With its comic-book-paneled interstitials and sniggering asides about how foul rape victims smell, Wayne Kramer’s Pawn Shop Chronicles
proves that as much as people might try to replicate Pulp Fiction
, few understand what made Tarantino’s indie triumph such a lasting work of art that filmmakers are still using it as a role model nearly 20 years after its debut.
Kramer’s movie tells three often violent, loosely interlocking tales that all intersect at a pawn shop run by Alton (Vincent D’Onofrio), a good old boy who spends most of the day bantering with a friend (Chi McBride) who hangs out there. The first story stars Paul Walker and Kevin Rankin a...