Essay by patunyaUniversity, Bachelor's April 2004

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As an aspiring filmmaker, I am often asked who my favorite writer or director is? In the last few years that answer has been without a doubt Quentin Tarantino. Tarantino has been most recognized for his unique writing and directing style found in his films, Reservoir Dogs and

Pulp Fiction. Although Reservoir Dogs exhibits Tarantino's unique writing abilities, it is Pulp Fiction that actually captures and expresses his exceptional creative talents. In 1994, Pulp Fiction won top honors at the Cannes Film Festival, launching him into mainstream motion pictures. His meticulous attention to creative detail shows through within the first few seconds of Pulp Fiction. Whereas, in Reservoir Dogs, I was left with the feeling that this film was not quite as detail oriented and didn't exhibit the same measure of creativity as found in Pulp Fiction.

According to Janet Maslin's film review published in the New York Times on September 23, 1994, Tarantino proves that Pulp Fiction is a

"Triumphant, cleverly disorienting journey through a demimonde that springs entirely from Mr.

Tarantino's ripe imagination, a landscape of danger, shock, hilarity and vibrant local color. Nothing is predictable or familiar within this irresistibly bizarre world. You don't merely enter a theater to see Pulp Fiction; you go down a rabbit hole"(c1).

From the heroin overdose scene to the sadomasochistic episode, the audience is taken into the bizarre imaginary world created by my favorite screenwriter, Mr. Tarantino. However, in Vincent Canby's New York Times article published on October 23, 1992, he appears to address the extreme violence found in Reservoir Dogs in contrast to the overall point of the film. He does acknowledge that "Mr. Tarantino not only can write superb dialogue, but he also has a firm grasp of narrative construction"(c14). This expressive writing ability is demonstrated on...