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Review: Nightcrawler

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Nightcrawler (2014)

R / 117 min

Crime / Drama / Thriller

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton

Director: Dan Gilroy

There’s something slightly unsettling about Nightcrawler, director Dan Gilroy’s exploration into the world of L.A. crime journalism.  Until watching this movie, I didn’t even know this sort of industry even existed.  Essentially, the act of “nightcrawling” involves racing around the streets of L.A. during the twilight hours to capture b-roll footage of all the crimes that take place during the night.  This footage is then shopped around to news agencies, ripe and ready to be broadcasted during the morning news cycle.  It’s a ruthless business, one that requires you to stay ahead of the curve if you want to succeed.  Nightcrawler is the story of Louis Bloom, a rookie to the business who takes his entrepreneurial abilities a little too far.

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Jake Gyllenhaal takes the lead role of Louis Bloom, a grungy greased-up entrepreneur.  He’s a hustler, persistent to the point of annoyance and willing to do anything he has to in order to put his foot ahead of the rest.  His search for a job comes to an end when he drives past a car accident on his way home.  He gets out of his car and before he even has the chance to take a couple of steps, a van comes to a halting stop next the accident, with two video journalists hopping out to capture the footage.  Ideas start brewing in Louis’ head and before we know it, he is dipping his toes into this somewhat sleazy business.

Louis’ operation escalates pretty quickly as he starts to learn the ins and outs of the business.  He purchases his own equipment, learns the police radio codes, and even hires an assistant (played by Riz Ahmed).  Unlike the other video journalists, Louis takes his craft to the next level and begins to blur the lines of morality.  His first video package that he prepares for a local TV station gets a little nosey as he “breaks” into a house to get the “perfect shot” of a crime scene.  His primary contact at the TV station, TV veteran Nina Romina (Rene Russo), loves this up-close-and-personal footage and decides to air Louis’ work, despite some hesitation from her peers at the station.

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Things only get more intense as Louis tests the waters of moral ambiguity.  Gyllenhaal does a perfect job at portraying the young entrepreneur.  He’s cut-throat in his doings and he’s a little bit insane.  Gyllenhaal takes you down the character’s rabbit hole that he gets himself into as he tries to get “the perfect shot.”  The film ramps up in intensity, especially during a murder scene at a suburban mansion.  It’s the film’s peak, the moment that begins Louis’ decent.  Rene Russo’s Nina also takes part in this decent, although to a lesser extent.  The performances are great all around, but I would have liked to see more from Riz Ahmed’s character.  His relationship with Louis was a toxic one, one that I thought could have been explored a little more than it was.

Nightcrawler shouldn’t really be looked at as an accurate representation of the business, but more as a satire.  However, the film does raise questions about the moral ramifications that stem from such a sordid, yet lucrative job.  Morality is one of the primary driving themes behind the story, one that is handled pretty well.  Like I said in the very beginning of this review, there is something deeply unsettling about the act of nightcrawling.  It’s not the most glamourous of occupations, and this film does a great job at portraying this.

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Events build up as the movie rolls along but the final scene felt a little bit anticlimactic, and almost unnecessary. Things came to a close in such a jarring way that I was not expecting.  The ending wasn’t really effective at all and didn’t really put the nicest cap on an otherwise very well-made film.  The movie could have been extended or shortened by a scene to wrap things up better.  It would have made a big difference.

There’s a dose of grittiness and darkness that covers Nightcrawler, an unnerving look into the seedy world of crime journalism.  Gyllenhaal gives an outstanding performance of a man who takes things a little too far.  The film documents the steady decline of his character as he does some dirty things to get ahead of his peers.  It’s a fascinating film that’s full of great performances and thrills.  It’s just a shame it wasn’t brought to a conclusion in better fashion.

