Capital Celluloid - Day 186: Thursday July 7

Rolling Thunder (Flynn, 1977): & Reservoir Dogs (Tarantino, 1992) Prince Charles Cinema, 6.35pm

This is screening as part of the Prince Charles Cinema's Quentin Tarantino inspiration series.

Chicago Reader review for Rolling Thunder: 

'William Devane returns from Vietnam with dead eyes and a hollow soul, snapping to life only when his wife and child are killed in a robbery. As he sets out for vengeance, he seems motivated less by love for his family than by an unholy nostalgia for his wartime experiences. Scripted by Paul Schrader, this 1977 feature is effectively cold and frightening for much of its length. But director John Flynn lacks the skill to put across the madness and masochism, and the ending tends toward traditional revenge melodrama. With Tommy Lee Jones and Dabney Coleman.' Dave Kehr

Here is the Rolling Thunder trailer.

Chicago Reader review for Reservoir Dogs: 

'A stunning debut (1992) from writer-director Quentin Tarantino, though a far cry from Stanley Kubrick's 1956 The Killing, to which it clearly owes a debt. Like The Killing, it employs an intricate flashback structure to follow the before and after of a carefully planned heist and explores some of the homoerotic allegiances, betrayals, and tensions involved; unlike The Killing, it never flashes back to the heist itself and leaves a good many knots still tied at the end. The hoods here—including Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, and (in a bit) Tarantino himself—are all ex-cons hired by an older ex-con (Lawrence Tierney) who conceals their identities from one another by assigning them the names of colors. Our grasp of what's going on is always in flux, and Tarantino's skill with actors, dialogue, 'Scope framing, and offbeat construction is kaleidoscopic. More questionable are the show-offy celebrations of brutality: buckets of blood, racist and homophobic invective, and an excruciating sequence of sadistic torture and (offscreen) mutilation that's clearly
meant to awe us with its sheer unpleasantness. It's unclear whether this macho thriller does anything to improve the state of the world or our understanding of it, but it certainly sets off enough rockets to
hold and shake us for every one of its 99 minutes.' Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here is the Reservoir Dogs trailer.

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