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Of course, filmmakers borrow from each other, but that's not White's
gripe. The issue here is that QT was being heralded as the most
creative director on the planet at the time, and though he credited
several people (including one of the stars of City On Fire) for having
served him as inspirations, he failed to give credit to Ringo Lam, the
writer/director of the film that he borrowed the most from during the
making of Reservoir Dogs.
Is QT talented? Absolutely. It just would have been nice if he had been confident enough in his talent to share credit where credit was due. But... this was very early in his career and he had not yet developed that confidence. He does appear to have it in spades now though, and that is a very good thing.
I don't like Reservoir Dogs. Matter of taste. Call me an ignorant film aficionado if you must, but I simply don't see what all the fuss is about with that film. I've later enjoyed several of Quentin's films, though. Anyway, when I heard of this 10+ minute long(or should I say, short) documentary comparing it to another movie, I was intrigued. I must say, it's hard to deny that White has a point. There are frighteningly obvious and clear similarities between the two films(though there is no doubt; even from someone who doesn't care in the least for the film - such as yours truly - Tarantino definitely improves on the original), and I'm not certain that Mr. T acknowledges his source. If he does, there is no grounds for the allegations put forth here... if not, Mike is a man who goes against the herd, one that is not afraid to stand up and tell the rest of us(though a few have made similar claims, few, if any, have gone this far with it) that the emperor has no clothes(or, at the very least, he's embarrassingly under-dressed). I recommend this documentary to anyone who's seen Reservoir Dogs... regardless of whether they love it or not. Keep an open mind. You might be surprised. 6/10
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I watched these movies last week and I don't really know what to say...
the whole idea is to somehow make it breaking news that Quentin
Tarantino are reusing parts and ideas of old movies, to fit them into
his own. We get to see examples of Reservoir Dogs and the Hong Kong
'original movie', City On Fire, mixed together - This sure is an
interesting idea, and I'd really like to see more films of the same
kind; but it feels like there's some kind of a negative sub-tone in
this picture. To me, reusing old ideas, scenes, movie characters and
such things, whatever - it's just an total obvious thing - everybody
does that, I mean, that's creative! It's called INSPIRATION. Without
getting any inspiration, it would be impossible to create something
To make it clear: this movie is OK. I just don't like the creators opinion of film-making (they're actually calling QT a 'plagiarist' on their web page - not cool.)
OK so maybe Tarantino took two scenes and a few shots out of City on
Fire and put it in his movie. WHO THE HELL CARES??? All of Mike's
arguments a so so justified except for one in which he compared Mr.
Orange getting shot with Ko Chow (the cop in City on Fire) getting shot
in the belly. That was completely taken out of context and it made the
movie lose its credibility. One thing i did like about it though was an
added song that was put in during the car chase in City on Fire. I have
seen both Reservoir Dogs and City on Fire so I am able to make an
informed opinion about this. And my opinion is as follows.
Get a life, Mike White!
Interesting short film. I see the director's point about how
Tarantino's story for Reservoir Dogs is similar to City on Fire... but
who really cares? Everything these days is a remake or a re-imagining
of something that's already been done before. Just watch Swingers; they
have a great conversation about the issue in that movie, and they go on
to re-enact a scene (fittingly) from Reservoir Dogs.
Other than that, the editing was sort of amateur. It was a cool idea to overlay the audio of one film with the video of the other film, but the timing was sort of bad. There were some parts of the film that went for too long, that could have been trimmed down.
This isn't the best film I have ever seen and it has nothing on Reservoir Dogs. It does have some good parts to it and in parts it was almost as good as Reservoir Dogs. If you liked Reservoir dogs then this is worth a watch if you are little bit bored one day. ** out of ****
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