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Rewatch Every Episode of The Sopranos with the Talking Sopranos Podcast, Hosted by Michael Imperioli & Steve Schirripa

The Sopranos premiered on January 10, 1999, and television did not change forever — or rather, not right away. Though its treatment of the life of mid-level New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano drew large numbers of dedicated viewers right away, few could have imagined during the show's eight-year run how completely its success would eventually rewrite the rules of dramatic TV. More than twenty years later, nearly all of us place the beginning of our ongoing televisual "golden age" at the br...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Television, Podcasts, College, New Jersey, David Chase, James Gandolfini, Seoul, Tony, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Facebook Twitter, Michael Imperioli, Tony Soprano, Matt Zoller Seitz, Edie Falco


"Death Created Time to Grow the Things that It Would Kill": The True Detective Files

In the midst of enjoying True Detective on Blu-ray recently, I think it holds up well given our current issues, and so I compiled some quotes and links to some of the better analyses, sources, and interpretations of cryptic clues related to the show. I especially like writer Nic Pizzolatto's use of philosophy and "weird fiction" to enhance Rust Cohle's delightfully bleak point of view.---"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its cont...
Tags: Movies, Matthew Mcconaughey, Time, America, Michael Jordan, Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Woody Harrelson, Louisiana, Gulf Coast, True Detective, Maggie, Chambers, Gulf of Mexico, Lange, Holmes


Wes Anderson Narrates an Animated Version of ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ For the Criterion Release

Wes Anderson‘s 2014 film The Grand Budapest Hotel is finally joining the Criterion Collection, and with it come a slew of special features befitting the whimsical caper. One of the most exciting features is a set of storyboard animatics narrated by Anderson, turning The Grand Budapest Hotel into a bonafide animated movie. Wes Anderson’s whimsical and stylish films are often one step removed from being animated films, albeit with darker undertones. It’s no surprise the auteur has dabbled in a...
Tags: Comedy, Movies, Drama, Animation, Wes-Anderson, Fox Searchlight, Grand Budapest Hotel, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson, Kovacs, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Brody, Budapest Hotel, Matt Zoller Seitz, David Bordwell, Roman Coppola


New On Blu-ray and Digital: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, ‘Bad Boys For Life’, ‘The Rhythm Section’, ‘The Gentlemen’

Hello, everyone still stuck at home! Are you in search of new forms of entertainment to free your mind from existential dread? Well, you’ve come to the right place. These are the new Blu-ray releases (and digital releases, too) you should check out this week. The Grand Budapest Hotel Is The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson‘s best movie? Sometimes I think it is. But even if it’s not, it’s definitely the film that’s the perfect encapsulation of his talents. Combining his eye for detail w...
Tags: UK, Movies, Matthew Mcconaughey, Features, Budapest, Wes Anderson, Colin Farrell, Will Smith, Mark Twain, Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson, Guy Ritchie, Hugh Grant, Blake


"Death Created Time to Grow the Things that It Would Kill": The True Detective Files

In the midst of enjoying True Detective on Blu-ray recently, I think it holds up well given our current issues, and so I compiled some quotes and links to some of the better analyses, sources, and interpretations of cryptic clues related to the show. I especially like writer Nic Pizzolatto's use of philosophy and "weird fiction" to enhance Rust Cohle's delightfully bleak point of view.---"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its cont...
Tags: Movies, Time, America, Michael Jordan, Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Louisiana, Gulf Coast, Maggie, Chambers, Gulf of Mexico, Lange, Holmes, Marty, Galveston, Errol


Martin Scorsese Doesn’t Like Superhero Movies and the Internet is Really Mad About It

There was a time when superheroes and comic books strictly belonged to the fringes. No more. We’re now in a landscape where studios are oversaturated with superhero movies. Where the mid-budget movie is extinct, and where comic book adaptations reign supreme. So what does Martin Scorsese, one of our greatest living filmmakers, think about all of this? He’s not thrilled. In fact, according to Scorsese, superhero movies aren’t even really “cinema”, at least as he understands it. They’re more like...
Tags: Movies, Scorsese, James Gunn, Martin-Scorsese, Gunn, Matt Zoller Seitz, Seitz, Comic Book/Superhero


