Tony Scott jumped off a bridge yesterday. He was 68.

As I explain in greater detail in this NOW obituary, Scott defined the aesthetic of the Hollywood blockbuster; the choices he made in “Top Gun”, “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Days of Thunder” echo through the decades, adopted and enhanced by a new generation of movie brats.

One of them is Simon West, whose latest film, “The Expendables 2”, topped the box office this weekend. Make of that what you will.

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