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I thought February would never get here but it's coming around. The Sopranos. Do you like it?

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

The question could be off-putting because of the Sopranos' value as a kind of deluxe maple symbol of your ability to afford HBO. But whatever, I have a housemate, and we split it. The Sopranos is the main reason.

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Let me say this. I don't have cable. I have a rather negative view of television in general. But on Thanksgiving afternoon, my roommates rented all of the Sopranos 2nd season from Blockbuster, and I honestly sat in one spot for close to SEVEN HOURS watching the ENTIRE SEASON BACK TO BACK. It's that fucking good. And...I wanted more.

Gage-o, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I liked it when I was getting HBO for free at my old apartment. I have no idea what it's like now.

Nicole, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

It's uneven, but some episodes are very very good. I'm thinking in particular of the Buscemi-directed "Pine Barrens" episode from last season where Chris and Paulie get lost in the snow, and Tony and Annabelle Sciorra really have it out. The sound effects people outdid themselves on the various ways cell phones can break up. The scriptwriters outdid themselves by twisting Beckett and Tennessee Williams around each other like wysteria (connected only by the faulty cellphone). The actors outdid each other by breaking through their reserves of cool and actually showing their need.

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 5 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Sopranos = Twin Peaks for the new Millenium.

JM, Sunday, 6 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

compared to 'twin peaks' with respect to...?

I don't think a whole lot of 'the sopranos'.

richard john gillanders, Sunday, 6 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Sopranos = Twin Peaks for the new Millenium.

You're getting The Sopranos confuzed with Six Feet Under!!!!!!!

Andy K., Sunday, 6 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

five years pass...

Someone on the radio, a (here at least) famous rock journo, said of Sopranos:"GOOD RIDDANCE! They wanted Tony to be LIKEABLE! How crap is taht?" hahahahahah I never roffled so much since I saw him at a journo-wanko talk in Amsterdam about 7 years ago.

nathalie, Friday, 21 September 2007 10:00 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Today on Amazon.com's Deals page: Sopranos entire series for $149.99! I have actually been checking this page semi-daily for a month or so hoping to stumble across this set, since they have a lot of DVD deals.

skeletal lexing (Finefinemusic), Monday, 19 January 2009 22:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

i saw that :)

s1ocki, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 00:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

At one point, I had the idea to put every incidence of Bodie spitting between his teeth in a montage, but then realized I don't know shit about editing software and am too lazy to learn.

Magdalen Goobers (Oilyrags), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 01:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

s1ocki, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 02:12 (nine years ago) Permalink

s1ocki, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 02:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

and who could forget

l8b100m3r (latebloomer), Tuesday, 10 February 2009 02:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/02/09/every-swear-word-on.html

This is like the "The Story of Everest" of those compilation videos (or, if you prefer, sub "the rake gag" for "The Story of Everest").

Jouster, Tuesday, 10 February 2009 03:03 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

I don't know why exactly, but I think Phil Leotardo doesn't look as a convincing threatening badass villain. Maybe he lacks charisma. When Ralph or Johnny Sack or Richie is on the screen you could really feel their presences. Not so with Phil.

dan138zig (Durrr Durrr Durrrrrr), Sunday, 2 August 2009 11:18 (nine years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Starting season 4. Notes on series so far: LOVE Adirana La Cerva, LOVE Artie Bucco (wish there was more of him), also wish there was more Ginny Sack.

Can't stand AJ at ALL. Kind of wish he'd just get killed off. Also frustrated with the whole "Meadow you're so spoiled, we give you everything" / "GOD mom leave me aLONE!!" runarounds, where nothing actually happens (she keeps getting spoiled and is a brat). Could do without her too.

kate moss and heavy machinery in a dessert (Stevie D), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 16:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

check the individual season threads

larry craig memorial gloryhole (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 17:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

Also, Carm's hair got SO much more chic and beautiful between the end of S3 and the beginning of S4. I'm really liking the direction her style is taking.

kate moss and heavy machinery in a dessert (Stevie D), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 17:30 (nine years ago) Permalink

OMG @ S4E04, "The Weight". An entire episode of Ginny Sac!

kate moss and heavy machinery in a dessert (Stevie D), Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:25 (nine years ago) Permalink

ginny is great

J0rdan S., Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:28 (nine years ago) Permalink

unliks AJ who I really wish would die.

kate moss and heavy machinery in a dessert (Stevie D), Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:43 (nine years ago) Permalink

AJ is a cock obv but his character makes tons of sense-- naturally tony would have a weak, brat child-- meadow otoh... they should've just let her go