Supremely Luxe Mother's Day Gifts For Under $50

Little luxuries are those specialty items that aren't exactly everyday-essentials, but are everyday-enhancers instead; like using a rose-infused hand cream, eating a square of dark chocolate, pouring a premium cup of tea, lighting a fancy candle, or writing in a new notebook. And while everyone appreciates a little luxury, many aren't looking to spend everyday money on them — which is why they make for particularly excellent special occasion gifts (a.k.a. Mother's Day material).While they won't...
Tags: Amazon, Fashion, Music, Wes Anderson, Dallas, Madagascar, Grand Budapest Hotel, Anthropologie, Jonathan Adler, Matt Zoller Seitz, TOCCA, Need Supply Co, Palo Santo, Sara Miller, Graf Lantz, Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash


Road to Endgame: How ‘Iron Man 3’ Forged a Unique Identity

(Welcome to  Road to Endgame , where we revisit all 22 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this edition:  Iron Man 3   brings a personal style to the MCU, even as it stumbles in the homestretch.) After six films culminating in an unprecedented crossover, the Marvel Cinematic Universe had arrived. The Avengers   set a new standard for summer blockbusters, though the concern going forward (for skeptics, and presumably for studio execs) was one of dimin...
Tags: New York, Movies, New York City, America, Features, Iron Man, Tennessee, John, Thor, Road, Avengers, Ben Kingsley, Marvel Studios, Black, Hogan, Tony Stark


29 Supremely Luxurious Gifts For Under $50 (Save These For Your VIPs)

Little luxuries are those specialty items that aren't exactly everyday-essentials, but are everyday-enhancers instead; like using a rose-infused hand cream, eating a square of dark chocolate, pouring a premium cup of tea, lighting a fancy candle, or writing in a new notebook. And while everyone appreciates a little luxury, many aren't looking to spend the money on them — which is why they make excellent presents.While they won't break the bank if you're in the market to give a gift, these purch...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Wes Anderson, Madagascar, Grand Budapest Hotel, Catherine, Anthropologie, Matt Zoller Seitz, TOCCA, Sara Miller, Graf Lantz, Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, Amazon Superior Hand SoapNobody, Nordstrom Punchy Coffee Table BookLet, Fresh Premium Tea BlendA, Tocca Fragrance Rollerball Stella


The top 7 shows on Netflix and other streaming services this week

Every week, Parrot Analytics provides Business Insider the most in-demand original TV shows on streaming services. This week sees the addition of Netflix's "The Dragon Prince" and DC Universe continues to stay strong. DC Universe continues to stay strong with viewers and give Netflix a run for its money. Its original series "Titans" and "Doom Patrol" (which made a big jump since last week) remain consistent regulars among the most in-demand streaming shows week-to-week. Every week, Parrot Ana...
Tags: Trends, Netflix, Cbs, David Griffin, Matt Murdock, Matt Zoller Seitz, U S S Enterprise, DC Universe, U S S Discovery, Parrot Analytics, Michael Burnham, Christopher Pike, Parrot Analytics Audience, Kitchen New York City Rotten Tomatoes, Spock Rotten Tomatoes, Amy Glynn Paste Magazine Season


Did Tony Soprano Die? The Two Guys Who Wrote ‘The Sopranos Sessions’ Hash It Out

Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall, who were the TV critics at Tony’s hometown paper (The Star-Ledger) when the series ran on HBO and who have just released a major book about the show for its 20th anniversary, lay their arguments over this subject on the line. — Vulture
Tags: Art, Hbo, Media, Tony, Matt Zoller Seitz, Alan Sepinwall, 01.09.19, Tony Soprano Die


‘The Sopranos’ Series Finale Almost Had a Much Different Ending

The Sopranos marks its 20th anniversary this week, and everyone is still talking about the series finale, some 12 years after it aired. Love it or hate it, the Sopranos finale was unforgettable, particularly for its now-infamous final scene in which (spoilers) the screen cut to black, and held there, leaving the fate of Tony Soprano ambiguous, and spouting many theories in the process. But according to creator David Chase, the series could’ve had a much different final scene – one that would’ve...
Tags: Hbo, New York, Television, Movies, Chase, Manhattan, David-Chase, Tony, Johnny, Tony Soprano, Matt Zoller Seitz, Seitz, Lincoln Tunnel, Alan Sepinwall, The-Sopranos, Sepinwall


Shorties (2019's Most Anticipated Books, 2019's Most Anticipated Albums, and more)

