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FBSD Episode 037: STAR WARS and Shaft

You read that title right.

Lazy show notes for now. (Will get this updated later this morning (or afternoon) (or weekend).

Be sure to listen for Stealth Contest information.

And this will make sense if you listen all the way to the end, we decided on Apocalypto.

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Well, to the credit of the new version of Shaft anyway, it’s directed by John Singleton who’s certainly got some street cred to him, and I tend to think his version of Shaft is better rooted in reality than say what a… McG version might be (thinking of a director who’s tackled another 70s icon). Shaft does start the movie as a police officer and he doesn’t resign as a result due to overall corruption, he does it because a murder suspect who was obviously guilty got off free due to his connections (and that murder suspect is very well played by Christian Bale)…

… I think both the old and new versions are a lot of fun my own self and really don’t have a preference of one over the other…

As far as 70s movies go, for most hardcore movie fans, that’s considered one of the greatest decades of all time. Other notable directors of that period (you guys mentioned the commonly mentioned guys, though I give Tony #2 credit for tossing out Terence Malick’s name) include Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, John Milius, John Frankenheimer and most especially William Friedkin. Friedkin directed The French Connection and The Exorcist and today they’re still considered as prime examples of absolutely terrific filmmaking- I tell you, both of these movies would make for a terrific episode of the show. I’m a big fan of 70s films my own self and usually once a year have to get out things like The Taking of Pelham One Two Three or Dog Day Afternoon. The 70s was probably the last period where movies were made and their marketing just was nowhere near as crass or calculated as it is today– it was the last period where you could see a local ad for a movie and on the ad it might say something like “8th Big Week!” or something along those lines, and first weekend box office wasn’t equated with the quality of a film… yep, the good ol’ days…

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