Much is made of the profanity, violence, and criminal subject matter of Tarantinos films. Less often discussed is why we still care about what are, at face value, terrible people doing terrible things. Its because of Tarantinos genius for creating characters we gravitate towards - characters that, aside from their criminal tendencies, are like people we know, people we really like - maybe in spite of ourselves.

The suave Winston Wolfe is the epitome of those characters - a fast-talking, no-nonsense problem-solver whose business just happens to involve helping people literally get away with murder. As The Wolf think James Bond by way of Scorseses mob epics Harvey Keitel is a model of criminal efficiency. With a single call from Marcellus, The Wolf completes the 30 minute trip to Jimmies house in Toluca Lake in less than 10. Once inside, he clips through a just the facts debriefing, curiously mirroring the questions of a cop. And although the interior of Juless car has had a recent, grisly re-upholstering which Wolf must resolve - the unflappable Wolfs first request is for Jimmies famously good coffee Lots of cream, lots of sugar.

Tarantino pulls the audience into the film so thoroughly that a fixer who still says pretty please with sugar on top before setting to work mopping up a crime scene seems not only plausible, but a relief. Though youd never want to be in a situation where you needed him, Tarantino convinces us people like The Wolf exist and leaves us strangely happy they do.

Tommy Moreno