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Episode 148

The Crow

The Crow is so bittersweet to talk about. It’s a dark, but stunning visual movie that looks unlike anything else. It’s hard to avoid the idea that perhaps Brandon Lee’s untimely death contributed to the popularity of the movie, and who knows if the movie would have been as big without the shadow of his death looming over it, but it’s hard to deny the screen presence of Brandon Lee, and that this could have easily been his breakthrough to mainstream Hollywood.

As a tribute to Brandon Lee, it stands unparalleled. He’ll always been remembered for this one great movie, and it was incredibly brave of his family to allow this to be completed and released, let alone the technical marvel it was to complete and release in his memory. 

Brandon Lee literally gave his life for this movie, and I’d be perfectly happy for it to never be remade or rebooted. Undoubtedly it will be one day, but even without the controversy behind the scenes, it would be very hard to match the tone and feel of The Crow.

The Crow remains compelling, foreboding and eerie, exactly as it's intended to. As far as legacies go, Brandon Lee may have one of the shortest, but he also has one of the greatest.

I would love to hear your thoughts on The Crow !



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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

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Em .

Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

Episodes are book ended by my cat, Jess. She sadly passed away in March 2022, aged almost 18. She featured in many episodes of the podcast, and that's why you can hear her at the end of every episode. The role of official feline producer is now held by the comparatively quieter Evie.

I love podcasts, and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.