The Uncut Gems Podcast – Episode 30 (Man on Fire)

In this episode of the show we celebrated the memory of the late great Tony Scott. In fact, this isn’t the only way we did so, as we also recorded a special Patreon exclusive podcast where we talked for over four hours about True Romance, Days of Thunder, Crimson Tide and Domino (available here). However, on this particular occasion, which missed the ninth anniversary of Scott’s death only by a day, we talked about his arguably most mature and complete film, Man on Fire.

Over the course of our lengthy and multi-pronged discussion we touched on absolutely everything there is to talk about with regard to this magnificent film. From the chemistry between Denzel Washington and Fanning to the multiple hurdles leading to producing the movie in the first place, to Scott’s frenetic aesthetic, the music, the violence, the pacing, the fact a lot of the best moments in the film were completely adlibbed, and of course, the stunningly exhilarating final act that I am not afraid to admit forced a tear out of my eye when I was watching the film. So please consider listening to our conversation about one of my all-time favourite filmmakers who left a hole in the fabric of cinema that will never be stitched back together. It was an absolute pleasure to gather around the table with my friends and exchange thoughts about this truly magnificent film. And if I can promise you anything, I assure you this isn’t the last time you’d hear us talk about a Tony Scott film, as many of his movies fall squarely within the remit of the show that is supposed to focus on underrated and orphaned movies. In fact, most of his movies fit this description, which makes Tony Scott himself an uncut gem of cinema. I miss him every day and opportunities like this one bring unspoken joy to my soul. Peace!

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