cdouglas wrote: Bad: The Fan - Kind of a train wreck (and it has no idea how - or where - professional baseball games are played), but a rather riveting one. Fun to watch De Niro in deranged Cape Fear mode.
Gabriel Girard wrote:cdouglas wrote: Bad: The Fan - Kind of a train wreck (and it has no idea how - or where - professional baseball games are played), but a rather riveting one. Fun to watch De Niro in deranged Cape Fear mode.
I also chose The Fan as my ugly but, as mentionned in the podcast, I felt that it fell mostly flat and that De Niro was mugging. The fact that it wants us to empathize with his character is a mjor failing. I also felt that Tony wanted to ape Scorsese by using De Niro in a psycho role and by putting The Rolling Stones all over the soundtrack.
mavrach wrote:Good: True Romance - I've always felt this to be a great crime thriller that's both fun and dangerous at the same time. It juggles a lot of characters, many which are only briefly onscreen, even for a single scene, but are still hugely memorable. Brad Pitt's tiny role as Floyd might be the funniest thing he's ever done, and Gary Oldman's performance as Drexl makes me wish he lived through the whole movie. I get Steve's "bleeding cool syndrome," but in while that does apply here, I think it comes off as being genuinely cool. But I've loved just about everything that Tarantino has touched so that's my personal tastes.
I agree that this movie feels very different from the rest of Tony Scott's work. Actualy this officially is in the same canon as the rest of Tarantino's universe. In Reservoir Dogs, Harvey Keitel reminisces about a girl named "Alabama." If I had to pick a "real" Tony Scott flick that would be The Last Boy Scout.
On a personal note, we used the True Romance theme song during our wedding ceremony. It played while we were taking the vows. So yeah I love this one
Bad: Man on Fire - One of Scott's better movies, but it's pace suffers from being overly long, especially during its first act. If it were a little leaner & meaner I think it would've been a great improvement on a movie that's already pretty awesome.
Ugly: I'm having a hard time coming up with a specific Bad for Tony Scott. Going through his filmography, he's got a few that I used to love as a kid then just never watched again after age 15: Days of Thunder, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Crimson Tide.
Then he as a few that I watched once when they first came out and never bothered returning to: The Fan, Enemy of the State. Spygame actually falls into this category for me, but your raving about it makes me want to retry it. I saw The Hunger a few years ago and didn't care for it. Domino is here too.
And why don't they leave Ethan Suplee aloooone??? Heh, if you want to see him in his true form, check out Evolution when he plays a straight F student who out of nowhere coughs up a perfect source of selenium sulfide.
J.M. Vargas wrote:Hey, the link to the Tony Scott podcast on the Verdict's "Podcasts" section is broken, can't download it. Can you guys fix this?
Also, since the Verdict's podcasts are all lumped together in one section that doesn't separate them by show, any chance a direct link to the podcasts could be added to the first post of each director's listings? This is more for late-comers to "They Came From the North" that are going back through old episodes (which are tougher to spot on the Podcasts section) but also something for new, future podcasts once the link to them disappears from the front page. And no, I'm not on Facebook.
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