BBC Culture, Book Riot, BuzzFeed and The A.V. Club previewed 2019's best books. BrooklynVegan and Paste listed 2019's most anticipated albums. 85 "best books of 2018" lists were added to Largehearted Boy's master aggregation last week (bringing the total to 1,487), including Clash Magazine’s best music books and Graphic Policy’s best comics. Largehearted Boy's essential and interesting 2018 year-end music lists (updated daily). The 2018 NPR Music jazz critic poll results have been...
Tags: Music, Bbc, David, Nme, Ken Liu, Brooklynvegan, Atomic Books Comics Preview, NPR Music, Matt Zoller Seitz, Mary Lattimore, Alan Sepinwall, Maren, Hannah Lillith Assadi, Kristen Roupenian, Laura Catherine Brown, Rolling Stone Rolling Stone


The Real Louis C.K. And Kevin Spacey Have Finally Emerged

Matt Zoller Seitz: “These types of guys thrive on attention, and if they can’t get the positive kind, they’ll settle for the negative. ‘Oh, sure, they’ve tried to separate us,’ Spaceywood said, inadvertently speaking for Louis C.K. as he emerged from his alt-right chrysalis and flapped his moth wings in Levittown. ‘But what we have is too strong. It’s too powerful.'” — Vulture
Tags: Art, People, Kevin Spacey, Louis C K, Levittown, Matt Zoller Seitz, 12.31.18, Spaceywood, Real Louis C K


The 10 Best-Directed Films of 2018

Cinema is a language beyond words, one we speak regardless of where we’re from. It allows us to both put forth and absorb ideas through picture and sound, telling stories that transcend borders while still being specific to our experiences. Though, despite our constant fixation with discussing cinema, I often wonder how much we’re truly understanding one another. Critic Matt Zoller Seitz once wrote that refusing to engage with film form is like “[refusing] to engage with the heart of a wor...
Tags: Usa, Movies, India, Earth, Features, Netflix, Guinea, Lafayette, Oakland, Roma, Hamilton, Rajasthan, Miles, Miles Miles, Ferris, Jefferson


"Whether the speaker is a drawling Spacey in character as a secretly homicidal sociopath or a comedian who styled himself as a postmillennial cross between John Cassavetes and Alan Alda..."

"... while he was whipping it out every chance he got, a horrible truth still emerges. These types of guys thrive on attention, and if they can’t get the positive kind, they’ll settle for the negative. 'Oh, sure, they’ve tried to separate us,' Spaceywood said, inadvertently speaking for Louis C.K. as he emerged from his alt-right chrysalis and flapped his moth wings in Levittown. 'But what we have is too strong. It’s too powerful.' Unless it isn’t. This concludes the last thing I’ll ever write a...
Tags: Law, Kevin Spacey, Alan Alda, Louis C.K, Levittown, Spacey, Matt Zoller Seitz, Unsaid Things, Ann Althouse, John Cassavetes, getting used to Trump, Spaceywood


Q. & A.: Tell Us 5 Things About Your Book: A Deep Dive Back Into ‘The Sopranos’

To coincide with the 20th anniversary of the series premiere, the critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall have published “The Sopranos Sessions,” a collection that includes episode recaps, conversations with creator David Chase and more.
Tags: Television, News, David Chase, Alan, Matt Zoller Seitz, Seitz, Books and Literature, Alan Sepinwall, The Sopranos (TV Program, Sepinwall, The Sopranos Sessions (Book, Matt Zoller


Christmas Water Cooler: Batman, Three Identical Strangers, Hate U Give, Marwen, Skate Kitchen, Die Hard, The Endless, Spider-Verse, First Man, Codenames & More

On the December 26, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor in chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman , senior writer Ben Pearson , and writers Hoai-Tran Bui and Chris Evangelista , to talk about what they’ve been up at the Water Cooler. You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes , Google Play , Overcast , Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it). At The Water Cooler: What we’ve been Doing : ...
Tags: Movies, David, Netflix, Guillermo Del Toro, Dreamworks, Arcadia, Chris, Secret Santa, Peter, Ben, Brad, Sean Murphy, Frankenstein, Hershey, Reese, Ben Pearson


