Pulp Fiction (G #1)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

The dance scene with John Travolta and Uma Thurman is one of those sequences that you just end up remembering because it was so catchy and iconic.

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“What’s your favorite scary movie?”

Scream (1996)

As per a request by one of my great followers, this next film is notable for being quite a doozy at the time it was released. First I’d like to recap on a little bit of history when it comes to slasher films. From the 70s to the 80s onward, slasher films were pretty much at a peak only to eventually face a decline with dead-end sequels as the formulas for this genre became cliched, the main antagonists (usually the focal character in this genre) became wooden, critics bashed away any films that tried to raise the bar, and originality pretty much seemed to run out for the slasher genre in general. I’ve seen many slashers and I can almost unfortunately agree that some of these points were true… until 1996.

The release of “Scream” and its revitalization of the slasher genre was fresh and original. Who better to have made this film than the man who was already notable for slasher franchises? The great Mr. Wes Craven. With a load of references to slasher films that came before its time, “Scream” actually becomes ironic in its own essence with the way the characters talk about surviving and their own present situation. The soundtrack was great too, something I don’t think most films or this one specifically gets much credit for. When I first saw the film I was too young and bold to focus on the deeper analysis, but looking at it now, I clearly see why this film was considered iconic for bringing back slasher films to mainstream, at least for a while longer. Whether or not this genre has since declined is still up to debate with the whole reboot era, but that’s another story…

*SPOILERS* (Though you probably should’ve already seen this movie if you were born before the year 2000)

This film overall on a personal level is still my favorite slasher film to date… out of all the other ones I’ve seen so far. From its surprisingly humorous in-jokes to how aware the characters seem to be of their own real-life situation, “Scream” perfectly blends irony with blood and violence, kind of like the way “Pulp Fiction” did. From Drew Barrymore’s surprisingly opening death to the main heroine, Sidney stating “Not in my movie,” “Scream” NEVER had me feel a moment of tediousness, an effect that most slasher films tend to have on me from time to time in certain moments. It’s an endless ride of pure, fresh entertainment. The only thing that makes me feel kind of outcasted about this film, is that it wasn’t necessarily scary, at least to me; something that most people tend to disagree with me about sometimes. Oh well… still a great film.

The Darker Side of the West

Unforgiven (1992)

Of the many film directors to come to my mind, Clint Eastwood is by far one of my favorites. From what I’ve been able to tell from a young age, he looks like he has a taste for the dramatic when it comes to the western genre. This film “Unforgiven” was no different. Even while it was released way before I was even born, its darker pace of action and dialogue make it among one of the most notable western films. That’s just my take on it. From its unique themes of analyzing violence to its misconceptions of the “Old West” era, this film takes realism and actually makes it work; something that most western films have never really been able to do from what I’ve seen. Even then its surreal sequences from the cat-and-mouse plot of the story with Munny to the climatic finale which I consider one of my favorite scenes, Unforgiven is almost flawless. The dialogue especially is at the end is one of my favorite aspects about the movie. Fascinating and believable enough to say the least.

Mafioso At Its Finest

Goodfellas (1990)With DeNiro, Liotta and Pesci in great pivotal roles, Goodfellas is one of the films that really stands out to me in terms of both a “mafioso” film as well as a film in general. Pesci is pretty much the stand-out with his losing-temper control character while the rest of the film examines the life of crime behind some of the most dangerous criminals at the time. The film is also enjoyable in terms of some of its themes and dialogue where the characters give their views of loyalty, family, and honesty. Even then, those topics eventually come into play throughout the film. One word: Magnificent.