Ridley Scott postpones ‘The Counselor’ in the Wake of his brother’s death

The rippling effects of Tony Scott’s untimely suicide continue to make themselves known in the first days after the incident. HuffPo is now reporting that Ridley Scott, Tony’s younger brother, has decided to postpone the production of The Counselor. It’s a completely understandable and supportable decision, if still a disappointment. The two brothers shared a close relationship and banded together to form the production company... Read More

BFR Remembers Tony Scott

*Update – The Associated Press is reporting that the notes found in his car were for loved ones, and that he left a suicide note in his office.  Scott also had been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer. In 2004, I discoveredMan on Fire. It was a film I would have not been typically interested in. It ended up being one hell of a ride, led by lead man Denzel Washington, but fueled behind the scenes the hyper-frenetic director Tony Scott. I... Read More

Directors and Their Muses

The relationship between director and leading man/woman, is one that has fascinated me for quite some time.  There are several that I was aware from the beginning of my film awakening.  But the idea became most prevalent while watching Ingmar Bergman’s oeuvre.  I was in awe of the fact that Bergman chose to stick with the same actors for the most part, and it worked.  It worked really well. Liv Ullman, Bibi Andersson, Erland Josephson,... Read More

The Taking of Pelham 123

I had no plans to see Tony Scott’s latest frantic project. John Travolta has lost any appeal to me, as has Denzel Washington.  Neither of them has done an interesting film for years now.  Nor has Scott for that matter.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Man on Fire and I more than enjoyed Spy Game, but this Deja Vu nonsense gets boring real fast.  It’s due to Peter Travers rating of three and a half (not Bitchin’) stars, and... Read More