If you owned your very own movie theater and got to program the films it exhibited as you desired, what…
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.
"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…
"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…
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…
The casual wanton destruction and being unbothered by massive collateral damage was reminiscent of Bad Boys II, the plot is a goofy progression of Apex Bruce Willis and Damon Wayans continually trapped by bad guys and using unfocused explosions to escape by the skin of their teeth.
The most surprising element is the iconic 'football player pulls a handgun on the field' scene is almost a non-sequitur that has barely anything to do with the movie, likely created solely for the trailer.
"I figure you gotta be the dumbest guy in the world, Joe. You're trying the save the life of the man who ruined your career, and avenge the death of the guy that fucked your wife."
As director/writer combinations go, you probably can't get better than Tony Scott and Shane Black. The master of unbelievably fun action movies and the master of unbelievable snarkiness. Oh, and it stars Bruce Willis. There is absolutely no way this film could fail. And, well, it doesn't.
So while we get some amazing action scenes and car chases and a script that, like everything Black writes, you can pretty much quote from beginning to end, we also get an on-form Damon Wayans as the other part of one of the best buddy-cop (even though neither of them are technically cops) teams in movie history.
And a dancing Bruce Willis. Yes, really.
extrañamos a tony.
Tutto ciò che serve per una serata con gli amici: sparatorie, esplosioni e pacchi di ignoranza. Insomma, un gran film!
Water's wet, sky's blue, this film's great.
John McClane und Major Payne hauen sich coole Sprüche um die Ohren und ballern nebenbei ein paar böse Typen weg.
Der Steeifen ist einfach ein Riesenspaß, wenn man auf Actionfilme steht. Das ist vor allem der Verdienst von Shane Black, der einfach der König der Actionbuddycomedy ist. Drehbuchautoren werden ja generell eh zu selten geehrt, deshalb mache ich das mal hier und feiere Shane Black ab, für sein Drehbuch mit cooler Action und noch cooleren Sprüchen. Eben wie seine anderen Bücher (u.a. Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) auch. Also ein Hoch auf Shane Black und diesen geilen Actionfilm.
Shane Black and Tony Scott? A winning formula. Honestly took me a second watch to really enjoy it but now I love it. Shot beautifully as all Tony Scott's films, this one is a lot of fun and packs a great cast.
Not a masterpiece, but enjoyable. Great dialogue in Shane Blacks script, and really violent, bloody and full of bad language. A true 90s action-movie. They don't make action movies like this any more...
Water is wet, the sky is blue, Damon Wayans is bald, and Brucie is too.
Before Damon Wayans defended Cosby and before the tragic passing of charismatic Bruce Willis, they came together and performed in one of the greatest action movies of all time.
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I'm pretty sure I forgot a dozen titles and don't ask why some films count and others don't (also the…