This week, Scottscope celebrates Black History Month a few days early with an in-depth look at the current state of Black cinema! Have Spike Lee’s contributions to the form been properly acknowledged? Does he overestimate his own value as a filmmaker? Why does he feel the need to openly criticize his peers? Are Black filmmakers taking their craft seriously, or are they treating it like a hustle? Should Black film critics feel obligated to give good reviews to Black movies regardless of quality? Should Black audiences feel obligated to support Black movies regardless of quality and content? Has Tyler Perry been unfairly criticized by his peers?
We’ll also talk about J.J. Abrams being hired to direct Star Wars: Episode VII. Is he the right choice? Can he pull it off? Will he take a different approach to the material than he did with Star Trek? Will this cause the rivalry between the Star Wars and Star Trek fans to intensify? Will he take a dark and serious approach to mat