Cinema {ish} With Jennifer: Pulp Fiction

AFI # 94 Pulp Fiction (1994)

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I will begin each review with a “What I know, or What I Think I Know…” intro. These intros were all compiled before I set out on this journey, and can be read in their entirety (HERE).

The Review

Several stories being told at once, but all connected somehow. Samuel L. Jackson is a hit man who carries around a briefcase for his boss and is angered easily. John Travolta, also a hitman falls for his boss’s girl, they dance in a retro diner and in her living room. Girl overdoses on drugs that where not hers, but why not, and is violently revived. Weirdness ensues during the whole movie.

Remember the good old days when I got to watch movies like Toy Story and Yankee Doodle Dandy? Yeah, me neither. At least with this movie, I had already seen it and knew what I had in store. Although, knowing what was coming didn’t make it any easier to watch.

Being that this is my second time through watching this movie (which I still don’t feel old enough to watch, btw) there are two questions I still have.

1. Whats in the brief case?! Is it revealed in the plot and I miss it? I took to google because…google knows everything and it appears that I am not the only one who has ever wondered this. Further proof that there are no original thoughts. The leading theories are Mr. Wallace’s Soul, Diamonds and some type or radioactive material.

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2. Why do bad things always happen when Vincent (John Travolta) goes to the restroom? The end of the movie, Vincent goes to the restroom decides to read a book and the diner they are eating at gets robbed, The middle of the movie (its told out-of-order) Vincent comes out of the restroom only to be shot dead by Bruce Willis, and at the beginning of the movie, he excuses himself to the bathroom in an effort to talk himself out of getting into trouble with his bosses wife. He comes out of the bathroom to find that she has almost overdosed on some of his drugs.

I know a more serious movie buff would have a better dissection of everything that went on this film, but alas, my taste is more of the “Toy Story” and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” variety, so this is what you get. Sorry, not sorry.


Looking for a serious review of this movie and the rest of movies on AFI’s greatest 100 list? Check out the The Confusing Middle and read his thoughts!

7 movies down, 92 to go! Next up: The French Connection. Sigh.


Though We’ve Got To Say Goodbye…For The Summer…

A week, one week! I had been on quite the roll in terms of a posting schedule. Monday, Wednesday & Friday like clockwork, then bam. I disappeared. I was sick for some of it but if I am being 100% honest with you (and myself), I just wasn’t feeling very funny. It happens, and that is part of the reason why I started this blog back up.  Writing can be therapeutic whether its serious writing or funny (or attempted funny in my case). So, until I find my groove again (anybody got Stella’s number?)…I’m going to take a look back at the events of Summer 2018 and hopefully we will be back to our regular scheduled programing soon!

2018 Summer Recap!

  • Took a big leap of faith and put my 2 week’s notice in at my job of 7 years so I can take better care of my momma who moved in with us 2 years ago this week. It was the hardest but best decision I’ve ever made!
  • Spent many days on the beaches both in Texas and in Florida
  • Made it to opening weekend of MLB seeing the Texas Rangers loose to the Reigning World Champs, the Houston Astros!
  • Speaking of baseball, made it to 3 different stadiums one of which was a new one for us and another to cross off our list in our quest to hit all 30 Stadiums! Globe Life Field (Texas Rangers) Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros) and the new to us Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)
  • Went to a motor bike race and sat in a luxory suite box for the first time
  • Cut all my hair off because I live in Texas and refuse to let the heat win
  • Spent Memorial Day weekend in Colorado, enjoying the beautiful Rocky Mountains via a train as well as taking our first rapids/rafting trip!
  • Made a last-minute trip to Florida for a family reunion and spent much needed time with people we don’t see nearly enough
  • Went home to Indiana for an unexpected funeral and shocking reminder that tomorrow is not promised but Gods love, hope and grace for us, (if we accept Him) is.
  • Became a mac user/lover and said goodbye to the last Microsoft product in our house..#notsorry
  • Went to exactly 1 movie in a theater (wish it could have been 0 ) 
  • Learned to cook seafood gumbo, chocolate lava cakes and a cheese soufflé. I also watched my fair share of ‘The French chef’ with Julia Childs…
  • Learned to cross stitch…now I just need to learn how to finish it.. 😉
  • Bought 3 new books that I will eventually read 😉
  • Lost some weight…gained some weight…had fun in the process.
  • 2 plane trips, 1 train trip and 1 16-hour road trip
  • Put up a pool in our backyard and was quickly reminded why I didn’t take chemistry in high school..(pool chemicals are not fun..)
  • Bought a new car
  • Shaved 1 half of a 24 lb cat because life isnt interesting enough and because he sat on a wax warmer…
  • Challenged myself to go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up at a normal hour and lasted precisely 1 day.
  • Finally cut the cord that is traditional TV and have become a household of Netflix, Hulu and Prime.
  • Re-watched every episode of Scrubs, Roseanne, Greys Anatomy, Sex and the City and Seinfeld from start to finish…again.
  • Challenged myself to watch all 100 movies on American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest American Movies of our time. I’ve watched the first 6 and am wondering if I made the right decision lol

 There they are, several of the high lights of this past summer. What is something you did this summer that you were glad you were able to accomplish?









Saying Goodbye {ish} To an Old Friend….

NOLANVILLE- It is with great sadness that I must announce the untimely passing of my 2nd favorite pair of black strappy sandals, Sandy. They were also known as: “you know, the black and tan ones” to friends and family. They passed over to the big shoe box in the sky on August 31, 2018. They were only a year old.

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Born in April 2014 in China to parents Kali Footwear and Amazon Inc., Sandy was later adopted by on May 9, 2017, by Jennifer Shidler an avid online shopper and flip flop enthusiast. She survives.  Screen Shot 2018-09-01 at 11.32.59 PM

Sandy lived a modest life in Texas where she would spend her free time under the couch, under the coffee table or under towels in the bathroom. She did not work (something about flip flops not allowed in the work place) but loved to travel and enjoyed going through TSA checkpoints with ease. Her recent and most memorable trips include Florida, Chicago, Colorado and San Francisco.


Outside of traveling, Sandy enjoyed short walks on the hot Texas pavement, hiding from her dogs, Wrigley and Lucy, and accompanying Jennifer to her pedicures.

Sandy had no children of her own but cherished the friendship she had with Jennifer and knew her ‘sole’ purpose was to protect and shield her. Sandy once walked over broken glass for Jennifer, another time bravely taking an exacto knife to the head.


Sandy had an identical twin, Mandy, and while they didn’t always see eye to eye or toe to toe to, Mandy always encouraged Sandy to keep one foot ahead of the other. Mandy stayed by Sandy’s side to the very end but passed shortly after Sandy, realizing her purpose in life was no more.

Sandy was preceded in death by a pair of silver strapy sandals, a pair of white Nike’s and the left half of Jennifer’s favorite cat slippers.

A celebration of live will be held Monday September 3rd. Family and friends are encouraged to attend and share stories, poems and memories of their time with Sandy. Cremation was originally chosen but do to current burn ban restrictions in Texas, a traditional shoe box burial will be carried out instead with arrangements entrusted to Hefty and Sons.

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The Shidler’s ask that in leu of flowers, memorial donations be made in the form of Amazon gift cards, so more flip flops can be purchased in Sandy’s memory.