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Watch With Jen - S2: E34 - Pacino in the '70s with S.A. Cosby

Aug 27, 2021

This week, I was so excited to welcome back my friend, author S.A. Cosby, who I'm fortunate to know well enough to call Shawn. 

An Anthony award-winning writer from southeastern Virginia, with My Darkest Prayer and Brotherhood of the Blade already under his belt, last year, Shawn burst onto the scene with his multiple award-winning breakthrough hit Blacktop Wasteland, which drew raves from Stephen King and Harlan Coben, among others. This summer, he released his acclaimed bestselling follow-up Razorblade Tears, which was one of the books selected as a potential Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Summer Read.

As a fellow Godfather obsessive, I was thrilled when Shawn suggested exploring the career of Al Pacino in the '70s in today's episode. Delving into not only the Godfather series but also taking a closer look at two extraordinary films by Sidney Lumet - Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon - in this nearly two-hour episode, we discussed these works as well as the relative newcomer actor's rise to fame as one of the greatest character actors of his generation.

Referenced & Related:

S.A. Cosby on Twitter

Shawn's books - Blacktop Wasteland, My Darkest Prayer, & Razorblade Tears (affiliate link)

Cinephile Card Game (affiliate link; support the show!)

Shawn's Last Episode on Neon Noir 

Further Reading & Viewing: Al Pacino in Conversation with Lawrence Grobel, Serpico by Peter Maas & Frank Serpico (affiliate links), Inside the Actors Studio: Leading Men (with Al Pacino) & Making Movies by Sidney Lumet 

Buy the Al Pacino Films Discussed, Referenced, &/or Related: The Godfather Collection, The Godfather, Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (new cut of The Godfather III), Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Bobby Deerfield, Scarecrow, Scent of a Woman, Heat, Cruising, & And Justice For All (affiliate links)

Shawn's "Neon Dreams, Hazy Nightmares" Pinterest Board

Bill Hader's Al Pacino Impression (You Tube)

Jimmy Fallon Introducing Razorblade Tears 

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