Monday, 20 August 2012

RIP Tony Scott

It's with a heavy heart I do these posts. Today I've felt sad about the news of Tony Scott's suicide. It is said that he had inoperable brain cancer which makes me feel slightly better because if I had inoperable brain cancer, I'd probably do the same.

Let me just say right here, right now that I love Tony Scott movies. He made Saturday night movies like nobody else. Proper, rip-roaring entertainment. Of course Top Gun is one of my favourite films ever. I don't think there will be a film so completely over the top and ridiculously entertaining as Top Gun again. I say we all go watch it tonight. "Take me to bed or lose me forever!"

He also made Enemy Of The State, a film that made it into my wedding speech. One of the reasons I married TeenBoy is that he agrees that EOTS is the best Saturday night movie ever made. Bag of popcorn, Will Smith and a brilliant high-concept but crucially intelligently executed and well acted. There is nothing more you need in life for two hours. Tony made it look easy but we only have to look at the dross out there to know it isn't.

Spy Game gave us Brad Pitt and Robert Redford. Frankly, if you want more than that then you're just greedy. Deja Vu is brilliant - if you've not seen it, then seriously watch it because it's so good.

Revenge: Kevin Costner when he was attractive and Madeline Stowe. Again, a great film.

The Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable may not be world-class but they are better than most films on offer at your average multiplex.

My confession is I've never seen True Romance because I am a bit squeamish about violence but in honour of Tony, I am going to watch it. In fact, I'm having a Tony-festival at Teen Towers. He deserves it. RIP Tony, you will be sorely missed.


  1. I feel I have done Tony a disservice over the years. Yes, I love Top Gun and have seen it many times but other than that I think the only other movies of his I'd seen were Spy Game (Brad and Robert ..... I was in heaven) and Enemy of the State - both of which I'd only seen once. I have now watched Deja Vu and True Romance both of which I thoroughly enjoyed and rewatched EOTS and Spy Game ..... still great on 2nd viewings.
    Sorry Tony, I should have paid more attention to your splendid films

  2. I forgot. I've seen Unstoppable too. Also a great edition to oeuvre


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