John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson in Pulp Fiction

Is Pulp Fiction weird? Sure, it’s no fantasy; pretty much everything that happens in this 1994 Quentin Tarantino classic could conceivably happen in real life, except maybe for the magic briefcase. And there’s your first clue that it’s weird. Hitmen Vincent (John Travolta)

and Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) recover a briefcase that belongs to their boss, and while we never see what’s in it, it emits an odd golden glow.

Pretty much all the characters and dialogue in this film are slightly askew, as is the film’s structure as a whole: it’s a somewhat circular narrative, but told out of chronological order, and with separate but interconnected storylines. It’s filled with goofy dances, drug overdoses (and shocking recoveries), conversations about cheeseburgers, and extreme, blood-curdling violence. But this strange mishmash of a film was (and still is) adored by critics and audiences alike, and was named the best film of the past quarter century by Entertainment Weekly in 2008.

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