70 – Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Tippings for the birds.

Tippings for the birds.

It’s been a while since i seen Reservoir Dogs and i know i’ve been slating Tarantino for a couple of other films on this list but this one is his best in my opinion.For one he doesn’t go over the top with his soundtrack like his more recent films.Also he doesn’t add as many title cards and extra bits and pieces much to it’s credit.The only real thing i would change is casting Tarantino is this as one of the guys for the heist.I think it would have worked a little better if they had someone else in his role but other than that and maybe the blood was too red in scenes it’s a good film.The main draw for Reservoir Dogs is the realism in the dialogue between the guys.The ‘tipping’ scene is one of my favorites and Steve Buscemi nails it.If i was to sum up the film i’d have to describe it as a heist film where you don’t actually see the heist and you don’t need to see it the films works without it.Looking over the credits at the end and you see quite a few from Pulp Fiction and that Keitel was producer.I’d say that contribution secured his part as one of the leads.

IMDB RATING      –     8.4
MY RATING     –    8.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD.BEFORE TARANTINO BECAME ALL KITSCHY AND STARTED MAKING MOVIES STRICTLY FOR HIMSELF.

 

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119 – Heat (1995)

Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin' on.

Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ on.

Heat’s a long old slog,2 hours 40 minutes.But it’s a cracker of a film.The first time i saw it 3 years ago i was blown away with it and wondered how i hadn’t seen it sooner.But as i watched it this time i was tuning out because it was still fresh in my head from the last time.You have a pretty good cast with DeNiro and Pacino and even Val Kilmer before he turned to shite.I would have left Ashley Judd out,there’s something about her big rounded face and weird eyes that make not take her seriously as an actress.The plots simple here,we have band of crooks who are being chased by the cops.DeNiro is doing the ‘one last hit’ so he can leave and settle down with a girl he’s known for a full 5 minutes.There’s a lot of shooting and shoot out scenes where it seems the bullet to people getting shot must be about 100:1.Watch Heat once.

IMDB RATING      –     8.2
MY RATING     –    8.1
SEEN BEFORE     –     YES
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  GOOD ACTION FLICK.HENRY ROLLINS HAS A SMALL ROLE TOO.

187 – The Killing (1956)

pro-wrestling at the race track

pro-wrestling at the race track

An early film by Kubrick and this one is pretty near perfection.Running at 84 minutes long it a short one but it works well.The plot is:a syndicate of guys plan to rob a race track of a coll 2 million dollars.There is about 6 or 7 men involved,each with their own part to play.There’s a narrator over most of the film listing times and places,nowadays we would just have some text on the screen but the voice over gives it an old school feel.The final scenes of the film are pretty similar to Reservoir Dogs.Also the way people moved and with the voice over made me think of Naked Gun or something with Leslie Nielson in it.

IMDB RATING      –     8.1
MY RATING     –     8.5
SEEN BEFORE     –     NO
RECOMMEND?     –     YES
OVERALL     –  A REALLY GOOD HEIST FILM.