Flickchart’s Greatest Battles

 In which we pit two movies together using flickchart.com, debating their merits or lack thereof.

Face/Off (1997)

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Pulp Fiction (1994)

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Stop; this is a much closer battle than you think. People think “Nick Cage” and “John Travolta” and immediately disregard it as a potentially good movie. Before Cage was making movies such as National Treasure, clearly on a quest for more money, he was crushing it with films like Raising Arizona and Face/Off. Not to mention John Travolta commanded the 90’s with an iron-acting-fist in films like…I don’t know…Pulp Fiction. Directed by John Woo, who’s known for intricate action sequences, gives the audience a thriller with enough of a psychological twist to make people remember this for more than a handful of gun fights. But if you forgot some of the action, try and remember Travolta bashing up some dude against a corvette, a 6-man shootout (technically 5), and Cage being blasted by a jet turbine. And doves. It’s also great fun to watch two actors with unique traits forced to act using the other actor’s mannerisms. Sit down, watch this film again, and you’ll be entertained. I promise.

 

Pulp Fiction has an ensemble cast, multiple converging story lines, an appropriate level of violence, quotably wonderful quotes, and clearly has an edge in the dark humor department.

 

The big difference between these two films is not a question of whether one had better action, a better story, or better actors; the difference is that one of these films changed a generation. Tarantino didn’t make a great film, but created one of the most influential films of the 90s, not just a great film from the 90s.

 

“What a predicament!” You knew it, I knew it, but hopefully you understand why Face/Off is a contender.

 

Winner:

Pulp Fiction (1994)

 

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