CC00007: Ridley Scott

  • Blade Runner (10)
  • Thelma & Louise (9.5)
  • Alien (9)
  • The Duellists (8)
  • Someone to Watch over Me (7)
  • Black Rain (5.5)
  • Legend (5)
  • White Squall (5)
  • G.I. Jane (5)
  • 1492: Conquest of Paradise (4.5)
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This is the seventh in a new series I call Critical Consensus. I am averaging the opinions of several excellent film critics to produce a list of each director's films. The films will each have a rating between 1 and 10. The films will be listed in a recommended viewing order, so new fans will have an idea of where the best place to start watching a director's work is. These are not my opinions, although, since I have chosen the critics used (and I'm using many), my taste will perhaps seep through a bit.

Terribly nerdy, I know, but maybe this will help people only now beginning to dabble into certain directors' bodies of work.

Gladiator too new?

Entirely too new, especially since I do not use any newspaper critics. I hope to have Gladiator added before the year's end, but doubt I'll have enough material until then. Glancing over the few critics I use that have reviewed it, it appears to it might end up somewhere close (perhaps directly above or below) Someone to Watch over Me, but again, that can easily move up or down dramatically when I get more critiques.

I was a little surprised Thelma & Louise beat Alien. I like both films (have both on DVD, for that matter), but I didn't realize how esteemed Thelma & Louise is. I'm not sure right now which one I prefer.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs

I love the top 3 as well, and I would have figured Alien and Thelma flip-flopped too. Personally, Alien is probably my favorite, barely over Blade Runner.

I'll have to agree with you on Alien. I believe it is Scott's best film, overall. In fact, I have probably seen it more than any other movie. Second would go to Blade Runner. I recently watched the letterbox version and realized that every frame of Blade Runner is sure photographic perfection. I think that I have only seen two (2) films that were better photographed, Barry Lyndon & Eyes Wide Shut. Personally, I didn't care much for Thelma & Louise. Sure it was kind of fun, but it was also somewhat cartoonish. I can't help it, but Legend (as bad as it is) is my third favorite Scott film. I mean, is it me, or was Tim Curry born to play the horned Prince of Darkness?

I think Alien is probably his best Lester. But Blade Runner is indeed wonderful.

I love Alien. Blade Runner does aim higher, but that's not the reason I believe it is Scott's best.

Alien has a bit of a problem toward the end, in my book. There is an uncomfortable pause where Ridley tried to lull us into peace (I assume) toward the end of the film (I suspect he is also trying to set up some last-minute sexual implications that largely fail). It doesn't quite work for me. The only effect I felt was a needless lenghtening of the film.

I will say that I believe Alien probably bests Ridley's Director's Cut of Blade Runner. Out of all his films, however, I do favor his origianal cut of BR.

Both great films.

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs