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February 14, 2011

"The Last Boy Scout" and other Tony Scott films

Cary recommended "Spy Game" (2001; trailer below) and after I finished watching (it was entertaining) I had a look at Scott's filmography, among which were some I'd seen ("Top Gun," "Enemy of the State" and "Domino") and some I'd heard of but not seen and a number I'd never heard of nor seen.

Turns out Apple TV (but not Netflix) has most of his films ready to roll so I've watched two more during the past week.

"The Fan," (1996) with Robert DeNiro, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin (before she went under the knife), John Leguizamo, and Benicio Del Toro (as a major league baseball player — inspired casting, he was great) was pretty good but 1991's "The Last Boy Scout" (top), starring Bruce Willis, Damon Wayans and Halle Berry, was great.

Like all of Scott's films I've seen, it has lots of over-the-top, almost cartoonish explosions, violence and blood and car chases of an extreme nature, but in addition it's extremely funny with a wicked-clever script by Shane Black.

After the first unexpected riff I paid close attention to every word so as not to miss any of the constant, sometimes-manic hilarious back-and-forth.

FunFact: Tony Scott is Ridley Scott's younger brother.

Must be in the DNA.

February 14, 2011 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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