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note_NN
:_:
some_DT
may_MD
consider_VB
portions_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
following_JJ
text_NN
to_IN
be_BE
spoilers_FW
._.
be_BE
forewarned_JJ
._.
during_IN
the_DT
three_CD
years_NNS
since_CS
the_DT
release_NN
of_IN
the_DT
groundbreaking_NN
success_NN
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
,_,
the_DT
cinematic_JJ
output_NN
from_IN
its_PP$
creator_NN
,_,
quentin_NP
tarantino_NP
,_,
has_HVZ
been_BEN
surprisingly_RB
low_JJ
._.
oh_UH
,_,
he_PP
's_BEZ
been_BEN
busy_JJ
--_???
doing_DOG
the_DT
talk_NN
show_VB
circuit_NN
,_,
taking_VBG
small_JJ
roles_NNS
in_IN
various_JJ
films_NNS
,_,
overseeing_VBG
the_DT
production_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
screenplay_NN
from_IN
dusk_NN
till_IN
dawn_NN
,_,
making_VBG
cameo_???
appearances_NNS
on_IN
television_NN
shows_VBZ
,_,
providing_VBG
a_DT
vignette_NN
for_IN
the_DT
ill-fated_JJ
anthology_NN
four_CD
rooms_NNS
--_???
everything_PN
,_,
it_PP
seems_VBZ
,_,
except_CS
direct_JJ
another_DT
feature-length_NN
film_NN
._.
it_PP
's_BEZ
been_BEN
the_DT
long_JJ
intermission_NN
between_IN
projects_NNS
as_IN
well_RB
as_CS
the_DT
dizzying_JJ
peak_NN
which_WDT
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
reached_VBN
which_WDT
has_HVZ
made_VBN
mr_NN
._.
tarantino_NP
's_POS
new_JJ
feature_NN
film_NN
,_,
jackie_NP
brown_NP
,_,
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
most_DT
anticipated_JJ
films_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
,_,
and_CC
his_PP$
third_OD
feature_NN
film_NN
cements_NNS
his_PP$
reputation_NN
as_IN
the_DT
single_JJ
most_DT
important_JJ
new_JJ
american_JJ
filmmaker_NN
to_IN
emerge_VB
from_IN
the_DT
1990s_CD
._.
things_NNS
aren't_BER
going_VBG
well_RB
for_IN
jackie_NP
brown_NP
(_(
pam_NP
grier_NN
)_)
._.
she_PP
's_BEZ
000_CD
years_NNS
old_JJ
,_,
stuck_VBN
at_IN
a_DT
dead-end_NN
job_NN
(_(
"_"
$_???
000_CD
,_,
000_CD
a_DT
year_NN
,_,
plus_IN
retirement_NN
benefits_NNS
that_CS
aren't_BER
worth_IN
a_DT
damn_JJ
"_"
)_)
as_CS
a_DT
flight_NN
attendant_NN
for_IN
the_DT
worst_JJS
airline_NN
in_IN
north_NN
america_NP
--_???
and_CC
she_PP
's_BEZ
just_RB
been_BEN
caught_VBN
at_IN
the_DT
airport_NN
by_IN
atf_???
agent_NN
ray_NP
nicolette_NP
(_(
portrayed_VBN
with_IN
terrific_JJ
childlike_JJ
enthusiasm_NN
by_IN
michael_NP
keaton_NP
)_)
and_CC
police_NNS
officer_NN
mark_NN
dargus_NP
(_(
michael_NP
bowen_NP
)_)
smuggling_NN
$_???
000_CD
000_CD
from_IN
mexico_NP
for_IN
gun-runner_NN
ordell_NP
robbie_NP
(_(
samuel_NP
l_NN
._.
jackson_NP
)_(
,_,
who_NP
has_HVZ
her_PP$
bailed_VBD
out_RP
by_IN
unassuming_JJ
bail_NN
bondsman_NN
max_NP
cherry_NP
(_(
robert_NP
forster_NP
)_)
._.
the_DT
loquacious_JJ
ordell_NP
,_,
based_VBN
out_RP
of_IN
a_DT
hermosa_NP
beach_NN
house_NN
where_CS
his_PP$
horny_???
