Tony Scott(1944-2012) – A Blogathon Tribute
Tony Scott was not an auteur, nor was he a director with an artistic touch. Unlike his brother Ridley, whose Blade Runner has been dissected and analyzed, and whose Alien was as a landmark in sci fi horror, one would not really ponder over every frame of Top Gun or even his best picture to date True Romance. Make no mistake, Tony Scott was as popcorn as it gets, his movies were hard core entertainers all the way. Still it takes some amount of skill to churn out an entertainer by itself, and Tony Scott was extremely good at it. His movies were cliched, predictable, but he could still make you sit through it all and enjoy it. Take his last movie Unstoppable, it was a disaster flick as cliched and predictable as can be. You had all the cliches in place- a weary, cynical,worldly wise character in Denzel Washington, a new on the job her who has to join hands with his superior who seems to hate him, a bunch of nervously excited control staff, the hi fives, and people exulting at the end of it all. You pretty well knew that Denzel Washington would somehow manage to stop the runaway train, get back his job, be a hero, but throughout the movie, you find yourself asking “Will he, won’t he?”. I guess that is how Tony Scott’s style has been always, while most of the plotting for his movies is pretty much cliched, where he scores is in the intense dramatic face offs, the characters he creates.
In tribute to Tony Scott, whose unfortunate suicide has robbed Hollywood of one really good entertainer, I am starting a Blogathon in tribute to a director, whose movies have been part of my growing up memory. Yes I am one of those who grew up on Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State and immensely enjoyed Man on Fire, Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 later on. I must say like his brother Ridley though, Tony has an eye for some eye popping cinematography, be it the aerial dog fights in Top Gun, the dim lit submarine shots in Crimson Tide, the panoramic shots of the runaway train zooming across the countryside in Unstoppable, the funky camera shots in True Romance.
The site has succesfully conducted two blogathons one on Michael Mann and another here on Ridley Scott. You can contribute to the blogathon, either by sending your contributions or a link to your contributions on Tony Scott or Tony Scott movies to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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