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Pop Rocks: A Tony Scott Retrospective

As you've no doubt heard at some point in the last 36 hours, film director Tony Scott apparently committed suicide Sunday night by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, CA.

I was never what you'd call a huge fan of the man's movies, but I can't deny they provided a near-constant backdrop to my formative years and beyond. Never as critically acclaimed as big brother Ridley and often criticized for his frenetic directorial style, Scott nonetheless was one of the most successful directors of the 80s and 90s. Whether or not he had inoperable brain cancer (a report that appears to have been shot down), I hate hearing that someone has taken their own life, especially when they're leaving behind young children.

Anyway, I was looking at Scott's filmography and realize I had pretty vivid memories of a lot of his work, which is convenient considering it's getting late and I have to get this written down.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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