There’s plenty of reasons to deride the movies that Tony Scott made (namely, from a vaguely PC perspective), but, at the level of the image, and tying emotion into image-making, to say nothing of the kinetic firepower of some of his (literal fireball) images, few in Ho’wood could match him over the last decade. I’d originally written a rambling attempt at some kind of Theory of Tony, but I figured that’d fly in the face of his movies, which, while often stupid (Glenn said meretricious) at first glance, are always fun. At worst, they’re kinda tiring, but that’s because of all the energy spent in keeping up with the pace. Maybe that’s not your cup of tea, but so it goes. For my money, few movies from the Obama era have showed us a couple of tough working dudes solving problems better than Unstoppable, and, though it’s not without its own political complications, Deja Vu may be one of the more honest (naked?) tributes to Vertigo around. Domino is a riot, in almost every sense, and The Hunger is maybe my favorite stupid-kinky vampire movie. In any case, without going film-by-film, I will miss the opportunity for more wild and crazy times from the vantage of Tony’s eyes, and I hope there’s some healing available to whomever is hurt most in their everyday by this unpredictable and more than unfortunate choice he made.
Tony, by the way, animated the Scott Free logo, which, in 3D ahead of Promethus, was maybe the best thing about that movie, and maybe my favorite bit of 3D I’ve seen.