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Great Scott: an overview

We have definitely amused ourselves in doing this particular set of reviews. It was fascinating to see the Scotts’ style over a few (um, four) decades.

Final thoughts:

Ridley – Alien (1979)
J: In space nobody can hear you scream. Slow burn but magnificent film.
A: not one I’ll rewatch endlessly, but beautifully constructed. 

Ridley – Blade Runner (1982)
J: Zzzzzzzzz…. 
A: I appreciate what it’s doing, and it is beautiful, but I doubt I’ll rewatch it.

Tony – Top Gun (1986)
J: Hiiiiiiggghway tooooo the Daaangerzone. I have the need, the need for speed. #inverted.
A: I will never ever think this is as good a film as all those 80s boys think it is. 30 min of awesome flying; the rest is stupid love story.

Tony – Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
J: Axel in the key of F … Unfortunately the film is an F too.
A: such a disappointment after the first one.

Tony – Crimson Tide (1995)
J: When I think of this film, the music is the first thing which comes to mind every time… hats off to Zimmer.
A: spectacular face off between Washington and Hackman. Excellent tension. 

Tony – Enemy of the State (1998)
J: The terrifying reality of the world we’ve lived in for a long time now. Great ending.
A: another excellent one for tension, and Sinister Level Ten.

Ridley – Gladiator (2000)

J: Are you not entertained ? … not really … I was asleep again Ridley.
A: I have learnt I cannot watch epics with J. 

Tony – Spy Game (and here) (2001)
J: Intricate and emotional.  
A: for the bromance, yes; the female character is a disappointment. I admit to adoring Robert Redford. 

Ridley – Robin Hood (2010)
J: Should have been a mini series, shouldn’t have been ‘Robin Hood’
A: quite pretty and an ambitious scope… that just didn’t work.
Ridley – The Martian (2015)
J: Stunning from start to finish.

A: as above.

Alex’s order:
Ridley – The Martian (2015)
Tony – Enemy of the State (1998)
Tony – Crimson Tide (1995)
Ridley – Alien (1979)
Tony – Spy Game (2001)
Ridley – Gladiator (2000)
Ridley – Blade Runner (1982)
Ridley – Robin Hood (2010)
Tony – Top Gun (1986)
Tony – Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

 

James’ order:
Ridley – The Martian (2015)
Tony – Spy Game (2001)
Tony – Top Gun (1986)
Tony – Enemy of the State (1998)
Ridley – Alien (1979)
Tony – Crimson Tide (1995)
Ridley – Gladiator (2000)
Ridley – Blade Runner (1982)
Ridley – Robin Hood (2010)
Tony – Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)

The Martian

Unknown.jpegThe final in our Great Scott! reviewing adventure.

The Martian

Ridley (2015)

A: Basically this is our reward for getting through the others. We saw it twice in the cinema…

J: Mars has never been rendered more beautifully.

A: or realistically. I love that this is not the first mission, but well into the history of Martian exploration.

I also love the banter. And that the Commander is definite in her commitment to safety because THAT’S HOW IT SHOULD BE.

J: If this was really a NASA mission that whole conversation about aborting or not would not happen.

A: I think being on a different planet is going to have an impact on attitudes to command structures.

I love the cinematography of the storm.

J: Yup, it does a really good job of intense and frenetic without being shaky cam or hard to watch.

A: There’s a touch of the ‘do we sacrifice everything for one man’ but I like the grim reality of … no, of course you don’t. Continue reading →

Robin Hood (2010)

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Robin Hood

Ridley (2010)

A: And so we come to the only film on our list that neither of us has seen. This promises to be interesting. I have an abiding fascination with Robin Hood: both visually (I will quote the animated version at you; I don’t care if you disapprove of my adolescent love of the Costner version) and academically (Stephen Knight’s history is awesome). So… I’m a bit scared.

J: In ye olde times …

A: Yikes look at that font.

So, 12th century eh. Blanchett already being forceful, with a bow? I’m pleased. A flaming arrow!

