Seven years ago, The Sopranos ended with one of the greatest and most polarizing hours of television ever broadcast. In the final scene, Tony Soprano and his family meet for dinner. Meadow Soprano arrives late, and takes an agonizingly long time to park. We watch on the edge of our seats, tense, waiting for violence. Is a hit coming? A suspicious guy heads into the restroom. Meadow walks in. Tony looks up. Before anything happens, the screen goes black. Roll silent credits.
Does Tony Soprano live? Does the hit we think we know is coming take place as the screen goes black — is that Tony’s death? Is the whole thing a metaphor for Tony’s fate? Fans have speculated for years, and that’s the beauty of the show’s ending. Creator/writer/director David Chase has finally spoken up about Tony’s fate, however, and if you’re dying to know whatever there is to know about Tony’s existence (or lack thereof) after that cut to black, read on.
Update: Chase, through his representative, says the quote was misconstrued. Read his statement below.
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Briefly: David Chase was dinged a bit for his feature directorial debut, the rock-n-roll tinged coming of age tale Not Fade Away, though the movie does have more than a few admirers. And The Sopranos creator isn’t going to let that be his only film. No, he’s got another picture on the way, from one of his own scripts, and it sounds like it might be on screens sooner rather than later. Read More »
Most of us have come to terms with being disappointed by films. Unfortunately, it happens more often than not, mostly in the summer, where a film with a fantastic trailer, poster, cast and premise ends up being terrible. In fact, it happens so often, many of us have become desensitized to it. “Oh well, onto the next one.” Every once in a while, though, we’re still disappointed by something we really wanted to love. And it stings. It hurts. How is it possible this movie, that looked so perfect, could be so disappointing? This is how I felt earlier this week after seeing David Chase‘s Not Fade Away.
Angie reviewed the film at its New York premiere and I ignored her dismissal. There’s no way a coming of age story written and directed by the man behind The Sopranos, featuring all kinds of incredible Sixties rock and a fantastic cast, could be bad. When I got my own chance to see the movie, what I found was a film with several truly excellent ingredients, blended into a story that’s too small to say what it wants to say. Basically, Not Fade Away is a mess, but that mess is comprised of parts that show the brilliance of the film could have been.
And that’s what’s showcased below. A clip from the film which shows the beautiful, exciting promise it fails to fulfill. But maybe you’ll disagree. We’ll discuss it below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 5th, 2012 by Angie Han
For a feature filmmaking debut starring a cast of relative unknowns, Not Fade Away has been drawing quite a bit of attention. Because the first-timer at the helm isn’t just anyone, you see — it’s Sopranos creator David Chase. If television today has shed its reputation as cinema’s lesser sibling, it’s because of high-quality entertainments like Chase’s beloved mob drama. Translating that knack for storytelling into filmmaking just seems like a natural next step.
And yet, if anything, Chase’s work in Not Fade Away actually emphasizes what the two mediums don’t have in common. In Chase’s hands, a premise that could’ve worked equally well for TV or film turns into a messy, meandering movie that feels like it should’ve been a 13-episode season of an HBO drama.
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Five years ago, David Chase ended one of the best television shows of all time, The Sopranos. Now he’s rolled that legacy into his first movie. Not Fade Away is Chase’s feature directorial debut and it’s a semi-autobiographical story about a group of young men in 1960s New Jersey attempting to form a rock band. Starring John Magaro, Jack Huston, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald and James Gandolfini, the film is currently playing the New York Film Festival before its holiday release, December 21.
After the break, check out the nostalgic first trailer, packed with rock and roll, and read some of the early buzz coming out of the New York Film Festival. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 by Angie Han
A fresh batch of posters for three films on our radar have just hit the web. The ones for Allen Hughes‘ Broken City and Robert Zemeckis‘ Flight both rely heavily on star power, which seems like a reasonable strategy when said stars include Russell Crowe, Mark Wahlberg, and Denzel Washington.
The pretty, snowy poster for David Chase‘s Not Fade Away, meanwhile, captures the heady feeling of youthful romance and rock n’ roll. Get a peek at all three after the jump.
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The final scene of The Sopranos has become something of TV legend. After six seasons of drawn out brilliance, creator David Chase places his star family in a New Jersey diner. Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ is playing on the jukebox. Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) orders some onion rings for the table as the camera moves to several suspicious people. His daughter, Meadow, is awkwardly trying to park her car outside. The tension is unbelievable because we all know this is the final scene in Sopranos history and something epic is about to take place. Every moment could be the last one. The Journey cresendos, the door of the diner opens, Tony looks up, silence and cut to black. In that instant, about twelve million people checked their cable box to see if it had malfunctioned. Then the credits rolled.
Chase’s ending was controversial, legendary and is debated to this day. One Vanity Fair reader, however, has a simple, almost brilliant interpretation of the ending and you can read it below. Read More »
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We’re months beyond stating the obvious fact that 2012 has a fantastic slate of movies. It goes without saying. What’s more interesting at this point are the films that may not be on people’s radars. The top of that list, for me at least, is the feature film directoral debut of Sopranos creator David Chase. For a while, the film was called Twylight Zones. It then went back to being untitled and now, it has its official title: Not Fade Away.
Not Fade Away, scheduled for release Oct 19, is an autobiographical film about a bunch of New Jersey kids in the 1960s who form a garage band and stars James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett, Christopher McDonald, Molly Price, John Magaro, Lisa Lampanelli and Jack Huston. Read more, and hear the song that inspired the title, after the jump. Read More »