Monday, August 13, 2012

Jeremy Renner Rages against the Machine on This Week’s Scottscope Podcast!

On this week’s edition of Scottscope, we discuss The Bourne Legacy, the fourth entry in the Bourne Film series.  How does it compare to the first three films?  Should the franchise have stopped with The Bourne Ultimatum?  Are Jeremy Renner and Tony Gilroy suitable replacements for Matt Damon and Paul Greengrass?  Does Jeremy Renner have the star power to carry an action franchise such as this?  Should Tony Gilroy have stuck to screenwriting?  Has any film series produced a fourth entry that was worth watching?  

Back in the Saddle Again: ‘Unforgiven’ Turns 20

The film industry caters to cravings of its public, and American audiences have always craved one thing above all else: escapism.  For a very long time, that escapism came by way of Westerns.  Many of these films had very little use for realism or historical accuracy.  They envisioned the American Frontier as a place where men settled their differences by way to the gun.  The “white hats” operated according to a rigid code, which sometimes required them to kill.  So long as blood was spilled in the name of revenge, or some other righteous notion, violent actions were never questioned.  Such low regard for human life quickly became par for the course, and filmmakers dished it out heartily.