VOTD: Reservoir Dogs – Homage or Stealing?

Current TV’s Rotten Tomatoes internet show takes a look at Quentin Tarantino‘s Reservoir Dogs and the similarities to the Chung Yun-Fat‘s 1987 Honk Kong action film City On Fire. This, of course, isn’t a new observation. To fill in the history, here is wikipedia:

Reservoir Dogs was, according to Tarantino, his version of Stanley Kubrick’s The Killing. Tarantino himself said that he “[…] didn’t go out of my way to do a rip-off of The Killing, but I did think of it as my Killing, my take on that kind of heist movie”. The film’s plot was suggested by the 1952 movie Kansas City Confidential. Reservoir Dogs has also been accused of plagiarism, specifically Ringo Lam’s 1987 film City on Fire, and has even been accused of lifting entire scenes from this film. Additionally, Joseph H. Lewis’s The Big Combo inspired the scene where a cop is tortured in a chair. Tarantino has denied that he plagiarized with Reservoir Dogs instead claiming that he does homages. Also the main characters being named after colors (Mr. Pink, White, Brown, etc.) was first seen in the 1974 film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.

Watch the video embedded after the jump, and vote in the comments below: Reservoir Dogs – Homage or Stealing?

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LOL: Quentin Tarantino’s Trunk Shot


If you’ve seen more than one movie by Quentin Tarantino, then you’ve surely noticed his signature POV trunk shot. The shot even has its own wikipedia page (take that Scorsese Squeeze!). Here is the background from wiki:

The Trunk shot is a camera angle used in cinema when one or more characters need to retrieve something or someone from the trunk of a car. …  This camera angle is often noted to be the trademark of film maker Quentin Tarantino who disputes that he puts the shot in his films as a trademark and simply asks “Where would you put the camera?” Although he did not invent it, Tarantino popularized the trunk shot, which is featured in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, and Kill Bill. In Death Proof, Tarantino’s traditional shot looking up at the actors from the trunk of a car is replaced by one looking up from under the hood. In Inglourious Basterds a “trunk shot” is used two times when Aldo Raine (Brad Pitt) crouches over a captured Nazi with one of his soldiers, cutting a swastika into their victim’s forehead (the shot is supposed to be the victim’s point of view).

After the jump you can see an image that collects all of Tarantino’s Trunk Shots. It first appeared on Reddit but has been making its way around the interwebs yesterday.

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Jeff Wells has posted three awesome clips of Quentin Tarantino telling stories from the Directors on Directing panel in Santa Barbara this weekend. I’ve embedded all three after the jump. The first clip is about how directors raise the bar on each other and Tarantino recounts a story Brian DePalma told him about Martin Scorsese and Blow Out vs. Raging Bull. The second story is about how he had to prove himself the first week directing Reservoir Dogs. And the third story is about how James Cameron‘s Avatar might have affected Kill Bill if it had been released first. I could listen to Tarantino tell his stories all day long (which reminds me, why doesn’t XM/Sirius hire this guy to do a weekly one-hour satellite radio show?) Watch the clips after the jump.

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Toronto based designer/art director Ibraheem Youssef created these wonderful minimalistic pieces of poster art for the films of Quentin Tarantino., including Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2, Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. Check out all of the posters in full, after the jump.
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VOTD: Reservoir Turtles


What if Quentin Tarantino directed a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live-action movie? Aron created this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Reservoir Dogs mash-up over a year ago, but it has just begun to make the viral internet video rounds over the weekend. Watch it now after the jump.

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Cool Stuff: Justin Reed’s Movie Art

Justin Reed is a 30-year old Vermont artist who has created a number of awesome movie-inspired artwork over the past few years. He has a BFA in Illustration from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, and has had art exhibition in galleries in and out of the country (every place from Canada to Los Angeles). I’ve included nine of my favorite pieces that Reed has created after the jump.

Unfortunately, Reed is not selling prints of any of this art work at this time, but if that changes, I’ll let you know. And of course, he also does commissions, so if you want to hire the guy, head on over to his website for full details.

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You Fell Asleep Watching a DVD

Pretty much.

Thanks to JA for the tip (and the Internet).

Cool Stuff: Tarantino Babies T-Shirt

Last week we featured Dutch Southern’s Hope for a Better Tomorrow T-Shirt in Cool Stuff. But Blair Sayer’s Tarantino Babies t-shirt is just as cool. Featuring a design which is inspired by the idea “What if Quentin Tarantino directed Muppet Babies”. Screen printed on an American Apparel olive t-shirt for just $18 on DutchSouthern.com.

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VOTD: Movie Scenes Recreated in GTA4

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Movie Scenes Recreated in GTA4 by Mentok

The Pitch: Mentok recreated famous movie scenes in Grand Theft Auto 4. Films include Godfather, Goodfellas, Reservoir Dogs, I Am Legend, American History X, and Fight Club.

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Cool Stuff: Color-Coded Criminals T-Shirt

Color-Coded Criminals T-Shirt

Mr. Purple’s Threadless t-shirt design Color-Coded Criminals is a Crayola-styled take on the infamous scene from Quentin Tarantino‘s Reservoir Dogs. And now is the time to buy anything on Threadless, because they are running a Spring Cleaning Sale until March 23rd, with most t-shirts (including this one) going for only $9 (40% off the normal price). Definitely worth checking out. Thanks to /Film Reader B33 for submitting this item.

Color-Coded Criminals T-Shirt

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