90 of my favorite movies from the 90s. In some sort of order.
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…
An entertaining action Flick with plenty of 1990s cliché. Bruce Willis just seems to be playing an extension of his Die Hard character and Damon Wayans does a passable job as his sidekick. An early character role for Halle Berry, but it doesn't give her much to work with. The dialogues are wonderfully snappy and go a long way in making the movie roll along nicely.
Sometimes I re-watch movies that I love, and I find those reviews to be among the most difficult to write. I mean, I could go into great detail about how awesome the dialogue and characters are, how nearly perfect a movie is and well if you don’t feel that way, all the words in the world aren’t going to convince you otherwise. There are many reasons I shouldn’t love The Last Boy Scout, but nevertheless, I do. It’s very much a product of its time, very much rooted in the early ’90s action genre, but it’s of a smarter pedigree than your average Stallone/Van Damme/whoever flick.
Directed by the late Tony Scott and written by Shane Black (responsible for one…
Bruce Willis seems torn between Shane Black and Tony Scott here, He does all the Tony Scott action movie cliches, then sarcastically comments on the cliche goings on in a very Shane Black meta way.
Some of the weakest dialogue I've heard in a Black screenplay though particularly form Wayans. Willis would fit in kiss kiss bang bang or nice guys etc.
Stock Bruce WIllis film from this era.
Could easily have been a Die Hard spin off.
If this car goes any faster we will travel back in time.
The Last Boy Scout is a movie where you can see all the fingers that are in the pie. It's a mess.
Just on a mathematical level, the film is probably 60% Shane Black's original script, 15% Bruce Willis and Joel Silver's third act rewrite and 25% of the studio's reedit of the final product — all thrown into a blender on pulse.
It's a mess and you can almost see the conflicting visions at the center. Reading more about Shane Black's original vision for this film, which goes too far in the direction of needless sadism, it'd probably wouldn't be much better than what was released.
However here's what's great: Damon Wayans and Bruce Willis' character concepts, even if…
A Mans Mans Mans Movie.
Take the plot of Hard Boiled, replace Tequila and Alan with Shane Black and Tony Scott. And replace the villain with a desperate and vengeful Bruce Willis, who will go to extreme lengths to save his career after Hudson Hawk and has the studios of hollywood behind him.
Thats basically an exaggerated version of the production of this film.
So does their horrible experience making this movie make me curious enough to see it? Hell yes!
And oh god, you can see the seams of where the Shane Black sections end and the Tony Scott sections begins! It's actually fascinating from an academic perspective, but a bit annoying from a "I'm trying to enjoy this…
Black throws a bunch of shit at the wall and some of it sticks. I love how overly hardboiled Willis is ("I'm just trying to break the ice." "I like ice. Leave it the fuck alone."), and the way Black manages to crucify the NFL as an organisation while remaining just a little enamoured by the game. Scott takes it easy for the most part, but his LA is perfect (a more cynical version of the one in True Romance) and he has a lot of fun staging the actual games. A receiver pulling out a gun in the middle of a play is one of the most ludicrous things I've ever seen on film, and the big finale features a jumbotron-lit brawl and a hail mary pass from the back of a stallion, all amid the grandeur of the LA Coliseum. LA football is back baby!
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Not really much here to say. Thought it was just an extremely well written action film. Where it didn't execute for me was with Daman Wayans. He didn't convince me as the ex-NFL player or tough guy and I thought a lot of his delivery was poor.
I thought the scene at Bruce's house where he and Daman talk about his family as if they weren't there was odd and Daman talking about his never born child was just out of place and manipulative.
I realized that the NFL owner had taken the exploding brief case but it took me a second and given the previous scene and action that took place a bet many people believed it to be filled with money.
The jig at the end was a nice touch.
While the building blocks of future Shane Black greatness are all evident here, it wouldn't be until he was given full creative control before magic truly happened.
Tony Scott ranks as one of the great visual filmmakers of his period, but BOY SCOUT is ultimately missing the ineffable qualities that make KISS KISS BANG BANG and THE NICE GUYS so uniquely special--even though it features all the same elements.
Black's work is violent and cynical, but unlike many others who use cynicism to justify their nihilism, there's an underlying sense of hope amidst all the despair. Black's screenplays are the work of the disillusioned romantic, rather than the unrepentant asshole.
And that is evident in BOY SCOUT, but it's too…
Work in progress...
Every film from the 1990s rated with 4+ stars.
Films can possibly be dropped after a rewatch.…