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Pulp Fiction: The Movie, The Soundtrack, The Awesome

Pulp Fiction: The Movie, The Soundtrack, The Awesome (photo)

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When Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’ hit theaters, audiences were stunned by the graphic violence, wild inter-twined plot lines, brash use of language, and fever pitch pace. The movie was widely considered one of the most influential movies of the 90s. And we have ‘Pulp Fiction’ to thank for re-launching the career of John Travolta. Yes, we couldn’t have had ‘Old Dogs’ or ‘Wild Hogs’ without it.

Not only did the movie raise the bar for Hollywood films, but the soundtrack dramatically changed how most movie producers thought about the music that accompanied their films. Instead of just being a beautiful song, background noise, or a thrilling a score to accompany the chase scenes, songs became part and parcel of the movie. They started to be carefully selected to mirror the story playing out on the screen. A soundtrack could also be used to communicate a filmmaker’s vision to a particular segment of the audience and maybe make them seem hipper than they actually are. (Yeah, ‘Twilight’ soundtrack, we’re looking at you.) The combination of surf rock, old school R & B and soul, and newer bands like Urge Overkill side-by-side on the ‘Pulp Fiction’ soundtrack made the album quickly become THE soundtrack of 1994. And, you know what? It still sounds good.

Here’s a clip from ‘Pulp Fiction’ of Uma Thurman and John Travolta dancing to Chuck Berry’s ‘You Never Can Tell’:

What’s your favorite song from the ‘Pulp Fiction’ soundtrack? Tell us in the comments!

Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction airs tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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