Rest In Peace, Tony Scott (Remembering The Director and His Movies)
As a director, Tony Scott had a visual style that was identifiable, if not singular. His movies almost always centered on having frenetic pacing, epic action sequences and thrilling tales with a humanistic element to them. Scott’s films weren’t just cookie cutter, though I suppose that at times they could appear that way, due to the repeatability of many of his trademark filmmaking traits. Tony Scott will be missed, but I wanted to look back at his catalogue a bit and – of the 24 IMDB credits he was given as a director at the time of his passing – glance back at some of the several I have seen (kind of surprising to me that there have been so many).
Scott’s favorite film of mine will likely always be 1993’s True Romance. Perhaps this is the case because it was written by Quentin Tarantino, but I also think Scott played a significant role, imbuing the film with a less traditional tale than many of his other films. Romance had romance, action, comedy and stellar acting, with many memorable scenes, such as Dennis Hopper’s the Moors scene and Gary Oldman’s “diddly I do to a damned if I know.” Classic stuff to be sure and it’s a film I own and enjoy every time I see it.
1995’s Crimson Tide was an underrated film. Often it seems to get lost in the shuffle. One that had action but also stellar acting with dramatic yelling scene between Gene Hackman and Denzel. Great stuff that I need to revisit and have actually been meaning to do so in recent weeks.
1986’s Top Gun needs no introduction. One of the true classics of the genre, a film that any 80’s child knows all too well. Watched quite a bit of this on TV a few weeks back. Genius.
1987’s Beverly Hills Cop II was a great sequel to the original. It brought back Eddie at the height of his fame and featured all the main players from the original.
1991’s The Last Boy Scout was a bit of a dud, but I will always remember the inspired pairing of Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans. The “bom” scene sticks out in my mind and while it may not be imminently watchable. It’s still worth mentioning.
I’ve seen The Fan, Enemy of the State, Spy Game, Man on Fire, Taking of Pelham 123 and Unstoppable. All of his films bore a distinct style and varying levels of thrills and chills. Talent loved working with him, as he always had big names attached, though he may be most remembered for his frequent collaborations with Denzel Washington.
Tony Scott was an innovative filmmaker, artist and even though he may not be at the top of everyone’s directors list (because he never was nominated for an Oscar and beyond the early 90’s period was never the hottest name in town), he still will be missed and his talents remembered. His end was tragic, though some close to him are painting it as classic Scott, taking the bull by the horns if the rumors of a debilitating health condition are to be believed.
Rest in Peace, Tony.