Catching the Classics: Scarface

Scarface PosterSince 1998, I have been maintaining a list of movies that I wanted to see. Sometimes these are all-time classics that passed me by, sometimes they’re genre classics that interest me. The list grows regularly and is currently more than 1800 movies long. Fogs has gone through and hand-picked several classic films for me to “fast-track” and review here. This is one of those films.

It’s hard to be certain when I first heard about Scarface. High school seems likely. Its excess of violence and its sense of style would have appealed to a lot of my fellow students. It took me a while to catch it, not for any particular reason, but simply difficulty in tracking down a cheap copy — you can be assured I knew even from early on that this was not a film to trust to TBS’s editors. Also, at nearly three hours in length, it’s a film that requires a significant time commitment, so there was that factor as well. But it was one I had to get my hands on eventually, if only to see how a film can garner Golden Globe nominations and, at the same time, a Razzie nomination. Continue reading

About these ads

The Top Ten Remakes

BT-Top-10-May-2012Remakes tend to get kicked around a lot, because Hollywood has a propensity for churning them out without concern for their quality. With the built-in awareness that comes along with remaking a previous film, studios often can’t help themselves but to crank out cheap, unworthy movies that capitalize on the fact that there’s a pre-existing fanbase ready to buy tickets.

RemakesThere are exceptions, however. Remakes that turn out to be great movies. In many cases, better than the original! Every time we want to curse out and swear off remakes forever, these are the movies that makes us say, “Yeah, but…”

Click through to check out the Top Ten!

Continue reading

New Episode of The (title pending) Movie Podcast with Tank and Fogs!!

Ah, Wednesday. The middle of the week… but it’s also the day for new episodes of (title pending)!

This week is a beaut, too. We have a special, historical goof for you in honor of Abe Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, I think everyone will get a big laugh out of it. Then of course, Has Tank Seen Scarface, the Box Office Roundup, followed by our featured reviews of “Moonrise Kingdom”, “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, and “Brave”. For our featured discussion, Tank and I assemble teams of movie characters to we’d want to have with us in order to survive the Vampire Apocalypse, it’s a fun mini draft that he he and I had a great time putting together for everyone.

It was a really fun week, I think everyone is really going to have a blast with this episode… You can download the episode directly, here, or search for us on iTunes using (title pending) or Tank and Fogs!

We’re closing in on 100 likes on our Facebook page, so if you haven’t already, please stop by and hook us up with a like!

News Worth Sharing: Gangsta, Gangsta! A new “Scarface” and an N.W.A. biopic are on their way

20110922-103427.jpg

So. During the blog’s impromptu “Lebowski Fest” the past couple of days, I didn’t get an opportunity to share the news about two upcoming movies I’ve heard about. Both involving gangsters.

The first is a new “Scarface” movie planned by Universal.

The second is an N.W.A. biopic, tentatively titled after their debut album, “Straight Outta Compton”

One of these makes me giddy with anticipation, the other tests my gag reflex. See if you can guess which one is which. The answer, after the break.

Continue reading