J0rdan S., Saturday, 16 January 2010 06:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

they have the entire series on sale in hmv for €80(±$105) and saturday is my birthday, should i just go for it.

plax (ico), Thursday, 8 April 2010 23:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

yes

nakhchivan, Thursday, 8 April 2010 23:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

figure if i go cold on it i can prolly sell it on for abt what i paid for it anyway (its marked down from €150)

plax (ico), Thursday, 8 April 2010 23:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

yes yes

goon with the wind (J0rdan S.), Thursday, 8 April 2010 23:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

that is totally a great deal

modern eunuch-like crooning (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 8 April 2010 23:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

I had a friend who recently declined to watch this series because she felt overly squeamish about any potential violence. I felt she was really missing out and would otherwise enjoy it... otoh I couldn't really argue that the violence in it could be ignored/overlooked.

modern eunuch-like crooning (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 9 April 2010 00:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah i am not that attracted to the violence either

plax (ico), Friday, 9 April 2010 00:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

still, what i have seen of this seemed pretty good, but like i started watching for a little while around s4 i think so i mean i constantly didn't understand the backstory and it was p confusing iirc

plax (ico), Friday, 9 April 2010 00:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

the violence isn't constant and it isn't exploitatively or crassly done. In fact, it's very well done and thus unsettling - as violence should be.

modern eunuch-like crooning (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 9 April 2010 00:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

I'm surprised to hear that, plax. I think many of the episodes are prettty much self-contained, with only a reference or two to tie it into the ongoing storyline. As far as serialized shows go, there are plenty that are much much harder to jump into. Of course, I watched them all in order anyway, and that's just my take as a fan, so who really knows.

Jouster, Friday, 9 April 2010 01:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

long term parking is on right now -_-

༗ (J0rdan S.), Friday, 9 April 2010 18:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

quality episode

Shamandy Warhol (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 9 April 2010 18:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Tony Newting his gf is so brutal

Shamandy Warhol (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 9 April 2010 18:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah that scene is great -- altho for cable it gets kinda lol w/ all the edits

J0rdan S., Friday, 9 April 2010 18:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

bought this

plax (ico), Friday, 9 April 2010 19:56 (eight years ago) Permalink

there are a lot of things I could say right now that I am not gonna say

Shamandy Warhol (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 9 April 2010 20:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

i love u 4 that

plax (ico), Friday, 9 April 2010 20:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

What is "newting?"

Jouster, Friday, 9 April 2010 20:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

breaking up with/divorcing someone while they're in the hospital

Shamandy Warhol (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 9 April 2010 20:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

"He walked out in the spring of 1980.... By September, I went into the hospital for my third surgery. The two girls came to see me, and said, "Daddy is downstairs. Could he come up?" When he got there, he wanted to discuss the terms of the divorce while I was recovering from my surgery." - Jackie Gingrich, Newt Gingrich's first wife (who was suffering from cancer iirc)

Shamandy Warhol (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 9 April 2010 20:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

ok i am not reading this thread.... now.

plax (ico), Friday, 9 April 2010 20:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

haha sorry

Shamandy Warhol (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 9 April 2010 20:18 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Nearing the end of Season 5. Tony has gotten so rotten and awful, I seriously hope he just dies at this point. AJ, too, has managed to become even worse; hope someone kills him too. I can't count the number of times I want to just jump through the screen and say the things that need to be said that clearly aren't; it's amazing how passive (re: bad) Tony and Carmela are when it comes to parenting. I wish there was more Gabriella Dante, and I wish Adrianna wasn't so pathetic all the time. She used to be so great!

limp bizkotti (Stevie D), Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also despite the fact that I'm 10 episodes into Season 5, I STILL have not recognized a single shooting location which makes me feel like a rly bad New Jerseyan. There was one episode that took place at Mason Gross (Rutgers' art school) but it was at some old building that I can't seem to locate.

limp bizkotti (Stevie D), Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also also I seriously have managed to make it this far without hearing abt the series finale. Please no one spoil it.

limp bizkotti (Stevie D), Tuesday, 25 May 2010 03:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

I like that his goal w/ the final scene was to evoke a feeling rather than to provide some narrative explanation

gybe horses (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:54 (three years ago) Permalink

There's only 3 minutes left in the episode! Why is nothing ~happening~?? Why is Meadow taking SO LONG to park her car??? Who is that dude in the jacket???? WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN?!?!?

gybe horses (Stevie D(eux)), Thursday, 16 April 2015 12:55 (three years ago) Permalink

he's either going to be shot Then or SOMEDAY or expecting it FOREVER. What's ambiguous?

