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Suspiria (1976) - A Podcast Preview

Before producing Dawn of the Dead and Demons, Italian horror master Dario Argento shocked the world with Suspiria - the first installment in a feverish trilogy of witch films known as The Three Mothers. Is American ballerina Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) cracking under the high demands of a prestigious German dance academy?  Or are her grueling new instructors really part of a black magic coven? Become a Silver Level Donor this fall and hear the sighs of delight and frustration as hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review this beguiling, gory fairy tale.

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Suspiria (1976)

Before producing Dawn of the Dead and Demons, Italian horror master Dario Argento shocked the world with Suspiria - the first installment in a feverish trilogy of witch films known as The Three Mothers. Is American ballerina Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) cracking under the high demands of a prestigious German dance academy?  Or are her grueling new instructors really part of a black magic coven? Become a Silver Level Donor this fall and hear the sighs of delight and frustration as hosts Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie review this beguiling, gory fairy tale.

Donnie Brasco

Johnny Depp stars as a real life FBI agent who spent six years infiltrating the New York mafia as Donnie Brasco.  Will a close friendship with veteran gangster "Lucky" Ruggiero, played by veteran actor Al Pacino, convince the fresh-faced lawman to fuhgetabout his wife, daughters, and Uncle Sam and switch allegiances to The Family?  Or will suspicious new capo Michael Madsen find out Depp is really a fugazi and whack that mole? You’ll find out, and be a "friend of ours," when you donate for this final installment of Now Playing’s 2018 Gold Level series.  

Heat - Donation Bonus

Al Pacino and Robert De Niro both appeared in Godfather Part 2, but they never had a scene together until they faced off in Heat.  Michael Mann’s 1995 heist epic finds the iconic Italian actors giving it all they’ve got - Al is an LAPD detective better at catching bad guys than holding on to good women, while Bobby is a thief who prides himself on being able to walk away from everything he steals.  Find out who scores with podcasters Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob when you Donate for Now Playing’s Platinum Pacino Series!

Carlito’s Way - Donation Bonus

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!

Dick Tracy

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!

Sea of Love

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.   

Scarface

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!

Cruising

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!

The First Purge

How do you convince New Yorkers to vote for a chaotic night of mass death, theft, and vandalism?  Tell ‘em it only hurts Staten Island. The fourth Purge film traces the origins of the 12-hour “murder holiday” to the neglected borough. Will shrink Marisa Tomei allow the New Founding Fathers to turn her psychological experiment into sanctioned ethnic cleansing?  Can he-man drug dealer Dmitri (Y’lan Noel) protect a public housing highrise from psycho purger Skeletor (Rotimi Paul)? Time is running out to Donate for this Silver Level series!