Director - Quentin Tarantino
Tarantino's debut about a jewellery heist gone wrong due to the introduction of an under cover cop. It starts off with 8 organised criminals (Reservoir Dogs) in a diner eating breakfast that are discussing the meaning of like "a virgin" and the social dos and don'ts associated with tipping in restaurants. For the rest of the film it revolves in a nonlinear fashion skipping from before and after the heist, but never is the heist itself seen on screen. There's a climatic end as the characters start to lose trust between each other and a Mexican stand off seals the fate of the Dogs.
This film really hit a nerve with the media when it was originally released on the cinema and very nearly didn't make it to video in the
due to its torture scene which interesting enough is more suggestive. When a Mr Blond is cutting off the policeman’s ears the camera cleverly pans away to focus on a wall while we only hear what is going on. BCC describes the scene "Somehow it's horribly effective and lingers far longer than the usual point blank bloodshed that seems compulsory in other movies." Interestingly although you don't see the ear being cut off it's the one scene which plays on your mind and makes you feel quite repelled at the sadistic nature of Mr Blond. U.K.
Reservoir Dogs, BBC, 2000, [Online] avaliable at http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2000/11/21/reservoir_dogs_1992_review.shtml [Accessed 14 February 2011]
Reservoir Dogs, Empire Magazine, [Online] avaliable at http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?DVDID=6455 [Accessed 14 February 2011]
Reservoir Dogs, Variety, 1992, [Online] avaliable at http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117794411?refcatid=31 [Accessed 14 February 2011]
Fig 1. Reservoir Dogs, DVD cover, 1992 [photography], http://ia.media-imdb.com/images/M/MV5BMTQxMTAwMDQ3Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODMwNTgzMQ@@._V1._SY317_CR5,0,214,317_.jpg
Fig 2. Reservoir Dogs, Movie Still, 1992 [photography], http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/reservoirfuckingbloodyyeahdogs.jpg
Fig 3. Reservoir Dogs, Movie Still, 1992 [photography], http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcT9PlHqy2Z4G_4wvc5QoPmaHNDQB8eqHhbm6Ait3gr1xZN2x4SCsg&t=1