This September, The Loft Cinema celebrates the wild world of Quentin Tarantino with special screenings of all eight of his groundbreaking feature films, as well as one of his “screenplay only” films.
Tarantino followed up his blockbuster hit Pulp Fiction with this more subtle and adult (but equally entertaining) crime thriller adapted from Elmore Leonard’s novel Rum Punch. With Jackie Brown, Tarantino revived the career of ‘70s Blaxploitation icon Pam Grier via the exciting, funny and ultimately touching story of a tentative, bullet-ridden romance between a flight attendant and a soft-spoken
“You savor every moment of Jackie Brown. I wanted these characters to live, talk, deceive and scheme for hours and hours.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
bail bondsman whose lives have not gone as planned. Jackie Brown (Grier) carves out a modest existence flying the friendly skies and picking up extra money by smuggling cash for a nasty gun-runner (Samuel L. Jackson). When she gets pinched, it’s a no-win scenario of jail time or risking her life for the Feds. Meanwhile, Jackie catches the eye of a down-on-his-luck bondsman (Robert Forester) who has a plan of his own to ensure that neither of them ever has to work again, leading to a deliriously unpredictable cycle of double-crosses, betrayals and violent surprises (some of the most violent involving Robert DeNiro as Jackson’s hopelessly institutionalized and ill-fated ex-con accomplice). Expertly staged and written by Tarantino, Jackie Brown combines the director’s love of gritty/campy ‘70s exploitation cinema (with numerous nods to Grier’s early career as the star of such funky classics as Coffy and Foxy Brown) with mature and humane insight into desperate characters living on the fringes of “respectable society.”