,_,
bong-hitting_NN
surfer_NN
girl_NN
melanie_NP
(_(
bridget_NP
fonda_NN
)_)
and_CC
agreeable_JJ
crony_NP
louis_NP
gara_???
(_(
robert_NP
de_NP
niro_???
)_(
hang_NN
out_RP
,_,
operates_VBZ
under_IN
the_DT
policy_NN
that_CS
the_DT
best_JJS
rat_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
dead_JJ
rat_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
's_BEZ
soon_RB
out_RP
to_IN
silence_NN
jackie_NP
brown_NP
._.
meanwhile_RB
,_,
the_DT
authorities_NNS
'_"
target_NN
is_BEZ
ordell_NP
,_,
and_CC
they_PP
want_VB
jackie_NP
to_IN
help_NN
them_PP
by_IN
arranging_VBG
a_DT
sting_NN
to_IN
the_DT
tune_NN
of_IN
a_DT
half-million_NP
dollars_NNS
._.
only_RB
through_IN
a_DT
series_NN
of_IN
clever_JJ
twists_NNS
,_,
turns_VBZ
,_,
and_CC
double-crosses_NNS
will_MD
jackie_NP
be_BE
able_JJ
to_TO
gain_VB
the_DT
upper_JJ
hand_NN
on_IN
both_PDT
of_IN
her_PP$
nemeses_NNS
._.
although_CS
jackie_NP
brown_NP
marks_NP
mr_NN
._.
tarantino_NP
's_POS
first_OD
produced_VBD
screenplay_NN
adaptation_NN
(_(
based_VBN
on_IN
the_DT
elmore_IN
leonard_NP
novel_NN
"_"
rum_NN
punch_NN
"_"
)_)
,_,
there_EX
's_BEZ
no_DT
mistaking_VBG
his_PP$
distinctive_JJ
fingerprints_NNS
all_PDT
over_IN
this_DT
film_NN
._.
while_CS
he_PP
's_BEZ
adhered_VBN
closely_RB
to_IN
the_DT
source_NN
material_NN
in_IN
a_DT
narrative_NN
sense_NN
,_,
the_DT
setting_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
relocated_VBN
to_IN
los_NP
angeles_NP
and_CC
the_DT
lead_NN
character_NN
's_POS
now_RB
black_JJ
._.
in_IN
terms_NNS
of_IN
ambiance_NN
,_,
the_DT
film_NN
harkens_NNS
back_NN
to_IN
the_DT
1970s_CD
,_,
from_IN
the_DT
wall-to-wall_NN
funk_???
and_CC
soul_NN
music_NN
drowning_JJ
the_DT
soundtrack_NN
to_IN
the_DT
nondescript_NN
look_NN
of_IN
the_DT
sets_NNS
--_???
even_JJ
the_DT
opening_NN
title_NN
credit_NN
sequence_NN
has_HVZ
the_DT
echo_NN
of_IN
vintage_NN
1970s_CD
productions_NNS
._.
the_DT
opening_NN
sequence_NN
featuring_VBG
ms_NN
._.
grier_RBR
wordlessly_RB
striding_VBG
through_IN
the_DT
lax_JJ
,_,
funky_JJ
music_NN
blaring_VBG
away_RB
on_IN
the_DT
speakers_NNS
,_,
is_BEZ
emblematic_JJ
of_IN
films_NNS
of_IN
that_DT
era_NN
._.
the_DT
timeframe_VBD
for_IN
the_DT
film_NN
is_BEZ
in_IN
fact_NN
1995_CD
,_,
but_CC
the_DT
atmosphere_NN
of_IN
jackie_NP
brown_NP
is_BEZ
decidedly_RB
retro_JJ
._.
