Thursday, 30 August 2012

In Memory of Tony Scott.

Tony Scott

It’s a sad reason to be writing this way; it’s a sad article to write for anyone but even more so with a man who took his own life for reasons currently unknown. Tony Scott is a legend in the filmmaking business and he influenced more than just a generation and a genre but the way films were made in general. He was the master of the blockbuster coming out with Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, True Romance and other classics. As his career developed and his name was further cemented as a safe pair of hands his work became more experimental, bolder and more daring. All you need to do is watch his latest few releases to see he was a man with a vision, one that blockbusters will now sadly miss.


The Retrospective: True Romance.

True Romance poster.

True Romance

Director: Tony Scott
15th October 1993
Certificate: 18
Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Brad Pitt, Saul Rubinek, Bronson Pinchot, Tom Sizemore, Chris Penn, Michael Rappaport, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Beach

This True Romance retrospective has come about from unfortunate circumstances and that is because that we have lost the great Tony Scott to tragedy for unknown reasons. We wish all his family and friends the best and in his honour, it feels fitting to review what could be his greatest film – though there are lot of choices for that. True Romance is a special film and one which manages to incorporate the many different genres that it’s hard to categorise it. There’s action, comedy, drama and romance which is all subject to a thrilling ride in the crime world. It’s stylish to its decade being typically ‘90s with its colours, music and fashion; in fact, it’s still stylish today. This could very well be his masterpiece. It’s a fitting tribute to celebrate the life of an innovative director that changed films forever.


Sunday, 19 August 2012

The Retrospective: Hot Rod.

Hot Rod poster.

Hot Rod

Director: Akiva Schaffer
Release Date: 28th September 2007
Certificate: 12A
Starring: Andy Samberg, Isla Fisher, Jorma Taccone, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, Sissy Spacek, Ian McShane and Will Arnett.

Hot Rod, the feature debut from, now, SNL veterans and mock-rap enthusiasts The Lonely Island is one to watch and always will be if you’re into stupid humour. In fact, the opening scene sums up the film and the inherent laziness of all the characters. “Did you reinforce the ramp?” Obvious answer to this is no and shows the ambition and hopefulness of these characters that you’ll soon be sharing a painful 87 minutes with. This is The Lonely Island’s film; Andy Samberg and Jorma Taccone are the leads while Akiva Schaffer goes behind the camera to string it all together. This was their feature-length debut and it had to bring together their inherent silliness and make it enjoyable for a full film; a challenge to continue on from their shorts but they succeeded.