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Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday's Top 5... Tony Scott Movies

#5: Top Gun

Does any other movie more perfectly encapsulate Hollywood in the 1980s? It's fast, it's loud, it's kind of dumb and kind of cheesy... and absolutely perfect for what it is.

#4: Crimson Tide

A film which begins with an interesting premise and then hands it over to two excellent actors - Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington - and lets them run with it.

#3: Enemy of the State

Although Scott is no Francis Ford Coppola, Enemy of the State is a film that nicely pairs with Coppola's The Conversation. In many ways Gene Hackman's character here feels like an extension of his character from The Conversation, albeit it one living in a world where surveillance is even more intrusive and destructive.

#2: The Hunger

Vampires. Catherine Deneuve. David Bowie. Susan Sarandon... need I say more?

#1: True Romance

True Romance (scripted by Quentin Tarantino and, arguably, more of a "Tarantino film" than a "Scott film") is, hands down, the best film in Scott's filmography. Adeptly mixing humor and violence, it's one of the most dynamic films of the 1990s.


Anonymous said...

Great post! I am adding True Romance to my list.

Alex Withrow said...

Ahh True Romance reigns supreme. Love it. So sad that Scott is gone.