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FILM REVIEW – Public Enemies

By Marty Mulrooney

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I had somewhat high expectations of Michael Mann’s latest film, Public Enemies. Based on the true life story of John Dillinger and his gang, who during the Great Depression in 1933 robbed over two dozen banks, I really felt that the hard-hitting grit and powerful portrayal of obsessive men on both sides of the law that had been present in Mann’s classic Heat would transfer really well to this film, regardless of the year it was set. Sadly, I was wrong. Continue reading

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FEATURE ARTICLE – Scarface and Popular Culture

By Marty Mulrooney

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Scarface, Brian De Palma’s 1983 crime saga, is still a huge part of popular culture within society in the present day. Upon its release, it was simultaneously applauded and condemned by critics and audiences, causing controversy due to its content and nature. However, by its very nature, controversy often helps a film rather than hinders it; the notoriety of the violence, profanity and drug taking that would now seem commonplace in an R rated film, certainly helped seal it within pop culture in many ways.

The pairing of an accomplished director, with a screenplay penned by another famous director, Oliver Stone, should have indicated a runaway success. Again however, the nature of the film both hurt its success, and ensured it would endure to entertain audiences today, over 20 years later.

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