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New Jack City - Patron Exclusive Review

Now Playing is looking for some New Jack patrons to join them for a New Jack gangster flick.  Let Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart sex you up this August with an exclusive podcast dedicated to the 1991 hood classic New Jack City!  Nino Brown (Wesley Snipes) thinks “the world is mine” now that Al Pacino’s Scarface is dead, and he controls New York’s crack cocaine empire. Find out if the bad guy also steals the spotlight away from director/star Mario Van Peebles, rapper Ice-T, Breakfast Club bad boy Judd Nelson, and comedic junkie Chris Rock when you become a patron today.

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Carlito’s Way - Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

Al Pacino and director Brian De Palma reunited 10 years after Scarface for another movie about a legendary Latino gangster.  But penitent Puerto Rican Carlito Brigante goes a different direction than bloodthirsty Cuban Tony Montana - refusing to deal drugs once he’s sprung from jail on a technicality.  Will corrupt lawyer Sean Penn obstruct Carlito’s Way out of a life of crime by involving him in a risky prison break?  And do podcasters Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob still want to party with Pacino without the cocaine?  Find out when you donate at the Gold Level or higher!

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Dick Tracy - Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

Al Pacino earned his sixth Oscar nomination playing Big Boy Caprice, the manic mobster who comes down hard on comic strip cop Dick Tracy.  Warren Beatty’s big-budget 1990 summer movie was considered a disappointment when its box office didn’t match Tim Burton’s Batman.  But will podcasters Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart find it to be the better film?  And does Madonna deserve a spanking for her performance as gangster’s moll Breathless Mahoney?  Extra Extra! Hear all about it when you donate for the Now Playing Gold Level Al Pacino series.

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Sea of Love - Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

Al Pacino took a four year break from movie stardom before diving into Sea of Love in 1989.  The steamy thriller has Detective Frank Keller - Al’s third incarnation as a New York cop - pursuing a female serial killer who stalks men that advertise in singles magazines.  Is it poetic justice that the lonely divorcee falls for mysterious MILF Ellen Barkin, or will partner John Goodman convince Al to stop looking at suspects through beer goggles? Qualify for breakfast with the Yankees when you Donate at the Platinum Level this summer.     

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The Untouchables - Patron Exclusive Review

Treasury Officer Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) creates an elite task force of axe-wielding Prohibitionists, set on bringing down murderous bootlegger Al Capone (Robert De Niro), in the 1987 blockbuster The Untouchables.  Will Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob find director Brian DePalma’s second movie about a hood nicknamed Scarface - now made “the Chicago way” - to be as violent and entertaining as his 1983 Al Pacino cult classic?  Become a Now Playing Patron this July and enjoy a podcast that’s much more diverting than accounting.

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Scarface - Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $25 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

Al Pacino was back in full gangster mode in 1983, starring as Cuban “political refugee” Tony Montana... better known as Scarface! The Brian De Palma cult classic charts the rise and fall of a cocaine kingpin - from his arrival in America and first job burying a Castro commie, to a final standoff with Bolivian guerrillas raiding his lavish Miami mansion. Are viewers f*cking with the best, or do pussycats Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie need to take a chainsaw to all this excess? The podcast is yours when you donate at the Gold Level!

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Cruising - Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $10 or more.  This podcast will only be available until August 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

Exorcist director William Friedkin pushed the boundaries of what an R-rated movie could show when he ordered cop Al Pacino to start Cruising the leather bars of New York City in this notorious slasher. Will the Serpico star have any better luck earning a detective shield, or keeping a girlfriend, now that he’s posing as a gay S&M enthusiast intent on catching the eye of a like-minded serial killer?  Who’s here… Jakob, Stuart and Arnie are here… and you’re here when you donate for the Platinum Level Pacino series!

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Deep Blue Sea - Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until December 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

Originally Released April 22, 2011

Arnie, Stuart, and Brock go back into open water for one last shark tale--Deep Blue Sea, a bonus addendum to our Jaws retrospective series. Ostensibly based on an unused plot for Jaws 5 based on Richard Dreyfuss' Matt Hooper at the Aurora station, the film as made stars LL Cool J and Thomas Jane squaring off against genetically altered "smart sharks". With such a B-movie plot and directed by Renny Harlin, has Now Playing's Jaws series sunk to new depths after Jaws: The Revenge? Donate to Now Playing to find out!

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Jaws: The Revenge - Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until December 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

 

Originally Released April 19, 2011

When a 3-D shark at Seaworld didn't pop for audiences, Universal Studios decided to take Jaws back to its roots, by starting the film back at Amity Island and focusing on the Brody family matriarch Ellen, played by Lorraine Gary. With the tagline "This time it's personal," a shark has a vendetta against the Brodys, and is following them to the Bahamas. With Acadamy Award winner Michael Caine and a memorable performance by Mario Van Peebles, this installment is widely considered the worst of the entire Jaws franchise. Does it deserve that reputation? Donate to Now Playing to find out!

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Jaws 3-D - Limited Time Release for Patrons

Note: This podcast is available to Now Playing Podcast Patrons of $50 or more.  This podcast will only be available until December 31, 2018, so be sure to listen (and, if you want to listen after, to download) before that date!

You can also get this podcast through the Now Playing Spring 2018 Donation Drive, or individually for a small donation.

And now for something completely different--Jaws 3-D! Where Jaws 2 made a point to call back to the original Jaws as much as possible with the same setting, many of the same actors, the same story beats, Jaws 3 (in 3-D) moved the location to Seaworld in Florida and in the absence of Sheriff Brody we follow his sons, Sean and Mike, as a new shark terrorizes them in the water theme park's new underwater attraction! With eye-popping 3-D, a young Dennis Quaid and Lea Thompson, and Acadamy Award winner Louis Gossett Jr. this film had the makings of a huge summer hit in 1983. Was it the main attraction that everyone needed to see, or did it just bite? Donate today to find out!

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