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 April 2015 15:58 (three years ago) Permalink

we will all be shot one day. shot right in the heart by death's death gun. but the symbolism of the onion rings.

And let’s say a new Hozier comes along, and Spotify outbids you (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 April 2015 16:14 (three years ago) Permalink

the circle of badabing

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 April 2015 16:15 (three years ago) Permalink

did you end up watching the whole series, Dr.?

And let’s say a new Hozier comes along, and Spotify outbids you (Sufjan Grafton), Thursday, 16 April 2015 16:17 (three years ago) Permalink

r u crazy? no, left off a few months ago like, 4 eps in s2. I DO NOT bingewatch.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 April 2015 16:22 (three years ago) Permalink

you people... "watch all Sopranos, watch all Mad Men, watch all The Wire, watch all The Americans," just no more art films that fly in and out of theaters for the rest of your life.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 April 2015 16:24 (three years ago) Permalink

that david chase didn't intend the ending to be ambiguous but the public outcry/confusion made him butthurt and reticent about it

― slam dunk, Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:01 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

like it

lag∞n, Thursday, 16 April 2015 17:43 (three years ago) Permalink

you people... "watch all Sopranos, watch all Mad Men, watch all The Wire, watch all The Americans," just no more art films that fly in and out of theaters for the rest of your life.

it's as if the mediums of television and film are... approached and delivered differently.

Clay, Thursday, 16 April 2015 18:24 (three years ago) Permalink

time, dude. not enough.

the increasing costive borborygmi (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 16 April 2015 18:28 (three years ago) Permalink

Most of these shows aren't running concurrently so it's basically an hour a week. If you are playing catch up it's definitely more daunting.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Thursday, 16 April 2015 18:31 (three years ago) Permalink

no one should peer pressure someone else into binge watching its totally unhealthy lol

deej loaf (D-40), Thursday, 16 April 2015 18:38 (three years ago) Permalink

that david chase didn't intend the ending to be ambiguous but the public outcry/confusion made him butthurt and reticent about it

― slam dunk, Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:01 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

like it

― lag∞n, Thursday, April 16, 2015 12:43 PM (54 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

otm

that said i don't think it takes away from the ending which is the most memorable & best of the major series i can think of ... i mean a montage showing what happens to all the characters set to a country-rock song or w/e a la The Wire is cool & all but

deej loaf (D-40), Thursday, 16 April 2015 18:39 (three years ago) Permalink

as much as i do love the ending i kind of wanted to see tony face down in a plate of linguini tbh

slam dunk, Thursday, 16 April 2015 21:50 (three years ago) Permalink

They should've started the season off with that, Meadow going OMGWHAT HAPPENED? And Carmella saying, well, it all started right around the time Vito came out of the closet-- then FLASHBACK

pplains, Thursday, 16 April 2015 22:35 (three years ago) Permalink

would have been cool if tony woke up and the entire series was a dream

deej loaf (D-40), Friday, 17 April 2015 00:01 (three years ago) Permalink

W tony in bed next to bob newhart

Οὖτις, Friday, 17 April 2015 01:33 (three years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Finding the posters on Meadow's wall rather surprising. Ulver and GVSB, didn't think she was 'alternative' and didn't think they were mainstream so are they consciously part of her character or were the set creators just sticking up things arbitrarily/randomly?

Stevolende, Tuesday, 23 June 2015 10:53 (three years ago) Permalink

THere's a scene where Janice gets out of her car outside her mother's house after Meadow's party where you hear the music she's been listening to in the car. It is a weird yodeling thing that sounds like it might be Tim Buckley's Jungle Fire or possibly something by Leon Thomas, anybody got any idea what it is or if it is that? It's just a small snippet but it does sound like that Jungle Fire snippet

Stevolende, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 13:58 (three years ago) Permalink

when tony and carm visit meadow's college apartment the shins are playing in the background

nose, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:00 (three years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQZXQMtmd3A

nose, Wednesday, 24 June 2015 14:02 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Frederik B so bad itt

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I just finished the O.J. mini-series, and found out that the guy who played Fred Goldman--uncanny lookalike, but not a good performance--was Joseph Siravo, "Johnny Boy Soprano" in five episodes. Drawing a blank.

clemenza, Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:15 (one year ago) Permalink

I still dislike the ending. + I was rewatching the first season of OZ last week, and it's honestly more audacious and interesting than most of Sopranos.

Frederik B, Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:17 (one year ago) Permalink

haha, I watched quite a bit of "Oz" and yer insane.

