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This week, Scottscope Talk Radio will be having a belated 40 anniversary celebration for Enter The Dragon. Has its reputation grown or diminished over the last four decades? Have fans and zealots overstated its impact? How much of a debt does it owe to Dr. No? Why didn’t 5 Fingers of Death achieve quite the same level of notoriety? Was the casting of Jim Kelly merely an obvious attempt to cash-in on the Blaxploitation craze? Are any of the legendary behind-the-scenes actually true?
We’ll also be celebrating the 30 anniversary of Wild Style. Is it truly the first Hip-Hop film ever released? Is it still culturally relevant, or is it merely an antiquated artifact from a bygone era? Does it accurately reflect the mood and ambience of the time? Were all elements of Hip-Hop culture featured prominently? Were rappers and DJ’s just part of the musical backdrop? Have the contributions of Puerto Rican Americans (Such as Wild Style’s protagonist, Zorro) been overlooked when recounting Hip-Hop’s history. Can Beat Street be considered nothing more than a glossy hybrid of Wild Style and Style Wars?
Lastly, we’ll be celebrating the 30 anniversary of Eddie Murphy: Delirious. Is it the single greatest stand-up comedy performance of all time? Just what made it so revolutionary? Was Eddie the first of a new breed? Are the comparisons between him and Richard Pryor somewhat unfounded? Are his observations regarding AIDS and homosexuality truly offensive, or have modern audiences become way too sensitive? Have any modern comedians carried on the traditions established by Delirious?
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