Reservoir Dogs : Premiered October 23, 2012
Originally published October 24, 2014.
Dear people who stormed out of the midnight showing of Reservoir Dogs at the Lincoln Theater in Chicago that snowy night in December 1992,
Weird that I should still be thinking about you all these years later. Weird that I can remember the weather, and where I sat in the theater (aisle seat, two rows from the back). And I can’t remember any of your faces, but I remember you leaving. It was around 1am and snowing in Lincoln Park, the week between Christmas and New Year’s, and yet you were hustling out of the theater. Most of you seemed angry. All of you left with a quick step and a refusal to look back at the screen your heads down as if ducking from an assault of flying objects coming off the screen. More than anything, I remember feeling puzzled. Reservoir Dogs had only been in theaters for a few months, and was never in wide release. It had become a cult favorite at these midnight screenings. That night was the first of many midnight screenings I would attend, and all of them had people like you. People who hung around for awhile, and then usually left right around the time Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen) began torturing the kidnapped cop. Over the years, I’ve tried to figure out why you left that film, and I’ve questioned people who didn’t like the film the way I do. Most of them describe the film as being overly-violent. In each case, they can describe (in gruesome details) the violent scenes that upset them the most. There’s usually only one problem when they do that. The scenes they describe don’t exist.