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Tony Scott: Our five favorite movies

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The passing of director Tony Scott is a tragic one, and also marks one of the first deaths of a major Hollywood blockbuster filmmaker. Scott had been producing quality entertainment for years, with films like “Top Gun” putting his name on the map and later projects like “Enemy of the State” solidifying his place there.

Scott isn’t only known for his directing work, as he’s also one of the main producers behind TV shows like “Numb3rs,” “The Pillars of the Earth” and “The Good Wife,” as well as documentaries like “Gettysburg” and “Life in a Day” and films like “The Grey, “Cyrus” and “The A-Team.” As our list of celebrity responses to Scott’s suicide has shown, Scott influenced, supported and launched the careers of many current Hollywood talents, and his impact will certainly be felt for years to come.

But for now it’s time to reflect on the legacy Scott made for himself and honor the work he created. It’s hard to say what his best movies are, but it’s easy to pick out our favorites. Keep reading to see our five favorite Tony Scott movies.

“Top Gun”
The second movie of Scott’s career is also undeniably his biggest. “Top Gun” introduced us to Tom Cruise and, though it wasn’t loved by critics at the time, later went on to be one of the films of the 1980s. It proved that Scott was a director who could meld action with comedy and romance easily, and put one of the world’s biggest movie stars on the map. Plus, we will never get sick of watching it.

“True Romance”
But it’s his Quentin Tarantino-scripted movie “True Romance” that we really adore him for. “True Romance” is sort of the odd man out of Scott’s filmography, but the 1993 crime thriller showcases what Scott and Tarantino are both best at. Tarantino was hot off the success of 1992’s “Reservoir Dogs,” and “True Romance” proved that he wasn’t a one-trick auteur. Scott similarly got to have fun with the project, bringing together a fantastic cast including Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Val Kilmer, Gary Oldman, Christopher Walken, Samuel L. Jackson and a very young, very hilarious Brad Pitt.

“Crimson Tide”
Scott’s first film collaboration with Denzel Washington might not have launched the actor’s career, but it certainly greatly influenced it. Washington had just come off a successful three years that included “Malcolm X,” “The Pelican Brief” and “Philadelphia,” and then Scott swept him up and turned him into a bonafide movie star. The duo went on to make five movies together, but “Crimson Tide” stands up as one of our favorites.

“Deja Vu”
“Deja Vu” might not be the best movie of Scott’s career, but it arguably is his most interesting. As Scott’s professional relationship with Washington became stronger, the two experimented more and more with their projects. “Deja Vu” was one of the most experimental, and followed Washington as an FBI agent who travels back in time to save a woman from being murdered. The time travel element isn’t anything new, but the way it was presented certainly was, showing that Scott wasn’t afraid to take risks the older he got.

“Unstoppable”
Scott’s most recent movie also ended up being one of the highest grossing and most critically beloved of his career. While some of Scott’s best films didn’t get the critical love they deserved (look at “Top Gun” and “Deja Vu” for prime examples), at least “Unstoppable” manages to stand as a great final work. The director again teamed up with Washington and also brought in up-and-coming action star Chris Pine. Like “Deja Vu,” “Unstoppable” took a major risk by having the entire movie set on a runaway train, with Pine and Washington trying to stop it from crashing. It makes us sad to think of what interesting projects he could have made next, and now never can. Hopefully the film he just completed, “Out of the Furnace,” will do his legacy justice.

Which of Scott’s films were your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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