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January 16, 2014 2:11 PM   Subscribe

Pulp Fiction Guess Who? (via Boing Boing)
posted by davebush (18 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
"Does your guy have weirdly googly eyes?"
posted by Sys Rq at 2:18 PM on January 16


Does he look like a bitch?

Reminds me of Subjective Guess Who, a home rules variant I play with friends. When you've each had a drink or two, it becomes entirely sensible to ask questions like

-Does he have a good relationship with his parents?
-Is she a lapsed Catholic?
-Does he speak any dead languages?
-Does she have trouble making friends with other women?
-Does he keep a boa constrictor as a pet?
-Does she do Crossfit?
-Is he ashamed of his accent?
posted by Iridic at 2:24 PM on January 16 [12 favorites]


-Does he speak any dead languages?

Bill speaks Klingon, I'm pretty sure
posted by Hoopo at 2:31 PM on January 16


Needs more Flock of Seagulls. But otherwise, just like Fonzi.
posted by mosk at 2:31 PM on January 16 [1 favorite]


"What do they look like, Jimmie?" "Dorks. They look like a couple of dorks."
posted by Foosnark at 2:36 PM on January 16 [5 favorites]


Is she the one with all the shit in her face?
posted by Navelgazer at 2:39 PM on January 16 [5 favorites]


The finishing touch was making a new wrapping for the box that looked like Marcellus Wallace's briefcase.

I'm presuming it has a mysterious golden glow, because it is awesome.
posted by Artw at 2:41 PM on January 16


I'm presuming it has a mysterious golden glow, because it is awesome.

Not strictly relevant, but anyway: I first saw Pulp Fiction as a young-ish teenager and heard somewhere, within a year or two of its release after I'd seen it 3 or 4 times, that it was "Marcellus Wallace's soul" in the briefcase. This struck me as just about the right amount of deep symbolism at that point in my life, and I was immediately and irrevocably persuaded that this was THE one and only correct explanation for what was in the briefcase. I held on to this for years, even to the point of silently (god, I hope silently) pitying other people who still wondered what was in the briefcase, who clearly didn't "get it."

Finally one day I read some interview with Tarantino where they asked "what's in the briefcase," and his answer was like, "you know - whatever. It's a Macguffin. That's all." And I was totally crestfallen, I felt like such an idiot. But in retrospect of course it's just a Macguffin, I mean it's a pure Macguffin what with the lack of even an oblique hint about what it actually is. And not only that, it's an allusion to the very concept of a Macguffin, between the inexplicable golden glow and Vincent's mopey, credulous gaping at it when he finally takes a look. Like every other Tarantino flick, it's a film about films, and about the making of films and the telling of stories, and the briefcase is no exception. That's it.

And now I see, poking around a little bit online, of course there is a Snopes page about this whole debate. Which I totally missed. Ah, to be young and think you've fully grasped everything about a movie's symbolism!
posted by Joey Buttafoucault at 3:06 PM on January 16 [9 favorites]


It's an inert fragment of the incarnation of Azathoth that was accentally unleashed upon Malibu beach in 1955.
posted by Artw at 3:14 PM on January 16 [1 favorite]


(Later infamous sex-magus Jackie Treehorn who hold ceremonies in the same location with the aim of tapping in to the residual energy. It's reported that he searched for the fragment, but never found it.)
posted by Artw at 3:16 PM on January 16 [1 favorite]


Joey, it's a little light the prop guy fitted.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:39 PM on January 16 [2 favorites]


That's the Marilyn Monroe section that's Mamie Van Doren... I don't see Jayne Mansfield, she must have the night off or something.
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:39 PM on January 16


Joey, it's a little light the prop guy fitted.

Aliens.
posted by Artw at 3:47 PM on January 16


Key to understanding this is that "Samuel L Jackson playing Guess Who" has been a meme for quite some time
posted by memebake at 3:47 PM on January 16


It's a Macguffin. That's all.

In the (I think) 2nd episode of the current series of Sherlock there's a pretty clear visual reference to this involving a matchbox.
posted by George_Spiggott at 6:25 PM on January 16


Oh my god this is wonderful. I want this to be the only version of the game my kids ever learn.
posted by odinsdream at 8:08 PM on January 16


Aliens.

Neutron bomb.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:11 PM on January 16 [1 favorite]


Close. It's an homage to the "great whatsit" in Kiss Me Deadly.
posted by kirkaracha at 4:03 PM on January 17


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