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Hidden Meaning in Pulp Fiction – Earthling Cinema


Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema, where we examine the last remaining artifacts of a once proud culture, and try to understand what human lives were like before their planet was destroyed. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s film is “Pulp Fiction,” directed by acclaimed foot fetishist Quentin Tarantino. The film is made up of three interconnected stories about the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles, a city with an otherwise sterling reputation. First, we meet Vincent and Jules — two hitmen sent to retrieve their kingpin boss’ briefcase, which contains his favorite orange light bulb. Jules consumes processed animal carcass, reads from the Bible, “My name is the Lord!” then does some team-building exercises with Vincent. Next, we follow Vincent as he takes the kingpin’s wife, Mia, out for some food paste and engages in some sort of bizarre, wordless courting ritual. He promptly ruins the mood by leaving his poison for Mia to find, then stabbing her in the heart with a tiny sword. Ordinarily, this would kill a human, but it appears that Mia is immortal. I see no other possible explanation. Finally, we have Butch, an over-the-hill boxer with too much pride and a jewelry fixation. “Five long years he wore this watch, up his ass.” He and the kingpin go to a pawn shop together, but they decide not to buy anything. Taken individually, these stories would not be long enough to charge a full admission at most movie theaters. But, combined, they form a feature-length film that upends traditional gangster and action films by trivializing their macho image. Much of “Pulp Fiction’s” humor comes from a cavalier attitude about human-on-human violence. “Oh, I’m sorry. Did I break your concentration?” At the beginning of the movie, Vincent and Jules are on their way to do some “conflict resolution” with a few of their boss’ associates. They are undermanned and undergunned — “We should have fuckin shotguns.” which should be cause for suspense, or at least mild concern. But, their casual gossip about TV pilots and foot massages makes for a breezy and relaxed scene. Later, Vincent accidentally shoots Marvin’s head off, “The fuck’s happening? Ah, shit!” rendering him dead, but there is no remorse. Vincent and Jules worry more about bloodying up Jimmie’s towels than about having taken a life. “This shit’s hard to get off.” Then again, Earthlings took their home furnishings very seriously. In the torture dungeon, Maynard says that “Nobody kills anybody in his place of business except him or Zed,” “Nobody kills anybody in my place of business ‘cept me or Zed.” which is followed by a friendly door chime. “That’s Zed.” Most films would pair an ominous statement like that with dramatic music. “If they move, kill em.” Well, most films would forego the torture dungeon scene altogether, but you know what I mean. The film also takes a cavalier attitude with time. High stakes situations are often undercut by someone moving at a slower pace. When Vincent is on the phone frantically trying to save the dying Mia, his shots are intercut with Lance calmly ingesting wet bread pellets. Then, as they’re trying to find the medical book, Lance and his wife get sidetracked by petty squabbling, which is completely normal in a healthy relationship, thank you very much. Butch takes his sweet time picking a weapon while we hear Marcellus being raped in the background. Just as serious things are downplayed, so too are mundane things granted special significance. The bathroom is a focal point for many crucial scenes, just as it was in human lives. “I’m gonna take a piss.” “I’m gonna take a shit.” Jules and Vincent are nearly killed by a man who lives in the bathroom. “Die, you motherfuckers!” More notably, every time Vincent uses the bathroom, something bad happens. There’s the restaurant robbery, Mia overdosing on poison, and finally, getting shot by Butch. Not to mention whatever gastrointestinal problem he has. With important things trivialized and trivial things important-ized, the film seems to make a point — we are out of control. Life is random and filled with outrageous coincidence. Honey Bunny and Pumpkin talk about robbing a restaurant because there would be less of a “hero factor,” and yet they pick the very restaurant where two heros are eating. Butch just so happens to stop at a traffic light at exactly the moment Marcellus is walking across the street to deliver some donuts, and then they just so happen upon the one pawn shop in America owned by dishonest scumbags. Vincent and Jules are shot at from point-blank range with bullets that can pierce human skin and are miraculously left unscathed. Are these simply freak occurrences, or should we believe that a higher power has gotten involved? Jules says yes. Vincent says no. Butch doesn’t mention it one way or another. “Dead’s dead, baby. Dead’s dead.” What is apparent is that at the beginning of the film Jules takes a life, and at the end he spares one. Even in a chaotic world, we still have the power to choose. The humans don’t, because they’re extinct. But we do. For Earthling Cinema, I am Garyx Wormuloid. To learn more about this absurd planet, hit the subscribe button.