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Review: Agent Carter Season 2

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Agent Carter (Season 2) (2016)


Action / Adventure / Sci-Fi

Starring: Hayley Atwell, James D’Arcy, Enver Gjokaj

Creators: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely

The kick ass and take names female agent Peggy Carter takes a trip to the sunshine drenched Hollywood for the second season of Marvel’s Agent Carter.  The ABC show was an under-the-radar fan favorite during its premiere season.  The shows first outing was a short eight episode “mini” season that told a compelling story in a fun era and setting.  The show’s sophomore season, a longer ten-episode season, takes the setting to gorgeous Los Angeles where a strange and slightly terrifying case awaits the SSR agent.

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Played once again by Hayley Atwell, Peggy Carter has made a name for herself as one of the SSR’s elite agents.  After her heroics in the first season, she is a hot commodity.  After moving to the SSR’s offices in California, agent Daniel Sousa (Enver Gjokaj) gets involved in a case involving dark matter, a mysterious substance that has scary and dangerous side-effects if it comes into contact with humans.  After arriving in LA, we quickly see the effects of this substance when Roxxon scientist Jason Wilkes (Reggie Austin) and Hollywood actress Whitney Frost (Wynn Everett) break the container holding the substance, spilling it on themselves and causing a major chemical reaction.  The substance has differing effects on the two individuals, with Whitney receiving a deadly power that allows her to absorb any human that she comes into contact with.  This power makes her, well, power-hungry, quickly turning her into a dangerous adversary to Carter and the SSR.

Agent Carter isn’t alone in her fight however, with some familiar friends joining her side.  Everybody’s favorite, and one of the reasons why the show shines, is Howard Stark’s butler Jarvis, played brilliantly by James D’Arcy.  The show has a healthy amount of humor, with D’Arcy’s Jarvis being the main source.  He was great last season but you can tell that he has slipped into the role with ease and he rocks it.  There’s also the aforementioned Stark (Dominic Cooper), but we don’t see him too often this season.  We do however see a good bit of agent Jack Thompson (Chad Michael Murray), a familiar face from last season.  He’s one of the more intriguing characters, changing sides like it’s no one’s business.  He kind of throws you through a loop and you never seem to know which side he is on at a given time, which makes him fascinating.

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When dealing with a substance like dark matter, the story gets inheritably stupid at times, and by stupid I mean a little out of whack.  The plot lines in the first season seemed grounded and believable, but there’s a lot of science and mystical wonders that rear their head this season that make you scoff a little.  Nonetheless, the story was entertaining and kept me entertained during the course of the season, with only a few sluggish moments here and there.  That’s one of the perks of having a shorter more serialized season.  Most shows of this nature have around 22 episodes, which often translates to a couple filler episodes.  You can’t say the same for Agent Carter.  It’s consistent and it’s entertaining.

I’m having trouble picking which season of Agent Carter I enjoyed the most.  They were both great and each had their memorable moments, but I have to give the edge to the first season.  This season’s story was entertaining, sure, but the first season was a more compelling affair, with seemingly a lot more at stake.  The new sun-soaked Hollywood locales provide a nice backdrop for a fun and action-packed show that deserves more attention than it is given.  With Hayley Atwell signing onto a pilot for another ABC show, the future of Agent Carter seems a little uncertain at the moment.  However, with the way things wrapped up this season as well as the reaction from the show’s dedicated fan base, all fingers point to another season in this show’s future.  Let’s hope.


The VMAs 2015 Recap

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via People

MTV was hyping this year’s MTV Video Music Awards to be super crazy and off the rails.  There was even talk about the program being put on a slight delay.  Why?  Well, because Miley Cyrus was hosting them and let’s just say she knows a thing or two about crazy.  All you have to do is take a quick look at her Instagram to see why.  Ever since she left her squeaky clean Hannah Montana image behind her, she has redefined what it means to be an attention grabber.  With her hosting the VMAs, things were probably going to get weird…except they didn’t.  It was actually a relatively tame showing from Miley, with the emphasis being put on the multitude of performances.

Nicki Minaj started off the night with a raucous performance of “Trini Dem Girls,” complete with tribal dancing and vaginal slapping, pretty much par for the course when it comes to a Nicki Minaj performance.  She then moved on to “The Night Is Still Young,” where the crowd was met with a surprise when Taylor Swift came out to join her on stage.  If you didn’t know already, the two had some beef brewing between them, but if this performance meant anything, the beef between them had finally been squashed.  What a way to start the show.

