The term "pulp fiction" refers to a literary genre used to describe magazines printed on cheap "pulp" paper in the first half of the 20th century.
Before the days of TV, pulps were how young adults learned about popular culture and the criminal underworld. Stories were often grossly exaggerated and explicit for the times. It is this energy of the genre that Tarantino is trying to exhibit in the film Pulp Fiction, the same way he exhibits his love for the film genre grindhouse in the 2007 film of the same name (also shown separately as Death Proof).
Rob Ager, the film critic behind collativelearning.com gives an in-depth analysis of The Gold Watch scene in Pulp Fiction. He uses video and narrative to build a case that much more symbolism and story is being transmitted than first meets the eye.
Anyone with more than a casual interest in the film will appreciate Mr. Ager's analysis as it will give the viewer even more to think about during subsequent viewings of the film. Nicely done!
My husband has never seen the movie Pulp Fiction. We recently bought a new dvd player (Toshiba) and borrowed the movie from a friend. Something weird happened.....The movie wouldn't play. We inserted other movies and they all played. My husband always said he wanted to be the only one who has never seen the movie Pulp Fiction. Today I went out an bought the movie brand new...it's brand new it has to work right!....wrong. It wouldn't play. Has any body else ever had this problem????