Friday, December 12, 2014

Have Yourself a Tarantino Christmas

Our bloghop hosts, MOCK! and The Armchair Squid, are proud to present Mock Squid Soup: A Film Society.  

Each month, on the second Friday, we shall host a bloghop devoted to a particular movie.  We invite others to watch the same film and post their own reviews.

Today, our society convenes with Pulp Fiction.


Sometimes, you just want to throw something in the hat for the folks who have already seen this hot mess, rather than explain detail after detail. 

Pulp Fiction is a collection of tales and colorful characters that all criss-cross and merge, indifferent to the chronology of the actual events portrayed. One thing that all the characters have in common is that there's no classic hero in the bunch; there's just the people who end up dead and the people who live to see another day. It's a carnival of low-lifes, and you're along for the (brief) ride.

This award winning film is not for everyone, especially if you don't like glorified self-indulgence, criminal activity portrayed as "just another day," characters who curse with every single sentence, or gratuitous gore.  

So, how can we make it more festive and "flipside-able?"

Sung to the tune of 
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas*

Have yourself a Tarantino Christmas,
Quentin's neo-noir,
Jules and Vincent eating burgers in a car.

Have yourself a foul-mouth-fiction Christmas,
Brett is going down,
Vince and Mia have a night out on the town,

Lance, please help, Mia overdosed!
Vincent's butt is toast - he fears!
Butch wants his watch, he just threw a fight
Crazy Zed's a pain in the rear.

Have yourself a zip-your-lip-Butch Christmas,
Shoot Vincent and go -
Jimmie's worried Bonnie has a fit to throw!
Jules gives Pumpkin and Honey Bunny cash to go.

[*all apologies to Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine. Parody is not for wimps.]

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  1. What an awesome song lyric! You're very talented. I like some of Tarantino's films. He has a very black sense of humor which I enjoy. Have a great weekend! :)

    1. Thank you, Lexa! I actually do like the black comedy (I just wish the language wasn't so bad, but I always take that stance).

  2. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    You wrote:

    << characters who curse with every single sentence >>

    This is why Janie Junebug is my favorite character.

    Pulp Fiction? Seen it. Loved it. I love the genre. I love seedy characters, gangsters (and gangster wives!!!), dangerous situations and extreme fantasy violence. (See also Sam Peckinpah "The Getaway," etc.) I love movies that don't pull punches. I love the Tarantino touch. Watching a Tarantino flick is a guilty pleasure. (I wonder if he ever made one w/o guns.)

    I have also seen and enjoyed the following Quentin Tarantino written and/or directed films:

    Reservoir Dogs
    True Romance
    Natural Born Killers
    From Dusk Till Dawn
    Jackie Brown
    Grindhouse ("Death Proof")
    Inglourious Basterds

    Thank you for reminding me of this talented screenwriter and director and one of his best known films, Pulp Fiction.

    Happy Friday, dear friend Cherdo, and have a great weekend!

    1. I've seen just about everything, too - Grindhouse was probably my least favorite of the list and my top favorite was was a three way tie of Reservoir Dogs, Inglorious Bastards and Pulp Fiction.

      Trivia: Quentin Tarantino was born right here in Knoxville.

      Have a lovely day, stay safe and enjoy the weekend!

    2. No Django Unchained, Sir Shady? I hesitated to see it because so many people said it was racist. It's actually an anti-slavery movie.

    3. I love Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds--of course, Christoph Waltz had a lot to do with it, too! He's my favorite actor and so-oh-dreamy. I enjoyed Jackie Brown. Not so much a fan of Tarantino's earlier stuff...I think his reimagined historic stories of late have far surpassed his early work. The man always looks like he's stepping out for a burger and there are some creepy stories about him in Hollywood but there's no denying he's a genius scriptwriter and director.

  3. I liked Pulp Fiction but I think Kill Bill is my favorite Tarantino film. Uma Thurman is so kick-ass!


    Raindrops on roses; whiskers on kittens; bright copper kettles; warm woolen mittens; girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes; snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes.

    Dog bites; bee stings; tattooed women; Uncle Sam; U2; Quentin Tarantino; Madonna; Clint Eastwood; conforming "nonconformists"; martinis made with anything other than gin and vermouth.

    And I guess that's all I have to say about THAT.
    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  5. That is absolute genius. I love your little ditty better than the actual movie! I hated the movie the first time. Enjoyed it the second.

    1. You're too kind! (I don't pick 'em for review - this is one that I generally like, but I give a thumbs down to excessive violence, foul language, etc. It's hard to separate a story line from how it is presented by the creator. Then again...consider the storyline...)

  6. The most moving part of the film was when Bruce Willis saved the gangster who was being buggered, even though the gangster was after his life. Gratuitous buggery can bring former enemies together.

  7. Life is too short for Quentin Tarantino, Adam Sandler or the Coen brothers movies!!

    1. I don't pick 'em, I just chime in....but I like the Coen brothers.

    2. I don't know what it is with fishducky and the Coen brothers. I adore the Coen brothers. I love Tarantino, but I understand why some people don't.

  8. Not a fan of this movie but enjoying the reviews. Love your song !

    cheers, parsnip

  9. Outstanding lyrics. I might have to send those to Favorite Young Man and The Hurricane. The Hurricane's college had a big Halloween party every year. Freshman year one of her friends dressed as Uma Thurman's character, with a syringe that appeared to be stuck in her heart. I am a Tarantino fan and have been for quite some time. Favorite Young Man and The Hurricane love him, too. He aestheticizes violence. Spell check says I spelled aestheticizes wrong, but I disagree so we'll have to fight it out in a carefully choreographed ballet of bullying.


    1. Thank you, dear! I try!

      Spellcheck is pompous and unrelenting. I eliminated the space between spell and check just to show my displeasure and defiance. Plastic boxes with wires and programming do not rule me. I a free spirit.

  10. I do believe you've just composed the official film society jingle! Rock on!

    1. I'm the "Loggins & Messina" of the Film Society! My Christmas wish has come true. God bless us, everyone.

  11. Butch didn't throw the fight after all -- he in fact accidentally killed his opponent, a fact he didn't even know until his cab driver told him. He ran because he won!

    But I like the lyrics you wrote. Very clever!

    1. True... "Burgers in a car" wasn't the final act, either... Back to Haiku Jail for me.

  12. This is a great poem and wonderful homage to this film. I like Tarantino even if he is quite weird. I enjoyed this and can't wait for more poems

  13. I've never seen this movie, although I bet I'd like it, in a "I'm not terribly sophisticated" kind of way. Although, every time I see Samuel L. Jackson, I can't help but think of him being eaten by sharks.

  14. Such a fun concept! I'll have to join in sometime soon...

    Pulp Fiction is a new classic! LOVE THE LYRICS... LOL. Thanks for sharing!

    1. How did I miss this comment the first time around? Belated thanks!

  15. Loved Pulp Fiction! I normally do the celebrate small things blog hop but am off due to craft orders. Have a great week! :))

    1. CRAFTS? How did I miss this? I love crafts...


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Love, Cherdo