75 Comments

  1. gspendlove Author

    It's nice to know that my DVD collection will survive the destruction of Earth. I'm happy to have helped these aliens understand humanity a little better.

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  2. Shawn Kerr Author

    I just discovered you, Earthling Cinema. You are hilarious!! I have a new channel to watch. Thanks for the review. Can't wait to see all your others. Hahahahahahaha.

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  3. John Matthew Podesta Author

    Y’all got this wrong. The main point of this film is not about chaos, it’s about redemption of character as seen with many characters, and how some do and don’t mature past their flaws, and the consequences of those choices. The trivial and chaotic setting is a great element of the movie but not the message

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  4. DepartmentofUserSubliminal Warfare Author

    Dear Diary,
    Innocent Beeman's TM, a friend indeed,
    Sophomoric Clove TM, will end in need,
    Secret Black Jack TM, cheating, Occultist creeps…
    Hilarious!

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  5. Random Dude Author

    One more thing
    Vincent kills the black guy in the car by accident as the car hits a speedbreaker
    He later gets killed by butch accidentally when the breads pop up and butch is startled

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  6. Kevin Romig Author

    theres alot going on w/ pulp fiction , butch rides off on a motorcycle named grace . the heroin scene is all about a spiritual awakening , the commentary on getting your tongue pierced is about meditation and aiding cunnilingus is about kundlini rising / holy spirit . i could go on and on…..

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  7. Ur Guru Author

    Let me be Frank and outright.I hated the movie.Theres hardly anything that we can hold on to in the movie.And I don't know why its rated so good on IMDB

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  8. Mark Heideman Author

    I cracked the meaning of this movie, you can decode it in the title alone. Pulp Fiction = Book Lie = Bible vs Lie = Light vs Darkness and there are three main characters equally interesting first is jules who is the rightful protector of the briefcase. Inside the briefcase is (my theory) the plates of joseph smith. Jules is a mormon, he doesn't eat meat and he lives a righteous life after encountering the briefcase. Everyone else gets killed who encounters the briefcase with the exception of the restaurant robbers who he allows to escape as a way of showing his power and mercy and to acknowlege his new power as an executioner. Then there is Vincent Vega (vegatarian) who goes against the laws of the mormons and takes the bride of Marcellous wallace on date to a homage to Hollywood aka Sodom and Gomorrha where they drink milkshakes and dance the night away, return home and take drugs then drive to the false prophets house (drug pusher dressed like Jesus) and this is where the drug pusher tells vincent to stab the jezabel in the heart with a large needle and she is miraculously resurrected, but this is just before Vincent is gunned down by Butch, our Great White Hope of the boxing ring and the entire movie as he requires the gold watch for his continued existence, failure to procure the watch will break his connection to his past which goes back generations. Butch has a reincarnation quality to his character as defined by the gold watch which is similar to the gold plates in the briefcase. He has a son on the way and that watch belongs to his son who will continue the legacy of Great White Hope. Whoever has possession of the briefcase finds the wrath of God destroy them (except Jules) and the gold watch of Butch empowers him to overwhelm all his enemies, including Marcellis wallace who he gracefully allows to live. This movie is biblical showing the forces of good and evil working in mysterious ways and there are physical elements that bring these humans extra power.

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  9. douchedot Author

    Not a single hidden meaning, just some irrelevant stuff you're trying so hard to bring up in a very lame approach. Trash content just to seem fresh and recent.

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  10. Barbie Sos Author

    The since in the movie was so missed up and unorganized wich made it difficult for me to understand it for example first they show that dutch shot Vincent than at the end of the story they show Vincent and jules getting out of the restaurant after solving the problem wich was at the beginning of the story which mean Vincent is still alive like I'm confused with it and with other since because they mix the end with the beginning and the midle of the story
    Like can someone explain to me the story

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  11. Osvaldo Gil Author

    The best analysis of pulp fiction. The last sentence almost killed me: “we have the power to choose (humans don’t because they’re extinct), but we do”! Awesome!

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  12. Hercules 1602 Author

    Great video and all, but you made fun of Vincent going to the bathroom all the time as if it was just convenient for the plot. But certain drug addicts develop this symptom so suck on that garyx whateverthefuckyoursurnameis

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