While the litany of useless jive-talkin' crime caper imitators which followed looked tired even on first viewing, Tarantino's intricately woven saga of scumbags and unlikely heroes is still as fresh and staggeringly original as the day it roared onto the big screen.
Why? Well, the pitch-perfect cast is one thing, but mainly it's because, for all his big-chinned fanboy nerdishness and misguided acting aspirations, Tarantino understands what makes movies `cool' and delivers on every count. Crackling storytelling, whipsmart dialogue and great characters. It just doesn't get any better than this.