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
nothing_PN
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
screams_NNS
1970s_CD
more_DT
than_CS
the_DT
casting_NN
of_IN
pam_NP
grier_RBR
and_CC
robert_NP
forster_NP
as_IN
the_DT
two_CD
leads_NNS
,_,
and_CC
although_CS
the_DT
caper_NN
intrigue_NN
is_BEZ
fun_JJ
to_TO
watch_VB
as_IN
the_DT
plot_NN
twists_NNS
,_,
backstabbing_VBG
,_,
and_CC
deceptions_NNS
deliciously_RB
unfold_VB
,_,
the_DT
strength_NN
of_IN
jackie_NP
brown_NP
is_BEZ
the_DT
quiet_JJ
,_,
understated_VBN
relationship_NN
developed_VBN
between_IN
jackie_NP
and_CC
max_NP
;_;
when_CS
they_PP
kiss_VB
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
perhaps_RB
the_DT
most_DT
tender_JJ
scene_NN
of_IN
the_DT
year_NN
._.
tenderness_NN
?_?
in_IN
a_DT
quentin_NP
tarantino_NP
film_NN
?_?
sure_JJ
,_,
there've_???
been_BEN
moments_NNS
of_IN
sweetness_NN
in_IN
his_PP$
prior_JJ
films_NNS
--_???
the_DT
affectionate_JJ
exchanges_NNS
between_IN
the_DT
bruce_NP
willis_NP
and_CC
maria_NP
de_NP
madeiros_NP
characters_NNS
in_IN
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
and_CC
the_DT
unflagging_NN
dedication_NN
shared_VBN
by_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
of_IN
tim_NP
roth_NP
and_CC
amanda_NP
plummer_NN
,_,
or_CC
even_RB
in_IN
reservoir_NN
dogs_NNS
,_,
where_CS
a_DT
deep_JJ
,_,
unspoken_JJ
bond_NN
develops_VBZ
between_IN
the_DT
harvey_NP
keitel_NN
and_CC
tim_NP
roth_NP
characters_NNS
--_???
but_CC
for_CS
the_DT
most_DT
part_NN
,_,
mr_NN
._.
tarantino_NP
's_POS
films_NNS
are_BER
typified_VBN
by_IN
manic_JJ
energy_NN
,_,
unexpected_JJ
outbursts_NNS
of_IN
violence_NN
,_,
and_CC
clever_JJ
,_,
often_RB
wordy_JJ
,_,
banter_NN
._.
these_DT
staples_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
work_NN
are_BER
all_PDT
present_JJ
in_IN
jackie_NP
brown_NP
,_,
but_CC
what_WDT
's_BEZ
new_JJ
here_RB
is_BEZ
a_DT
different_JJ
facet_NN
of_IN
his_PP$
storytelling_NN
--_???
a_NN
willingness_NN
to_IN
imbue_VB
the_DT
film_NN
with_IN
a_DT
poignant_JJ
emotional_JJ
undercurrent_NN
,_,
and_CC
a_DT
patience_NN
to_IN
draw_NN
out_RP
several_DT
scenes_NNS
with_IN
great_JJ
deliberation_NN
._.
this_DT
effective_JJ
demonstration_NN
of_IN
range_NN
prohibits_VBZ
the_DT
pigeonholing_NN
of_IN
mr_NN
._.
tarantino_NP
as_IN
simply_RB
a_DT
helmer_NN
of_IN
slick_JJ
,_,
hip_NN
crime_NN
dramas_NNS
with_IN
fast-talking_VBG
lowlifes_NP
,_,
and_CC
heralds_NNS
him_PP
as_RB
a_DT
bonafide_NN
multifaceted_VBN
talent_NN
;_;
he_PP
's_BEZ
the_DT
real_JJ
deal_NN
._.
this_DT
new_JJ
aspect_NN
of_IN
mr_NN
._.
tarantino_NP
's_POS
storytelling_NN
is_BEZ
probably_RB
best_RBS
embodied_VBN
in_IN
a_DT
single_JJ
character_NN
--_???
that_RB
of_IN
the_DT
world-weary_JJ
,_,
sensitive_JJ
,_,
and_CC
exceedingly-professional_JJ
max_NP
cherry_NN
,_,
whose_WP$
unspoken_JJ
attraction_NN
to_IN
jackie_NP
is_BEZ
touching_VBG
._.
mr_NN
._.
