Why I Hated Pulp Fiction the First Time I Watched It

October 14, 2014 11:53 PM

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Editor’s Note: Today marks the 20th anniversary of Pulp Fiction (yes, really). After a string of film festival appearances—including Cannes, where it won the Palme d’Or—writer/director Quentin Tarantino’s flick hit US theaters on Oct. 14, 1994. It would go on to win Tarantino an Oscar for Best Screenplay and become the most-quoted movie in freshman dorms for years to come. But it also had a huge impact on an entire generation of filmmakers. Twenty years later, those directors are out making their own marks on the world, so we decided to ask a couple of our favorites to write reflections on the influence of Pulp Fiction on their lives and work. Today’s piece comes from Joe Lynch, whose film Everly—out this winter—stars Salma Hayek as a woman who takes on a bunch of yakuza assassins sent by her mob boss ex. (Sounds about right.) Here’s what he had to say.

Earlier this month, Quentin Tarantino celebrated the re-opening of his mini-shrine of movies, the New Beverly in Los Angeles, as well as the 20th anniversary of his second feature Pulp Fiction, by screening the film as a double bill with another 1994 alumnus, Luc Besson’s The Professional. Both of t...

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