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Cinephile Series – Scarface

Reel Review #42: “I always tell the truth. Even when I lie.” Today we spend some time with Tony Montana as we give the Cinephile Series treatment to Scarface. Capping off a discussion of the film and its history is an interview with actor, Pepe Serna who played Angel Fernandez whom you will remember from the chainsaw scenes. Remember this discussion assumes you have seen the film first. “Lesson number one. Don’t underestimate the other guys greed!”

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8 Responses to “Cinephile Series – Scarface”


  1. Gravatar Icon 1 daniel Aug 8th, 2005 at 3:56 pm

    as always you’ve made me want to (re)watch the movie and there were so many insights

    pretty awesome how u got to interview pepe at the end (he was fun)

    thanks for the great podcast

  2. Gravatar Icon 2 Michael Aug 8th, 2005 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the comment. Pepe is a great guy. We spent the better part of the morning just talking about films. In fact, I had just rewatched American Me, the night before so we talked at length about that film as well. I have another interview with Pepe that I recorded about acting and the films he has been in. When I get a chance I’ll get it put together and posted.

    Michael

  3. Gravatar Icon 3 Brian Cantoni Aug 9th, 2005 at 7:57 pm

    Michael, you’ve really outdone yourself this time. The Cinephile series is great, but this one really seemed to click. Reel Reviews goes beyond just “movie reviews” by providing great insight into the writers, directors, actors, and all the backdrop behind these great films. Keep it up!

  4. Gravatar Icon 4 Tony D Aug 11th, 2005 at 9:34 pm

    One of my all time favs. “Say hello to my little friend!” One of your best Michael. You are the man! What luck to get the interview with Pepe. It proves once again how small the world is. Love your show.
    Tony

  5. Gravatar Icon 5 Michael Aug 11th, 2005 at 10:36 pm

    To both Brian and Tony,

    Thank you very much. I appreciate you comments on this particular show. I really enjoyed putting it together and in particular the opportunity to meet Pepe, who is a great guy.

    Thanks again,
    Michael

  6. Gravatar Icon 6 Bobby Jay Aug 12th, 2005 at 6:08 pm

    Mike,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your insight and analysis of Scarface. Well done!! I look forward to more and more.

    Bobby

  7. Gravatar Icon 7 Chris Aug 16th, 2005 at 3:05 pm

    Great show.

    The interview with Pepe was great.

  8. Gravatar Icon 8 Matt P Aug 23rd, 2005 at 6:21 am

    Interesting cinephile series on Scarface. I’ve always felt that Scarface is one of the great overrated films of all time, and never quite understood its cult status — the acting, especially Pacino, often seemed over the top, the characters somewhat shallow, and the music was quite campy. Ultimately, I just don’t care about the characters from start to finish. I love much of Pacino’s work, but Scarface has always struck me as far from his best.

    But I really respect Michael’s reviews and analysis and was curious to hear his take on the film, hoping to get some new insights on the film. While I agree that the chainsaw sequence is quite well done and memorable filmmaking, there’s little else in Scarface that I think lives up to the hype.

    The interview with Pepe was quite interesting, though, and made the show well worth listening to, even if I can’t agree with your appreciation of this movie as a “great film”.

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