Pulp Fiction Twists and Turns 20 Years Old Today!

What a month! Last week we celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of our very favourite Films Forrest Gump, now it’s the turn of one of the biggest indie films ever to hot the big 2-0 and say goodbye to its teen years!
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What a classic! Pulp Fiction first premiered in May 1994 at the Cannes Film Festival where it picked up a Palme d’Or, the festival’s top prize, this instant hit later landed in the UK’s cinema screens today (10th September) the same year.

Quickly making a name for itself and changing the way people look and even make movies, this cult classic beat the odds when it outsold its main rival at the time which was Sylvester Stallone’s The Specialist which was showing in twice as many screens! Unsurprisingly, this film went on to become the top indie film to gross over $100 million, not bad seeing as it cost $8.5 million to make and a further $10 million to promote! Wowzers!

To help celebrate, along with having our fab range of Pulp Fiction T-Shirts and Accessories, we thought we would pop together a few of our favourite moments from this iconic flick with some cool facts you might not have known.

Dancing at Jackrabbit Slim’s…
Now, being told to take your boss’s wife out for a night to do whatever she likes is a very odd and stressful situation. If she says she wants to dance…you dance! so they do 🙂 Even people who don’t like this film will remember this scene and laugh. True story.
Royale with Cheese…
“You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris? …. They call it a Royale with cheese.”
*Shudder* The Needle…
Of all the scenes and violence this film is known for, this scene really makes us cringe! A big moment in the film, this is when Mia (the bosses wife) ‘get’s herself in some trouble’ after a heavy session. They bring her back to life with a huuuuge needle into her heart full of adrenaline. Scary people!
Captain Koons’ Watch…
One of the odd bits of dialoge in this who film, the scenes sees movie legend Christopher Walken tell the story of Butches great-grandfather’s watch and where is has spent 7 years of it’s life. Not something we would want to wear!
“I just shot Marvin in the face!”…
Possibly one of the most famous scenes in the whole film! After the initial action scene Jules and Vincent take the last survivor named Marvin with them. After witnessing a strange event that Jules interprets as divine intervention, they discuss it in the car. Vincent turns back to ask Marvin what he thinks about the events, and not realizing he still has a loaded gun in his hand, accidentally pulls the trigger and well…..it doesn’t end well for Marvin.
Choosing his weapon…
Not a huuuge moment in the film but one that stands out for us. After they have been captured, after Butch frees himself from their attackers, he finds himself in the situation where he can run free, or go back and save the man who has just tried to kill him moments before. Before he can take them on he must arm himself and finds a whole host of options, analysing each one at a time…
Fun Fact! The Gimp is a TV writer named Stephen Hibbert. He wrote for Animaniacs, Darkwing Duck and other stuff.
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Cafe Robbery…
LOVE LOVE LOVE this scene! Another example of just how cool and amazing Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) is. After a couple attempt to rob a cafe and in turn take the briefcase that has caused Vince and Jules so much trouble collecting, a standoff ensues which leaves Jules leading the situation like a total boss. Legend.
Ezekiel 25:17….
“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.”
So there you have them folks, just a little collection of some of our favourite and most iconic moments from this cult film.

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So what are your favourite moments from this hit flick?
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Our Top Movies Turing 20….WARNING: Will Make You Feel Old!

Now some of these might be a little hard (and painful) to believe, but some of our and hopefully your favourte films are growing up fast and will be turning a whopping 20 years old! Eeep!
So many iconic flicks that in our minds must have only come out no more than 5 years ago, first entered our lives for good wayyy back in 1994.
Now that doesn’t seem that long ago right? Even though all of these films are now old enough to drink, gamble and smoke (we wouldn’t recommend any obviously), it’s simply amazing just how much these films are loved even now and considered total classics!

Take a little trip down memory lane with us as we’ve picked out some of out top films that are turning 20 years old this year…enjoy!

