Ridley Scott is one of my favorite movie makers. He has this amazing ability to create ‘all in’ movies. By ‘all in’ I mean he completely commits to showcasing not only amazing characters, but amazing scenes and amazing worlds. There are no breaks, no waisted scenes and no unnecessary moments. He goes all in. No matter when it was made or what genre the movie is. Whether it is a CGI epic or beautifully choreographed action, his scenes never cease to draw me in completely. Here are just a few of my favorite examples with my favorite quotes:Alien Movies: Alien (1979) – the quintessential alien movie. “You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility. Prometheus (2012) – alien planets aren’t clean, slick and mechanical , they are messy and dirty. “At this moment of our civilization, we can create cybernetic individuals, who in just a few short years will be completely indistinguishable from us. Which leads to an obvious conclusion: WE are the gods now.” Military Movies: G.I. Jane (1997) – military training, not for the faint of heart. “Pain is your friend, your ally, it will tell you when you are seriously injured, it will keep you awake and angry, and remind you to finish the job and get the hell home. But you know the best thing about pain? It let’s you know your not dead yet.” Black Hawk Down (2001) – The complexity of the battle at Mogadishu. “No one gets left behind, you know that.’ Historical Epics: Kingdom of Heaven (2005) – “You are not what you were born, but what you have it in yourself to be.” Gladiator (2000) – I know this quote by heart. – “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.” Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Movies: American Gangster (2007) – “The man I worked for had one of the biggest companies in New York City. He didn’t own his own company. White man owned it, so they owned him. Nobody owns me, though.” Body of Lies (2008) – where as Denzel was his brother favorite, Russell is Ridley’s favorite actor. – “Nobody’s innocent in this shit.”
What is your favorite Ridley Scott movie. Do you get that ‘all in’ feeling when you watch his movies?
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