De Palma is disarmingly honest about his failures, often bemused by his success, and uses the phrase “holy mackerel!” with endearing frequency. He narrates his career film-by-film, peppering his descriptions with anecdotes that will delight trivia fans and cinema geeks. Particularly pleasing is the director recalling filming Scarface's finale without an injured Al Pacino, and with Steven Spielberg directing one shot.
It’s the famous director’s regrets that are most fascinatingly explored in this honest and tell-all documentary. Anyone interested in the philosophies of artistic endeavour will find this educational, but fans of De Palma's films will be in heaven.