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Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 09/21/2020

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This week on Total Movie Recall, we destroy our nasal septums with 1983’s Scarface. Ryan presents a cogent, detailed thesis on this film’s central character as a metaphor for the all-eating, never-satiating, soul-crushing machine that is capitalism, and Steve counters with “No he’s not.” Touché Steve… touché.

Scarface (1983)

d. Brian De Palma
w. Oliver Stone

Al Pacino
Michelle Pfeiffer
Steven Bauer
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Robert Loggia
Richard Belzer

After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fueled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.


Things discussed in the show:

Mountains of cocaine and cubano sandwiches

Jaws (Steven Spielberg, Roy ScheiderRobert ShawRichard Dreyfuss)

Dark, season 3 (Baran bo OdarJantje Friese, Louis HofmannKaroline EichhornLisa Vicari)

Esotericism / Rosicrucianism

Lost (J.J. AbramsJeffrey LieberDamon Lindelof, Jorge GarciaJosh HollowayYunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn, Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Daniel Dae Kim)

The Leftovers (Damon LindelofTom Perrotta, Justin TherouxAmy BrennemanChristopher Eccleston)

Avatar The Last Airbender, season 2 (Michael Dante DiMartinoBryan Konietzko, Zach TylerJack De SenaDee Bradley Baker, Dave Filoni, Lauren MacMullan, Mae Whitman, Dante Basco, Michaela Jill Murphy)

Game of Thrones (David BenioffD.B. Weiss, Emilia ClarkePeter DinklageKit Harington, Lena Headey, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)

Ulysses - James Joyce

MacGruber (Jorma Taccone, Will ForteKristen WiigVal Kilmer)

Wayne's World (Penelope Spheeris, Mike MyersDana CarveyRob Lowe, Tia Carrere, Lara Flynn Boyle, Alice Cooper, Meat Loaf)

Tenet (Christopher Nolan, John David WashingtonRobert PattinsonElizabeth Debicki)

Mulan - 2020 (Disney, Niki Caro, Yifei LiuDonnie YenLi Gong)

Blow (Ted Demme, Johnny DeppPenélope CruzFranka Potente)

Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, Mark WahlbergJulianne MooreBurt Reynolds

The Business of Drugs - documentary hosted by Amaryllis Fox (Spice / MDMA / African heroin / meth in Burma / opioids)

Scarface - 1932 (Howard HawksRichard Rosson, Paul MuniAnn DvorakKaren Morley)

Armond White film reviewer

Scarface in hip hop culture - The Notorious B.I.G., Sean Puffy Combs (P Diddy), Nicki Minaj, Rich the Kid, Lil Wayne, Big Boi, The Geto Boys, Jay-Z.

De Palma - 2015 documentary (Noah BaumbachJake Paltrow, Brian De Palma)

Hi, Mom! (Brian De Palma, Robert De NiroAllen GarfieldLara Parker)

Casualties of War (Brian De Palma, Michael J. FoxSean PennDon Harvey)

Sisters - 1972 (Brian De Palma, Margot KidderJennifer SaltCharles Durning)

Blow Out (Brian De Palma, John TravoltaNancy AllenJohn Lithgow)

Body Double (Brian De Palma, Robert J. Avrech, Craig WassonMelanie GriffithGregg Henry)


Charlie Rose interviewing Brian De Palma

Phantom of the Paradise (Brian De Palma, Paul WilliamsWilliam FinleyJessica Harper)

Mission Impossible - 1996 (Brian De Palma, Tom CruiseJon VoightEmmanuelle Béart)

The Movie Brats directors (Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas, Paul Schrader, Brian De Palma, John Milius and Steven Spielberg)

Ayn Rand vs. Scarface. Who's the more hardcore capitalist?

"Never get high on your own supply."

"Never underestimate the other guy's greed."

"I have eight killers with badges." Murderers in the police, medicine & military.

Order of the Nine Angles (O9A) murder plot to kill his army squad

Scent of a Woman (Martin Brest, Al PacinoChris O'DonnellJames Rebhorn)

Serpico (Sidney Lumet, Al PacinoJohn RandolphJack Kehoe)

Hunters (David Weil, Al PacinoLogan LermanLena Olin)

The Irishman (Martin Scorsese, Robert De NiroAl PacinoJoe Pesci, Harvey Keitel, Ray Romano, Bobby Cannavale, Anna Paquin)

Steve's theory that Tony wants to have sex with his sister because she's as genetically close to him as can be, and his narcissism is to big for him to handle.

Wall Street (Oliver Stone, Charlie SheenMichael DouglasTamara Tunie)

American Psycho (Mary Harron, Bret Easton Ellis, Christian BaleJustin TherouxJosh Lucas)

The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, Leonardo DiCaprioJonah HillMargot Robbie)

Top 10 movies that use the word fuck the most (

Debby Harry (of Blondie) - "Rush, Rush" - "Rush, rush, got the yeyo? - Buzz, buzz, gimme yeyo"

Queens of the Stone Age - "Feel Good Hit of the Summer"

Next Week: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade