Sunday, September 26, 2004

PULP FICTION, ON BRAVO

I know there are some people who think "Q" is overrated, but I still think Pulp Fiction is genius. I remember the first time I saw it, in a theater in Greenwich Village with an ex-boyfriend who became (what Cindy Chupack would have called) a relationship rerun (see also, "Dennis"). It was a trippy evening, from the man I was with to Q's unique approach to cinematic dialogue. And this time I noticed two supporting players I didn't remember from the first time. Phil Lamarr, from MadTV, who plays the ill-fated Marvin, and Steve Buscemi (one of my all-time favorite character actors) playing Buddy, the waiter at Jackrabbit Slim's (who looks like Buddy Holly). Masterful language--the only issue I have is that I think all the characters talk like Quentin Tarantino. Not a problem, per se, but just something I think about.

I get that on non-pay cable television, they bleep the F-word and the S-word. They bleep "goddamn." I think they even bleeped "bitch." But the N-word? It's still in there. Can someone enlighten me as to the logic?

4 Comments:

At 9:54 AM, September 27, 2004, Blogger writersbloc gal said...

Yeah, I've always wondered about that too. What's even less logical is the fact that words like "bitch" are now a free-for-all on shows like "Friends". But "goddamn" is not. But yeah, the "n" word is not edited out... [shrug]

 
At 10:26 AM, September 27, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight Vincent. I can't say, 'b****'. I can't say 's***'. I can't even say, 'f***', 'f******', or 'motherf******'. But I can say 'nigger'!?! Man, that's some F***** up S***.

 
At 1:53 PM, September 27, 2004, Blogger Stephen said...

Bill Simmons, the ESPN.com columnist recently wrote, "As the Wolf said in 'Pulp Fiction,' let's not start [expletive] each other's [expletive] quite yet."

 
At 5:38 PM, September 27, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they're trying to track FCC rules (which generally do not apply to cable). FCC restricts indecent (like the bleeped words - I have never understood how goddamn is still on the list - they bleep the god but leave the damn) or obscene language but not necessarily patently offensive words when used in the proper context (which arguably is present in pulp fiction).

 

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Sunday, September 26, 2004

PULP FICTION, ON BRAVO

I know there are some people who think "Q" is overrated, but I still think Pulp Fiction is genius. I remember the first time I saw it, in a theater in Greenwich Village with an ex-boyfriend who became (what Cindy Chupack would have called) a relationship rerun (see also, "Dennis"). It was a trippy evening, from the man I was with to Q's unique approach to cinematic dialogue. And this time I noticed two supporting players I didn't remember from the first time. Phil Lamarr, from MadTV, who plays the ill-fated Marvin, and Steve Buscemi (one of my all-time favorite character actors) playing Buddy, the waiter at Jackrabbit Slim's (who looks like Buddy Holly). Masterful language--the only issue I have is that I think all the characters talk like Quentin Tarantino. Not a problem, per se, but just something I think about.

I get that on non-pay cable television, they bleep the F-word and the S-word. They bleep "goddamn." I think they even bleeped "bitch." But the N-word? It's still in there. Can someone enlighten me as to the logic?

4 Comments:

At 9:54 AM, September 27, 2004, Blogger writersbloc gal said...

Yeah, I've always wondered about that too. What's even less logical is the fact that words like "bitch" are now a free-for-all on shows like "Friends". But "goddamn" is not. But yeah, the "n" word is not edited out... [shrug]

 
At 10:26 AM, September 27, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So let me get this straight Vincent. I can't say, 'b****'. I can't say 's***'. I can't even say, 'f***', 'f******', or 'motherf******'. But I can say 'nigger'!?! Man, that's some F***** up S***.

 
At 1:53 PM, September 27, 2004, Blogger Stephen said...

Bill Simmons, the ESPN.com columnist recently wrote, "As the Wolf said in 'Pulp Fiction,' let's not start [expletive] each other's [expletive] quite yet."

 
At 5:38 PM, September 27, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they're trying to track FCC rules (which generally do not apply to cable). FCC restricts indecent (like the bleeped words - I have never understood how goddamn is still on the list - they bleep the god but leave the damn) or obscene language but not necessarily patently offensive words when used in the proper context (which arguably is present in pulp fiction).

 

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