Retroplex Cinema: Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Film Notes: Reservoir Dogs was, according to Tarantino, influenced by Stanley Kubrick's The Killing. Tarantino said: "I didn't go out of my way to do a rip-off of The Killing, but I did think of it as my Killing, my take on that kind of heist movie". The main characters being named after colors (Mr. Pink, White, Brown, etc.) was first seen in the 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three and the film The Big Combo inspired the scene where a cop is tortured in a chair. Tarantino was even asked if he plagiarized making this film, but instead stands by his decisions as homages to teh original films he grew up watching that influenced him. When asked about his decision to not show the heist itself, Tarantino has said that the reason was initially budgetary, but that he had always liked the idea of not showing it and stuck with that idea. He has said that the technique allows for the realization that the movie is "about other things". He compared this to the work of a novelist, and has said that he wanted the movie to be about something that is not seen and that he wanted it to "play with a real-time clock as opposed to a movie clock ticking".
Influence & Success: The film has gone on to be highly influenced in the making of other independent films, and the critical response to the film over the years has been highly positive. The film has gone on to spawn video games, action figures, numerous pop culture references, and all sorts of other merchandise.
This is a bit shorter edition of Retroplex Cinema than usual, but a film as good as Reservoir Dogs doesn't have to have a lot said about it. Check out some images of figures and merchandise the film has influenced and watch the trailer below. Retroplex Cinema will return soon!