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What's your favorite film by Martin Brest?

haven't seen any
1 (4.8%)
don't like any
1 (4.8%)
Going in Style
0 (0%)
Beverly Hills Cop
3 (14.3%)
Midnight Run
8 (38.1%)
Scent of a Woman
4 (19%)
Meet Joe Black
3 (14.3%)
Gigli
1 (4.8%)

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Re: Brest, Martin - Director's Best
« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2011, 03:33:53 PM »
Beverly Hills Cop
Midnight Run

Scent of a Woman

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Re: Brest, Martin - Director's Best
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2016, 01:44:14 PM »
1. Beverly Hills Cop (3.5)
2. Scent of a Woman (3.5)
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Re: Brest, Martin
« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2017, 12:48:20 AM »
Midnight Run
Going in Style

Scent of a Woman


And yet, I have no desire to see any others.
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Re: Brest, Martin
« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2017, 07:29:17 AM »
Scent of a Woman
Midnight Run


Watched the latter in my ongoing improvised FS Pantheon marathon. I should write something soon.
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Re: Brest, Martin
« Reply #14 on: November 27, 2020, 06:54:07 PM »
Midnight Run 9/10
Beverly Hills Cop 8/10
Scent of a Woman 5/10
Meet Joe Black 3/10

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Re: Brest, Martin
« Reply #15 on: November 27, 2020, 11:30:01 PM »
Strange in terms of variety of subject matter, but his trajectory reminds me of John McTiernan. It took 11 films for McTiernan to go from top dog to Hollywood poison, and Brest did it in 7.

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Re: Brest, Martin
« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2020, 04:42:02 PM »
Midnight Run, 75
Beverly Hills Cop, 45

The Scent Of A Woman, 20
Meet Joe Black, 15
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Re: Brest, Martin
« Reply #17 on: January 18, 2021, 01:03:55 PM »
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Midnight Run (1988)


Going in Style (1979)

Scent of a Woman (1992)

Gigli (2003)
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Re: Brest, Martin
« Reply #18 on: April 11, 2022, 01:06:00 AM »

Going in Style (1979)
"How's about we all go on a stick-up? It's foolproof. If it works, we'll be in great shape.
If not, maybe they'll give us three years. Maybe. That would be free room and board,
 and when we get out, we'd each have 36 social security checks waiting for us."


This was a reminder of Martin Brest's gift with tone. The script isn't nearly as funny as advertised, with some amusing lines but nothing you would think of as a one-liner. There's joy in watching three elderly men try and succeed at a gutsy but simple get-rich-quick idea that's done mostly out of boredom, but the happy times last only so long. It isn't the law that hangs like a dark shadow over them as much as they own mortality. It's telling that planning a bank robbery makes them feel 40, and not like a kid again or even a teenager. The definition of bittersweet, it wouldn't work with sharper lines.
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Re: Brest, Martin
« Reply #19 on: April 11, 2022, 01:21:22 PM »
Sounds like a very pleasant watch. Have you seen the Zach Braff remake with Michael Caine, Alan Akrin, Ann Margaret, and Morgan Freeman? (I haven't. Just curious.)

The script isn't nearly as funny as advertised, with some amusing lines but nothing you would think of as a one-liner.

IMDb quotes page seems to confirm this.

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