This week, the Scottscope roundtable boldly goes where no man has gone before! We’ll be giving an in-depth review of ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’! How does it compare to the other films in the franchise? Is it as good as its immediate predecessor? Did J.J. Abrams drop the ball? Does he truly understand the property? Does he emphasize action over character and story? Is it time to hand the reigns over to someone else? Is someone like Abrams better suited for the ‘Star Wars’ franchise?
We’ll also be celebrating the 20 anniversary of ‘Menace II Society.’ Is it truly the greatest “hood flick” of all time? Does it still hold up? Is it truly a better film than ‘Boyz n the Hood’? Did it send a bad message to its intended audience? Did it reinforce negative stereotypes of Black youth? Would such a raw, uncompromising vision be tolerated in the modern era? Have the Hughes brothers grown as filmmakers over the years? Should they ever return to this kind of subject matter?