With one celebrity squabble crushed another one was built up…by Nicki Minaj of course.  After being presented the award for Best Hip-Hop Video, Nicki Minaj proceeded to call out Miley Cyrus who was standing on the other side of the stage.  Miley Cyrus was talking negatively about her in an interview a while back and Nicki thought the bright stage of the VMAs would be the best place to settle things.  Things didn’t really settle however, but only got worse, leaving us with a pretty awkward moment.

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Now that we’re on the topic of Miley Cyrus, let’s talk about her hosting performance shall we?  She was pretty tame in terms of the things she did.  She started with a brief little monologue talking about how MTV will probably go back to having no hosts by the time the night is over.  The monologue had some other jokes here and there that pretty much fell completely flat.  Miley Cyrus is better when she does her own thing, without a script put in front of her.  She had numerous wardrobe changes, some more interesting than others, as the night went on.  There were also a number of sketches that were sprinkled in between.  Aside from an “accidental” nip slip towards the end and a head scratching performance at the end, Miley wasn’t really the Miley that most were probably expecting.  In fact, she kind of left me disappointed.  She got progressively more annoying as the night went on and definitely less funny as well.  Perhaps the most surprising thing coming from her end was a surprise announcement of a free album, “Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.”  Pretty bold move…

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via Billboard

As far as other performances go, there wasn’t really any “bad” performances.  Macklemore and Ryan Lewis graced the outdoor stage outside the theater with a performance of their newest single “Downtown.”  The Weeknd gave a pretty solid performance of “Can’t Feel My Face,” complete with flames galore.  Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky might have given us the most interesting and different performance of the night with a mash up of their songs.  I didn’t know what to expect from it at first, but I liked it.  Demi Lovato took the outdoor stage with a fun performance of “Cool for the Summer” with surprise guest Iggy Azalea…who no one particularly asked for.  There was also a cool performance from Pharrell Williams of his newest song “Freedom” that took place on the outdoor stage as well.  I thought the stage outside the Orpheum Theater in the streets of Los Angeles was a pretty cool setting in my opinion.

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Justin Bieber made his return to the VMA stage after a five year hiatus.  That span of five years has been pretty tough for the young rascal and he looked like a changed man last night.  He gave an electric performance of “Where Are U Now,” followed by his newest song “What Do You Mean” which ended with Bieber literally flying in the sky performing some acrobatics.  After making his landing safe and sound, the artist was in tears…for no apparent reason.  Perhaps it was because he felt good to finally be back on stage again after all he has been through…or maybe it was the straps that might have rubbed him the wrong way…your guess is as good as mine.

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via ET Online

As far as the televised awards go, Taylor Swift might have to be considered the big winner.  She took home the Best Female Video award for “Blank Space” and Video of the Year award for “Bad Blood,” among others.  Artist to Watch was given to Fetty Wap, most notably for his hit “Trap Queen.”  Best Male Video was given to Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars for their infectious jam “Uptown Funk.”  Finally, the award for Best Video with A Social Message went to Big Sean, Kanye West, and John Legend for “One Man Can Change the World.”  Big Sean probably gave the acceptance speech of the night, dedicating it to his late Grandma who was a war pilot.  It was a well-deserved award for Sean.

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Let’s be serious though, perhaps the most talked about and most important portion of the night was the presentation of the Video Vanguard Award, which was presented to Kanye West.  It was only fitting that Taylor Swift would be the one to present Kanye his award because of their past VMA history.  Anyway, Kanye soon took the stage and just stood there for a good minute, soaking it all up.  The crowd was going crazy, shouting “Yeezy” chants left and right.  Kanye finally took the mic and started rambling on and on about a whole variety of different things ranging from his daughter to groceries to celebrity beef to award show and the culture that surround them.  I have to admit, I kind of lost him a couple of times, but it was still fascinating to watch.  He ended the big speech with a joke about running for president in 2020 before dropping the mic and walking off stage.  It was a very Kanye thing to do, setting the social media sphere in flames.

