Welcome to 90 from the ‘90s; the movie-related post in which I watch, discuss and debate a film from the 1990s – a film that I’ve NEVER SEEN. Posting on a semi-regular basis, I aim to work my way through 90 movies that I’ve previously missed/avoided, recording my thoughts along the way.
I’m going to watch good films, bad films, forgotten classics, Oscar winners and everything in between. Some of these films you’ll be surprised I’ve never seen, others you’ll completely understand why I’ve avoided them for 20+ years.
The rules are as follows:
- The film must be from the 1990s (1990-1999)
- The film must be a movie I’ve not watched before
Today’s unseen ‘90s movie is…
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Of all the films that I’ve NOT watched from the 1990s, there are some that fly so far under the radar, it’s really not that much of a surprise that I’ve not seen them. This is not one of those movies.
I’m now hitting the point where I expect anyone reading this post to yell out: “I REALLY CAN’T BELIEVE YOU’VE NOT WATCHED THIS MOVIE!”
And that would be a perfectly valid sentence to shout at me, because…
- I have a degree in film and TV studies
- I frequent the cinema a lot
- I worked in a video rental store for THREE years
I really have no excuse for not watching Reservoir Dogs – one of the biggest cult hits of the 1990s.
But anyway, I’ve not seen it.
I do know that Reservoir Dogs is written & directed by Quentin Tarantino; that it is a heist movie; and that the film stars Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen.
See, I know stuff about the movie, I’ve just never watched it.
*Clicks the play button*
1min – The cast are discussing Madonna songs – an interesting conversation with many great songs to consider. I’m just thankful they’re not discussing Madonna movies. *Shudder*
2mins – Actually, that’s not fair – I’d be happy for them to discuss Dick Tracy – a great Madonna movie.
5mins – And now we’re onto a conversation about tipping. This is actually a conversation I’ve had numerous times with my husband and I can confirm that we’ve yet to come to an agreement on the subject.
7mins – I could literally sit here all day and listen to these guys discussing life. Is this what happens in this movie – endless discussions on Madonna and tipping? Please tell me it is.
10mins – OK, now Tim Roth is in the back of a car and he appears to be dying. I’m not sure if this is a scene from the end of the movie or if I momentarily stopped paying attention, but this has nothing to do with Madonna songs or tipping.
17mins – Tim Roth is still alive, but it’s not looking good.
20mins 30secs – Riiiiight… things are starting to make sense now. So, the cast of characters from the beginning of the movie (Tim Roth, Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel etc) have all taken part in a heist. I’m now watching the aftermath of that heist.
20mins 40secs – The full details have yet to be revealed, but it is clear the heist went wrong.
26mins – Steve Buscemi and Harvey Keitel are the only two members of the gang that appear unscathed (at present). Tim Roth is on death’s door and may/may not be dead at this point.
31mins – Tim Roth plays ‘dead’ very well.
33mins – Camera pans back to reveal… Michael Madsen has also survived the heist.
36mins 30secs – I’m around a third of the way through this movie and yep, I can confirm it’s pretty damn good. For the past 25 minutes the narrative has been driven forward by a minimal cast and yet it’s so captivating. Oh and very tense.
47mins 30secs – Apparently, Tim Roth is STILL alive. I’m really not convinced. Either way, what a great way to make money – all you need do is lie on the floor and not move for hours. I could do that!
53mins – Of the few things I do know about Reservoir Dogs, I am aware there is a brutal torture scene in this movie. I have a feeling I’m about to reach that part of the film.
58mins – This torture scene is not easy to watch, but not as brutal as I’d been led to believe.
58mins 30secs – What is perhaps most bizarre about this whole scene is the fact it plays out to the song, Stuck in the Middle with You by Stealers Wheel. In 2001, British pop star, Louise covered this song and shot a video inspired by Reservoir Dogs!
Yep, the video included the torture scene.
OK, so it was a more playful torture scene than the one seen in the movie, but even so, it seems a rather odd thing to include.
1hr – Back to the movie and… Tim Roth isn’t dead!
1hr 10secs – Oh and he’s just killed Michael Madsen.
1hr 1min 30secs – Tim Roth is an undercover cop!
1hr 23mins – Finally getting to see what happened during the heist. I can tell you now, this won’t end well.
1hr 25mins – Quentin Trantino’s onscreen role in this movie is very small.
1hr 26mins – And now I’ve seen how Tim Roth got shot.
1hr 32mins – Into the final few minutes of the movie and following a tense stand off, everyone is either dead or on death’s door, except for Steve Buscemi.
You know what I’m going to say, right?
Yes, Reservoir Dogs is a very good movie.
The dialogue is excellent; the use of flashbacks makes a simple story a lot more involving; and the cast are great. It has taken me far too long to sit down and watch Reservoir Dogs, but I got there in the end.
I’d have preferred to see more dogs in the movie, though. 😉
So, that was a pretty big ’90s movie, wasn’t it? Well, let me tell you now, the next ’90s movie I’m set to watch is even bigger.
But what will it be?
- Read: Page 69
For past entries in the 90 from the ’90s series, check out: Flubber (1997), The Big Lebowski (1998), FernGully: The Last Rainforest (1992), Free Willy (1993), The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), Air Bud (1997), Robin Hood(1991), Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas (1999), Hercules and Xena: The Battle for Mount Olympus (1998), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story (1993), Highlander II: The Quickening (1991), F/X2: The Deadly Art of Illusion (1991), Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999), Showgirls (1995), American History X (1998), North (1994), Jack Frost (1998), Psycho (1998), A League of Their Own (1992), Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992), Patch Adams (1998), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), You’ve Got Mail (1998), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Graveyard Shift (1990), Johnny Mnemonic (1995), Striptease (1996), Indecent Proposal (1993), My Girl 2 (1994), The Ghost and the Darkness (1996), Poison Ivy (1996), Body of Evidence (1993), Turbulence (1997), Fatal Instinct (1993), True Romance (1993), Newsies (1992), Contact (1997), The Pelican Brief (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998), A Perfect Murder (1998), Quigley Down Under (1990), Of Mice and Men (1992),Friday (1995), Mannequin on the Move (1991), She’s All That (1999), Double Dragon (1994), Stay Tuned (1992), Murder at 1600 (1997),Weekend at Bernie’s II (1993), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Wagons East (1994), In the Line of Fire (1993), Postcards from the Edge (1990), Universal Soldier (1992), Passenger 57 (1992), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), The Client (1994), Good Will Hunting (1997), Pump Up the Volume (1990), Mr. Nanny (1993), Fargo (1996), Hudson Hawk (1991), So I Married An Axe Murderer (1993) and Timecop (1994).