Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Little About Tony Scott…

Cinema-goers loved Tony Scott, even if they didn’t know his name.

I’m sure by now you have all heard the news of Tony Scott’s death, so, this post isn’t going to be about that. Instead I will focus on his work, because after all that is what he will be remembered for. Most people think of Tony as the less successful Scott brother, forever plugging away in Ridley’s shadow. So it may come as something of a surprise to learn that his films on average have made over £1million more than his brother’s have.

Like his older brother he honed his film-making skills in advertising and it showed a lot more in his work than it ever has in his brothers. Tony Scott made thrilling sugar coated action packed blockbuster films with substance and that is why his films were so popular. Take a look through his directing credits and you will be surprised at the amount of fantastic blockbuster films he has produced, Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Days of Thunder, The Last Boy Scout, Man on Fire, Enemy of the State and so many more (I’m even a fan of Domino, easily his most often criticised work).

Without doubt my favourite film of his has got to be True Romance. Scripted by Quentin Tarantino the film tells the story of a young couple in love that get involved in the seedy underworld of drug deals, gangsters and is jam-packed with pop culture references.

Tony Scott made frenetic, fast paced, entertaining films that were always full of spectacle and escapism. He was a master of his craft and will be greatly missed by film fans everywhere.

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Film Polls, Top Ten Lists and Me

Hey, did you hear about Sight and Sounds latest Top 10 Film Poll? NO! Where have you been?

Right, so every ten years the BFI and Sight and Sound release their list of the greatest films of all time. The list has been going since 1952 and this year’s was the largest ever, polling the verdicts/opinions of some 846 critics, distributors and academics to try and find the greatest film of all time.

Now every year since 1962 Citizen Kane topped the poll but, this time it has been usurped by Vertigo, the classic Hitchcock film about an ex-cop who suffers from a severe fear of heights. Vertigo has been slowly climbing the chart since 1982 and even came second to Citizen Kane in 2002.

The Top Ten is as follows –

  1. Vertigo
  2. Citizen Kane
  3. Tokyo Story
  4. La Regle du Jeu
  5. Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  7. The Searchers
  8. Man with a Movie Camera
  9. The Passion of Joan of Arc

Now as a fun response to this the people over at www.heyuguys.co.uk decided to put together an alternative list, where they asked around 120 bloggers to contribute (including myself) their top 10 films of all time.

That list is as follows –

  1. Jaws
  2. Back to the Future
  3. The Dark Knight
  1. Blade Runner
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  1. There Will Be Blood
  1. Psycho
  1. Citizen Kane
  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. Alien
  1. The Thing

As you can see there is a huge difference in the lists, I think that may be because the bloggers more than likely had a younger average age than the professionals. Also my personal list was more of a personal favourites list rather than a list of the “best” films, which I think most of the other bloggers did as well, whereas I think the critics probably tried to be more objective.

You can check out the full article here – http://www.heyuguys.co.uk/2012/08/06/the-film-bloggers-top-ten-an-alternative-film-poll/ and if you go to page four, look at the right hand side, second from the top you will see my list!

So, apart from picking my top ten films for the heyuguys bloggers poll I have had a rather busy week. Firstly I got the chance to see the Olympic Triathlon at Hyde Park, which was a great day. But, more importantly I and my film-making partner had two days of filming! We managed to get a new short done which will be cut and edited in the coming weeks and the plan is to put it online for your viewing pleasure. This coming week we have another two days of shooting and this is finally for the short that I have been talking about for what feels like an eternity! We have planned every last detail for this one because it has a hell of a lot more going on than anything we’ve ever attempted before. Sadly for all of you this will not be going online as we plan to save this one for next year’s film festivals, which could hopefully lead to us getting some funding!

So that’s it for today, I should probably get back to doing some work…