Pulp Fiction and The Shawshank Redemption are both so incredible that words can not be used to describe how incredible they are.
They are modern masterpieces, filled with great acting, directing, writing, cinematography, themes, etc.
It’s a small miracle that they both came out in the same year.
One of them should have won Best Picture. No doubt.
But I can’t choose.
Personally, I think Pulp Fiction is pretty overjoyed. It’s a great film, but it ranks high on my list of overrated movies. Maybe it’s because it just comes off as a little too proud of itself at times, but I’ve never watched it and thought “Wow! This changes my life!!” Now, I have had that moment watching The Shawshank Redemption, which is just a majestic film. A clever, moving, masterful triumph of a story, and easily among the best Stephen King adaptations.
Both are great, neither groundbreaking, Pulp Fiction is better.
Pulp Fiction great, Shawshank Redemption INCREDIBLE! One leaves the other in its dust imo.
I am part of that rare group that just never got into supposed magic of “The Shawshank Redemption”.
For me, it is Pulp Fiction all the way.
“The Shawshank Redemption”
Shawshank is a good film. If anything, it’s reputation in my opinion is a little inflated, perhaps coming from being the highest rated film on IMDb. It’s a film for large audiences, it’s a crowd pleaser—and for some strange reason it’s the highest ranked of the 1994 films on the AFI 100 list (another example of a problem with that list, which plays more to the perceptions of the American public than what the truly greatest American films are…no Stagecoach, no McCabe & Mrs. Miller, no Howard Hawks films, no Hitchcock’s Rebecca, etc.). I enjoy the Shawshank Redemption, but….
|Pulp Fiction was a truly landmark film and was recognized as such in 1994, even before it influenced countless projects. It won the Cannes Film Festival. It’s a film that was seen as hugely new and innnovative in its storytelling and screenplay, told with such passion and pizzazz, and it was passed over for pure ephemeral schmaltz. Why couldn’t Harvey have won that one a Best Picture, a film he recognizes as probably the most significant he has backed?? I find it tremendously discouraging when the film industry itself cannot judge which film made the greatest contribution to cinema that year.|