Immediately looking at 1994, the choice instantly becomes between Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, and The Shawshank Redemption. Shawshank isn’t really a choice, because that film only gained its stature later. So the rationale for the choice becomes such: Forrest Gump made more money and won all the Oscars, but Pulp Fiction so completely and utterly changed the face of cinema that it’s really the only choice I could have made.
The amount of knock-offs of this movie that appeared over the following decade after this came out is enough to top any case all other 1994 movies could possibly have.
Honestly, this choice is really between Forrest Gump and Pulp Fiction. I’d even say Lion King is more representative of 1994 than Shawshank is. That’s just the honest truth.
But Pulp Fiction impacted cinema in so much more a lasting way than Forrest Gump did, and I think we have to acknowledge that in this choice. (more…)