100 thoughts on “Has Reservoir Dogs Aged Well?

  • I like Tarantino but I don’t think he writes in a ‘real conversational way’ like he thinks.
    It’s often like a lot of Tarantinos taking yo each other. Don’t think it’s reflective of real conversation

  • I think it’s slightly overrated. It was my favorite film when I was younger but just a few weeks ago I rewatched all his movies with my girl who hasn’t seen any and we agreed to rank R Dogs towards the bottom in ranking of all his movies. Mind that the bottom of his list is still incredible. As good as reservoir dogs is, inglorious bastards kill
    Bills pulp fiction hateful eight are all better imo

  • I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago. It's a pretty alright movie. I don't think it's anything amazing tho

  • Watched Reservoir Dogs for the 1st time last night. (I’m 20) and it’s my favourite film now.

    Due to YT recommendations, I’ve been watching a lot of analytical videos on Quentin Tarantino and personally. I think he genius. Better than Spielberg or JJ Abrams or George Lucas or whatever.

  • Not great, but it has aged better than some other movies of that era. I'm one of the people who isn't much for it anyway, when I was about 15 I thought this and Scarface were the best movies ever, as you get older you realise nah

  • I like that it doesn't dive deep in character development. It would be blah blah blah in this film. It doesn't need it. Why wish for cookie cutter movies? I want more people to veer off the path. It is risky, but here it works perfectly

  • I remember watching this for the first time in a long time a few years ago. Yes, the opening is pure emulsion and created palpable anxiety. Stupid great film for a hundred different reasons.

  • the guy w/ the cigar at the end there, is apparently an ex-con /writer, but he also had a small role in ''straight time'' w/ Dustin Hoffman. an outstanding crime film.see it. if you like crime films.

  • I remember when this movie burst onto the screen.i went back to see it two more times in a week.It was a milestone in cinema in terms of its impact.as part of QT's filmography it absolutely stands up 25 years later.

  • It's interesting that you mention Tarantino writing scenes like a producer puts together an album because Tarantino's discography seems to follow in the footsteps of loads of iconic bands. Where there's always a great debut breakthrough album that's raw and has all the core componants of the band's sound (Reservoir Dogs) followed up with a more polished, deliberate sophmore release that ends up being seen as the band's magnum opus (Pulp Fiction). Fortunately Tarantino hasn't followed the tradition of then releasing endlessly more disapointing efforts that seem detatched from what made the music great in the first place.

  • I might be in the minority when I say that Reservoir dogs is my favorite Tarantino film. I don't even know why it just ticks me in all the right places.

  • I watched it again two weeks ago. While I remembered it as great way back when, it didn’t hold its charm for me personally.

  • I just watched it a few weeks ago, as I was showing it to my niece as part of her film education. I had forgotten that Tim Roth was really at the center of the film. Overall it holds up pretty well. It's not as shocking as it was when it first came out, but still great to watch. My niece liked it and then watched Pulp Fiction a few days later. While we were watching Reservoir Dogs, I told her to keep an eye out for all the connections it has in Pulp Fiction, so many similar shots/angles, even scenes. All good stuff… And then we went to see Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, which I loved, she liked it — But I am a huge Polanski fan so the alternative history was an especially interesting "what if"

  • RD has definitely aged well. I recently watched it side by side with the script on one side of the screen. I noticed that Michael Madsen improvised his lines a lot, fell out of character when he forgot them onscreen, but indelibly made the character his own just the same. Also, the very techniques that made Tarantino relevant now, is what was percolating back then – genre bending without breaking, amazingly clever dialogue and characterizations, strong point of view, clever structure manipulation, and probably most not talked about – he was very interested in the minutiae of the genre, the spaces between the lines.

  • I don’t need you to tell me how good my coffee is, Jules. I know how good my coffee is. When Bonnie goes to the store, she buys shit. When I buy my coffee, I like to taste it.

  • Late comment, but I've gotta say that you've also come a long way with your craft, and your first videos were pretty awesome to begin with!

  • You don't need to understand the reference to enjoy that scene, it's a group of characters talk how people talk. The problem with that scene in Guardians of the galaxy is that the scene is relying on the audience laughing along for it to work. In years to come when few people have heard of Kevin Bacon or Footloose, then it's just a pointless bit of dialogue out of character for those two individuals.

  • I never understood the reason why Tarantino said that the choppy slow motion walk in the beginning was due to him not being able to afford a high frame rate camera, yet later in the film there's clearly parts that are shot at a high frame rate for smooth style slow motion. I mean it doesn't matter, the walk at the beginning and how it's shot is iconic, but the trivia surrounding it is just odd.

  • Resevoir Dogs is my second favorite movie but I still love asking people who've not seen it, who they think the snitch is

  • Reservoir Dogs felt like it was 20 years old when it was released – from some alternate version of the 70s. That's part of what made it so damn cool and why it ages so well.

  • Its always felt like a stage play to me. The sets are limited. I could imagine a stage direction of this. Has anyone ever done it?

  • I hear you on him being a current director, but he had a huge gap of like 10 years where he didn't do any movies, and Kill Bill was pretty dated, it was like he was stuck in 1996 when everyone else had been doing the "Tarantino style" for 8 years

  • Nobody knows what are Scorsese's and Spielberg's first films. If you were to ask random people if they could name them they'd probably say "Taxi Driver" and "Jaws".
    Meanwhile, Reservoir Dogs is a bonafide classic. That's how great Tarantino is; dude got it right from the start.

  • I saw this the first time at Joe Carey's apartment. He worked in a video store and I hung out in there a lot and since I was still a teenager and hadn't seen ten thousand movies to know their directors and everything else, this was one of a hundred things I pulled of the shelves because I liked how the box looked or the titles were something I had heard somewhere else. And I took this one when he was closing the store one night and we went to his apartment (I forget if Bob or Mike were around) and we got drunk, blah blah blah, and sometime the next morning I put this fucker in the VCR and earned the name Quentin Tarantino to my vocabulary.

  • right, mr nerdwriter….
    i've been watching your videos for like, 2-3 years i think,
    big big fan, you never disappoint and you're the best video essay artist around,
    but i have a bone to pick with you.
    somehow i never saw this video, so ive put it on, and immediately have this horrific feeling of frustration because you've used led zep in this video to make a perfect comparison, leaving me craving a version of reservoir dogs with good times bad times in it.

  • Well i'm 18 and i watched it for the first time recently and loved it as much as Pulp Fiction so if it appeals to a different generation then it must have aged well

  • Weird. This is my favourite film ever precisely because it is a deep character study. There's not one wasted bit of characterisation. Unlike every other Tarantino movie, there's not a single bullet fired that doesn't tell you something about the person firing it and the person shot. There's a lot of "pure style" in his latter movies. As for an "exploration of big ideas," that just sounds like wank. That idea of "stories becoming reality" is pretentious grasping at straws. I like this review overall but that was a weird end.

  • "That's what pain is, a brutal and specific attention to the present." Fuck dude! That was a bullet to my brain!

    Reservoir Dogs is a far superior film to, well, anything else QT has done certainly. For starters, much as I like (not love) Pulp Fiction, and it does have some great moments, it's a bit too slick, cool and smug. Like when a band or artist you love has a great debut, then they get money, do drugs and release the almost compulsory shit follow up album.

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