forster_NP
's_POS
nuanced_JJ
,_,
understated_VBN
performance_NN
is_BEZ
the_DT
best_JJS
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
;_;
he_PP
creates_VBZ
an_DT
amiable_JJ
character_NN
of_IN
such_DT
poignancy_NN
that_CS
when_CS
he_PP
gazes_VBZ
at_IN
jackie_NP
,_,
we_PP
smile_VB
along_IN
with_IN
him_PP
._.
much_DT
press_NN
has_HVZ
been_BEN
given_VBN
about_IN
the_DT
casting_NN
of_IN
blaxploitation-era_NP
icon_NN
pam_NP
grier_RBR
in_IN
the_DT
lead_NN
,_,
with_IN
the_DT
wags_???
buzzing_JJ
that_CS
mr_NN
._.
tarantino_NP
may_MD
do_DO
for_IN
her_PP$
what_WDT
his_PP$
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
did_DOD
to_IN
bolster_VB
john_NP
travolta_???
's_BEZ
then-sagging_NN
career_NN
._.
as_CS
it_PP
turns_VBZ
out_RP
,_,
ms_NN
._.
grier_RBR
is_BEZ
solid_JJ
in_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
title_NN
role_NN
,_,
although_CS
nothing_PN
here_RB
forces_NNS
her_PP
to_TO
test_VB
her_PP$
range_NN
._.
i_PP
do_DO
have_HV
to_TO
take_VB
exception_NN
to_IN
the_DT
claim_NN
that_CS
this_DT
film_NN
marks_NNS
her_PP
career_NN
resurrection_NN
,_,
though_CS
--_???
she_PP
's_MD
been_BEN
working_JJ
steadily_RB
over_IN
the_DT
years_NNS
,_,
often_RB
in_IN
direct-to-video_NP
action_NN
flicks_VBZ
,_,
but_CC
also_RB
in_IN
such_DT
recent_JJ
theatrical_JJ
releases_NNS
as_IN
tim_NP
burton_NP
's_POS
mars_NP
attacks_NNS
!_!
and_CC
larry_NP
cohen_NP
's_POS
original_JJ
gangstas_NNS
(_(
where_CS
she_PP
first_OD
teamed_VBN
up_RP
with_IN
mr_NN
._.
forster_NP
._.
)_)
of_IN
course_NN
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
true_JJ
that_CS
her_PP
role_NN
here_RB
was_BEDZ
a_DT
godsend_NN
--_???
a_NN
meaty_JJ
a_DT
part_NN
as_IN
this_DT
is_BEZ
rarity_NN
for_IN
*_???
any_DT
*_???
actress_NN
,_,
let_VB
alone_RB
one_CD
of_IN
her_PP$
age_NN
and_CC
current_JJ
status_NN
in_IN
the_DT
industry_NN
._.
while_CS
jackie_NP
brown_NP
may_MD
disappoint_VB
those_DT
looking_VBG
for_IN
another_DT
pulp_NN
fiction_NN
clone_NN
,_,
it_PP
marks_VBZ
tremendous_JJ
growth_NN
of_IN
mr_NN
._.
tarantino_NP
as_IN
a_DT
director_NN
whose_WP$
horizons_NNS
are_BER
rapidly_RB
expanding_JJ
,_,
and_CC
whose_WP$
characterizations_NN
have_HV
never_RB
been_BEN
better_JJR
._.
and_CC
while_CS
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
narrative_NN
doesn't_DOZ
really_RB
warrant_VB
a_DT
running_JJ
time_NN
of_IN
155_CD
minutes_NNS
,_,
it_PP
's_BEZ
filled_VBN
with_IN
such_DT
sumptuous_JJ
riches_NNS
,_,
ranging_VBG
from_IN
the_DT
brashness_NN
of_IN
the_DT
vivid_JJ
soundtrack_NN
to_IN
entertaining_JJ
,_,
inconsequential_JJ
conversations_NNS
between_IN
the_DT
characters_NNS
,_,
that_CS
there_EX
wasn't_BEDZ
an_DT
unengaging_NN
moment_NN
._.
with_IN
an_DT
impressive_JJ
trio_NN
of_IN
feature_NN
films_NNS
under_IN
his_PP$
belt_NN
,_,
it'll_???
be_BE
interesting_JJ
to_TO
see_VB
what_WDT
he_PP
tries_VBZ
next_OD
._.