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"But the extent to which energy and drama have been missing from the film is almost embarrassingly revealed by the strong final party. A hilarious recurring riff by helmer Quentin Tarantino, in which he delivers a convoluted but coherent interpretation of "Top Gun" as a gay film, packs more punch than anything else in the picture..."---From review of "Sleep With Me" by Todd McCarthy Daily Variety May 16, 1994

"A spectacularly entertaining piece of pop culture, "Pulp Fiction" is the "American Graffitti" of violent crime pictures ... Tarantino positions himself as the Preston Sturges of crimeland, putting the most incongruous words and thoughts into the mouths of lowdown, amoral characters."---From review of "Pulp Fiction" by Todd McCarthy Daily Variety May 23, 1994

While attending a screening for "Pulp Fiction" Tarantino allegedly stood up in the front row and asked the audience who among them liked his earlier films, "Reservoir Dogs" and "True Romance". After many hands were raised, he asked who liked "The Remains of the Day"; those who responded were told to "Get the f--k out of this theater." --From Daily News, June 26, 1994.

"Watching 'Pulp Fiction', you don't just get engrossed in what's happening on screen. You get intoxicated by it--high on the rediscovery of how pleasurable a movie can be. I'm not sure I've ever encountered a filmmaker who combined discipline and control with sheer wild-ass joy the way Tarantino does. For 2 hours and 35 minutes, we're drawn into the lives of violently impassioned underworld characters--hit men, drug dealers, lethal vamps--who become figments of fury and grace and desire. We're caught up in dialogue of such fiendishly elaborate wit it suggests a Martin Scorsese film written by Preston Sturges, in plot twists--they're closer to zigzags--that are like whims bubbling up from the director's unconscious. 'Pulp Fiction' is the work of a new-style punk virtuoso. It is, quite simply, the most exhilarating piece of filmmaking to come along in the nearly five years I've been writing. " --From Owen Gleiberman's review of "Pulp Fiction", Entertainment Weekly, October 14, 1994.

Tarantino's nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement by the Directors Guild of America for "Pulp Fiction" made him the first American-born non-DGA member to be so honored.

As a guest on PBS' "Charlie Rose" (from c. 1994 around the time of the release of "Pulp Fiction"; rebroadcast on August 25, 1995), Tarantino revealed the titles of his three favorite films: "Rio Bravo" (Howard Hawks, 1959); "Taxi Driver" (Martin Scorsese, 1976); and "Blow Out" (Brian DePalma, 1981).

Tarantino said he is patterning Rolling Thunder on World Northal, a US distribution company that released most of the major kung fu movies in the 1970s. "I want dynamic, visceral films that are exploitation in nature. It says something that the most dynamic, in-your-face foreign movie currently in release is "Belle de Jour"," Tarantino said, referring to Miramax's recent release of Luis Bunuel's 1967 classic.

Tarantino said he and Bender intend to estabish two theaters in both New York and Los Angeles where Rolling Thunder films will open initially and--depending on a film's success--will go out to other cities later. He said that Hong Kong kung fu films would be released with new subtitles he would supervise in the New York and L.A. houses, but would be released in dubbed versions in urban areas to attract black and Latino audiences.---From "Take Cover! Tarantino Forms Rolling Thunder" by Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter July 14, 1995

"Since designers starting sending me free stuff to wear, it's kind of taken the fun out of shopping." Even worse, he complains to US, "I'd like to hang out with Warren Beatty. I don't have the time."---From "Talking Movies: Tarantino's Trajectory" by Anna Scotti, Buzz April 1996

I don't know...It's just this cool connection that happened while we were doing Pulp Fiction. I mean, von Sternberg had Marlene Dietrich, Hitchcock had Ingrid Bergman, Andre Techine had Catherine Deneuve. It's a special bond that I'm proud to have, and hopefully, one day, people will reference me and Uma like they do the others. But the thing about it is, it just kind of is, and there are certain things I don't really want to understand subtexturally. I just want it to be and do.''---Tarantino on Uma Thurman being called his muse to Rolling Stones April 2004

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