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Pulp Fiction (1994)
May 16, 2011, 6:00 pm
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Director: Quentin Tarantino

I recognize that there is little that I can add to the Pulp Fiction conversation. Reflecting on my own personal reservations, however, it is the middle section, The Gold Watch, that limits my capacity to fully embrace the film (though, to not be understood, I do like it). I find it perversely violent in a way that isn’t justifiable even when considering the genre and tone of the piece – it promotes a mindless vigilantism that simply makes me uncomfortable. While one could argue that it reflects the larger issue of a violent culture (and specifically a film culture) at large, I feel that Tarantino revels too much in the sadistic torture of each character. The suggested comeuppance afforded to the perpetrators is meant to feel like justice, but, even within the context of Tarantino’s oeuvre, I find that particular segment to be sophomoric, morally reprehensible and, perhaps to state it more palatably, not terribly interesting.

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