I miss going to the movies and buying a ticket for a Tony Scott movie. There’s no voice and style like his in the theaters these days. When big-budget movies come across as interchangeable sometimes, a commercial director who polarized and told stories with aggression and grit is missed. Talk about a director who knew how to create momentum and atmosphere!
Scott also knew how to make some grimy worlds visually appealing and immersive without glossing up unpleasant subject matter. During Scott’s best commentary track, for the thriller Man on Fire, he said, “I want to touch these worlds.” Whatever world Scott was depicting, he tried to stay honest to it. His eye for attention-to-detail is impressive in every track.
Like Scott’s brother Ridley, he not only directed landmark and influential films, he also kindly recorded many exceedingly high-quality commentaries for our pleasure throughout his rich and varied career. If you want a nice dose of honesty, humor, and passion, look no further than these tracks, which are sometimes bittersweet to hear now that he is no longer with us.