On this week’s edition of Scottscope Talk Radio, we’ll be discussing the 22nd anniversary of Juice. Is the film truly iconic? If so, did it come by such status honestly? Is merely known as Tupac’s big screen debut? Is Roland Bishop one of the great screen villains of the early 1990’s? Does the film truly deserve comparison to the likes of Boyz n the Hood and Menace II Society? What of its gold selling soundtrack? Are the days of iconic film soundtracks a thing of the past?
We’ll also be discussing the current state of film criticism and the plight of controversial film critic Armond White. Did he deserve to get kicked out of the New York Film Critics Circle? Is he merely a pretentious snob, or a misunderstood genius fighting to protect the integrity of a dying artform? Has the internet rendered film criticism obsolete? Have bloggers and fans bastardized the form?
We’ll also be discussing the ongoing success of Ride Along and director Tim Story. Mr. Story is one of the few directors in cinema history to have directed bona-fide blockbusters. His box office track record easily surpasses that of Tyler Perry, who has received much more attention for his accomplishments? How could this be? Is it due to the perceived quality of Mr. Story’s work? Can a Black filmmaker only be considered a success when working independently and with meager budgets aimed at “niche” audiences?
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