Screen Junkies » The Sopranos Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:49:34 +0000 en hourly 1 Recent Interview With ‘Sopranos’ Creator David Chase Indicates Tony Soprano Isn’t Dead Wed, 27 Aug 2014 16:47:55 +0000 Penn Collins Why is it dubious? Please, read on.

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You probably haven’t thought about Tony Soprano‘s fate in a few years, have you? At least, probably not since the tragic death of James Gandolfini. Well, in an interview with Vox (caveat emptor, the article is VERY long), David Chase revealed that Tony Soprano isn’t dead.

But it’s not really that open-and-shut. The exchange between the interviewer and Chase sounds like a real nightmare, as excerpted by Vulture:

I had been talking with Chase for a few years when I finally asked him whether Tony was dead. We were in a tiny coffee shop, when, in the middle of a low-key chat about a writing problem I was having, I popped the question. Chase startled me by turning toward me and saying with sudden, explosive anger, “Why are we talking about this?” I answered, “I’m just curious.” And then, for whatever reason, he told me. …
…[W]hen he spoke about Tony and the question, [Chase] was laconic.
Just the facts and no interpretation.
He shook his head “no.” And he said simply, “No he isn’t.”

Well, there you have it. An interviewer pestered David Chase about the fate a of a character who was played by a close friend of Chase’s who died, and he snapped and blurted something out.

Whether or not this was a sincere response then begs the question of whether or not this take is revisionist based on the death of Gandolfini. Who knows. It’s likely that David Chase didn’t even know if Tony lived or died at the end, and if that’s the case, we might as well ask a person working at Starbucks what the mob boss‘ fate was.


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‘Sopranos’ Open Recreated In ‘GTA V’ Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:01:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson Spot on.

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Last month, we were treated to the L.A. River Chase Scene from Terminator 2: Judgement Day recreated in the world of Grand Theft Auto V. Today, we jump over to the East Coast for this wonderful recreation of the opening credits from The Sopranos. Pretty sweet.

I sense a recreation of the Taxi opening credits are right around the corner.

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‘The Sopranos’ Cast Reuniting For…A Nickelodeon Movie Tue, 04 Sep 2012 18:04:21 +0000 Penn Collins The film has the unfortunate name of 'Nicky Deuce'.

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Demonstrating once more that these Sopranos guys have a REALLY hard time breaking type, (deep breath) James Gandolfini, Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico, and Vincent Curatola will all be performing in Nicky Deuce, a Nickelodeon made-for-TV movie based on the book by Mr. Janice Soprano, Stephen Schirripa, who also stars in the film.

The story follows a kid who is sent to live with his uncle and extended family to Brooklyn, and is forced to confront how real shit can get on the streets. The film will premiere early next year and will probably not feature:

  • A close associate’s head getting chopped off
  • A junkie sitting on a dog
  • A man getting gunned down in a model train store
  • The Bada-Bing!
  • Old ladies being choked in their retirement homes
  • Mustang Sally
  • People getting curbed
  • Massive Genius
  • Who-ers
  • Native Americans feuding with Italians on Columbus Day


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5 Extremely Hatable TV And Movie Shrinks Mon, 23 Jul 2012 18:22:46 +0000 Penn Collins "Now, how does that make you feel?"

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Shrinks are supposed to possess an uncanny insight into the human mind, but that doesn’t stop them from being trainwrecks themselves much of the time. Perhaps it’s the fact that they supposedly possess this great gift that enables their smugness, or maybe it’s just that Tom Cruise was right and the whole thing is a fallacy.

Either way, shrinks from TV and movies can grate on an audience’s nerves like few other depicted professions. It must be all that talking. Always with the talking.

Dr. Melfi – The Sopranos

While it’s easy to claim that Melfi’s presence, while not exciting, served as a sort of moral compass to a show that lacked one in most every other arena.

That’s all well and good, but that doesn’t make her character suck any less. She played something of a robotic character, serving as a stone cold judging machine while every other character existed as impassioned people striking out to serve their own interests.

Her flat, flirtatious relationship with Tony Soprano was an interesting device, but wasn’t much to watch. She was an alcoholic with an annoying voice, which makes her similar to most every other character on the show, but with much less violence and far fewer malapropisms.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but there’s dysentery in the ranks.

Dr. Leo Marvin – What About Bob?

Dr. Marvin? Dr. Leo Marvin?

The sensational author of the life-changing book Baby Steps makes Frasier Crane look like a fun, vibrant individual. He named his kids Siggy and Anna in a nod to Sigmund Freud, and that’s not even the most obnoxious thing he does.

His dumb bucket hat, sandals and socks, and the vacation house at Lake Winnepisaukee are all strikes against him, but the real tipping point is when he tried to tie Bob to a tree and blow him up with dynamite. That’s just terrible behavior.

He’s a sourpuss surrounded by a lovable family, and he doesn’t manage to appreciate the walking wonder that is Bob. It’s hard to tell where the smugness of Richard Dreyfuss stops and the smugness of the character starts, but I guess that’s just the result of good casting.

Frasier – Cheers/Frasier

How very droll, Dr. Crane.

Frasier is perhaps the least masculine man this side of professional ice skating. I’m guessing that because his brother is the same way, it’s genetic, but we’re not here to look at reasons why these shrinks suck so much, but just whether or not they do.

