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Pulp Fiction (1994) ft. Phillip Martinez

Updated: Oct 15, 2022

Guest: Phillip Martinez

Plot Summary: Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) are hitmen with a penchant for philosophical discussions. In this ultra-hip, multi-strand crime movie, their storyline is interwoven with those of their boss, gangster Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames); his actress wife, Mia (Uma Thurman); struggling boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis); master fixer Winston Wolfe (Harvey Keitel) and a nervous pair of armed robbers, "Pumpkin" (Tim Roth) and "Honey Bunny" (Amanda Plummer).

What this movie is about?: It's not about anything.

Best Performance: Samuel L. Jackson/John Travolta

Best Minor Performance: Christopher Walken/Uma Thurman

Most Charismatic Award: Samuel L. Jackson

Best Scene: Butch Escapes and Comes Back w/ a Katana/Accidentally Killing Marvin

Favorite Scene: Context of Butch's Family Watch/Jack-Rabbit Slim's

Best Line:

Jules: Ezekiel 25:17: "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is He who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for He is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. [begins pacing about the room] And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord...[pulls out his gun and aims at Brett]...when I lay My vengeance upon thee."

Honorable Mention:

Mia Wallace: Don't you hate that?

Vincent: Hate what?

Mia: Uncomfortable silences. Why do we feel it's necessary to yak about bullshit in order to be comfortable?

Vincent: I don't know. That's a good question.

Mia: That's when you know you've found somebody really special: you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably share silence.

Funniest Line:

Jules: Mmm, this is a tasty burger! Vincent, you ever had a Big Kahuna Burger?(Vincent shakes his head) Want a bite, they're real tasty.

Vincent: Ain't hungry.

Jules: Well, if you like burgers, give them a try sometime. Me, I can't usually get 'em because my girlfriend's a vegetarian, which, pretty much makes me a vegetarian. I do love the taste of a good burger. (turns to Brett) You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with cheese in France?

Brett: Um, no.

Jules: Tell 'em, Vincent.

Vincent: Royale with cheese.

Jules: "Royale with cheese." Know why they call it that?

Brett: Uh, because of the metric system?

Jules:(smiles at Brett) Check out the big brain on Brett! You're a smart motherfucker. That's right, the metric system.

Most Indelible Moment: Butch Rescues Marcellus with a Katana/Royale with Cheese/and What the Fuck is in the Case?

The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 9.25

Impact/Significance: 8.5

Novelty: 8

Classic-ness: 9.25

Rewatchability: 8.25

Audience Score: 9.6

Total: 52.85

*Recognition: Nominated for Best Picture, Director, Actor (John Travolta), Supporting Actor (Samuel L. Jackson), Supporting Actress (Uma Thurman), and Film Editing; Won for Best Original Screenplay (Quentin Tarantino)

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