Every Friday, we feature a movie one of our staff has chosen as their favorite Miramax film, along with personal stories about what makes it special to them. Consider watching one over the weekend. Today’s pick is Paid in Full from Gio Cienfuegos, Manager of IT Infrastructure.
The year was 2002, and three of my favorite things from that year were: a great rap album by Cam’Ron – Come Home With Me, one of the best TV shows ever, premiered – The Wire, and last but not least, one of my favorite Miramax films was released – Paid in Full.
From the moment I first watched the film, from beginning to end, I was captivated. This is one of those films that I never get tired of watching. It has the trifecta of drugs, money and violence and although considered by most, myself included, a ‘hood classic’, this film is a great movie on its own without that tagline attached to it.
Paid has a great plot which is based on a true story, capturing an era and moment in time in the 1980’s streets of Harlem, NY. Three friends, Azie “AZ” Faison – Ace (played by Wood Harris), Rich Porter – Mitch (played by Mekhi Phifer) and Alberto “Alpo” Martinez – Rico (played by Cam’Ron), aspire to achieve fame, fortune and greed while becoming street legends along the way.
The film does a great job of showcasing the fashion, cars and slang from that era too and has a great two-disc soundtrack that accompanies it. One disc is old hip hop and R&B from the era and the other disc is a new collection of songs from the Roc-A-Fella team.
To this day there are still people that are not aware of the film or haven’t gotten around to watching it, so any chance I get to recommended they check it out, I make sure I do. It’s promising, with the 10-year anniversary last year and recent Blu-Ray release that more people will get a chance to enjoy it. So, a big thank you to Dame Dash/Roc-A-Fella Films and Miramax for capturing and producing such a great film for all of us to enjoy.