On this week’s edition of Scottscope Talk Radio, the roundtable dissects Elysium! Is it a truly a “thinking man’s” sci-fi actioner, like District 9? Has writer/director Neill Blomkamp fallen victim to the dreaded sophomore slump? Is he this generation’s Stanley Kubrick, or merely a grittier James Cameron? Is Matt Damon a credible action hero outside of the Bourne films? What drew him to such a project? How did Blomkamp and his crew manage such seamless FX work on a relatively modest budget? Do films like Elysium offer a cheaper and more efficient way to make blockbuster entertainment?
We’ll also be celebrating the 25 anniversary of N.W.A’s infamous debut, Straight Outta Compton! Is it the single most influential album of all time? Did it single handedly change the course of Hip-Hop forever? Where there any positive aspects to the changes it brought about? Is it truly as negative as its reputation suggests? Is “ tha Police” a righteous protest song a la “Fight the Power,” or is it merely a rallying cry for Black America’s lowest element? Would the first renaissance of West Coast Gangsta rap have been possible without it? Can Wu-Tang be considered New York’s answer to N.W.A? Just how much of an influence did RUN D.M.C, The Beastie Boys, and BDP exert over this album?
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