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With his new film The Martian set to destroy the box office on October 2, I figured it was a good enough time to write a few words about Sir Ridley Scott. Of course, I thought about posting a "10 Best Ridley Scott Films" post, but there are just so many of those out there it's kind of pointless. So instead, I thought I'd just post up an open conversation so people can let us know what they think of the British director's varied career.

For me, Ridley Scott has always been a bit of a cold craftsman, less interested in exploring humanity and more interested in telling a story though beautiful imagery. He likes building worlds and I do love his films for that, but this has also led to as many strikes as misses in his career of late.

Certainly Alien is a masterpiece. So is Black Hawk Down might be as well. Blade Runner is a flawed one. 1942: Conquest of Discovery is a disaster. Legend is a disaster that I still kind of love. Kingdom of Heaven was saved in his director's cut.

Then there's his mainstream work. Films like Thelma and Louise, Body of Lies and American Gangster are a few of his better titles in that arena.

Of course you all know what I think about Prometheus, so let's just say now that Scott's caught the Sci-Fi bug I'd love to see the four films he's promising come to life (though I kind of doubt we'll get as many as that).

Recommended Release: Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut

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Marina (7 years ago) Reply

I'm generally a fan of Scott's work, even when it's not great it is still better than your average movie. I'm a big, BIG fan of KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. Up until recently, it was one of my favourite of Scott's later movies.

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