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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Remembering Sally Menke and Reservoir Dogs

Sally Menke’s passing today got me thinking about Reservoir Dogs.
It’s a cliché for young filmmakers to go on about that movie, but I owe so much to it, not just as a moviemaker, but as a movie watcher. I was just a kid when it came out and I was into pretty much big Hollywood movies exclusively. There were a few exceptions, like Evil Dead and Dawn of the Dead, Dog Day Afternoon, ect.. But for the most part I, like most of America was totally hollywoodized. Then came Res. Dogs. It totally blew me away. Then I started reading interviews with Tarantino and he was talking about Walter Hill, Sam Peckinpaw, John Woo, French New Wave, Akira Kurasawa, Blaxploitation and how all these different filmmakers and genres directly influenced the movie.
It totally opened me up to not only independent cinema, but also foreign cinema. I started with Hong Kong, moved to French New Wave, Italian Neo Classic and American 70’s independent and that was all before I ever even thought about going to film school.

You hear a lot talk about gateway drugs, well Reservoir Dogs was my gateway movie, and movies were never the same.

Anyway, I’ve heard him say that Ms. Menke was key in all of his films, but especially with Reservoir Dogs. So here’s to her. She will be missed.

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