Friday, February 15, 2013

Movie Review: A Good Day to Die Hard

Political prisoner Yuri Komarov (Sebastian Koch) languishes in a Moscow prison cell, patiently awaiting his day in court.  His only obstacle is the corrupt government official Chagarin (Sergei Kolesnikov), who constantly pressures him to hand over a secret file.  When such efforts prove fruitless, he resorts to more drastic measures. Elsewhere, Jack McClane (Jai Courtney) suddenly finds himself at the mercy of Moscow’s judicial system.  Half a world away, John McClane (Bruce Willis) learns of his son’s plight and immediately travels to Moscow.  Upon his arrival, both Jack and Yuri sit in a courthouse holding pen.  Before any legal proceedings can begin, the building is bombed.  Jack and Yuri make an escape amidst the chaos.  They are nearly intercepted by the perpetrators of the attack when John intervenes.  The trio then spends the foreseeable future evading capture.  Can John salvage his relationship with his son amidst endless barrages of gunfire?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Strength of Street Knowledge: An Interview with Tariq “King Flex” Nasheed Part 2

In the second half of my two-part interview with Tariq “King Flex” Nasheed (*Click here to read part one), Tariq offers his perspective on ‘Django Unchained,’ as well the way Black Americans are stereotyped in Hollywood films.  

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Scottscope Talk Radio 2/5/2013: Twilight of the Action Heroes!

This week on Scottscope Talk Radio, we be contemplating the twilight of the 1980’s action heroes!  First, we’ll be reviewing Sly Stallone’s latest, Bullet to the Head.  Does Stallone still have what it takes to headline this kind of film?  Is he past the point where he can carry this kind of movie on his own?  Does it measure up to his best work from the 1980’s, or even to some of his middle tier efforts from that same period?  Does it even hold a candle to some of his more recent efforts, namely the two Expendables films and the fourth Rambo movie?  Are the sensibilities of director Walter Hill antiquated?  Should this have been a DTV release?

The Strength of Street Knowledge: An Interview with Tariq “King Flex” Nasheed Part 1

Anyone familiar with the pimp game knows the old saying, “The game is to be sold, not to be told.”  In keeping with that adage, many self-described “players” have offered their take on “the game.”  They often do so sans the criminally exploitive aspects of that philosophy, so as to better tailor it to the needs of the common man.  That makes perfect sense, as most men have no desire whatsoever to have young ladies walking the “Ho stroll.”  They simply want to attract beautiful women.  They also want to maintain that attraction to the point of achieving a particular goal, be it casual sex or marriage.  Such desires might be base, but they aren’t necessarily sinister.  They have been the driving force behind the “pickup artist” brand of literature.