Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fact: Pulp Fiction to be screened next Monday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson
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  • John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson

One of the crowning achievements of 90s cinema was also one of its most influential, spawning a decade's worth of shameless rip-offs, resuscitating John Travolta's dormant career, heralding the arrival of Samuel L. Jackson as a consummate actor, handing Bruce Willis one of his best parts ever, and providing enough subtext to choke Internet chat rooms and message boards for years to come (most prevalent question: What exactly is in that glowing briefcase?). Writer-director Quentin Tarantino's 1994 cause célèbre immediately became a direct challenge to creative complacency: Intoxicated on the heady fumes of its own art form, it employs a nontraditional, nonlinear form of filmmaking to interweave several vignettes all involving various members of a seedy underworld.

Pulp Fiction won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival before enjoying a successful stateside run that culminated with seven Academy Award nominations (including nods for Best Picture, Travolta, Jackson and Uma Thurman); in the year of Forrest Gump, however, it managed to only win a solitary statue for Best Original Screenplay. ****

Pulp Fiction will be screened as part of The Light Factory's Cult Movie Monday series at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Jan. 30 at Actor’s Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall St. Admission and popcorn are free; a cash bar is available. More details here.

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