RESERVOIR DOGS
1992, Lionsgate, 99 min, Dir: Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino’s self-assured feature debut pits five criminals of different temperament - strangers brought together by an elderly mastermind (perfectly cast Lawrence Tierney) - against an undercover cop who sabotages their jewelry store heist. A riveting saga told in disjointed time with bravura characterizations, spotlighted in the fraternal bonding of Mr. White (Harvey Keitel) and Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), the sadistic antics of psychotic Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), the foul-mouthed comments of Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) and, last but not least, the versatile Chris Penn as Nice Guy Eddie Cabot, Tierney’s faithful son.


MEAN STREETS
1973, Warner Brothers, 110 min, Dir: Martin Scorsese

Director Martin Scorsese’s shattering, insider’s look at small-time hoods in Little Italy stars Harvey Keitel as a guilt-obsessed Catholic trying to make good, and Robert De Niro as Keitel’s terminal screw-up of a cousin, Johnny Boy. Most of MEAN STREETS was shot - believe it or not - in Los Angeles (only exteriors were filmed in New York). It quickly became Scorsese’s calling card as a director, and a stunning prequel to the awesome TAXI DRIVER.


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