At its most basic level, it was an homage to about a million movies of the 1970s. But in 1994, Pulp Fiction single-handedly reset the approach to moviemaking. The fantastic script of interweaving story lines is exhilarating: brutal, riveting, hilarious, and frequently sweet. The performances of every character, however minor, are simply superb. Tarantino's direction and camerawork are outstanding and the dialog is witty, powerful and memorable. How it lost Best Picture to Forrest Gump still has me shaking my head. A gem of postmodern pop culture, there's not just one reason it's number five on IMDb's Top 250--there are dozens. This movie simply gets better with every viewing. While impossible to select a favorite scene, the line I think about all the time as I'm sitting in LA traffic is from Harvey Keitel's character The Wolf in the chapter titled The Bonnie Situation: "That's thirty minutes away. I'll be there in ten." That's the LA I want to drive in.

Beth Minehart