Reservoir Dogs

“Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?”

Here we are, 28 years down the road, and Michael Madsen dancing, straight-edge in hand, taunting a tied-up cop, remains seared in memory.

Same with the iconic opening scene of Quentin Tarantino’s band of hoodlums struttin’ in slow motion, which has been copied or parodied a thousand times over.

At its core, this is a lean ‘n mean crime thriller with big-name actors working for scale and delivering florid dialogue written by a guy trying to break into Hollywood by being too cool for school.

Looks like it worked.