RESERVOIR DOGS (18)
D: Quentin Tarantino
Dog Eat Dog (Lawrence Bender)
W: Quentin Tarantino
DP: Andrzej Sekula
Ed: Sally Menke
Harvey Keitel (Mr. White / Larry), Tim Roth (Mr. Orange / Freddy), Michael Madsen (Mr. Blonde / Vic), Christopher Penn (Nice Guy Eddie), Steve Buscemi (Mr. Pink), Lawrence Tierney (Joe Cabot)
Where it all began for Quentin Tarantino. Reservoir Dogs focuses on the aftermath of a bungled robbery, where a group of gangsters, all with their own colourful aliases, resort to fighting amongst each other to find who informed the police of their heist gone wrong.
The film doesn't reward its audience with any plot twists, making it clear almost immediately who the whistleblower is. What makes the film so enjoyable is Tarantino's skill of writing iconic dialogue without resorting to a talking heads picture.
There was some controversy over excessive violence around the time the film was released, but compared to some of the goreporn horror films which have been released far more recently, this feels incredibly tame in comparison.
A near perfect example of how important, influential and brilliant independent cinema can be.