RIP Tony Scott…Plus News about New Stuff

As a fan of more than a few of Tony Scott‘s blockbusting movies, it was with sadness that I read the news of his death.

Whatever you may have thought of Tony Scott’s films and filmmaking style, there is no denying the impact that he had on the action genre, particularly in the 1980s and early 1990s. An advocate not of style over substance, but rather style as substance, Scott’s technique was more aligned to the French cinĂ©ma du look movement than the classically orchestrated but no less satisfying methods of other action directors of the period; John McTiernan and James Cameron to name but two.

Anyway, stay tuned as I’ll be posting my thoughts on Scott’s career and films in full in a little bit – the first in a limited series of articles about film and music that I’ve been mulling over for a while now. Other articles in the series include a complete deconstruction and reply to Harry Knowles’ hilariously misjudged mauling of Christopher Nolan‘s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’; why despite being a devoted fan of Orson Welles, I’m really not that fussed that ‘Citizen Kane’ is no longer rated as the best film ever made by Sight & Sound (spoiler: it’s because he directed a far better film a few years later); why vintage CD collecting is the new vinyl collecting – with an appraisal of CD mastering standards, incorporating views on the loudness wars; filling in the blanks on this woeful effort by Empire magazine to review one of Orson Welles’ most challenging, dynamic and entertaining films, ‘F for Fake’; why ‘Seinfeld’ is still better than ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ and, finally, why I hate multitrack cinema sound. And, if time allows, I might also write something about chips.

In the words of Major ‘Dutch’ Schaefer: “Stick around”…

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