Have you ever been in the situation where you’re walking down the aisle of a grocery store, a certain song plays over the speaker and you find yourself overcome with emotion? Maybe it triggered the memory of your first boyfriend, or it reminded you of a particular place, or the lyrics were particularly relevant to a recent event. If you’ve ever stifled sobs in the dairy aisle while deciding between skim and 1%, you’re not alone.
There’s a well-studied link between music and memory, but for many of us that extends to books, television shows and movies as well. They can evoke powerful emotions. I can distinctly remember how I felt when I finished Wuthering Heights, when Mr. Big’s real name pops up on Carrie’s phone, and definitely when I watched Reservoir Dogs.
As a self-professed movie lover, the Tribeca Film Festival is something I look forward to every year. It’s always exciting to see the festival picks, but it’s also a fun time in New York City. The Tribeca Film Festival was founded in an effort to revitalize the flailing New York City economy after 9/11. Backed by the star power of names like Robert de Niro and Martin Scorsese, the inaugural festival launched in 2002 and has continued to grow exponentially each year. Now it’s a time of celebrity sightings and fan geekdom throughout the city.
There are hundreds of screenings that take place during the Tribeca Film Festival, from shorts to documentaries to features. There are also an impressive number of talks and special events. Cinephiles are like kids in a candy store. (Or Homer in a pie store. You get the gist.)
This year’s festival featured a special screening of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs on 35mm print in honor of its 25th anniversary. Reservoir Dogs is a movie that was well ahead of its time at its Sundance Film Festival debut in 1992, and still holds up today. The banter is still engaging. The plot is still relevant. And yes, the acting and directing are still fantastic.
(Yes, I totally geeked out in my Reservoir Dogs finest.)
The screening was followed by a talk with Quentin Tarantino himself (Mr. Brown), Harvey Keitel (Mr. White), Steve Buscemi (Mr. Pink), Tim Roth (Mr. Orange) and Michael Madsen (Mr. Blonde). It was great to hear tidbits about how Harvey Keitel had to pay for Quentin Tarantino to fly to New York City so that local actors could audition (which led to the discovery of Steve Buscemi). And it was fascinating to learn that Michael Madsen was incredibly nervous about the now-iconic dance scene, so much so that it was never rehearsed — then amazingly, shot in one take.
It’s a fan experience we were fortunate to have access to, thanks to the Tribeca Film Festival. Movie buffs, be sure to sign up for advance notice so you can pre-game ahead of the next festival. If you haven’t yet watched Reservoir Dogs, I suggest you remedy that right away. If you have, tell me your favorite line. Here’s mine:
“Yeah, but Mr. Brown, that’s a little too close to Mr. Shit.”
Pair it with:
Something from Mister Dips
Mister Dips is nowhere near Tribeca, the Beacon Theatre or any other Tribeca Film Festival location. But we’re also talking about Reservoir Dogs, and in my version, Mr. White, Mr. Brown, Mr. Pink, Mr. Orange, Mr. Blonde and Mr. Blue all go to Mister Dips. (Poetic license, it’s a thing.)
Mister Dips is located in an Airstream trailer at the William Vale Hotel in Brooklyn. It offers a small-but-tight menu of burgers, soft-serve and floats and serves up a fantastic view on the side. Andrew Carmellini is behind the venture, so I wasn’t surprised that the burger was good. Or that the waffle fries were fantastic. What DID surprise me, though, was that the Green Label burger is probably the best veggie burger I’ve ever had. And after we downed all that? We still found room for a Jacker-Crax cone. Heck, I’d let you cut my ear off for one of those.
Vale Park at the William Vale Hotel