done differently. My opinion of him as a person, in appearances I’ve seen since Pulp Fiction, is totally based on the character he played here. In essence, I’m accepting this movie as his own personality.

John Travolta’s work is nearly to the same level. He’s also believably weird, though not quite as weird as Samuel L. Travolta’s best performances have been with characters who are off center, like this movie and Get Shorty.

The problem is, I just can’t recommend Pulp Fiction. There are too many weird scenes, too many violent images. As good as it is, I wouldn’t take the responsibility.

But, wow – what a movie.