10 Brilliant Movies That Inspired Annoying Cinematic Trends

10. Pop Culture-Inclined Gangster Movies - Pulp Fiction (1994)


Annoying Examples: Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead, 2 Days In The Valley, Love And A .45, The Boondock Saints, Suicide Kings

Quentin Tarantino wasn't the first person to give his hitman and gangster characters personality, but he was arguably the first filmmaker to do it so darn well. And so, in 1994, Tarantino made what is probably still his masterpiece, Pulp Fiction, a non-linear narrative about criminals in Los Angeles. Imbued with dozens of memorable characters who kill casually and talk like real people (or how we supposedly talk), once audiences got a taste of Tarantino's snappy dialogue, ironic soundtrack cues, and humorous eye for violence, they were sold. So whereas Pulp Fiction spawned a few good movies in the wake of its successes - Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, for example - most filmmakers failed to understand that just imitating Tarantino's style wasn't enough. So now when we see movies with murderers talking about cheeseburgers or their favourite TV shows, most of us will think back to Pulp Fiction and cringe. Not at Tarantino, of course, but at those directors who thought that by having quirky criminals shooting the sh*t and a non-linear narrative their movie was instantly cool.

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