Quentin Tarantino is a God

I just watched two Tarantino movies from 1994 that have held up incredibly well.

Friday night’s bloodfest was Natural Born Killers.  I had forgotten Tarantino wrote the story – Oliver Stone got all the glory on this one.  Woody Harrelson is unbelievable and – a decade later – the movie matches the evening news more than I’d ever care to have imagined.

Tonight, we watched Pulp Fiction.  I’ve only seen this movie about 30 times (a few less then Caddyshack) and I was delighted to find the script on the Internet.  My favorite scene is the the one when Butch (the boxer played by Bruce Willis) has finally reconciled with Marsellus after blowing away Zed and Maynard and is trying to get Fabian on the chopper to get out of town.  Fabian starts to cry and the following dialogue ensues.

BUTCH: I’m sorry, baby-love.

FABIAN: (crying) You were gone so long, I started to think dreadful thoughts.

BUTCH: I’m sorry I worried you, sweetie.  Everything’s fine.  Hey, how was breakfast?

FABIAN: (waterworks drying a little) It was good —

BUTCH: — did you get the blueberry pancakes?

FABIAN: No, they didn’t have blueberry pancakes, I had to get buttermilk — are you sure you’re okay?

BUTCH: Baby-love, from the moment I left you, this has been without a doubt the single weirdest day of my entire life.  Climb on an’ I’ll tell ya about it.

Fabian does climb on.  Butch STARTS her up.

FABIAN: Butch, whose motorcycle is this?

BUTCH: It’s a chopper.

FABIAN: Whose chopper is this?

BUTCH: Zed’s.

FABIAN: Who’s Zed?

BUTCH: Zed’s dead, baby, Zed’s dead.

And with that, the two lovebirds PEEL AWAY on Grace, as the SONG on the BOOM BOX RISES.

I empathize with Butch.

While I always have thought I wanted to be The Wolf when I grew up, I turned out to be Marsellus when I took the “What Pulp Fiction Character Are You?” survey. 

What Pulp Fiction Character Are You?

Your name alone strikes fear into others; but maybe, just maybe, there’s a little vulnerability and weakness beneath that stoic, fierce exterior of yours.

Take the What Pulp Fiction Character Are You? quiz.

  • hear, hear! pulp fiction is the greatest movie of all time

  • Sandy Kumar

    Hi Brad,

    It seems like Quentin Tarantino movies elicit either/or strong views.

    After so many good references to Quentin Tarantino movies by my friends, I decided to give them a try a few weeks ago with a few of my other friends that hadnt seen his movies. We watched Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill Vol 1. The response to both the movies were that of disppointment and disgust.

    Disppoitment because, we were looking forward to watch good cinema and disgust because the violence was too direct, too
    raw for our liking.

    So I asked my friend who loves Quentin Tarantino movies, why he thought these movies were great. His only response was ” For the Style of it”.

    Maybe, I am missing something here. Maybe I didnt notice something that Tarantino movie offers, beyond the violence . I hope to be educated about this someday.

  • Mike Frye

    I never realized before Pulp Fiction how much a gimp adds to a movie.
    Anyway, I have watched it twice, but them somebody was telling me that Travolta and Jackson are angels and that the briefcase they carry is pandoras box, and there is this huge religious thing that I completely missed. Quite frankly I feel as though I have to watch it again and pay attention.

  • I’ve always liked Pulp Fiction because (besides the style) it’s a movie about second chances… specifically what people do with their second chance.

  • Pulp fiction has a nice place in my heart, i loved it, have watched it at least 3 times!

  • German

    names of characters are wrong, checkhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110912/