Across 110th Street

Sure, I love the fanboy bravado of Resevoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction, but do you remember how great Jackie Brown is? This bad-ass movie holds up shockingly well over time, and is compulsively watchable. I stuck the DVD in the other night at about 1AM, intending to watch 15 minutes. But I couldn't turn it off. Each time a new scene started I was hooked.

I think there are many stellar moments in Quentin Tarantino's first two films, but Jackie Brown seems to showcase his best talents (crackling dialogue, crime stories, subverting traditional narrative structure) and wraps them around a compelling group of characters (could that be the influence of Elmore Leonard, who's book Rum Punch is the basis for the movie?) and an even more compelling ensemble of actors.

There is also an underlying layer of bittersweetness, heartache, and longing, most emulated by the rundown title character played by Pam Grier and by Robert Forester's world-weary bail bondsman. Reaching out for a moment of connection and understanding, Grier asks him sincerely, "How do you feel about getting old?" Her emotional vulnerability and honesty is heartbreaking.

—Reporting From Glendale, California


  1. Totally agree. Thanks for reminding me how much I like this film.

  2. See it again now. It gets better and better each time you see it!