J: More ye olde times …  

A: Robin Longstride, eh? That’s different. But it’s still Richard not-so-lion-heart’s time. AND we’re actually on crusade with Rusty! (wait, not crusade – this is France, surely, with Richard more interested in running French bits than his English territory)

J: So basically it’s Gladiator … gosh I hope it’s not as slow. I wonder if they will show the archer’s paradox… slow motions arrows n all. Continue reading →

Movies and TV of 2016

New TV:
Molly * Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo * X-Files (reboot) * Sonic Highways * Once Upon A Time (season 1) * The Night Manager * Carmilla (season 2) * The Expanse (season 1) * Agents of SHIELD (season 3) * Orphan Black (season 4) * Trepalium * Revolution School * Games of Thrones (season 4) * Game of Thrones (season 5) * Games of Thrones (season 6) * The Americans (season 1) * The Americans (season 2) * The Americans (season 3) * The Durrells * Once Upon A Time (season 2) * Once Upon a Time (season 3) * Person of Interest (season 1) * Carmilla (season 3) *

TV, rewatched:
Fringe (season 2) * Fringe (season 3) * Fringe (season 4) * Pride and Prejudice (BBC) * Jericho (season 1 and 2)

New movies:
Dallas Buyers Club * San Andreas * State of Affairs * Captain America: Civil War * Deadpool * The Hollow Crown (Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V) * Ghostbusters 2016 * Frozen (um, without most of the singing) * Batman v Superman * Sherpa * Pride and Prejudice and Zombies * The Art of Flight * X-Men: Apocalypse * John Carter * The Huntsman: Winter’s War * Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children * The Congress * Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy * Only Lovers Left Alive * Lover Come Back * Underworld: Awakening * Jason Bourne * Suicide Squad * Star Trek Beyond * Independence Day: Resurgence * Rogue One *

Movies, rewatched:
Mad Max: Fury Road * Sahara * Aliens * Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade * Chronicles of Riddick * The Fifth Element * The Avengers * Ghostbusters (original) * The Edge of Tomorrow * Thor: The Dark World * Captain America: The Winter Soldier * Independence Day * Alien * Top Gun * Beverley Hills Cop * Beverley Hills Cop II * It Might Get Loud * Bridge of Spies * Crimson Tide * Stargate (the movie) * The Edge of Tomorrow * Underworld * Underworld Evolution * Blade Runner * Mr and Mrs Smith * Enemy of the State * Pacific Rim * RED

Enemy of the State

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Every … now and then… my beloved and I are watching a film by either Ridley or Tony Scott. We’re watching in chronological order. There are, of course, spoilers.

Tony: 1998

J: Straight into the action – with the same credits sound effect as Top Gun.

A: I haven’t seen this in ages… is it pre-2001? Yes, 1998. Because whoa, the whole thing about spying on American citizens… feeling very apropos.

J: Oh the poor Goldie.

A: Given that I’m also currently obsessed with Person of Interest, this is feeling a bit surreal. Urgh surveillance state.

Watching the credits and wait what? Jack Black is in this?? I had forgotten that!

Lisa Bonet, you are awesome. Will Smith, you look sharp as a lawyer, but I’m a bit worried about the dealings you two appear to be having.

Video player! And a mafioso… uh, mob… in a kitchen. Seems a bit old-fashioned frankly. Oh and now we have a mini video cassette player in the woods. Naw, 90s.

J: Love a good ops center… ‘Call it a training Op’ …. Duh …. Continue reading →

Blade Runner

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Ridley: 1982

Over this year my beloved and I are watching a film by either Ridley or Tony Scott. We’re watching in chronological order (well, except for this one, because it took us a while to find it…). There are, of course, spoilers.

J: Hello vintage opening … Like something from an 1980s computer game…

Also old school long from credits up front.

A: love a good scroll-up of back story. Early 21st century artificial people eh? Using them as slave labour? Not so hard to believe if you push it back another century or so. Love that this also imagined humanity was colonising other planets already.

J: Visual cues that link bank to Alien.  The pyramids.  Lights.  Tones. Also Harrison is so young!

