18. Reservoir Dogs

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Title: Reservoir Dogs
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Year: 1992
Run time: 1hr 38m

“Four Perfect Killers. One Perfect Crime. Critically acclaimed for its raw power and breathtaking ferocity, Reservoir Dogs is the brilliant American gangster movie classic from writer-director Quentin Tarantino. They were perfect strangers, assembled to pull off the perfect crime. Then their simple robbery explodes into bloody ambush, and the ruthless killers realize one of them is a police informer. But which one?”

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1:01 – I may or may not struggle to understand these people and their brilliant accents.
5:42 – The world’s smallest violin! I agree with him on tipping.
7:47 – What a great start to a movie. People just sat round a table talking. Not the pretentious start I had anticipated.
10:55 – Of course, I have no idea what being shot in the stomach is like but I can’t think wriggling around like that either helps or makes it any less painful?
18:10 – Are you cool? *bang* Now I’m cool. Venting anger can be fun!
21:30 – How do you drive a car with a shattered windscreen?
26:09 – I really like Steve Buscemi in this. Although ‘like’ is probably the wrong word for this character.
32:04 – You have to be so careful! Tell him your name one day, and where you’re from the next day, it all adds up.
35:15 – I like to think that he entered the warehouse with a milkshake. I don’t think it was, but that would make me happy.
38:27 – Mr Blonde is kinda good looking but loses points for, well, you know… being a maniac.
46:39 – Look at that car phone! Is there anything that dates a movie as much as a phone?
55:19 – Boo – the ear. I know you don’t see anything, but I am not really a fan of the needless blood and violence. This movie has so many other things going for it, like the smart dialogue and the angst of the situation.
56:49 – Even Mr Blonde looked a bit disgusted by the discarded ear.
1:07:45 – This is why I wouldn’t be good undercover (one of the reasons anyway). I am useless at telling anecdotes.
1:12:21 – Do cops normally hang out in the toilets together? Seems odd.
1:25:15 – How did Quentin get hurt though? (I forget which Mr. he is.)
1:35:24 – It’s all the policeman’s fault. If he hadn’t been so insistent on telling everyone he was a cop, someone might have survived.

Conclusions

Another film that I have seen before, but this was a spur of the moment purchase on iTunes so I had no real thoughts or expectations when it came to watching it.

Not even slightly how I remembered it. A lot more bloody, and certainly more moody than I recalled. However, that was mostly endearing (aside from the ear), and the characters are awesome. I never quite know where I stand on writer/directors who cast themselves in movies though. At least it was only a small part.

Rating: 4/5

 

3 comments

  1. An awesome movie… And the opening dialogue scene is absolutely amazing… Amazing.

    Especially as…

    [HERE BE SPOILERS – DON’T READ THIS IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IN THE MOVIE]

    Right at the opening we have a question of trust and honour amongst thieves. Buschemi’s character doesn’t want to take part he wants to go his own way. But when Joe comes back and asks who didn’t put in all of the thieves are silent until Tim Roth’s character rats out Buschemi’s. Tim Roth’s character is the informer right from the get go. It’s a great bit of dramatic foreshadowing which has to tread a very difficult line. Nobody notices it on their first go round. But that scene is perfect.

    [END OF SPOILERS]

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  2. Aitch

    SPOILERS

    I have lost count on how many times I’ve seen this movie. It’s got a great cast and a great screenplay, one of my favorite lines of the movie is when Mr. Blonde asks Mr. White “are you gonna bark all day little doggie or are you gonna bite”. Mr. Brown (Tarantino) got shot in the head by the police and died just before Mr. Orange (Tim Roth) gets shot in the stomach while attempting a carjack. Just a couple of other tidbits about this movie that some people might not know, Eddie Bunker ( Mr. Blue) is an actual convicted criminal who turned his life around when he wrote his first novel while he was still in prison, and secondly according to the extras on the 15th anniversary edition DVD it took five years from the time the film was released to theatres for it to get released on home video, probably due to the ‘ear scene’

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