Welcome to this week’s edition of Scottscope Talk Radio! First, we celebrate the filmography and influence of John Woo! Did he truly reinvent action cinema as Martin Scorsese once said, or is merely a pale imitation of the great Sam Peckinpah? Speaking of Scorsese, did John Woo and Chow Yun Fat have a partnership on par with Scorsese and De Niro? How much of debt does Woo owe to his mentor, Chang Cheh? Of all the filmmakers that were part of the Hong Kong New Wave, why did John Woo in particular curry favor with Western audiences? What made him stand out from peers like Ringo Lam? What can be considered his greatest film? Do James Cameron and The Wachowski brothers owe a debt of gratitude to him?
We’ll also be celebrating the 20 anniversary of Souls of Mischief’s debut LP, 93 ‘til Infinity! Can it be considered a watershed album on par with Three Feet High and Rising? Was the Hieroglyphics crew merely a West Coast extension of the Native Tongues, or did they represent something altogether different? Did they carve out a new identity for West Coast rappers in general and bay area rappers in particular? Is it fair to regard them as backpackers given some of their subject matter? Why are they often not mentioned when recounting the West Coast’s early 90’s renaissance? What, if anything, has their legacy signified?
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