8 Reasons Reservoir Dogs Is Tarantino's Greatest Film

A seminal film and the beginning of an auteur's pop culture narratives, its followers remain more than happy to be stuck in the middle with Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs...
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A seminal film and the beginning of an auteur's pop culture narratives, its followers remain more than happy to be stuck in the middle with Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs...

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1. If Crayola did heists

No names, no ages, no occupations, no who drives what car, no who’s fucking the bosses’ wife – just colours.  Weird faced actor Steve Buscemi gives a classic performance as Mr. Pink who moans like a pre-pubescent child worse than Willow Smith when she suffers from her own form of whiplash - “Mr. Pink sounds like Mr. Pussy…why do I have to be Mr. Pink.”

2. Quentin Tarantino’s cameo

It’s hard to remember a time when a Tarantino cameo failed to piss you off, either at how bad the acting was or how awkwardly ugly he managed to appear.   But, here we pay homage to an early Tarantino performance.  Before he becomes one of those filmmakers who cannot help themselves but to revel in a little screen time when they are better off locked away in a remote village somewhere in Icelandic territory, whilst we gorge ourselves in the masterpiece. Enjoy him as Mr Brown, convincing us why Madonna’s Like A Virgin is a metaphor for big dicks.

3. K-Billy’s Super Sounds of the 70’s

Comedian Steve Wright is the stern voice behind DJ Billy whose radio station, ‘K- Billy’s Super Sounds of the 70’s’ provides an emphatic backdrop throughout, accompanying the controversial torture scene.  The iconic moment where Michael Masden, equipped with a blade and sporting a little two step to Steelers Wheel’s classic Stuck in the middle of you, saws off a cop’s right ear.  Perfect cop-torture-music.

4. Gore, gore, gore!

Love him or hate him, no one fulfils our appetite for an on-screen blood-fest like Tarantino.  With a death count nearing up to 17, a gruesome torture scene and Tim Roth bleeding his guts out for most of the film, Reservoir Dogs played a significant predecessor to Tarantino’s certificate 18 films Kill Bill and Pulp Fiction.  So detailed and hungry for accuracy in his approach, Tarantino had a paramedic at hand to ensure the amount of blood leaking from Tim Roth appeared proportionate to reality.

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5. A film about a heist minus the heist

Throughout the 99 minutes of running time there is no glimpse of the actual crime yet we believe every moment of it.  We believe that the alarm was set off, that Mr. Blonde gunned down a bunch of civilians on the way out and that someone within the team ratted on the rest.  The dialogue is so excellently executed that the viewing of the heist never feels essential.  Note to the crazy bitch Sarah Deming, who filed a lawsuit on Ryan Gosling’s lack of car chase scenes in Drive, this is another one like, The NeverEnding Story, Boiler Room and The Squid and the Whale that is NOT FOR YOUR VIEWING.

6. The Movie Poster

A combination of the 5 key players suited up and wearing sunglasses to which the text read: “ They don’t know each other’s name.  But they’ve got each other’s number,“ this would become a staple image of the 90’s.  Ranked number 5 in Total Films ’30 Best 90’s movie posters.’

7. Who shot nice guy Eddie?

The shoot-out at the end of the movie that was like re-living the confusion equivalent to Albert Square’s “Who Shot Phil” storyline, except without the half hour of shit TV that preceded.  Joe’s pointing his gun at Mr. Orange, Eddie’s pointing his gun at Mr. White, White’s pointing his gun at Joe, Mr. Pink is weaponless and hiding beneath the ramp, everyone takes a shot- so who the hell kills nice guy Eddie?  In an interview with Empire magazine in 1996, Chris Penn reveals what really went down, explaining: “Nobody shot nice guy Eddie.  It was a mistake.  The squib on Harvey went right off after he shot Lawrence, so he went down, but my squib went off anyway, so I went down.”

8. Dream cast

With a line-up that rivals most films still today, only a Tarantino script could conjure up the following names all in one picture.  Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, Michael Masden, Chris Penn, Tim Roth – honorary mention to Kirk Baltz who auditioned four times to play the role of the cop who gets tortured.