As we continue to mourn the shocking loss of director Tony Scott, let’s use today’s poll to remember his movies. Which are your favorites?
The interesting thing about Scott’s career is how consistent most of his films are. He was a remarkably reliable director of populist blockbuster fare, from the mega-hit ‘Top Gun’ right through to his last feature, the runaway-train thriller ‘Unstoppable’. Sure, he may have had a few duds in there (‘Revenge’ and ‘Days of Thunder’ aren’t terribly good), and we can quibble over the rankings of some of the others (even ‘Top Gun’ is pretty silly, really), but for the most part, when you went to see a Tony Scott movie, you knew what you’d get. Most of the time, that was a solidly entertaining movie.
Although Tony Scott may not have had any outright masterpieces in him like his brother Ridley’s ‘Alien’ or ‘Blade Runner’, nor were even the weakest of his films as bad as Ridley’s worst. I’d watch ‘Days of Thunder’ a hundred times before I’ll watch ‘Prometheus’ again.
Most viewers will probably agree that the Quentin Tarantino-scripted ‘True Romance’ stands out as Tony Scott’s best film. I can’t disagree with that. It’s a terrific movie. For the purposes of this poll, you can vote for as many of his movies as you’ve enjoyed. Personally, I’m partial to his debut, the glossy vampire thriller ‘The Hunger’ (which is available in high definition on VUDU), as well as ‘The Last Boyscout’ (yes, it’s supposed to be spelled as one word) and ‘Spy Game’.