Skip to main content

Featured Post

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs are the perfect make-ahead appetizer or side dish for your next dinner. I’ll show you how to make perfect-peel eggs with a creamy and delicious filling. As easy as 1-2-3!



Not Fade Away Movie Review

Ever since "The Sopranos" finished its run on television, I have anxiously awaited what its creator, David Chase would be up to next. The answer is his film debut, "Not Fade Away", a tribute to what rock and roll has meant to the culture of America. To Chase, rock and roll and nuclear weapons are the two biggest things we have come up with as a nation. He might be right.

Chase grew up in suburban New Jersey in the 1960s, much like Douglas (John Magaro), the main character here. Douglas, like many of his contemporaries is caught up in the British music invasion led by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. He does what everyone and their brother did and formed a band, partially motivated by chasing fame and partially by a love of music.

Instead of a story focusing on a band on its way to stardom or failure, Chase instead focuses on the process. It's clear that Chase loves music and in particular the music of that era. That is one of the reasons that the soundtracks from "The Sopranos" are a must-own. "Not Fade Away" is a true love story, but it does not take place among the people on screen. This is all about Chase's love of music. This takes nothing away from the film, which is immensely watchable and filled with fine performances. Besides Magaro, Gandolfini stars as his father, in a role that strangely does not evoke memories of Tony Soprano even though it takes place in New Jersey and he's being a bit of a hard-ass.

Story takes a back seat to feeling here and usually that is impossible to pull off, but Chase pulls it off in grand style. There are no easy solutions and no particularly hang-on-the-edge of your seat conflicts. It's more of a natural flow and mostly it's smooth sailing. Yet, it holds your interest because it makes no attempts at cheap shots to the face of the audience.

Like "The Sopranos", the ending will leave some wanting because Chase does not like to gift wrap story for you. He prefers to leave it open-ended, just like reality. I love that technique. Many abhor it and feel cheated. If you think you can handle it, I suggest that you make it your business to see it before it fades away.


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Synology Mesh Router MR2200ac Review

You probably know Synology for making NAS drives but the firm has also turned its hand to mesh networks. Here we review the MR2200ac.
Should I Buy The Synology Mesh Router MR2200ac?
Synology could do a little more to explain the many features of the MR2200ac for first-time users, but the strong performance of this mesh system, and the fine-control provided by its web browser interface make it a good option for business users or home users who have a little more experience of networking technology.

Huawei P Smart 2019 Review

Huawei has updated its budget Android phone for 2019. It’s faster and better than before, but should you buy it? Read our review to find out.
Should I Buy The Huawei P Smart 2019?
The P Smart 2019 is a great upgrade from the 2018 model with a bigger screen and better performance. However, as with the original P Smart, Honor's version is better value.

Oppo RX17 Pro Review

Though similar to the OnePlus 6T the Oppo RX17 Pro is very different thanks to the software. Here’s our full review
Should I Buy The Oppo RX17 Pro?
The RX17 Pro is a great looking phone with good performance and a lush display. But with a Snapdragon 710 rather than the better 845 it’s just impossible not to compare it to the OnePlus 6T which looks the same, has better software for the western market and, importantly, costs less.
If you like the look of Oppo’s interface though then there’s a lot to like. The two colour options are premium as is the build quality and the cameras are above average if not great.

Moto Z4 Play Release Date, Price & Spec Rumours

We investigate rumours surrounding the Moto Z4 Play, which could be announced in June 2019 with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Announced in June 2018, the Moto Z3 Play was never joined in the UK by the standard Moto Z3. It's possible that for the Z4 series we will again see only the Play model go on sale here, with the Moto Z4 Play expected to be announced in the UK in mid-2019.

Nokia 9 Release Date, Price & Spec Rumours

We've waited two years for the Nokia 9, and at the end of this month the company could finally put us out of our misery. Here's what we know about the Nokia 9 PureView, which could feature a penta-lens rear camera.
Nokia made its comeback to the Android market in January 2017 with the Nokia 6, and we've been waiting two years now for its long-rumoured flagship Nokia 9 to arrive. At MWC 2018 we thought that time was here, and then we got the the Nokia 8 Sirocco. But now the wait could really, really be over, as the Nokia 9 is tipped to land before the end of January 2019. 

Like Fan Page