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via Billboard

Even though the show could have done just fine without the “crazy” antics and mischief from Miley, 2015’s VMAs still had its fair share of fun and talk-worthy moments.  The emphasis was on the performances, which only makes sense in this day and age. No one watches award shows for the awards anymore.  It’s all about which performance topped them all, and this year’s VMAs gave us a whole lot of performances to think about.  I struggle to pick which one was my favorite because they were all equally great and exciting. The VMAs continue to provide a fun award show experience that tops most award shows on TV these days.  I hope this trend continues on…but let’s have Miley sit out next time please?

Here’s the full list of winners from the night…VMAs 2015 8

Video of the Year: Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”

Best Male Video: Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”

Best Female Video: Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Artist to Watch: Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Best Pop Video: Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”

Best Hip-Hop Video: Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”

Best Rock Video: Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”

Best Video With A Social Message: Big Sean feat. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change The World”

Song of the Summer: 5 Seconds of Summer – “She’s Kinda Hot”

Review: San Andreas

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San Andreas (2015)

PG-13 / 114 min

Action / Drama / Thriller

Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario

Director: Brad Peyton

The San Andreas Fault line is one of the biggest fault lines of its kind, spanning almost the entire state of California.  The line has been dormant and stable for a while now, with no indication of it going off anytime soon.  But what if it did?  What would happen?  What would you do?  These questions pretty much make up the slogan for San Andreas, a disaster movie about what would happen if the entire San Andreas fault where to rumble.  Spoiler: things go bad very, very quickly.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays himself…nope, I meant Ray, a rescue officer from the Los Angeles Fire Department.  He is currently having some marriage troubles as his wife Emma (Carla Gugino) sends divorce papers to his house.  He also has a daughter named Blake (Alexandra Daddario) who he is very protective of, due to a past incident when he lost his other daughter to a rafting accident.  As everybody goes their separate ways, California starts to tremble as the entire state starts to quake.  Ray manages to get to his wife, but his daughter is trapped in the city after Emma’s boyfriend leaves her to fend for herself.  The general plot premise reminds me of another movie series I’ve seen…is this Taken?  Sadly, this is not a Taken movie, but the movie might as well be if you sub out the earthquake and in its place put in kidnappers.

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via Clutch Mag

Blake is not alone for long however, as she picks up to friends that help her get out of an early jam.  Brothers Ben and Ollie (Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Art Parkinson) are quick to her aid.  The newly formed trio stick together for the rest of the movie, with the sole mission of finding high ground for Blake’s dad to find them.  Hugo Johnstone-Burt and Art Parkinson were my favorite additions to the cast as they provided the comic relief and charm in a movie full of dire circumstances and terror.

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The movie’s plot falls apart quickly however, almost as fast as San Francisco itself.  (That pun most definitely intended)  The plot holes are bountiful and plenty as director Brad Peyton takes you on a ride through the cement and rebar wasteland of San Francisco.  How Ray is supposed to find his lone daughter in the crumbling city of San Francisco is just as impossible as it sounds.  But why am I talking about the movie’s story?  I guess the story takes the backburner in a movie like this.  The destruction and visually stunning carnage takes the center stage.

This is unfortunate however, as Ray’s backstory and tender family moments get shadowed by the towering destruction around them.  Ray’s past continually stabs at him throughout the movie with the threat of losing another daughter.  The bonding between him and his wife also makes for some nice moments, despite how cheesy some of these moments where.  Everybody makes it out alive in the end (which really is not a spoiler because come on, it’s the Rock we are talking about here) and those family moments to end the film deserved a little more.

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via Variety

San Andreas is a visual spectacle despite its flaws in storytelling.  San Francisco is laid to waste by the time the credits roll, and watching the city fall apart was thrilling to watch.  Skyscrapers fell down, entire street blocks were decimated, and a gigantic tidal wave provided the cherry on top of all the destruction.  The movie gave us some intermittent rest and peace to catch our breath, but was quick to give us another walloping before we could get comfortable again.  The movie was relentless and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

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I would like to point out that the movie started off with a girl driving down the highway with Taylor Swift’s “Style” blasting through the speakers.  The lyrics “And when we go crashing down, we come back every time” were heard, which sums up San Andreas in a nutshell if you think about it.  Everybody makes it out alive but the movie still managed to lay on the tense moments time and time again.  Dwayne Johnson pretty much played the same exact character that he has played in almost every other movie, but he was still fun to watch nonetheless.  Despite its numerous flaws, the movie still delivered on one of its biggest promises: mass amounts of earthquake carnage.  It’s worth watching to see San Francisco crumble to the ground, but not much else.

