Review: IFS “Pulp Fiction” screenings

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Acclaimed director Quentin Tarantino directed the 1994 film, "Pulp Fiction". Photo courtesy of Internet Movie Database. (imdb.com)

There is a difference between revolutionary films that inspire a generation of filmmakers and movies that stand the test of time as being great pieces of art.  “Pulp Fiction” crosses these boundaries, creating one of the greatest triumphs in the history of cinema.  

Kicking off the University of Northern Colorado’s International Film Series, two free screenings of “Pulp Fiction” took place on Wednesday and Thursday at Lindou Auditorium in Michener Library.  A total of 55 people attended the screening over the course of these two days.

“Pulp Fiction” is written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, who became a star as a result of this film. The film tells a non-chronological story about a mob boss, his wife, two hit men and a boxer. There isn’t really a plot, the film just follows a few characters over the course of a few days.  

Though, with this erratic setup, there are so many memorable scenes and quotable lines of dialogue, which earned Tarantino an Oscar for best screenplay. Tarantino crafts these unpredictable and slightly disconnected scenes that keeps the audience engaged because it is a bit confusing. One example of this is the opening scene, which doesn’t come into play until much later in the film.  

“Pulp Fiction” is one of those films that transcends film genres. While this is mainly a crime film, it also contains drama, suspense, comedy and action.  All of these different emotions blend to create a piece that feels like everyday life, despite its fictional narrative.

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The soundtrack is spectacular in so many ways too. Not only are the songs great, but they fit perfectly within the context of every scene. Each track, from “Son of a Preacher Man” to “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon,” imposes a mood on their respective scenes while making this world feel more tangible to viewers.

All the acting is genuine as well. Not every performance here is amazing due to its self-aware cheesiness, like in the scenes with John Travolta and Uma Thurman.  However, it works because every actor comes off as both interesting and complex in their roles.

Though, the most noteworthy aspect of this film is its style. I don’t think there is a movie that is cooler than “Pulp Fiction”. From Vincent Vega, played by John Travolta, to Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal of Jules Winnfield and nearly everyone in between, every character has a unique personality that has followed most of these actors into future roles.

“Pulp Fiction” is honestly one of my favorite films of all time. This film is necessary to see because it is so iconic, even if it isn’t your first viewing.  Ethan Hayes, a student projectionist for IFS, says his favorite part of the film is the dialogue and how the characters talk.

IFS normally screens topical films outside of the typical entertainment spectrum.  Occasionally, they will have a discussion panel to talk about the film and snacks.

“I believe that IFS offers escapism experiences and topical information, which is our goal,” said Dorian Wilkerson, another student projectionist for IFS.

IFS’ next screening will be “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” at 7 p.m. on Sept. 12 and 13 in Lindou Auditorium.

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