The Shawshank Redemption
Such a classic and still one of the top rated films of all time! After a banker is wrongly jailed for his wife’s murder, through the course of a life sentence he forms a close friendship with a fellow inmate. He also earns a position of trust as book-keeper to the corrupt prison governor – giving him the time and opportunity to conceive a unique escape plan.
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Forrest Gump
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Awww we love Forest! A simple soul bumbles his way through a series of bizarre adventures, becoming an American football star, Vietnam veteran, table tennis champion and millionaire businessman – but the love of his life continues to elude him. Such a cute story and one film that changes completely from start to finish. This story never gets old.
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Pulp Fiction
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What an icon! A series of interlinked stories about the Los Angeles underworld. Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen who are out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace. Wallace has also asked Vincent to take his wife Mia out a few days later when Wallace himself will be out of town. Butch Coolidge is an aging boxer who is paid by Wallace to lose his next fight. The lives of these seemingly unrelated people are woven together comprising of a series of funny, bizarre and uncalled-for incidents. even if you haven’t seen this film (what are you thinking?!), we’re sure you know it and can see just how iconic its characters are.
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Richie Rich
90s King of films! Such a Macaulay classic.  The richest kid in the world, Richie Rich, has everything he wants, except companionship. While representing his father at a factory opening, he sees some kids playing baseball across the street. Richie wants to join in, but they don’t want him around. When a plot to kill the Rich family is devised by Rich Industries’ top executive, Laurence Van Dough, Richie must take over control of the company while searching for his lost parents with the help of some new friends.
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Four Weddings and a Funeral
This amazing British comedy centers on the intermittent romance between a charming (if slightly bumbling) Englishman and a beautiful American woman. It’s at these first four weddings that Charles (Hugh Grant) and Carrie (Andie McDowell) meet, enjoying a brief but fleeting connection. The spark is rekindled several months later, when they unexpectedly meet at another wedding. Unfortunately, however, Carrie has become engaged to another, a fact that complicates matters for them both.
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Dumb & Dumber
A pair of simple and out of luck friends named Harry and Lloyd set out on a cross country trip to return a briefcase full of money to its rightful owner, a beautiful woman named Mary Swanson. However, the duo are unaware of a bigger conspiracy involving Mary and the briefcase, and a pair of criminals involved in the conspiracy attempt to chase Harry and Lloyd down for the briefcase.
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Speed
Action classic, and what a cast! Bomber terrorist’s elevator plan backfires, so he rigs a bomb to a LA city bus. The stipulation is: once armed, the bus must stay above 50 mph to keep from exploding. Also if LAPD Officer tries to unload any passengers off, Payne will detonate it. Joe Morton co-stars as Jack’s superior, and Jeff Daniels supports Jack helping him try to defuse the bomb.
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The Lion King
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This has to be one of our all-time favourite Disney flicks ever! A lion prince, Simba, is born in Africa and the animals of the Pride Lands pay tribute. Later Simba is told by his father, King Mufasa, that when Mufasa dies, Simba will become King of the Pride Lands. Simba’s Uncle Scar would have been king after Mufasa had Mufasa not had a child. Fuelled by rage, Scar plots to kill Mufasa and Simba so he is able to take over the throne. He uses the hyenas to cause a stampede through the canyon where Mufasa and Simba are, and personally ensures Mufasa falls to his death. Simba survives so Scar implies that the stampede was Simba’s fault and that the pride will blame him. Simba flees the Pride Lands meaning never to return home.
Simba is foun by Timon the Meerkat, and Pumbaa the Warthog, and the trio become fast friends. Simba stays with them well into adulthood until his childhood friend, Nala, hunting beyond the Pride Lands that herds had deserted under Scar’s mismanagement stumbles upon Simba’s new home. Astonished to find him alive, she begs him to return to the Pride Lands, where Scar has reigned as King for years, and ruined everything.
All of the animals will starve if Simba does not return. Simba eventually agrees to fight for his kingdom. Simba battles Scar, and learns his father’s death was Scar’s fault, not his own. Simba prevails and takes his fathers place as rightful king. Yaaaaay! 🙂
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Junior
A fertility expert pioneers a treatment enabling men to become pregnant and carry babies to full term. When the authorities cancel funding for the research, he decides to test it on himself, but gives little thought to how difficult it will be to keep it a secret. The situation is further complicated when he starts to fall for the woman whose child he is carrying. Pretty normal stuff right? Can you imagine them releasing this now?! Hmmm.
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The Mask
A timid bank clerk stumbles on an ancient mask, which endows whoever wears it with untold superhuman powers, unbridled self-confidence and an irresistible charm for the ladies. Unfortunately, he earns the enmity of a local gangster for daring to flirt with his girlfriend – and when the crook gets wind of the artifact’s existence, he covets the power for himself.
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Can you believe these!? Well no doubt we’ve left you feeling a little bit amazed at how time has flown since these films first came out, but also hopefully we’ve made you realise just how much these iconic films are loved and have stuck with us for over 20 years!

