Friday, May 20, 2011

Jackie Brown (1997)

Middle-aged flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) finds herself caught between ATF agents (Michael Keaton & Michael Bowen) and the gunrunner they wish to bust (Samuel L. Jackson). Maybe with the help of an understanding bail-bondsman (Robert Forster) she will be able to come out ahead?

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Though on the surface Jackie Brown might seem to share a lot with it's predecessor Pulp Fiction (fast-talking, guns, drugs, feet), it's actually a horse of a different color. Under the surface, Jackie Brown is really about being middle-aged. About feeling that your "best" days are behind you. Is it too late to make a change? Is it too late to find love? That Tarantino was only 34 when he crafted this little gem (based on a novel by Elmore Leonard) makes it all the more impressive. This isn't the Tarantino film you put on at a party. This is the one you put on at night, alone, after a nice shower and perhaps with a smooooooooth drink.

Stream it on Netflix.

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