Growing up in the nineties, it would seem impossible to have not heard of Pulp Fiction. It seemed to turn up on every channel, every magazine rack, and in every conversation. I could count the endless references and spoofs that pertain to this movie through out the rest of the nineties, and up until now. Until I had reached the reasonable age of fourteen, I had actually let this movie slip under my radar for about ten years. After viewing Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 and enjoying them immensely, I had decided to see what Tarantino’s other movies had to offer, and that would lead me to what is now my favorite movie of all time. From the opening scene in which Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer’s characters bicker on about not knocking off any more liquor stores which transitions into the opening credits that blare Dick Dale’s version of Misirlou, it immediately sets the tone for the rest of the movie. It became easy to see why this film was talked about so much and became an instant favorite in many people’s eyes. The darkly humorous and realistic dialogue make the film and it’s characters instantly likable; I mean how often do real gangsters talk about fast food and television shows? Probably all the time; it’s the little things like that that make each character human and not some walking cliche of gangsters talking about “who got whacked,” while sharpening their knives. A lot of people talk about how violent this film is, but I must say that it isn’t anymore violent than your average slasher flick, and probably then, it’s less violent than that. I must say, however, the blend of violence and humor in this movie is perfectly balanced to my liking. After multiple viewings, multiple discussions with friends about what’s in the briefcase, imitating Vincent Vega’s dance to Chuck Berry’s You Never Can Tell, and owning my very own Bad Mother Fucker wallet, this film has made quite an impact on me, and on a generation of people. This film has still stood up to it’s standards today and will continue to do so many years from now; it has laid the groundwork of what is hopefully to come in my future of film making.