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Review: Gangster Squad

gangster squad posterGangster Squad (2013)

R / 113 min

Action / Crime / Drama

Starring: Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Director: Ruben Fleischer

Los Angeles in the 1940’s was an interesting place to live.  It was after World War II, the post-war baby boom.  It was the city of angels, although at times it didn’t seem like it.  Mobsters ran the town, and the streets were corrupted.  Mickey Cohen, one of those famed gangsters from the Chicago area decided to bring his empire to the streets of LA.  He was a determined man, ready to take the city in his hands.

Gangster Squad, a movie from Ruben Fleischer, is the supposedly true story about Mickey Cohen and his reign over LA.  (I bet there are some parts added in to make the story look more enticing)  Mickey Cohen is played rather brilliantly by Sean Penn, who brings the menace and the corruptness to the role.  I couldn’t think of someone better for the role, considering Sean Penn and Mickey Cohen in real life look a little similar in some ways.

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The LA police during this time seemed to have themselves in a corner.  They didn’t want to go up against such a powerhouse like Cohen.  However, a brave officer, Sgt. John O’Mara (Josh Brolin), wants to take down Cohen and bring peace to the city that he loves.  Although the police chief Parker (Nick Nolte) is hesitant, he agrees with O’Mara that something should be done.  So he tasks O’Mara with building a team of “rebel cops”, who will wear no badge and make no arrests, that will take down Cohen and drive him out of the city.  It’s a fitting job for O’Mara, given his experience in the war and his special operations background.  It’s a concept that fascinates me.  How a police department would let an operation like this go down.  But then again, it was the 40’s in LA, so anything could happen I presume.


Then begins the tired and overused “building the team” sequence as O’Mara goes around building the team that will bring peace to the city.  He enlists the help of Sgt. Jerry Wooters (Ryan Gosling) (although hesitant at first), a hard headed cop Coleman Harris (Anthony Mackie), smart guy Conway Keeler (Giovanni Ribsi), legendary gunslinger Max Kennard (Robert Patrick), and finally Kennard’s partner Navidad Ramirez (Michael Pena).  It’s a worthy team, although they are inexperienced at times, as evidenced by their first couple of missions.

However, the team grows in skill as they start to take on bolder operations, going around the city wreaking havoc on Cohen’s operations.  They end up wire-tapping Cohen’s house, as well as taking down some of his secret operations, with relative ease mind you.  I couldn’t help but laugh at how easy they were making everything look, but I did suspend my disbelief.  The story was interesting all in all.

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Throughout the story we also see the personal life of both O’Mara and Wooters, both of which I thought could have been done better.  O’Mara has a wife at home, Connie (Mireille Enos), who is pregnant and expecting.  She is worried about her husband, worried that he will get consumed by his honor and duty that he will neglect what they have at home.  Wooters on the other hand has a love interest with Cohen’s girl, Grace Faraday (Emma Stone).  The two see each other on the side without Cohen’s knowledge.  It’s unfortunate that nothing more was down with Stone’s character.  The role could have been so much more, but instead she basically just serves as the eye candy through the movie, and nothing else.

I did find that Ryan Gosling’s acting was pretty good in this one, picking up the slack for some others.  He was the voice of reason throughout the movie, and his charisma and dedication to his job worked really well.  Josh Brolin did an alright job as well, but it was nothing to write home about.  His character felt lifeless at times, especially during some of his pivotal scenes.

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As it comes down to the final scenes in the movie, Cohen slowly starts to figure out what is going on.  He starts getting personal, attacking some of the families of the cops who are involved in taking him down.  This is where the story tries to inject some emotion, but kind falls short in the process.  I never felt  attached to any of the characters, so their emotions never got to me either.

