What’s so great about “Scarface”?

A Mighty Heart — I’m not sure what to say, so I’m quoting the linked review from James Berardinelli: “Daniel Pearl‘s kidnapping and subsequent death at the hands of terrorists became a major media story during January and February 2002… A video leaked to the Internet showing Pearl’s decapitation magnified the tragedy. A Mighty Heart… examines events of that one month period from the perspective of those who sought Daniel’s release: his pregnant wife [played well by Angelina Jolie], his friends and colleagues at The Wall Street Journal, and the Pakistani security forces. The film is fascinating and at times disturbing, but Winterbottom‘s arms-length style mutes any emotional impact.” I felt like I was watching a documentary. And thankfully they don’t show the beheading. (May 12/08)

Scarface — A silly, over-rated 1980s gangster movie that is so melodramatic and dated, it’s a joke. Cubans who hear Al Pacino’s Cuban accent must laugh the way Newfoundlanders laugh at the accents in The Shipping News. It may be fun to watch as a cheesy, over-the-top, violent, blood and guts B-movie, but an animé cartoon with the same two-dimensional characters would have been just as dramatic. (May 10/08.)

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

3 Replies to “What’s so great about “Scarface”?”

  1. hey maign…you wanna see my lettle friend…I want to introduce you to my lettle friend…@##@# you maign…no no @#@@!# you maign….

    all I remember of scarface is bloody bathroom scenes and the unbelieivable gun fight at the house….I vaguely remember liking it when it came out….but hey I used to watch miami vice…..ohh did I just admit that publically….eeesh…they used some peter gabriel in an episode…had to watch…

  2. I saw the latest Indiana Jones movie. It’s not great but it’s good enough. I can’t think of anything bad to say about it, except the story is somewhat lacking, but it was fun.

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