Thursday, February 2, 2012

Day #71 - Reservoir Dogs & Mean Streets

Movie #71

Mr. White/Larry: If you shoot me in your dream you better wake up and apologize.
Reservoir Dogs
It's a slow, bloody, intense and explosive debut for director, Quentin Tarantino.

Well written and intimately directed, Reservoir Dogs's really brilliant in the manner through which a "simple robbery gone wrong" is being told through the various characters, and as Tarantino digs into the characters the plot thickens ... a quite unique form of film making.

The cast was really interesting looking with their black suits on white shirts and wayfarers -- it's a pretty memorable costume, and besides Tarantino, praises should be given to Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Tim Roth and Steve Buscemi as they all performed well.

An artistic Mastery.

Movie #72

Mean Streets
Before Goodfellas, Casino, Gangs of New York and The Departed, there was first Mean Streets, which is a truly original gangster tale from Martin Scorsese with Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro performing impeccably well.

Mean Streets's mise-en-scène is really impressive as it screams New York in a gritty manner for a movie shot in Los Angeles. But this is a landmark film for two legends -- Scorsese (with his Energetic, Stylish and Passionate direction of the film) and De Niro (as Danny Boy, a character that is about to self destruct; a role Joe Pesci would become famous for in upcoming Scorsese projects).

This 1973 classic is not just a great movie -- but a trend setter for grassroots gangster movies that would go on to shape Scorsese's career and others, a true Masterpiece.