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I Like to Watch (Instantly): Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction

Notable Tarantino classics from the Netflix Watch Instantly world

Reservoir Dogs
Reservoir Dogs

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Cast: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, Edward Bunker, Quentin Tarantino, Randy Brooks, Kirk Baltz

Quentin Tarantino's directorial debut is a one-of-a-kind violent, profane, macho epic. When a discreetly-planned robbery gets botched, newcomer Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), professional Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi), stern Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), dying Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), and vice-mastermind Nice Guy Eddie (Chris Penn) agree that there is a mole in the group, and start a bloody guessing game to unveil who it might be. Reservoir Dogs, in all its filthy glory, is cleverly and humorously written. The cast, despite being a sausage-fest of an ensemble, delivers tough, believable, solid performances. The story, despite being slightly complicated, is unique, smart and innovative. And Tarantino, despite being renowned for having a fetish for brutality, brings a plentitude of class and thrill to the filmfrom the stylistic opening to the jaw-dropping ending. An almostif not completelyperfect masterpiece. HD Available.

Pulp Fiction
Pulp Fiction

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Cast: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Ving Rhames, Harvey Keitel, Maria de Medeiros, Christopher Walken, Frank Whaley, Steve Buscemi

Less violent and considerably smoother than Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Tarantino's second flick, involves short-tempered hitman Vincent Vega (John Travolta), his wise partner Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), gangster kingpin's wife Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman), and defamed boxer Butch Coolidge (Bruce Willis) in a mind-bending series of thrilling stories. Unpredictability, humor and wit govern the script, producing memorable scenes and lines often imitated in today's pop culture. The casting is pitch-perfect and the scenes' stylish editing and sequencing keep each revelation more entertaining and shocking than the next. But most notably, with this film, Tarantino firmly established his styleobscene language, graphic scenes, dark humor, lots of big guns and a pulpy story. It may sound unlikable, but trust me, it kicks hard ass. HD Available.

 

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