‘Pulp Fiction’ – Sound On Sight Radio #147

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Director/screenwriter/actor/producer Quentin Tarantino was perhaps the most distinctive and explosive talent to emerge in American film in the early ’90s. Unlike the previous generation of American filmmakers, Tarantino learned his craft from his days as a video store clerk, rather than as a film school student. He developed an audacious fusion of pop culture and independent art house cinema and his films were distinguished by their clever, twisting dialogue as their outbursts of extreme violence. Today we take a look at three of Tarantino’s films starting with his Palme Dòr winning Pulp Ficiton, his very under-rated Jackie Brown and his half of the grindhouse double feature Deathproof.

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15 Comments
  1. Louise says

    Could you ellaborate on how it was iconic? How did it influence audiences? I enjoyed the review.. good to hear a negative side. Thanks

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  4. Croc says

    And YESSSSSS, you should do another QT show. Kill Bill and Reservoir Dogs are modern masterpieces and another full review of Inglourious Basterds might just be your masterpiece in podcasting. I enjoyed the non review show quite a lot.

  5. Croc says

    Now this podcast is one of the best movie podcasts out there and anyone disagrees with that is just wrong. However I’m also of the opinion that the discussion of Pulp Fiction was rather embarrassing compared to other shows( Except for Rick). BTW, I have watched Basterds in Berlin 2 times, and the audience there loved it. Both times the cinema was packed full of people and the audience gave the film a strong clap after ” I think this just my be my masterpiece” line, they also stayed for the end credits. Having watched it 2 times now, I think Basterds is nearly as good as Pulp, may be even better. It’s really hard to decide, but Tarantino is really a daring director, wonderful writer and his imagination is second to none. Keep up the great work guys.

  6. Joseph says

    I try not to post negative things but the quality of the show seems to be diminishing. I was very upset that Al and the new host (who name escapes me) did not talk about Pulp Fiction the film but just complained about the cultural impact. I felt sorry for Ricky who just wanted to compare the movie with Taratino’s other work. It seems like the reviewers aren’t realizing that if you are going to do a movie review podcast they should review the movie and stop complaining about something you willing volunteered for.

    Also, I could not understand Al and the other reviewer’s stance on Taratino’s style. First you say you don’t like his style but then you say you like his films. I don’t understand. Every director has a style to them, to hate the style is to hate the films in my opinion. I felt like you guys are missing the goal of what Sound On Sight was in the first place. If you feel that frustrated, bored, or just trying to be cool by not caring than do us listeners a favor and just stop podcasting.

    1. loomis says

      im a big fan of this show, and an even bigger tarantino fan. but while i dont agree with als or marikos opinion on tarantino (especially death proof. wtf? are you crazy. that’s one of his best movies), they can say what they want. its their podcast, their working for free and were listening for free and i for one found the discussion interesting.

      talk about what you want to talk about guys. (but you are wrong about death proof :) )

      1. Rick says

        We really do need to do another Tarantino show. I knew going in that I would be outnumbered but I find the whole Tarantino debate makes for such great discussion. Oh yeah and thanks for listening!

    2. Rick says

      I just have to step in here and say something about the show. Their was a miscommunication between the three of us before going into record and I am taking the blame since I started this show and I manage it. I was actually considering not posting the show until we re-did the Pulp Fiction review but I decided to go ahead and post it anyways. I think the feedback we are receiving based on this show makes it all worth it while. I would hate to think that the quality of the show is diminishing based on one review. I promise to have another Tarantino special before we head out to Toronto but we still have to cover Coppola and Tetro, Bigelow and The Hurt Locker, The Cove, Halloween and Ang Lee.
      In any case it is very important that we receive feedback like this from out listeners. The show has gone though several formats and hosts in it’s near two year existence and I am quite pleased with the structure we have now. However sometimes it is tough to know what to do or not to do because we don’t receive as much feedback as other shows. My good friend Aldo who is an editor of two magazines told me he only receives feedback when the reviewer makes a mistake or when he really hates a movie. Not too many people will send feedback just to tell you that you are right. So I guess in a way it is a good thing we don’t receive as much feedback because maybe we are not making too many mistakes. I don’t know. Whatever the case please KEEP THE FEEDBACK COMING AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.

      1. Shawn D. says

        The quality of the show is not diminishing because someone was grumpy about reviewing Pulp Fiction. I’d rather listen to this than to everyone agreeing about everything.

    3. James says

      I agree with Shawn.

  7. Joseph says

    I try not to post negative things but the quality of the show seems to be diminishing. I was very upset that Al and the new host (who name escapes me) did not talk about Pulp Fiction the film but just complained about the cultural impact. I felt sorry for Ricky who just wanted to compare the movie with Taratino’s other work. It seems like the reviewers aren’t realizing that if you are going to do a movie review podcast they should review the movie and stop complaining about something you willing volunteered for.

    Also, I could not understand Al and the other reviewer’s stance on Taratino’s style. First you say you don’t like his style but then you say you like his films. I don’t understand. Every director has a style to them, to hate the style is to hate the films in my opinion. I felt like you guys are missing the goal of what Sound On Sight was in the first place. If you feel that frustrated, bored, or just trying to be cool by not caring then do us listeners a favor and just stop podcasting.

  8. bleuaméricaine says

    I agree with Tim. I saw PF for the first time in 2004 as a 16-year-old, that was 10 years after the movie first came out, and right now there are loads of people and not just 16-y.o.’s who haven’t seen the movie. I looked forward to hearing your Tarantino special because I love listening to Sound on Sight reviews, i.e. your views on films, no matter how popular, well-appreciated or worn out they are. PF is far from being my favorite Tarantino film, but it includes what just might be my favorite scene of all time in cinema: Mia’s OD. It’s a scene where even Travolta is electric and acts better than he ever has, and this is the kind of stuff I would’ve liked to hear you pick apart. Just because everyone knows of the movie doesn’t mean they wouldn’t like to hear about it.

    Other than the bickering about Pulp Fiction, I really enjoyed the special, and have to thank you for playing The Coasters off the Death Proof sountrack. Call me dull, call me whatever, but the lapdance is my favorite part of Death Proof.

    1. Ricky says

      Well Bleu,

      I think we are on the same page. I love the lapdance scene and the needle scene is fantastic. I have plans to do another Tarantino special soon. I am not sure if we should include Pulp Fiction at this point or move on. I am looking forward to reviewing Resevoir Dogs.

  9. Tim says

    Al is completely wrong on reviewing Pulp Fiction. Even though I’ve seen it a few times I havent seen it in about 8 years, so going back to revisit it still has a lot of value.

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