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 3 August 2017 00:20 (one year ago) Permalink

the audacity of shankings

lag∞n, Monday, 7 August 2017 00:17 (one year ago) Permalink

Obama sequel

jk rowling obituary thread (darraghmac), Monday, 7 August 2017 02:11 (one year ago) Permalink

I just finished the O.J. mini-series, and found out that the guy who played Fred Goldman--uncanny lookalike, but not a good performance--was Joseph Siravo, "Johnny Boy Soprano" in five episodes. Drawing a blank.

― clemenza, Wednesday, August 2, 2017 8:15 PM (four days ago)

wait, you don't remember tony's DAD?

k3vin k., Monday, 7 August 2017 02:20 (one year ago) Permalink

Thanks. Definitely remember the dad, just not the name. (I shouldn't have said "uncanny lookalike," by the way; what I meant was, uncanny makeup job.)

clemenza, Monday, 7 August 2017 02:28 (one year ago) Permalink

haha, I watched quite a bit of "Oz" and yer insane.

― ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), 3. august 2017 02:20 (four days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I can't really honestly say that Oz > Sopranos, but it's a really fun version of what a 'prestige' television show could be, all weird visuals and sex and death. There are ways that Sopranos became the prestige template, which, looking back, seem a bit unfortunate to me. David Chase always had a chip on his shoulder about doing 'tv' and really wanted to do a film, but his taste in film seems pretty boring and vanilla, pretty boring nineties indie stuff. The irony is that it was Tom Fontana, not Chase, who ended up having a real influence on modern cinema, as Lars von Trier has admitted being very influenced by Homicide in his nineties stuff like Dogme, which of course then was hugely influential on a bunch of stuff.

I just think today, with peak tv and hundreds and hundreds of tv shows, every success has so many imitators that it's kinda fun to see stuff that people don't really bother making anymore. I miss shows like Oz :( Even though something like Orange is the New Black is probably a better show as well, strictly speaking.

Frederik B, Monday, 7 August 2017 21:24 (one year ago) Permalink

BAD INFLUENCE

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Monday, 7 August 2017 21:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Orange is the new black is awful though

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 8 August 2017 02:49 (one year ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Clearly the lead characters figure to be Tony's parents, Junior, child Tony, and related associates, ie not even the actors who played them in the '60s episodes of the series (cuz they're too old).

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

My brother made the same observation - I'd forgotten there were flashback scenes tbh

scotti pruitti (wins), Thursday, 8 March 2018 21:44 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

i'm slowly watching this for the first time, i'm early in season 2 now. what is the name of the character who is part of the gang who looks like chevy chase? i feel like he's there and they never say his name and he just hangs out looking like chevy chase

na (NA), Friday, 20 April 2018 15:22 (nine months ago) Permalink

this dude:

https://i.imgur.com/FwUrkqW.png

na (NA), Friday, 20 April 2018 15:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Curto

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

uh but maybe don't read all that (spoilers)

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

there are a bunch of (usually minor) recurring characters who are only partially introduced when they initially appear

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

it's funny, I think the wiki entries take a lot from scripts and other sources, cuz that dude is definitely never referred to as "Buffalo Ray" on-screen

Οὖτις, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

(spoilers)

The revelation that he's [** *********] is one of the more fascinating mysteries of the show, since they never really explain when or how or if there's any consequences from it (I'm not sure there ever were? At least not on screen; possible it would have had consequences down the line)

Evan R, Friday, 20 April 2018 15:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Seitz and Sepinwall have a new book imminent, The Sopranos Sessions. Related a NYC Sopranos film fest that features both The Public Enemy and Barry Lyndon, along with more direct content:

http://www.ifccenter.com/series/the-sopranos-film-festival/

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 January 2019 17:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the authors speak:

We didn’t get him to admit Tony died or anything like that. He was saying that the original intention was to have intimations that Tony died, but he moved away from that to something more philosophical in nature. But David would talk about things being intentional without really being intentional. I asked him: Is it possible that a lifetime of consuming gangster films where heroes die at the end left a flavor? And he said, “That’s possible.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/30/books/sopranos-sessions-matt-zoller-seitz-alan-sepinwall-interview.html

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 January 2019 17:58 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Has anyone here even mentioned Chase's upcoming Sopranos prequel flick?

The Mandal Brah Set (Old Lunch), Friday, 4 January 2019 18:26 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It centers on Christopher's father, says Mike Imperioli.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 4 January 2019 19:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

the name of that Seitz/Sepinwall book sends me looking for the "irrationally angry" thread

resident hack (Simon H.), Friday, 4 January 2019 19:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dwk-gKeUUAAiuI-.jpg

lag∞n, Thursday, 10 January 2019 20:56 (one week ago) Permalink


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