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Scarface


This upcoming Tuesday (September 6, 2011) Brian DePalma’s 1983 ultra-violent classic Scarface comes out on Blu-Ray for the very first time. Maybe it’s because there’s a glut of Scarface representations in the media lately; maybe it’s because The Blood Bros’ second mix Heaven 2 Hell begins with Paul Engemann’s Push it to the Limit and I’ve been listening to that mix regularly for the last few weeks; maybe it’s because I seem to watch Scarface every decade – I’m not entirely sure. I just know that I’ve been itching to watch Scarface for the last few weeks and last night I achieved just that.

Ten years ago, the last time I watched Scarface, I didn’t really like it. All the hype surrounding the film didn’t equal the presentation. I still feel this way but watching this viewing yielded a different response: I loved Scarface and thought it was hysterical. I know DePalma, Pacino, and author Oliver Stone weren’t looking for camp but that’s exactly what they delivered. Scarface, even with all its social commentary and explorations in humanity, is a gaudy film akin to other unintentional comedies like Showgirls (which is far superior). The characters, for the most part, are ridiculous and the Cuban accents portrayed by American actors are laughable. I’ll admit Pacino did capture the mannerisms of Cuban-Americans with panache but that about all; everything else is overblown and draws laughter instead of awe.
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Independence Day

So let’s talk about Independence Day, ID4, or, as I like to call it: that piece of shit movie from the ‘90s that used alien invasion to make Americans patriotic for a brief moment. Last week I had band practice at my house and, as usual, our guitarist was late. It’s not that he’s a bad person but he’s never punctual. Our singer/screamer Brett was on time and we ended up watching part of Independence Day, laughing at the absurdity and stupidity of this film – it’s obviously a film made for addlepated, overtly patriotic Americans who think nationalism still matters when faced with beings from another planet.
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