/Filmcast Ep. 498 – Aquaman

David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss James Wan’s Aquaman and rank the DCEU films thus far. Check out Hoai-Tran Bui’s review of Aquaman, Matt Zoller Seitz’s review of Aquaman, and Nate Jones spoiler-y write-up of what Julie Andrews does in this film. Listen to David’s other podcast Write Along with writer C. Robert Cargill and Devindra’s new podcast Know More Tech, answering your question on the latest gadgets. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicem...
Tags: Movies, Uncategorized, David, Aquaman, Jeff, Julie Andrews, Matt Zoller Seitz, James Wan, David Devindra, Nate Jones, Robert Cargill, Facebook Listen, Simonmharris, Kyle Hillinger, Devindra, Hoai Tran Bui


Wes Anderson’s Breakthrough Film, Rushmore, Revisited in Five Video Essays: It Came Out 20 Years Ago Today

"I genuinely don't know what to make of this movie." So said eminent New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael about Rushmore, Wes Anderson's second film. But having spent the better part of a decade in retirement by that point, she didn't publish that judgment; rather, she spoke it straight to Anderson himself, who had rented out a theater to give her a personal screening. "I was a little disappointed by Ms. Kael's reaction to the movie," Anderson writes in his recollection of the event. Upon it...
Tags: Google, Film, College, New York Times, Wes Anderson, Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Grand Budapest Hotel, Seoul, Rushmore, Anderson, Max, Wilson, Blume, Scott, Facebook Twitter


New Blu-ray Releases: ‘Deadpool 2’, ‘Hereditary’, ‘The Tree of Life’, ‘Upgrade’, ‘The Terror’

(Welcome to Not Dead Yet, a feature dedicated to new Blu-ray releases and what special features you should be excited about. Because yes, some of us still like to own physical copies of our movies.) Greeting, physical media phiends. This week’s Blu-ray column rounds up some of the must-have titles available to buy right now (or very soon). There’s the surprisingly funny Deadpool 2, Criterion’s fantastic The Tree of Life Blu-ray, A24’s terrifying Hereditary, Leigh Whannell‘s awesome sci-fi horro...
Tags: Christopher Nolan, Jessica Chastain, Television, Movies, Drama, Horror, Amc, Sci-fi, Upgrade, Features, Roger Ebert, Sequels, Ethan Hawke, Josh Brolin, Brad Pitt, Annie


Guillermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone Making Of Book Review

As a huge fan of Guillermo del Toro’s cinematic work I have acquired most, if not all of the making of books for his films, including Pacific Rim, Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak, The Shape Of Water, so any new addition to the collection naturally piques my interest. This particular book delves into the making for one of the director’s earlier works The Devil’s Backbone ( the film was released in 2001, but this publication is a fairly new one dated November 2017 ), a spiritual companion film to...
Tags: Movies, Film, Horror, Book Reviews, Book Review, Guillermo Del Toro, Anime, Grand Budapest Hotel, Horror Movies, Cinematography, Concept Art, Toro, Del Toro, Guillermo, Amazon UK, Amazon Japan


Board Question #91283: Do you have audio book or podcast recommendations? I have ...

Q: Dear 100 Hour Board,Do you have audio book or podcast recommendations? I have an audible account, but my ears need more.-Listener A: Dear Undeaf, My two favorite podcasts are the NPR Politics Podcast (for understanding politics and the significance of news) and Sneak Attack! podcast (a family friendly Dungeons and Dragons podcast that is still going and has a very active twitter account). -Spectre A: Dear Doctor, If you're a West Wing fan, you should definitely check out The West Wing Wee...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Hollywood, Neil Gaiman, Rome, Chicago, Atlantic, New York Times, Bill Cosby, Cameron, Smithsonian, Harry Potter, Isaac Newton, Nick Offerman, Npr, Batman


Comedy Roundup: Vulture Fest (Tracy Morgan, Retta, Samantha Bee), Hannibal Buress, more

Plus: "Dr. Gameshow" and more Vulture Fest, "Tinder Live," Todd Barry, Seth Herzog, and more funny stuff. Continue reading… [Author: Arielle Gordon]
Tags: Music, Hannibal Buress, Tracy Morgan, Adam Pally, Retta, Sasheer Zamata, Samantha Bee, Tour Dates, Alex English, Wyatt Cenac, Rachel Bloom, Joanna Rothkopf, Rebecca Traister, Julio Torres, Jo Firestone, Peter Smith


