Friday, October 29, 2010

127. Reservoir Dogs (1992)


-You kill anybody?
-A few cops.
-No real people?
-Just cops.

Another one of my all-time favorite directors, Quentin Tarantino makes his debut with this film. Tarantino's genius is to make a simple plot outline into a complex jumble of monologue spewing, hysterical, grandeur. This movie is about a group of six criminals that team together for a jewelery store heist that goes very wrong. Most movies would introduce this group using normal crime-team sterotypes with everyone having their own specialty and unique look. Quentin takes the hard road though, and gives them non-descriptive names (Mr. Pink, Orange, Brown, Blue, White, and Blonde)and dresses them all the same (black suits with dark black sunglasses). He also opens the film with the characters eating breakfast at a diner having a complex discussion about the meaning of Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and the necessity of tipping. Like most of my favorite directors, conversation is where Tarantino's movies excel. He dares to film single scenes that last for 15-20 minutes and only include dialogue. Most directors and screenwriters cannot handle this challenge, but Quentin dares to blast through those unwritten rules and deliver amazing and original content. Some of the highlights from this film include another amazing performance from Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen's dancing during "Stuck in the Middle with You", and the final climactic "gunfight".

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