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Tony Scott

With the tragic loss of Tony Scott this past weekend, I’ve been thinking over which of the films he directed were my favorites and why:


1) Top Gun

     The film that truly made him a household name, and it stands the test of time. It was the perfect project to show his dynamic and kinetic rhythm of shot selection, and this is the film that made it crystal clear that Tom Cruise is a bona fide star. The fighter jet dogfighting scenes are impressive, given the film technology of the time.

2) True Romance

     While directed well enough, most of Tony Scott’s films are not known for their amazing scripts. A little known writer/director named Quentin Tarantino solved that problem on this classic. Finally you see the marriage of Scott’s kinetic shot style with a script that can match punch for punch.

3) Beverly Hills Cop II

     With the first Beverly Hills Cop film being such a hit, and Eddie Murphy’s star on the rise, Scott managed to create a film that stands up to its lofty action buddy film predecessor.


4) The Hunger

     A cult classic that is not fully horror, nor fully romance, but sits in an interesting place in-between. He also gets big credit for the perfect use of David Bowie (and years before Bowie would make his popular film breakthrough in Labyrinth). A bonus is the opening sequence in which Scott goes against his nature and directs a languid scene in a smoky club with Bauhaus’ “Bela Legosi’s Dead” pounding in the background, that showed his more subtle touches as a director.


Lost Video Footage from 1995 of David Bowie/NIN in Concert

One of the coolest concerts I ever witnessed was the first concert ever performed inside the brand new Rose Garden in October of 1995 of David Bowie and Nine Inch Nails on the Outside tour. The show was special because it included a neat segue in which Nine Inch Nails shared the stage with David Bowie for a few songs before giving way to David Bowie’s set full set. There were so few shows played, that not alot of people actually got to see them live. We’ve had bootlegs of the audio from the concerts around for years, and the brief clip of video from here and there, but never have we had a big chunk to enjoy.

David Williams, who was the editor in charge of putting together a video compilation of the concert footage that unfortunately never saw the light of day officially because of a snafu with the record companies involved, posted on Vimeo this incredible 39 minute glimpse into the amazing 20 date concert tour that was the Outside tour. In this clip you get to see, among other things,  a very cool arrangement of “The Man Who Sold the World”, “Subterraneans (with Trent Reznor playing Sax!)” , “Scary Monsters”, “Reptile”, “Hallo Spaceboy”, “Hurt”, “Heart’s Filthy Lesson”, and Under Pressure!

David Bowie NIN Work Pix from video on Vimeo.*


*It appears that David Williams has removed the video links. My apologies.

Instead, here is a link to a great performance by David Bowie of his track “Heart’s Filthy Lesson”.

Here is another embedded clip of David William’s editing work mentioned but who knows how long this one will last as well. The person who posted the clip on YouTube says that it is from Nine Inch Nails Dissonance tour, but that is incorrect. The only tour that NIN was on in late ‘95, to early ‘96 was the David Bowie OUTSIDE tour, of which this from.


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