Wednesday, August 22, 2012
RIP Tony Scott
Was pretty stunned on Monday morning when I read that famed film director Tony Scott took his own life by jumping off a Los Angeles bridge. Why he did this is unknown; there were reports that he had an inoperable, terminal illness, but this has since been debunked by his family. As a film buff, I have seen most of his movies, and inspired by a conversation that I had with my brother about him, I will list his movies and what I thought of them.
The Hunger: Have not seen, but had heard from some that it is one of his best.
Top Gun: His best, for sure. What more needs to be said? A classic.
Beverly Hills Cop II: Underrated movie, one of the better sequels that I'd seen. Murphy at his peak.
Revenge: Had not seen this in many years, remember it being pretty good. With Kevin Costner and Madeline Stowe. Funny, Stowe is currently on a TV show with the same title.
Days of Thunder: A lot of people ragged on this one, but I liked it a lot. It's referred to by some as "Top Gun with Race Cars", but that isn't a bad thing, IMO. Read that it's one of Quentin Tarantino's favorite movies.
The Last Boy Scout: Definitely one of his better ones. A great action movie, with plenty of funny one-liners. Faltered at the box office, but is well-regarded today.
True Romance: Like Last Boy Scout, was a box office flop, but gained a large following later on. The fact that it was written by Tarantino didn't hurt either. A fantastic movie, with one of the best scenes ever between Hopper and Walken.
Crimson Tide: Another great one, saw this tons of times back in the day. Hackman and Denzel at top of their respective games. Appreciated that it was less action-driven and glossy than most of his movies.
The Fan: One of his lesser efforts, especially for the year that it was released (1996) since this was his peak time as a filmmaker., but I still like it a lot. No one does a sick fuck like De Niro.
Enemy of the State: Only saw this a couple of times, remember it being a superb action-thriller. Foreshadowed the national security state that we live in today
Spy Game: Actually saw this for the first time not too long ago. Was a lot better than I'd heard it was. A solid spy thriller.
Man on Fire: Real kick-ass action movie, with Denzel as a total bad-ass. I did feel that his herky-jerky MTV-style direction (which is present in most of his works) did go a little overboard in this one, though.
Domino: Liked it, but one of his lesser efforts. Only saw it once, but felt his direction was even worse than in Man on Fire.
Deja Vu: This one didn't work for me. Maybe I have to see it again, but I found myself bored. Found it was one of those films that required a serious suspension of disbelief in order to enjoy.
The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three: Actually forgot that he did this one. I found it kinda crappy, especially compared to the original with Walter Matthau. That was a good caper movie. In this, I found the violence to be overkill, there was no humor (one of the things I liked best about the original) and Robert Shaw was a much better villian than Travolta.
Unstoppable: Ironically, another train movie. Better than Pelham, but nothing really great. Enjoyable enough though, and I thought the last 20 minutes or so was particularly tense. This is officially his last movie.