On December 1, 1983, director Brian de Palma (The Untouchables, Carlito’s Way) released his modernized version of Ben Hecht and Howard Hawks’ 1930s gangster drama, Scarface. While the original followed a charismatic Chicago mobster in the Prohibition era, de Palma’s version took the character to violent world of the 1980s drug trade in Miami, Florida. Fueled by Al Pacino‘s riveting performance and backed by an outstanding supporting cast that included Michelle Pfeiffer (What Lies Beneath, Batman Returns), Steven Bauer (Raising Cain, Primal Fear), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Abyss, The Perfect Storm) and Robert Loggia (Big, Independence Day), Scarface ushered in a new era of gangster movies far darker than Francis Coppola’s The Godfather series just a decade before. One of the primary reasons is because of de Palma’s direction. Continue reading →
A new comedy from Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bandits) is opening in theaters this week. Titled Rock the Kabash, the film stars comedy veteran Bill Murray (Ghostbusters, Lost in Translation) as a music-industry manager who discovers the voice of a young talent while on tour in Afghanistan and accompanies her to Kabul to participate in Afghan Star, a popular talent-reality show in the Middle East. Screenwriter Mitch Glazer (Scrooged, The Recruit) is behind the script, which features Leem Lubany (Omar, From A to B), Zooey Deschanel (Elf, Yes Man), Bruce Willis (Die Hard, Pulp Fiction), Kate Hudson (Almost Famous, The Skeleton Key), and Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, This Is The End). This will be Levinson’s first directorial release since 2014’s The Humbling with Al Pacino (The Godfather, Scarface). The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!
It’s been a while since director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) has had a new project on the big screen, but now his latest drama titled The Green Inferno is opening in theaters this week. Written by Roth and Guillermo Amoedo (Aftershock, Knock Knock), the film follows a group of volunteers who venture to the Amazon rainforest in order to help preserve it, until a group of natives discovers them and their trip of “good intentions” quickly turns into a nightmare. Starring in the film are Eli Roth regulars Lorenza Izzo (Que pena tu Familia, Aftershock), Ariel Levy (Fuerzas Especiales, Aftershock), Aaron Burns (Grindhouse, Machete), Kirby Bliss Blanton (Scar, Project X), and Magda Apanowicz (The Butterfly Effect, A Reason). The trailer looks pretty suspenseful, and knowing Roth’s style I’m sure there will be a great amount of gore layered over with a grim sense of humor, so it should be an entertaining watch nevertheless. The trailer is available here on MADE. Enjoy!
Making two or more sequels to a movie is not something people necessarily enjoy or frown upon; if the franchise is good like Fast & Furious or Star Wars (for a time), then what the hell right? Nobody even cares about new James Bond movies coming out anymore, mostly because there has been a new Bond movie coming out every few years since 1962, but you get the point. That’s all well and all but to remake a movie three times over? That’s a bit of a stretch, but it does seem to actually be happening. Modern audiences mostly familiarize Scarface with Al Pacino’s drug-enraged character Tony Montana in director Brian De Palma’s 1983 classic, but that film is actually a remake of a 1932 film of the same name that followed the story of two southside hoodlums, Johnny Lovo (Osgood Perkins) and Tony Camonte (Paul Muni), who rose to the top of the organized crime syndicate in Chicago in the 1920s.
Pacino’s character was an immigrant from Cuba who also climbed the organized crime latter in Miami during the cocaine infusion of the 1980s, and now another story of a young immigrant rising up in the Los Angeles mob is in the works at Universal. The project will be directed by Pablo Larrain, and follow an immigrant from Mexico whose name will also be Tony. A look into the origins of Tony’s character is said to be explored in this new film, but other than that it seems to follow the same story line as the others: abuse the system to achieve the American Dream! I kind of hope this doesn’t happen; no one will ever top Pacino’s character, so why ruin a good thing?