Saturday, January 9, 2010

#12 Reservoir Dogs - Remember the scene in Coupling?

1992 Dir. Quentin Tarantino. Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen

Seen it before? Um, no.

Where the guys are walking to the funeral against the brick wall wearing sunglasses, suits, and smoking cigarettes? It was nothing like that.

I typically stay away from Quentin Tarantino movies because of how violent they are...Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2. and this movie proved no different. Usually I don't like Steve Buscemi but he was great in this movie (quite smart to hide under the stairs for the three-way shoot-out and to be the first to say that there was a rat on the inside which is why there were so many cops on the scene). I love Harvey Keitel and he was awesome (then again, he's awesome in every movie I've seen him in), especially because he stuck to his partner in crime 'til the very end...kind of. I didn't think Chris Penn could act but then I saw him here and he was actually quite good! Too bad he's not able to make any more movies! And kudos to QT for not showing what actually happened at the site of the crime because I felt there was enough blood and gore for me and the script having the characters tell what happened was terrific enough in terms of imagery you didn't need to actually see what happened!

I hope I didn't spoil the movie for those who want to see it...if I did too bad since Sam already mentioned that most movies have a "duh" ending.

Do I think you should see it? If you liked QTs other movies you're probably going to like this one.
Would I see it again? It's not Kill Bill that's for sure but yeah, I guess so.
Would I add it to my collection? It's part of Sam's collection and as they say, what's his is mine...ha ha ha

1 comment:

  1. the thing to remember about Reservoir Dogs (and all of QT's movies for that matter) is he is constantly paying homage to genres. Dogs is a nod to the heist film and he includes practically all of them. for example the names (blonde, pink, brown, orange, etc.) is straight from The Taking of Pelham 123. he also appeals to flicks like Rifiki and Topkapi and others. what make QT so great is his capacity to take homage to the next level by creating great dialogue, drawing out killer performances (no one will ever forget mr. blue [michael madsen] or mr. pink [steve buschemi]), and boldly toying with narrative structures to make something fresh, interesting, and engaging-- a point he really drives home with Pulp Fiction.