15 January 2017

Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away
  • Director: David Chase
  • Based on book: no
  • Cast: John Magaro, Jack Huston, James Gandolfini, Bella Heathcote, Dominique McElligott
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Jack Huston – Factory Girl
    • James Gandolfini – In the Loop, The Sopranos, Romance & Cigarettes, The Man Who Wasn’t There, Get Shorty, True Romance
    • Bella Heathcote  – Dark Shadows
    • William H. Macy – Cake, The Lincoln Lawyer, Bobby, The Cooler, State and Main, Happy Texas, Pleasantville, Boogie Nights, Fargo, The Client, Benny and Joon
  • Why? James Gandolfini, 60’s music
  • Seen: 8 January 2017      

       The assassination of JFK. The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bo Diddley on American TV. Aspiring rock groups. Teen angst, unrequited love. Coming back after the first term at college with long hair, enraging the overweight, chain smoking, homophobic racist working class dad. Smoking grass.
       Talk about a walk down memory lane. All those 60’s songs! Flashes of the LPs we all knew and loved. A little Vietnam War. A little civil rights movement. Leadbelly. Burl Ives.
       This is such a cavalcade of 60’s nostalgia that I don’t know what the story is. It’s full of clichés and not terribly interesting. Gandolfini lifts it a bit in his few scenes though he isn’t given much to work with.
       The music is good but then with the E Street Band people involved it bloody well should be.

2 ½ * of 5   

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