Pulp Fiction: A Peculiar Romance

By Annie Lewandowski

The time of the year has come to binge watch rom-coms and eat enough clearance-priced chocolate for a family of twelve. Unfortunately, one quickly exhausts the list of typical romantic movies popular on everyone’s favorite Hallmark Holiday. After you’ve watched Love Actually and Pretty Woman about 50 times a piece, I urge you to turn to those great films that are fitted for Valentine’s Day in a bit more…unconventional way.

Take a trip out to the West this Valentine’s Day with one of the most iconic movies of the 90’s. Besides its location in the sun-drenched, scalding hot flatness of Los Angeles, Pulp Fiction, is chock-full of the blood-pumping (literally) scenes exhibiting Tarantino’s classic knack for fast-paced, almost slightly humorous gore. Since, I can’t think of anything more romantic than Vincent Vega (John Travolta) piercing Mia Wallace’s (Uma Thurman) stopped heart with a three-inch-long syringe after she went just a tad too hard, too fast during the darling, kitschy, iconic diner scene (Can you dance like Uma Thurman?). There is a definite spark between the two as they sip milkshakes and get down on the dance floor, like in some warped 50’s B-movie. Still not convinced? The Bonnie and Clyde duo played by Tim Roth and Amanda Plummer, weaving in and out of the story, holding up run-down cafés, might just give your heartstrings a tug, in that case. If you want a thrill, or a little excitement, on this so-called most romantic day of the year, then plop down with a loved one or just yourself and enjoy this off-kilter romance!

Hey, maybe armed robbery, foul-mouthed one-liners, and wayyy too much smoking isn’t your idea of a primetime V-day flick, but at the end of the day, Tarantino’s masterpiece is genius.