Why not keep their spirit alive in style with some of our classic movie tshirts featuring some of the mentioned films and lots more from the 80s and 90s. See you there!

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Classic Movies Made 8-Bit More Retro!

As huge lovers of everything retro, our eyes widened and our mouths dropped when we spotted these amazing movie GIF images!

That’s right folks! Some of our favourite films and characters ever have been given some retro 8-Bit treatment and have been brought to life in old school style with these fantastic images and we just had to show you guys.

Check out some of our GIF-tastic piccys below….

What do you think folks? What other characters and films would you like to see given the special touch of 8-Bit animated awesomeness?

Special thanks to Dusan Cezek via behance.net

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Happy Birthday Pulp Fiction! Here’s Some Cool Facts….

That’s right peeps! One of our all-time favourite retro flicks Pulp Fiction was released today back in 1994! A cool 19 years ago, some of the coolest cats ever to hit the silver screen first wowed us with it’s amazing action, dark comedy moments and possibly one of the best all-star cast ever!

Directed and written by one of our heroes Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction connects the intersecting storylines of Los Angeles mobsters, fringe players, small-time criminals, and a super mysterious briefcase. A lot of the screen time is devoted to conversations and monologues that reveal the characters’ senses of humor and perspectives on life. Known for its slightly different film style which became slightly fragmented story telling style of the different characters, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s you know.

Well, anywho we’re sure you guys have certainly seen it once or twice in your time and could tell us even more reasons to love it, so we’ve decided to search the web and pick out some cool lesser-known facts about this movie masterpiece that might shock, amaze or simply have you wanting to go back and watch it once more. Check out some of our Pulp Fiction Did You Know Facts!

So why was is called Pulp Fiction? Well the film’s title refers to the pulp magazines and hardboiled crime novels popular during the mid-20th century, known for their graphic violence and punchy dialogue. Pulp Fiction is self-referential from its opening moments, beginning with a title card that gives two dictionary definitions of “pulp.” The plot, as in many of Tarantino’s other works, is presented out of chronological sequence.

 Men's Pulp Fiction Bad Mother F****r T-Shirt
Men's Pulp Fiction Bad Mother F****r T-Shirt

Tarantino actually wrote the part of Jules specifically for Samuel L. Jackson, however it was almost given to Paul Calderon after a great audition. When Jackson heard this, he flew to Los Angeles and auditioned again to secure the role. Calderon ended up with a small role as Paul.

Not really shocking…but the F bomb is used an F#@*ing insane 265 times in the film!

Quentin Tarantino has said that the band-aid on the back of Marsellus Wallace’s neck had nothing to do with an allusion to the Devil stealing Marsellus’s soul… but that the actor Ving Rhames had a scar on the back of his neck he wanted to cover up. Simples.

The marquee where Butch boxes advertises the following fights: “Coolidge vs Wilson” and “Vossler vs Martinez”. The first is a reference to United States Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Woodrow Wilson, the second is a reference to Russell Vossler and Jerry Martinez, who are two friends of Tarantino’s from when he worked in a video store.

The classic Bible verse told by Jules known as ‘The Righteous Man and the Shepherd’ doesn’t actually exist and was made up mostly by Tarantino and Jackson.

The movie cost an amazing $8 million to make, $5 million of which went just to pay the actors’ salaries. Wowzersss!

The movie’s line “You know what they call a Quarter Pounder with Cheese in Paris?… They call it a Royale with cheese.” was voted as the #81 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines” by Premiere in 2007.  Simple things huh.

Pulp Fiction Canvas Print 30 x 40cm
Pulp Fiction Canvas Print 30 x 40cm

Sylvester Stallone was briefly considered for the role of Butch. BONUS: Bruce Willis worked on the film for only 18 days.

Jules’ “Bad Mother F**ker” wallet actually belongs to Quentin Tarantino. The inscription on the wallet is a reference to the theme song of Shaft. Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Jules, would later go on to play Shaft in the 2000 remake, Shaft.

 Pulp Fiction Wallet
Pulp Fiction Bad Mother F****R Wallet

Jules’s character was originally written to have a gigantic afro, but a crewmember obtained a variety of afro wigs and one jheri curl wig. Quentin Tarantino had never thought about a jheri curl wig, but Samuel L. Jackson tried it on, Tarantino liked it, and it was kept.

Aaaand that’s a wrap folks! Hopefully you’ve had fun and maybe learned a little something along the way.

So what are you top gangster films? Let us know by leaving us a comment below 🙂

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