Pulp Fiction

Imagining the Quentin Tarantino-Directed ‘Natural Born Killers’ That Could Have Been

Twenty years ago today, moviegoers had their first opportunity to take in Natural Born Killers, Oliver Stone’s bloody, grim, and broadly satiric take on serial killers, celebrity culture, and tabloid media. But those who sought out the film on more obscure grounds were in for a disappointment. Quentin Tarantino was not yet a household name; he was still an acquired taste, thanks to the less-than-stellar box office of his 1992’s Reservoir Dogs (which he wrote and directed) and 1993’s True Romance (writer only). His small (yet rapidly expanding) cult following was thrilled at the prospect of a new Tarantino movie—but by the time Natural Born Killers reached the screen, it was no longer the movie Tarantino had penned. His screenplay had been so drastically rewritten, we were told, that he had elected only to take a “story by” credit. And that, presumably, was the last we’d hear about Mr. Tarantino’s Natural Born Killers. … Read More

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‘Pulp Fiction,’ A to Z

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Illustrations of Pop Culture’s Best Buds, From Doc and Marty to Walt and Jesse

The concept of the bromance is a long-standing trend in popular media, even if the term wasn’t really tossed around until the mid-aughts, thanks to Judd Apatow’s sensitive, aged frat-boy oeuvre. Now, illustrator Dave Collinson is celebrating the trend by paying tribute to pop culture’s best buds, from the Blues Brothers to Walt and Jesse. His collection, spotted via Digital Spy, is conspicuously lacking in any female friendships (what, no Thelma and Louise?), which makes it a bit bro-ish, but Collinson is continuously adding to it on his Tumblr, so maybe we’ll see some ladies represented eventually. In the meantime, check out his illustrations after the jump.  … Read More

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Five Favorite Films with RZA

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10 Times Oscar Got It (Unexpectedly) Right

The Academy Awards telecast is one week away, and we’re already cynical about it. Maybe it’s just the prolonged nomination season, extended by a couple of weeks due to the Winter Olympics; maybe it’s our annual memories of the organization’s voluminous poor choices, snubs, and awkward ceremonies; maybe it’s that recent, horrifying peek into the voting process. At times like this, it’s worth remembering that for all the times they got it wrong, the Oscars occasionally get it very right — even when it’s least expected. And in that spirit, we’ve collected ten occasions when the Academy Award went, surprisingly and delightfully, the right way. … Read More

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Clever and Adorable 8-Bit GIFs Depicting Famous Films

Slovakian artist Dusan Cezek has created an adorable and clever series of 8-bit GIFs referencing famous films, which we spotted on Inspiration Grid, that really tugs at the nostalgia strings. Pixelwood animates scenes and characters from cult movies, smartly referencing defining moments — like when Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Quaid reveals himself behind a bizarre “mask” in Total Recall, or the hug between Meat Loaf’s busty Bob and Edward Norton’s narrator in Fight Club. See more quirky GIFs in Cezek’s old-school style in our gallery. … Read More

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‘Fargo,’ ‘Pulp Fiction,’ and Other Classic R-Rated Movies as Children’s Books

We’ve shared work by Josh Cooley before, but we just can’t resist his illustrations that depict some of the more notorious scenes from R-rated movies as Dick & Jane-style children’s books. When we spotted more of his work — this time featuring scenes from Pulp Fiction, Alien, and Psycho — we knew we had to spread the word. Purchase them via Gallery 1988, but keep in mind that they might not be the best artwork for the nursery. … Read More

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Awesome Pop Culture-Inspired Art From Gallery 1988’s New ‘Crazy 4 Cult’ Book

We’ve professed our love for Gallery 1988, the pop culture-obsessed art gallery with locations in Melrose and Venice, so many times that we’ve all but become a fan site. But their work isn’t just for Los Angelenos; a couple of years back, they put out a coffee table book of their best stuff called Crazy 4 Cult, and like all big hits, it has prompted a sequel. Crazy 4 Cult: Cult Movie Art 2 is out now from Titan books, and Gallery 1988 has been kind enough to pass on some of the best movie and TV-inspired art from the book; click through to check it out. … Read More

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