I saw it shortly after its theatrical run, when it first debuted on VHS. I was thoroughly underwhelmed. People who had seemed smart to me were praising it. People who I detested thought it was the greatest movie ever made. It seemed that it was "hip" to enjoy it. I was not hip. Never have been and never will be. But I am petty and those memories are powerful.
My memory of it was such that when I went to check on flickchart, I had rated it 17 times and it was the LAST movie on my list. Dead last.
Re-watching it with Squid moved it up to 281 on my list. While I am still underwhelmed, I can understand the impact it has on people. I liked the juxtaposition of the "real" world with the seediness going on at the same time. I liked the use of the soundtrack as another layer within the movie (a technique done even better earlier this year with Guardians of the Galaxy). Some of the dialogue was clever. The non-sequential story telling didn't seem to be necessary.
My kids don't understand my love of the first Star Wars movie. They see things like it all the time. They see movies with better effects. They see actual Star Wars movies and television shows any time they want. They don't know what I went through growing up. I had three movies. And I didn't get a VCR until Return of the Jedi was already 5 years old.
Perhaps my inability to understand the adoration for Pulp Fiction comes from everything I have seen since that was inspired by it. Or not being able to grasp the "revolution" it set forth in modern cinema (which parallels my inability to understand the music revolution of the same era and my distaste for most "indy" music).
Or maybe I just know what I like and I'm okay with that...
Why not check out the other folks who signed up for this month's film:
|1.||The Armchair Squid||2.||Scouring Monk|
|3.||Cherdo on the Flipside|
Lastly, check the Squid's site for exciting information about January's title! Guest hosts! Guest picker! I will not be partaking as we have a movie I just can't bring myself to view again....but perhaps you will!