A: well that was a bleak opening. And I’m not just talking about the colours, but that is a big part of it. Did the giant ad on the side of the building of the Asian lady start with this movie? And you want young? Edward James Olmos! By golly he’s young! And his eyes are freaky.

J: Blue and teal started before Michael Bay … Just sayin’.

A: the music is going to be an interesting part of this care of Vangelis. Very noir-futuristic. I also wonder whether The Fifth Element was deliberately mirroring the Chinese takeaway scene. Continue reading →

Great Scott presents: Crimson Tide

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Tony: 1995

Every fortnight (ish)* my beloved and I are watching a film by either Ridley or Tony Scott. We’re watching in chronological order. There are, of course, spoilers.

A: The captain of a US nuclear missile sub is as powerful as the president of the US or Russia? Really?

J: Ok – A proper movie tonight – Simpson / Scott.

A: the setting: a Chechen ‘rebellion’ and Russian government has been suspended… civil war in Russia, basically. OOH Cuban missile crisis analogy. And starting with a kids’ birthday party is NEVER a good sign, man. Never.

J: Dramatic opening, rain, political intrigue … heavily armoured base…

A: The CO (Cranky Gene Hackman) interviewing a new XO (Serious Denzel)… already possible cracks appearing (former raising an eyebrow at the year at Harvard…) – and then jokes from other officers about the captain going through XO. That’s what we call BODING. Continue reading →

Great Scott: Beverley Hills Cop II

Tony: 1987

Every fortnight (ish)* my beloved and I are watching a film by either Ridley or Tony Scott. We’re watching in chronological order. There are, of course, spoilers.

Unknown.jpeg*Haven’t sourced Bladerunner yet. We will get there, promise. And fortnightly it ain’t…

For the record, yes we did watch Axel Foley’s first outing in Beverley Hills Cop right before watching number II – it only seemed right.

A: thoughts on BHC 1: I would watch the heck out of a Taggart/Billy buddy cop movie; I would watch a film about Serge any day of the week; I love Eddie Murphy’s laugh. A black lead detective, a black boss policeman, and an interracial BFF seems very progressive for 1984. Also, THE MUSIC.

J: First notes of the music, is this Top Gun or Beverley Hills Cop II ?

A: Opens with an ice queen! I adore her style. Continue reading →

Great Scott! presents: Top Gun

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Every fortnight (ish)* my beloved and I are watching a film by either Ridley or Tony Scott. We’re watching in chronological order. There are, of course, spoilers.

*Yeh… not so much with the fortnight(ish)… but we ARE still committed to it!

(Of course, this is not actually chronological. But that’s because it turns out Bladerunner isn’t on iTunes, so now we need to source that. THEN we will be back to chronological.)

 

It should be noted that this is one of J’s favourite movies Of All Time, whereas A consistently and constantly disses it whenever it gets mentioned. 

A: The opening music is very cool. It builds a lovely level of suspense. I even like the opening on the aircraft carrier; the music matches beautifully. This movie has the opening of a truly awesome film. (Context: I grew up wishing I could have been a pilot in WW1 or 2 with Biggles and his crew, ignoring the whole ‘you’re a girl’ aspect.)

J: Tobacco graduate filters, steam catapults, jets, slow motion footage. AFTERBURNERS.  Jets doing unnecessary aileron rolls at takeoff.  This is the film that made me fall in love with Tony Scott’s cinematography.

A: A plane takes off and KENNY LOGAN AW YEH DANGER ZONE. LOTSA planes taking off and braking and men looking serious.  (cue some serious couch dancing)

J: All the aerial footage was all shot on super 35mm film from the jets and it still looks fantastic if a little gritty on blu-ray Continue reading →

Galactic Suburbia: Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters (2016) Spoilerific!

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Was it better than the original? Did we love it or hate it? Was it appropriate for a 6 year old? If you want the new Ghostbusters movie thoroughly Spoiled, who you gonna call?

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Some links to other think pieces/reviews:

Ghostbusters is Still Haunted by Negative Racial Tropes (Polygon)

The Clothes of Ghostbusters (Women Write About Comics)

Ghostbusters 1984 vs Ghostbusters 2006 (Book Smugglers)

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