Berkeley CSUA MOTD:Entry 52860
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2022/05/27 [General] UID:1000 Activity:popular

2009/4/17-20 [Consumer/Camera] UID:52860 Activity:moderate
4/17    I never went to film school or even studied cinematography. Maybe
        that's why I don't get Pulp Fiction. Can someone explain to me
        why it's so great?
        \_ so ignoring the trolls for a second, let's assume you don't have
           to enjoy a film to internalize why it is notable.  The
           cinematography is good, but this is not why people fawn over it.
           Pulp Fiction is known for:
                - the mix of brazenly cheesey dialog with brutal violence
                  \_ And people like cheezy & violent shit? Really?
                - 1970s film references.  Tarantino is a film geek and 90% of
                  the content of his films are cribbed from earlier sources.
                  If you don't get the references, the film is not as enjoyable
                  \_ I don't watch old films. Maybe that's why I don't get it.
                     Fine, I'm too stupid to get this academically brilliant film
                     \_ you are intentionally ignorant, which makes you worse than
                        stupid, actually.
                     Fine, I'm too stupid to get this academically brilliant
                     \_ you are intentionally ignorant, which makes you worse
                        than stupid, actually.
                  - this also gets you the "postmodern" label, which is one
                    of the things that Tarantino is also known for.  This sort
                    of weird nostalgia for a bunch of time periods that weren't
                    really like this.
                - nonlinear storytelling in a mainstream movie - many people
                  hadn't seen a movie told nonsequentially, and this was new
                  to them
                - it's "indie" in the sense that Tarantino is a pretty
                   uncompromising director in the creative / production sense
                        hope this answers your question.   --brain
                \_ If you have to explain it to someone, most likely that
                   person will still not get it.
                        \_ willingly, apparently.  I'll never understand why
                           some people pride themselves in their ignorance.
                \_ I've always liked this movie, but really appreciate brain's
                   explanation -- and thusly the op question. thx
        \_ Oh my god you've got to be kidding me right? What is it that you
           don't get? It's so obvious! It's refreshing. It's new. It's funny.
           What else don't you get?
        \_ I find it enjoyable.  You do not.  no big deal.  Plenty of people
           thought 'Leaving Las Vegas' was a great movie, I think they
           must all have helium balloons for brains.
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