Movies That Everyone Should See: “Top Gun”

With the passing of Tony Scott last week, I knew that I wanted to feature one of his films as this week’s MTESS.

There were a number of choices… as I studied his filmography, I was surprised at just how many really good movies he had left us.

But there really was only one choice to feature first. It’s the movie that the media deemed his biggest, often mentioning it in the headlines last week right alongside his name. It’s a quintessential “Tom Cruise movie”, and a shining example of the slick, entertaining action movies that were so in vogue in the 1980s. A movie that has earned a permanent name for itself in pop culture.

“Top Gun”

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Tossin’ It Out There: What’s YOUR Favorite Tony Scott Film?

Tony Scott (1944–2012)

Yesterday morning brought the new of the tragic suicide of Director Tony Scott. His motivations are still being speculated upon, but one thing is for certain, it’s a sad and unfortunate event.

Scott had his share of lesser works, and with them, his share of detractors. “The Taking of Pelham 123″ wasn’t very well received, and “Unstoppable”, though serviceable, wasn’t quelling the derision.

But I prefer to reflect on all the very good movies he gave us, along with a couple of greats.

Whether it was cheesy action flicks such as “Top Gun”, “Days of Thunder” or “The Last Boy Scout”, or thrillers such as “Crimson Tide” and “Enemy of the State”, Scott had a flair for creating entertaining films. “Revenge” is a solid revenge movie, and “Man on Fire” may as well be about one of the horseman of the Apocalypse. “Beverly Hills Cop II” is a decent, worthy sequel, considering the original was so classic.

And of course, the Quentin Tarantino scripted, supercharged “True Romance”. A titan in the “Low Level Crime Drama” genre.

Which was your favorite movie of his? Were you a fan of his work? I thought, out of respect, that his movies should be our topic of conversation today…

The Top Ten Tom Cruise Movies

Alright, alright.

Let’s do another one of these things.

After the relative success of my Top Ten Ridley Scott Films a couple of weeks back, I feel ok enough with these to take another crack at them. This time up? A Top Ten with an even higher level of difficulty, the Top Ten Tom Cruise Movies.

Mr. Cruise has been in a number of high quality films over the years, this was an extremely difficult list to whittle down. There are a number of really excellent films that didn’t make my cut… including some of his truly iconic roles.

Please keep in mind, these aren’t necessarily ordered by his performances, this would be what I would consider an attempt to rank his best movies. Of course, there are a few films of his I havent seen, I think I have all the major bases covered though.

With those disclaimers out of the way, read on!!

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