Thursday, August 04, 2011

Which is Better?

Tony Scott
10 sample films:

Top Gun
True Romance
Beverly Hills Cop II
Spy Game
Deja Vu
The Hunger
Enemy of the State
Taking of Pelham 1 2 3


John McTiernan
10 sample films:

Die Hard
The 13th Warrior
The Hunt for Red October
The Last Action Hero
Die Hard: With a Vengeance
Medicine Man
The Thomas Crown Affair

Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments section


  1. Gotta go with McTiernan here. He had 3 movies back-to-back-to-back that could stand up against any other continuous set put up by a director for the past 30 years.

  2. Umm...neither? If you force me to pick, McTiernan's early stuff is great, but there has to be some consequence for what he did to Rollerball.

  3. I'm on the Scott side of the fence. Even his bad movies are stylistically interesting. When McT is bad we get Rollerball and Basic.

  4. While I love Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October as much as anyone. I'm going with Tony Scott because he's made more interesting films. Even his bad movies such as Domino at least have some merit.

    I can't forgive McTiernan for the idiocy of films like Rollerball and Basic, those were fucking awful.

  5. I think Tony Scott has made one really great film, True Romance, whereas McTiernan has made a couple, Die Hard, Predator...
    So I'll go with McTiernan. Even though I have a soft spot for Tony Scott's work, I find such of it to be rather visually jarring.

  6. Definitely Tony Scott...always reliable for fun "popcorn" entertainment. Not very familiar with John McTiernan's films actually.

  7. Die Hard is enough for me to vote McTiernan. Add Scott's tendency to over-edit his movies to a pulp lately and that's an easy choice for me.

  8. I should also add that any filmmaker that opens his first ever feature-film with an appearance from Bauhaus is fucking cool with me for life.

  9. Tough one for me as both have films I love but also I hate!!

    Although I will have to go with McTiernan simply because of Die Hard

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  10. @Red –Yep got to admit the Predator to The Hunt for Red October stretch is pretty solid

    @Movie Guy Steve – Rollerball is awful on so many levels. Still surprised that they attempted to remake the film.

    @Mike – Scott’s films do standout a lot more from a stylistic stand point. The editing techniques are a bit much though.

    @thevoid – I completely agree with you on Rollerball, but I must admit that I did not mind Basic. It is not great, but I enjoyed it far more than say The General’s Daughter.

    @Jack – I find that Scott tends to get a little too carried away with his hyper editing style. However his visuals are unique and not easily forgettable.

    @Squasher88 – I would say McTiernan is worth checking out. Especially his earlier action films...

    @Castor – I agree that Scott really needs to ease back on his hyper-editing technique. It just becomes annoying after a while.
    @Custard – Die Hard will be the decider for a lot of people. Tough to be one of the most beloved action films of all time.

  11. I used to be a Scott defender, being a lover of TR, a guilty shame lover of Top Gun, and just an enjoyer of flicks like Enemy, BH Cop 2 and Spy Game. But the rest of his filmography....let's just say there's a lot of shit in there.

    McTiernan doesn't have a perfect batting average, but he's got some grand slams and is generally a great action director, if not one with a lot of personal flair.

    Scott's films might be more recognizable, but that doesn't necessarily make them better. McTiernan by a somewhat wide margin.

  12. @Dylan – I find that I can recall events in McTiernan’s good films more so than I can events in Scott’s good films. Plus, like you mentioned, McTiernan has some grand slams that Scott cannot match.


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