Sunday, June 18, 2017

50 New Pulp Movies To Get You Started


So after stirring up more than enough trouble with my “50 New Pulp Books To Get You Started” why then would I go ahead and go ahead and dive into making up a list of New Pulp movies? And how can there be New Pulp movies in the first place when New Pulp has been barely recognized as a genre in the first place?
Simple: I think there should be a way for people unfamiliar with what I and a whole bunch of other writers/editors/like-minded creative folks term “The New Pulp Movement” should be able to get into the genre and movies are a terrific way of doing that. First of all, what is New Pulp? Broken down to the simplest of elements it is fiction written in the mold and sensibilities of the style of Classic Pulp of the 1930s and 40s. Linear storytelling, creative use of words and phrasing, larger than life characters but with the added layer of modern perceptiveness and sensitivity.
Take CONGO, for instance. One of the movies on my list. It's a movie that has a lost city in Africa containing a fortune in diamonds guarded by killer gorillas, a Great White Hunter (played by a black man) a gorilla who can talk to human using sign language and enough cliifhangers to give Indiana Jones the vapors. Many of the elements of that movie wouldn't have been out of place in an adventure movie of the 1930s but it's told in modern times, using modern technology and with modern characters but still evokes that sense of adventure and wonderment all of us who love Pulp so much hunger for.
For a long time now I've been noticing that there are movies that I feel would fit into the category of New Pulp. These are movies that usually straddle genres. Take into account that Pulp both Classic and New can encompass many other genres such as science fiction, horror, western, crime, romance, martial arts and thriller. Take BUCKAROO BANZAI for instance. Is it science fiction, action adventure, satire? Yes. It's all of those things and for my money because it has all of those elements and so many more as well, to me it qualifies as a New Pulp Movie.
But I've run off at the mouth more than enough. You came to read the list, not to hear me pontificate. So here it is for better or for worse 50 NEW PULP MOVIES TO GET YOU STARTED:



ABRAHAM LINCOLN, VAMPIRE HUNTER
ACTION JACKSON
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA
CONGO
DARK CITY
DISTRICT 13/BRICK MANSIONS
DJANGO UNCHAINED
FORCE 10 FROM NAVARONE
GOLDEN NEEDLES
GYMKATA
HAMMETT
HELL OR HIGH WATER
HUDSON HAWK
IN LIKE FLINT & OUR MAN FLINT
INTO THE NIGHT
JOHN WICK I & II
JUPITER ASCENDING
KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE
KONG: SKULL ISLAND
LONE WOLF MCQUADE
MIDNIGHT RUN
PLANET TERROR
QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER
REMO WILLIAMS: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
SERENITY (and the parent TV show "Firefly")
SHOOT 'EM UP
SKY CAPTAIN & THE WORLD OF TOMORROW
SILVERADO
STAR WARS
SUGAR HILL
SUNSET
THE A-TEAM (both movie and televison series. And yes, I'm cheating a bit here. Shut up. It's my list.)
THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI IN THE EIGHTH DIMENSION
THE ASSASSINATION BUREAU (LTD)
THE CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK (especially the second one)
THE EXPENDABLES (Don't argue with me on this one. You'll lose.)
THE FAST & THE FURIOUS (the whole franchise in general but the last five movies definitely)
THE FIFTH ELEMENT
THE LAST DRAGON
THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN
THE LIFE AQUATIC WITH STEVE ZISSOU
THE KILLER
THE MAN WITH THE IRON FISTS
THE MUMMY (1999...the Brendan Fraser one. The good one)
THE PRINCESS BRIDE
THE PROFESSIONALS
THE WARRIORS
THE WRATH OF GOD
THE ZERO EFFECT
VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA





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