It’s the first annual Scottscope Halloween special! This week, we discuss horror films and scary movies! What horror movies scared you as a child? What’s the scariest horror film ever made? What is the scariest movie of all time? What qualifies a film as being truly scary? Are haunted house movies better than slasher films? Are monster movies the scariest? Is The Exorcist truly the scariest movie ever made, or is that reputation undeserved? Does a horror film have to focus on the supernatural in order to be truly scary, or should it be rooted in the reality?
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Despite tons of evidence to the contrary, Hollywood has always fancied itself as being way ahead of the curve. Such was certainly the case in October of 1987. The horror genre was showing signs of fatigue. With the exception of Freddy Kruger, teen audiences had grown tired of slasher films. Meanwhile, Vampire movies were enjoying a bit of resurgence. Earlier that year, The Lost Boys had become a surprise hit. Painter turned filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Eric Red would employ this trend in a deceptive yet ingenious manner, using it something of a Trojan horse. It was by such underhanded means that Near Dark was born.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Scottscope Talk Radio Podcast 10/23/2012: Kendrick Lamar Shines, Stallone Draws 'First Blood,' & 'The Man With The Iron Fists' Gets a Soundtrack!
On this week’s Scottscope podcast, the roundtable discusses Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City. Does it live up to all the pre-release hype? Is it better than Section.80? Does Kendrick fulfill his potential as an up and coming artist? Is it a contender for album of the year? Is it as good or better than Life is Good? Will it resurrect the west coast Hip-Hop scene?
The original Evil Dead was an honest to God horror film, or at least it tried to be. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn and Army of Darkness took things in a more comedic direction. Perhaps writer/director Sam Raimi secretly regrets that decision. That might explain the grisly tone on display in the red band teaser trailer for the remake.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Some things are simply inevitable. While they aren’t as predictable or as dependable as clockwork, they will certainly occur with regularity. So goes the reemergence of a fully reunited Wu-Tang Clan. With the release of both The Man With The Iron Fists and its accompanying soundtrack just around the corner, the Wu Symbol can clearly be seen in the night sky. Now, finally, a rallying cry is heard. “Six Directions of Boxing” is the latest song to be released from the Iron Fists soundtrack. It was leaked earlier today by RZA himself as part of his “Wu-Wednesday’s” series.
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Musically speaking, rappers sometimes exist in a world of perpetual wish fulfillment. That world tends to be void of genuine emotion and/or substance. Bearing that in mind, Life is Good was a breath of fresh air. It’s mired in somber tones and reflective moods, yet it’s an emotionally varied experience. It’s most lighthearted moment is undoubtedly “Cherry Wine,” Nas’ collaboration with the late Amy Winehouse. The song has a lovely mood, and I’ve always been curious as to how a music video director might interpret its ambience. Well, I don’t have to wonder any more. The video has arrived.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
On this week’s Scottscope podcast, we’ll be talking about the dynamic new time travel epic Looper. Does it raise the bar for time travel films? Is it one of the best science fiction films in years? Will it achieve the same level of cult status and/or popularity as Back to the Future and The Terminator? Is Bruce Willis the new elder statesman of 80’s action icons? How does his track record stack up to Stallone and Schwarzenegger’s? Will Ryan Johnson now become a fanboy favorite? Is the fall of 2012 shaping up to be better than the summer of 2012 as far as genre films are concerned?
The original Die Hard is arguably the greatest action film ever made. The second one was serviceable. The third was an insane yet entertaining riff on The French Connection. Together, these three movies formed a nice little trilogy. Unfortunately, the good folks at 20th Century Fox saw fit to supplement that trifecta with Live Free or Die Hard. Since that film did better than expected, A Good Day to Die Hard will be arriving on movie screens across America this Valentines Day.
Raphael Tanghal’s cover art for Mic Tyson is just plain awesome. There’s no other way to put it. The only thing that could possibly make it any better is to put it on the cover of a limited edition Sean Price comic. An even better idea would be to make it into a full length cartoon. While that may be asking for too much, Chain Gang Productions has cooked up a little something to whet the palette. They’ve turned the cover for Mic Tyson into a video for the track “STFU Part 2.”
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
On this edition of Scottscope, special guest panelist Gabe “I am Square One” Mendoza sits in on the roundtable to discuss David Ayer’s latest police drama End of Watch. Is the hype warranted? Is it better than Training Day? Does it represent a new direction for cop movies in the modern era? Can the found footage format be applied to any type of film?
In the year 2074, organized crime has become much more sophisticated. This is due in large part to the invention of time travel, which is almost instantly outlawed due to its propensity for misuse. It proves quite a handy tool for carrying out hits and disposing of corpses. Various mafias employ it too just such nefarious ends. Intended targets are sent 30 years into the past, where a hitman known as a looper lies in wait. The looper than takes out the target and gets rid of the body. The loopers ask no questions, they simply follow orders and are paid handsomely in return.
For decades, Gotham city was under the vigilant protection of the dynamic duo known as Batman & Robin. Following the death of Jason Todd, the second Robin, Bruce Wayne went into retirement. Flash forward Ten years later, and Gotham is on the edge of oblivion. A violent youth gang known as the mutants has the city in the grip of panic. Things are steadily growing worse, as law enforcement seems powerless in the face of this rapidly emerging threat. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne grows antsy. Heeding the relentless call of his darker half, he dons the cape and cowl once more. Alas, many Gothamites don’t see his return as cause for celebration. Never the less, Batman continues his crusade undeterred.