Well, it’s time once again for my Genre Grandeur finale and this month we had a record breaking number of contributors for the genre of Crime movies. If you missed any of the reviews, here they are again. A HUGE thanks to everyone who participated.
For my own review, I ran into a dilemma actually. I knew from the start that I wanted to review Reservoir Dogs in this genre, but when Niall wrote his amazing post on it, I must admit, I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to also contribute the same movie. I then thought about it and since the idea here is to review your favorite movie from a genre, why should it be a problem for there to be more than one review of the same movie; are we not allowed to all have the same favorite, so I decide to still follow thru with my plan.
Next month’s genre (chosen by Zoe) is superhero/comic book movies. Hope to once again get a lot of people to join in on the fun. All you have to do is send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your review before 25th June and I’ll post it.
Looking forward to seeing what you all have in mind!
Without further ado, here’s my review of Reservoir Dogs (1992)….
“I don’t know who did what! I don’t know who’s got the loot. I don’t know if anybody’s got the loot. I don’t know who’s dead, who’s alive, who’s caught, who’s not. ” – Nice Guy Eddie
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (numerous times on Video, DVD and on Cable, Mar 2013 and 27 May 2014)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A group of criminals deal with the aftermath of a heist gone very wrong.
My Take on it – I recall hearing how amazing this movie was and being told that it is a MUST SEE movie for any movie lover.
I was hitched immediately upon my first viewing. The thing that I loved so much was the way that we never see the hesit being committed, but during the scenes with the characters discussing what happened plus the flashback scenes that give us more information, we know everything that happened without having to even see it.
This is a similar idea as to what was done in 12 Angry Men (1957). There, we get to understand everything that happened in the courtroom based solely on the conversations and dialogue between the characters.
Being able to give the viewer a complete picture based solely on the dialogue is a feta that not many movies ever manage to achieve.
It isn’t really surprising to me that writer/director Quentin Tarantino was capable of making a debut movie so close to being perfect. He uses elements from so many classic movies to create an amazing story.
Two movies that are prominently referenced in this movie happen to be two of my other favorite crime movies, The Killing (1956) and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974) (I guess me and QT have similar good taste). 🙂
The acting is top notch for a feature debut and I am still baffled as to how QT was able to convince all of them to participate in this film. I guess they all read the script and were as drawn in as so many viewers have been over the last 22 years.
This impressive cast includes Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, Eddie Bunker and the voice of the great comedian Steven Wright.
The music is perfect and I will never be able to listen to the song “Stuck in the MIddle” and not think of this movie.
If for some reason, you’ve never seen this, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!!
Bottom Line – Excellent heist movie that doesn’t even show a crime being committed. Amazing writing, dialogue and performances from the actors are what make this movie so spectacular. Highly Recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy (no change from original review)
Once again I want to thank everyone who participated this month and invite the rest of you to join in with the new genre for June.
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