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The action was probably some of the highlights of the movie.  At times I felt like I was watching an old western, since the shoot-out’s were ripe and plenty in Gangster Squad. All you would have to do is just substitute the gangsters and cops for Indians and cowboys and you probably wouldn’t notice the difference.  I felt like every 10 minutes there would be a shoot-out between the cops and Cohen’s men.  It was hard to follow along at times, but it was all so stylish and sweet looking that I didn’t really worry to much. I just sat back and enjoyed.  The final shoot-out in the end was also climatic and tense, and super stylish as well.  On a side note, I was pretty satisfied with the ending as well.  Although it didn’t play out the way I thought it was going to, it still left me with a good feeling.

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Gangster Squad is far from being a stellar movie.  The story of mobsters, gangsters, and cops have been done numerous times in Hollywood, making it hard to keep things fresh.  I wouldn’t say that Gangster Squad kept things fresh, but it did present an intriguing story about the rise, and the fall, of a famous LA gangster who thought he could rise to the top.



Review: Pulp Fiction

pulp fiction posterPulp Fiction (1994)

R / 154 min

Crime / Drama / Thriller

Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Surprisingly, this is the first Quentin Tarantino film I have ever seen.  You would think this wouldn’t be the case, considering the press that he gets and the success that surrounds a lot of his movies.  His work usually gets a cult following, and this can be said about Pulp Fiction.  The one thing that I noticed about Tarantino is that he soon might become one of my favorite directors.  Some of his movies can be brilliant, while others can be a little on the bad side.  However, none of his movies are ever dull.

So, why is Pulp Fiction one of Tarantino’s most highly praised movies?  At the time, there was nothing like it.

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The film’s format breaks up the story into different segments, that all tell different stories.  These stories somehow all intertwine by the end.  I didn’t know this going into the movie and this generally left me satisfied at the end.  I connected the dots and I almost wanted to watch it again to see it all play out with the knowledge that they are connected.

The stories involve violence, crime, and humor in a brilliant way.  They involve Los Angeles mobsters, the wife of a famous gangster, a boxer and his girlfriend, and a couple of diner thieves.  These stories are told out of chronological order, but they all link together by the end.

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Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) and Vincent Vega (John Travolta) are my favorite duo in the movie.  The two are partners in crime that are on a mission to obtain a briefcase from some “business associates” that work for Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames).  We then later see Vincent go off and take Wallace’s wife Mia Wallace on a date.  In a movie that basically brought new life to Travolta’s career, he does a great job in this movie, as did all of the other characters.  The numerous award nominations goes on to prove this fact.

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The other stories involve a boxer named Butch (Bruce Willis) who is paid by Wallace to throw a match.  However, Butch has his own plans when he decides to win the fight and take his payment and use it for a vacation with his girlfriend Fabienne (Maria de Medeiros).  Lastly, we see a story about “The Bonnie Situation”, which involves Winfield and Vega and the aftermath of their briefcase pick-up, and a throw-down at a diner, the same diner that the movie begins in.  The epilogue almost provides a sense of closure.  It’s in this scene that we really see how all of the stories connect.

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The plot, which is partly written by Tarantino himself, is a masterful one.  First of all, Pulp Fiction is probably one of the most quotable movies I have seen in a while.  There is a lot of witty banter that gets passed around between the title character.  There are also pop culture references scattered throughout.  Not to mention, the film is also self-reverent on top of it all.

The movie, which is extremely violent, has a ton of focus on the conversations between the characters.  A lot of scenes feature two or three of the characters just standing around and talking.  It’s here where the humor really shines.  We also get insight into the personalities of the characters through these conversations.  It’s a stylized film-making decision that seems necessary.  There may not be a lot going on in these scenes, but these are the most essential parts of the movie.

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Pulp Fiction is a highly stylized and gritty piece of film-making that was great from the first-minute till the end credits.  It’s a movie that has a cult-following among it’s fans.  It’s a movie that makes me want to see more of Quentin Tarantino’s work.  Pulp Fiction is a pulp classic.