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…
I loved this film as a teenager and watched it countless times, but i haven't watched it in 20 years, and in those 20 years the film for me has not aged well. Maybe if i had continued watching it every few years or so i would still have a fondness for it. Watching it now the film takes an eternity to start, and even when it does the story is rather flat. It seems to me Tony Scott is not interested in story telling, and he is much more interested in the action scenes, and how many times he can flip a car before landing it in a pool. For me the actions scenes were very empty, they seemed…
Bruce Willis at his best, much like the early Die Hard days. It's funny, action packed and an interesting enough story line to keep you entertained. It's a popcorn kind of film, but that's exactly what I was after.
I'd been meaning to watch this less mentioned Tony Scott film and I'm glad I did. As far as buddy films go, this was a strong one.
I wish Shane Black wrote all the dialogue for real life.
"I like ice, leave it the fuck alone." Shane Black is a genius.
Made in 1991, but the billowing, torn vestiges of the 1980s action film disintegrated forever with this one. A case of where reported antagonism between the leads feeds into precisely what makes this movie work. Shane Black has said his script was compromised. There are quips where that's certainly true, but not its spirit of the underdog who's only an underdog because he believes himself to be. The opening scene also remains a shocker, and is especially entertaining to watch with those who've never seen it before.
The Last Boy Scout should be the stinker that its initial box office indicated. Joel Silver, Bruce Willis, Tony Scott and Shane Black fighting it out for artistic direction in a buddy action movie very much at the tail end of the genre's lifespan.
Black's original script was reportedly much darker but he was forced to do multiple rewrites so Willis would be on board. The film has its flaws but its subsequent success on VHS is deserved. It's efficient and funny, even if the plot doesn't quite pull together to generate much engagement, Bruce Willis makes Black's dialogue zing, at least the lines where Black isn't being too over-indulged, and there's plenty of them. This is Bruce's film - even though the character is a re-tread of former glories it isn't hampered by the depressing laziness of his recent performances.
Thought I'd revisit this, as I haven’t seen it since I discovered how much I enjoy Shane Black’s recent stuff. I can see glimmers of Black’s writing here and there, but rumored last minute script changes seem pretty likely, as it’s a bit of a mess.
• Precocious kid: Check
• Christmas: Wellll… It didn’t take place at Christmas, but there was a drawing of Satan Claus, so Let’s say half credit
Lesser Shane Black, at least on first watch, the comedy often falling flat and the action beats not very memorable.