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James Gandolfini (9/18/1961-6/19/2013)

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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

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The Soundtrack Series: The Coen Brothers

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I have a confession to make. Last week, when I started The Soundtrack Series, I kicked things off with Stanley Kubrick. The truth is that the Coens were actually the inspiration for the series. They would’ve been the first in the series but I’m smart enough to realize that TDYLF is often oversaturated with the Coens. But I’ve waited a whole week now, and even without the Coenification of this site, they’d be a worthy choice. Without further ado, here’s entry number two in the Soundtrack Series- the Coen brothers. Continue reading

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