'Scandal' Was Even More Groundbreaking A TV Series Than You Think

Matt Zoller Seitz: "Shonda Rhimes's Scandal, which ends its seven-season run Thursday night, is a rare revolutionary TV drama that never became full of itself. It dealt in controversy on the regular, tackling everything from racial politics and sexual power dynamics in a workplace to PTSD, executive privilege, and the efficacy of torture, even letting […]
Tags: Art, Shonda Rhimes, Media, Matt Zoller Seitz, 04.18.18


My recent media diet for March-ish 2018

Quick reviews of some things I’ve read, seen, heard, and experienced in the past month or so. I was out of town for a few days so there are more books on here than usual. I’m trying to keep it up…reading right now but too early to call: Broad Band, Am I There Yet?, Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet. Oh and I’m really glad The Americans is back on, even though it’s the final season. (As I’ve said before, don’t pay too much attention to the letter grades. They are subjective and frequently wr...
Tags: Ocean, Wes Anderson, Vietnam, Spielberg, David Foster Wallace, Moma, Simon, Jason Kottke, Chang, Logan, Wallace, Branagh, J Law, Ollie, David Chang, Soderbergh


"When Did You Realize TV Could Be Art?"

Asked Matt Zoller Seitz, back in 2012. Seitz was born in 1968, so he didn't live through "The Twilight Zone," 1959-1964. I was 8 to 13, in those years, and even today, seeing that question — "When Did You Realize TV Could Be Art?" — I'm inclined to say, I never "realized" it, because I don't remember a time when I didn't know "The Twilight Zone." I immediately thought of the episodes "Eye of the Beholder" and "The Monsters Are Due on Main Street." And just the opening credits.But maybe you think...
Tags: Amazon, Art, Hbo, TV, Nbc, Geena Davis, Law, Obama, Reagan, Netflix, United States, Ronald Reagan, New York Times, The Twilight Zone, 1980s, WaPo


Even with Barack Obama as a first guest, David Letterman is getting lukewarm reviews for his 'halfhearted' new Netflix talk show

Critics are lukewarm on the first episode of David Letterman's new Netflix talk show, which features Barack Obama.  The show currently sits at an early rating of 60% on Rotten Tomatoes.    Critics are responding to the premiere episode of David Letterman's new monthly Netflix talk show with generally lukewarm reviews.  "My Next Guest With Needs No Introduction with David Letterman" currently sits at an early rating of 60% on the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, after its debut, Barack Oba...
Tags: John Lewis, Nbc, Obama, David Letterman, Barack Obama, Trends, Netflix, Harvard, Chelsea, Cbs, Fox News, Howard Stern, Usa Today, Letterman, Boston Globe, Lewis


My recent media diet, special Star Wars edition

Quick reviews of some things I’ve read, seen, heard, and experienced in the past month or so. I’ve been busy with work, so leisure reading time has been hard to come by…but I’m still working my way through Why Buddhism is True. Lots of great TV and movies though. Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I’ve been watching Star Wars for almost 40 years, and I can’t tell if any of the movies are any good anymore. At this point, Star Wars just is. Even so, I really enjoyed seeing this and will try to catch it ag...
Tags: US, Claire Foy, Rogers, Jason Kottke, Morris, Errol Morris, Lhasa, Donnie Darko, Matt Zoller Seitz, Nick Bostrom, Elsa Dorfman, Inglourious Basterds Tarantino, Luca Turin Tania Sanchez Tim


‘The Devil’s Backbone’: 13 Revelations About Guillermo del Toro’s Masterpiece From an Incredible New Book

Matt Zoller Seitz and Simon Abrams have created a stunning, essential new book devoted to Guillermo del Toro‘s 2001 gothic horror movie The Devil’s Backbone. Through in-depth interviews with del Toro and the cast and crew of the film, the Devil’s Backbone book details both the making of one of del Toro’s best films, and del Toro’s insights into filmmaking as a whole. In 1997, Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro went Hollywood with the horror film Mimic . It didn’t go so well. del Toro had...
Tags: Books, Hollywood, Movies, Horror, Spain, Features, Cruise, Guillermo-del-Toro, Stanley Kubrick, Pedro Almodóvar, Kubrick, Tom Cruise, Charlie Chaplin, Cool Stuff, Pedro, Devil