There’s this passage I’ve got memorised. Ezekiel 25:17

One of the greatest contemporary filmmakers turns 54 today.

Quentin Tarantino – director, actor, producer, all around very talented man. His influence on the world cinema is vast, stories in his films are strong, he deals with heavy subjects (crime, anti-Semitism, slavery, revenge) in a fun way, and yet, he never slips into banality. True talent, for sure.

Let’s talk about one of his best films in total, and most certainly by far his best film from his early, pre-Kill Bill period.

The year was 1994 and the film is “Pulp Fiction”.

Where to start with this one? The brilliant story, the inspired directing or the cast? Cast? Well, we have some names there! John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Rosanna Arquette, Uma Thurman, Eric Stoltz and cameos by Steve Buscemi, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel and even Quentin Tarantino himself. An all-star casting. Well, misfits but who cares? And the music! As in every Tarantino film, the soundtrack is absolutely perfect – “Urge Overkill”, “The Statler Brothers”, Dusty Springfield, Ricky Nelson, “The Tornadoes”… An amazing soundtrack.

And what about the film as a whole? Well, here’s what Tarantino said about his masterpiece: “The trick is to try to be way ahead of that curve, so theyâ’re not chuckling at your movies 20 years down the line. With Pulp Fiction, people were like, “Wow, I have never seen a movie like that before. A movie can do that?” I donâ’t think thatâ’s the case anymore. Iâ’m not talking ridiculously over anyoneâ’s head anymore.”

“Pulp Fiction”, “Reservoir Dogs”, “Death Proof”, “Inglorious Bastards”, “Django Unchained”… Who knows what’s next for Tarantino. I don’t, but I certainly can’t wait to find out.

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