Re-Watchterpiece Theater is a series that explores the organic way that attitudes about films change after you watch them a second time, a third time, or more, further down the line than the original viewing.
Today, Re-Watchterpiece Theater takes a mild departure from the norm. Rather than re-watching a film, this time I went after a TV show. Since James Gandolfini’s untimely death, HBO has lovingly honored him by placing the entire first season of The Sopranos back on OnDemand. Gandolfini’s death has caused a rebirth in interest in his tour de force role as Tony Soprano. Inspired by all of this, I’ve decided to take HBO up on their offer and revisit the first season of The Sopranos. It didn’t take long in the pilot episode for a lot of thoughts to start forming, especially deeper in comparison with my initial reaction to the show. Continue reading
James Gandolfini passed away today. I’m not one for empty platitudes when actors and actresses die, but it’s hard not to feel something for Gandolfini, whose work has given me hours and hours of entertainment. He was universally beloved by his peers and by his fans. Everyone knows about his role as Tony Soprano, where he willed premium cable programming to a higher plane of existence. But he also had notable roles in In the Loop, True Romance, Zero Dark Thirty, Killing Them Softly, Cinema Verite, The Last Castle, and… you know what? He was notable in all of his roles. Instead of me listing them, just go check out his filmography on IMDb and watch some of those movies in the next few days. In his honor, here are some of my favorite Gandolfini scenes. It’s Soprano-heavy, as it should be, but that should take nothing away from what he achieved as an actor in other roles. Rest in peace, James Gandolfini. You’re eating braciola in heaven now. Continue reading