We don’t normally do directors for this post. Why? I don’t know to tell you the truth but we don’t. However, I’ve been bagging on Tony Scott on my podcast alot lately for three reasons.
1. His films are starting to look the same.
2. He continues to make films with Denzel Washington, who happens to be a fine actor, but variety is the spice of life as they say.
3. He made a movie called Unstoppable about a train that gets stopped. REPEAT: They stop… the effing… TRAIN!
WOW! Did I just do a list within a list? I did. THAT JUST HAPPENED!
While these things drive me nuts, I hate speaking poorly of anyone who puts creative work out into the world. It’s too easy to do and it’s a tough business. So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to shed a little light on some of the man’s career highlights and present you with the Top 5 Movies: (directed by) Tony Scott. Here they are (in order):
5. THE LAST BOY SCOUT.
I’m not a big fan of Damon Wayans but this is a friggin’ Bruce Willis action film circa the early 90’s. How can you not dig it? Especially because it’s not one of his top tier films. Gets major bonus points, in my opinion, as well for this scene that I have always loved and you should too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKc8m0apNh4
4. ENEMY OF THE STATE.
AKA: THE CONVERSATION 2. Mainly because Gene Hackman seems to be unofficially reprising his role from the original film by Francis Ford Coppola. Also, another example of an early action film from a now very popular action film star. In this case, Will Smith. While it features a bit too much commentary on the horrors of Big Brother watching us, it also turns in a solid watch.
3. MAN ON FIRE.
… or the film with Denzel that worked. I don’t know why I like this film so much. Quite honestly, most of the cast (namely Radha Mitchell, Dakota Fanning and, DEAR GOD, Marc Anthony) really bug me. What can I say? It takes everything that Tony Scott tries to do in his films stylistically and just manages to use them in the right vain. It was also one of Mickey Rourke’s comeback films and features, the always fun, Christopher Walken.
2. TOP GUN.
Everybody loves Top Gun and I just did a whole rant on it for Val Kilmer the other day so I’ll keep this brief. Besides, I really only have to say Volleyball Scene!
1. TRUE ROMANCE.
Maybe Scott should work with Val Kilmer more often. Seems to be his good luck charm. Tarantino probably gets most the credit for this one but is by far Scott’s best film. And he manages to make it about as good as it could be, short of Tarantino doing it himself!