Monday, June 11, 2007

Bravo Sopranos!

*There be spoilers*

Was anyone else as satisfyingly unsatisfied with the ending as I was?

I absolutely loved it. The way Tony manipulated everyone--from the FBI guy down to his own kids. The way Carmela lapsed into her own sick dreamworld.

A more toxic anti-hero has never been drawn.

I even think Junior had a moment of clarity there at the end.

As usual, the musical choice was perfect. Through all the confusing, lackluster shows, we could always count on the music to fill in the gaps, and this particular choice at the end was exceptional. The only better choice was The Eurythmics' "I Saved the World Today" after Tony killed that guy with his bare hands in season... three (?)

I was ready for the show to end, was growing bored. Ironically, the last episode reminded me why I've loved it all these years.

It's been a great run. More than a few bumps, but overall, risky, interesting and brilliant.



Blogger Script Demon said...

Great to know you're a Sopranos fan, Ann. You hit the right chord by talking about it on your blog. You've also given me an opportunity to express my feelings about it... This may be long.

I don't know what I'll do with myself on Sunday nights now that it's over. Same feeling of teetering on the edge of the abyss when Seinfeld aired its last episode.

I loved this episode regardless of what anyone says. Ok, maybe one too many shrinks, but the ending was brilliant even as I got up to check if there was something wrong with my TV.

How else could it end? Tony and his family will always face a big, black future just like those last few black frames. And ending it without music after we've been so conditioned to expect a great tune over the end credits was sublime.

Just like Phil Leotardo getting whacked in front of his wife and grandchildren, these mobsters will always face a bleak future and will always be looking behind their backs. That's David Chase for you. He sucks you into identifying with these characters and then reminds you what kind of ruthless psychopaths they are.

With the entire series, we have experienced the "Great American Novel" even if it is TV. And TV is the medium of the masses whatever Thomas Wolfe or any stuck-up literature professor might think.

The American Experience is that of the immigrant whether you arrived on the Mayflower or were processed through Ellis Island.

The Sopranos was the journey towards the "dream" we're all here for. Even us Canadians, eh? In all its drama, through all the violence and ugliness, Chase put a mirror up for all of us to look into.


What the hey, I'll put this up on my blog since it's so long. Haven't posted in a while.

And that screenplay? I got a couple weeks extension. A screenwriter friend sent me this great Billy Wilder quote. "No one ever walked up to a box office to buy a ticket and asked, 'Excuse me, was the script for this film handed in on time?'"

June 11, 2007 10:39 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Hey Vince! I wondered what happened with the script. Man, I love Billy Wilder. My mother introduced me to him as a kid and told me to see anything and everything he did.

As for Sopranos, I'm enrapt with the ending. I didn't go into as much detail as to why here because I've gotten so impassioned over on Mystery Man's blog, where they all hated the ending. Go check over there for my rants.

Nice to hear from you!

June 11, 2007 10:52 PM  
Blogger Script Demon said...

You met BILLY WILDER!!! I'm not worthy... I'm not worthy...

I'll go check out Mystery Man right away. How you doing?

June 11, 2007 10:58 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...




I should've said she introduced me to his work. LOL. She has a very silly POV and I blame her for the way I turned out.

I'm doing great!

June 11, 2007 11:06 PM  
Blogger Script Demon said...

You shoulda just humored me and went along with it.

But "introduced to his work" still works for me.

Your mom had great taste!

Just stealing my comment and posting it on my blog. Then it's off to defend David Chase with the heathens!

June 11, 2007 11:13 PM  
Blogger Script Demon said...

Just left a comment on MM's blog.

Ann, can you clone yourself and send a copy of you up to Montreal? I'll pay for the FedEx.

June 11, 2007 11:28 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Hmmmm. Trying to figure out the postage on that package...

June 12, 2007 5:47 AM  
Blogger Script Demon said...

Technically, it's not really you, see? It's a clone, ok? But out of respect for the fact that the clone would be a living, breathing entity, I'd be willing to spring for first class...postage.

Eeh-gads! I could just see you seething.

Oh, all right! First class airfare!

I've just finished off a bottle of Chilean Baron de Rothschild and I'm feeling frisky so forgive the silliness.

June 12, 2007 9:31 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Yeah that Chilean Baron de Rothschild will do that to a person.


First Class, eh? Haven't flown in style since the upper-decks in 747 days. Can you send my clone the long way around, with layovers in Rio, Sydney and Reykjavik?

June 13, 2007 5:52 AM  
Blogger Script Demon said...

Let's see... a production fee of ... on ... Hmm, I think I could just swing it. You'll have to wait for First Day of Principal Photography on this racing epic though. That's when us screenwriters usually get paid.

Sounds like a fun ride, maybe I'll do the same when my royalties kick in.

June 13, 2007 5:20 PM  

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