And he does. His world revolves around Alaskan salmon, free trade espresso, and wine vintages, so it’s not like he’s a grounded guy. He’s not malicious by any stretch, but he’s so prissy it’s almost hard to think he’s of this world.

All his enjoyment seems to exist in a smug, smug place that revolves around smirks far more than laughter. And he hangs out with women named “Roz” and “Daphne,” which leads me to believe that he might be a character in Scooby-Doo.

Finally, he sings his own theme song, and it’s terrible. TERRIBLE.

“Dr.” Tobias Funke – Arrested Development

Tobias Funke is so terrible that he goes all the way around to being awesome again. He was one of the most respected shrinks in the Boston area until he decided to move to California to try his hand at acting. Unfortunately, he moved to Newport Beach, which is not all that close to Hollywood.

Also, Dr. Funke is perhaps the biggest moron ever to grace a television screen. He cannot please his wife, on account of the fact that he’s a raging homosexual, he can’t accept a hair transplant, and most of his acting credits are along the lines of “Frightened Inmate #2,” a role for which he constantly recited the line, “I ain’t going to squeal, man.”

Basically, all the reasons that Tobias Funke is terrible have almost nothing to do with the fact that he’s a psychiatrist. In fact, he seemed to be a pretty esteemed one. But he wasn’t nearly as hilarious as when he was a struggling (read: failing) actor.

Sean Maguire – Good Will Hunting

We get it, Sean. You’re damaged. You’re soft-spoken until you are pushed too far. You can bench press more than Matt Damon can. And, like Matt Damon, you are a little overqualified for your station in life.

He’s a great shrink, it would seem, but he’s a little Robin Williams-y, which is to be expected when you’re a character played by Robin Williams. Granted, he doesn’t break into any stupid voices like “gay man,” or “black man,” but he’s so soft-spoken that it makes you think he’s going to kidnap you in his basement.

I never thought I would say this, but maybe Robin Williams could have played him with more gusto.

Wow. That sounds weird.

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9 Classic HBO Intros: How Does The ‘Luck’ Intro Stack Up? Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:50:47 +0000 Wookie Johnson They've come a long way since Def Comedy Jam.

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Over the years, HBO’s programming has raised the bar for quality television. The level of pride put into the creation of these shows is apparent from the first moments after the static hiss accompanying the HBO logo fades away and an artfully crafted intro kicks into gear. These elevate our experience watching the shows and instantly put us in the mindset that we’re about to see something really classy. And possibly with boobs.

With HBO’s newst show, Luck, premiering this Sunday, we thought we’d take a look at its intro, and see how it compares to the networks previous efforts in the title sequence department.

Watch it a few times, let it sink in, and see how it compares to these nine other Home Box Office favorites.

True Blood

The hyper-stylized credits to True Blood take us on a tour of the Bible Belt and the bayou to show the South re-imagined after vampires have declared citizenship. The dangerous and sexily-charged images have a found footage feel that evokes a sinister undercurrent. It’s equal parts exorcism footage and Nine Inch Nails video. All set to the awesome song “Bad Things” by Jace Everett.

Game of Thrones

Though the opening credits differ depending on the episode, designers hit it out of the park with the opening credits for Game of Thrones. They take the convention of exploring a fantasy map and give it new life by sweeping across the kingdoms. The camera rests on the family sigil of each house. The sigil will then animate to reveal a series of cogs in motion. As the gears spin, a three-dimensional world is built up to spring from the page.

Bored To Death

The opener to Bored To Death flips through the pages of fictional Jonathan Ames’s life. The text falls away to reform characters and landscapes is Ames’s fictitous double-life. Here we’re introduced to the writer/low-rent detective as he tails an attractive dame through New York encountering cartoon versions of his co-stars that show off their main character traits. Ted Danson as a pothead. Zach Galifianakis as a fatty fat fat.

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Gunther, Diners, and Pork: The 5 Lamest Television Hangouts Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:00:34 +0000 Penn Collins Apparently, most sitcom characters don't drink out of boredom the same way my friends and I do.

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While sitcoms have produced their fair share of interesting characters, it would seem that the writers decided to call it quits there, failing to develop any moderately interesting places for them to hang out. Apparentl high school students still hang out in the same places that they did in 1952, while young adults drink approximately 11 cups of coffee per day. For characters that seem to have free time in spades, they sure didn’t invest much effort in finding a decent place to spend it.

These places might beat the DMV, but just barely. Here are 5 shitty television hangouts.

5. Central Perk – Friends

The friends, for all their prowess in negotiating the Manhattan real estate market, sure didn’t seem very discriminating when it came to picking a place to hang out. With a couple exceptions, they never seemed to meet anyone there, and it’s not like the opportunity to meet with that awkward albino Gunther was a real selling point. It looked comfortable, but so is my couch at home.

Further, that place must have been pretty dead if the gang was ALWAYS able to get the premiere couch. Plus, the place was rife with bullies that would take their seats. Don’t act like you don’t know what episode I’m talking about.

Finally, I have a pretty developed theory that if Ross Gellar patronizes an establishment more than three times, that establishment is ruined for all eternity.

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