A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
The Last Boy Scout
Everyone had counted them out. But they're about to get back in the game.
When the girl that detective Joe Hallenback is protecting gets murdered, the boyfriend of the murdered girl (ex-football player Jimmy Dix) attempts to investigate and solve the case. What they discover is that there is deep seated corruption going on between a crooked politician and the owner of a pro football team.
"Water's wet, the sky is blue, women have secrets. Who gives a fuck?
I fucking love this film more and more every time I see it. An early 90's, hard nosed, action comedy in the style of 48 Hours and Lethal Weapon that see's everyone involved at the absolute top of their game. It was the start of a superb three film run from director Tony Scott, writer Shane Black had just done the afore mentioned Lethal Weapon and it's sequel, while star Bruce Willis had just come through a bit of a rough patch to turn in what is one of my favourite Willis performances.
Willis stars as Joe Hellenbeck, a former secret service agent who once…
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[Weirdly I would have preferred a more straight Football Noir from Tony Scott, rather than a hyperverbal buddy non-cop fiesta of damaged-later-restored patriarchal authority. The opening sequence is pretty amazing and I was hoping that would be the mystery that was solved, rather than involved Californian Collusion/Corruption re: Legalized Gambling, but in general it worked out ok. Lots and lots of stuff hasn't aged especially well at all because it was never cool to begin with (casual homophobia, fat jokes, retrograde or worse relationship interactions, etc), but what has is glorious…
"Water's wet. The sky is blue. Women have secrets. Who gives a fuck? You want a beer?"
A truly iconic Bruce Willis performance, a deep love of nasty violence, and some of the most elegantly smarmy dialogue ever make this, in its nihilistic way, one of the most insidiously entertaining (to me anyways) pieces of cinematic misogyny ever. The women are objects in the background, vague symbols of virtue to be earned while the film goes about almost casually dismantling the macho assholes at its mean little core in order to rebuild their "chivalry" a bullet at a time. Their stupid little rituals take a few of those shots too: right from the start a "great night for football" is…
"This being the 90s, you can't just walk up to a guy and smack him in the face. You gotta say something cool first, you know what I mean?"
Yup, this is a script by the man who made Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It's all here - whipsmart but dickish private detective burdened with amateur sidekick, acidic bromance, noirish mystery, messy relationships with women, female characters with bite who nevertheless amount to damsels in distress, overly loquacious goons who are terrible at their job, perfunctory backstories that end up playing in somehow, a smattering of tender moments tucked underneath all the machismo, someone old and rich pulling the strings, gun hidden in an unlikely place, action set piece on a…
With the exception of John McTiernan, Bruce Willis's most obvious fit with a director would be Tony Scott. Willis's reputation as a major star in the early nineties had been cemented by the Die Hard franchise and although Willis's star potential had been slightly damaged by a few dreadful career moves, Scott jumped at the chance to cast Willis in another of his action films. Teaming Willis with up and coming Damon Wayans in his first really big starring role, this film sizzled with their on screen chemistry and a script full of violence and sarcasm.
The Last Boy Scout sees Willis as a former Secret Service Agent on the down-slope of his marriage and disillusioned with his job as…
In honour of Tony Scott who sadly passed away yesterday, I thought I'd give this film a go.
One question that seems to keep popping up lately is, "Why the hell havn't I seen this film before"?
This movie is a shining example of that.
Written by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon), Produced by Joel Silver (Die Hard) and Directed by Tony Scott (Beverly Hills Cop 2), The Last Boy Scout is a near perfect early 90's Action flick.
Bruce Willis and Damn Wayans have an effervescent chemistry which is compounded by the snappy dialogue. This is typical "buddy movie" stuff, but the script elevates so it transcends the cliches with a knowing wink and shot to the kneecap. Willis…
Shane Black, t'es beaucoup trop intense dans tes films de buddy cop funnés...
Twenty five years old. So, anyways, The Nice Guys is basically a combination of LBS and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Shane Black reuses a lot of themes, storylines, character types, plot points, and since they're all great movies, I don't care.
It would have had five stars when I saw it first aged 16.
I enjoyed this movie. It's a very typical/B-rate movie, but it had its moments. The action was really good. It did have some dull moments of dialogue but for the most part I didn't have a problem with the dialogue. Overall, I think this is a really fun/cheesy action flick!
Overall Grade: B
One of the best and most underrated action movies ever made. Shane Black is the man.
It's a shame that Tony Scott and Shane Black never worked together again because this shit is GOLD! 35mm
I think the biggest fault I have with this movie is the fact I saw it after seeing many other Shane Black buddy comedy films. It's with such a high pedestal I hold these films that my expectations were probably never going to be met. Honestly after some time and a re-watch this movie will probably be appreciated a lot more by me, but at this stage I feel unfortunately underwhelmed.
Bruce Willis plays the prototypical Bruce Willis character and Damon Wayans provides a certain charm as the second fiddle, but could ultimately be replaced by a multitude of other actors with no real change. Wayans unfortunately doesn't bring anything special to this film beyond what is already there, which…
The Last Boy Scout contains a kind of ruthless nihilism that pervades through most of the film and it works. The violence is gruesome, the humor is witty and biting, and the story is a fun kind of mess. Bruce Willis is fantastic though I can't say I approve of the happy family ending he finds. As usual, Black's dialogue and ideas are on fire but he just doesn't have too much in the way of depth. Scott's direction is slick and natural. Overall the filmmakers do a very good job of hiding the behind the scenes wreck this movie was. Sometimes it gets a little too silly for my taste, but overall it is a mean spirited and entertaining action film. The worst part by far is the daughter, that was embarrassing to watch.
I know this has apologists all over the place and I wish I could be one of them because, in the right context, this looks like it could be great. Shane Black's script obviously never takes itself too seriously, Bruce is all-in as the laziest who-gives-a-crap hero ever and Danielle Harris is the perfect daughter for just such a hero. But the plot, once it reveals itself to be a sub-sub-power struggle/hidden strings story of political machinations to push forward some legalized sports gambling scheme as a way of saving dying sports ratings.... I'm willing to go a lot of places a 90s action movie takes me but somehow, that foolishness doesn't even make sense. Maybe its a deconstruction on…
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.