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    I grew up in the town of Kearny where they did a lot of filming for the show. It always gave us a sense of pride for whatever reason. Far too young... RIP sir




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    Quote Originally Posted by arnie_uk View Post
    I can't believe how many haven't seem the sopranos. It's just simply brilliant and he made it
    yeah me too...

    He skirted the line between good guy and bad guy so well... and has in movies as well... "The Mexican" for one... IT was a role that fit him... complex, conflicted, leaving the viewer conflicted as well...




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    The Sopranos was one of the all-time greatest shows on television. James was a major, if not THE major reason for it. He will be sorely missed. Way to young to go.




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    Quote Originally Posted by alienrace View Post
    The Sopranos was one of the all-time greatest shows on television. James was a major, if not THE major reason for it. He will be sorely missed. Way to young to go.
    Loved the Sopranos would religiously watch it every Sunday night. Gandolfini made the show. Lots of other great actors/actresses but he was the glue that bound it all together. Without his powerhouse performance the show is not half as good as it was.

    Far as being personally affected. I was really sad to hear this news. I am also sad for his family having lost people in mine that I loved and cared about. Its natural to feel empathy though the degrees vary based on your perceived personal connection to the person in question. Its one thing to say that you never watched the show and had only seen him a few times so while you understand why people are sad, it has very little effect on you. Its a whole other thing to say whats the big deal so the guy died, get over it. The first is a natural response of a person with little connection to the deceased. The second is the reaction of a sociopath/psychopath with no perception of human emotion as they generally lack normal emotional reaction and thus the ability to understand it.
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    He really did a fantastic job portraying that type of character that could "walk the line".

    As Tony Soprano, you knew that dude was a BAD man. However, you wanted Tony to win. You wanted to see him, Paulie, Syl, and all of those guys succeed.

    I think that's why they ended it the way that they did. Just straight cut to blacked out, silent screen.
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    I have the first three episodes of The Sopranos downloaded to computer. Was going to watch them to get a feel for the show/figure out if I should continue and then I heard this. Oy. Allow me to echo how fleeting life is. Sorry for his family's loss. I could guess that it was a heart attack (we all probably did) when we first saw the headline.




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    What is it with Italian-American men & heart attacks?

    I'm cento per cento I-A & nearly every male member on either side of my parents' rather larger families has passed on thanks to heart attack or stroke. Some of them, like Gandolfini (RIP), waaaay too young.

    I have this theory that the genotype had been whittled down over the centuries to them as prosper under a combination of a Mediterranean diet and a lot of physical activity...& when they came over & overlaid the upwardly-mobile American lifestyle (meat & potatoes, overeating, white-collar work) onto that, the coronary arteries were not amused...




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    Re: OT: James Gandolfini Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    He really did a fantastic job portraying that type of character that could "walk the line".

    As Tony Soprano, you knew that dude was a BAD man. However, you wanted Tony to win. You wanted to see him, Paulie, Syl, and all of those guys succeed.

    I think that's why they ended it the way that they did. Just straight cut to blacked out, silent screen
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    I thought the last scene was genius in it's simplicity and I believe it was obvious that Tony was killed.

    Go back to the episode or two before that. Tony and Bobby are sitting in a boat and they talk about what it's like when you die. Tony says something to the effect that "things just go black".

    Now fast forward to that final scene. As each person walks into Holsten's, the camera shows his face and he's not phased by any person that walks in or walks by. The very last scene before the black screen shows Tony's face and he has a very concerned look on his face.
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    Re: OT: James Gandolfini Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by jonboy79 View Post
    yeah me too...

    He skirted the line between good guy and bad guy so well... and has in movies as well... "The Mexican" for one... IT was a role that fit him... complex, conflicted, leaving the viewer conflicted as well...
    agreed definitely a very very good actor...i wish david chase made a sopranos movie




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    Quote Originally Posted by akashicrecorder View Post
    I have the first three episodes of The Sopranos downloaded to computer. Was going to watch them to get a feel for the show/figure out if I should continue and then I heard this. Oy. Allow me to echo how fleeting life is. Sorry for his family's loss. I could guess that it was a heart attack (we all probably did) when we first saw the headline.
    it starts slow but gets really good...seasons 2&3 are the best in my opinion




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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    I thought the last scene was genius in it's simplicity and I believe it was obvious that Tony was killed.

    Go back to the episode or two before that. Tony and Bobby are sitting in a boat and they talk about what it's like when you die. Tony says something to the effect that "things just go black".

    Now fast forward to that final scene. As each person walks into Holsten's, the camera shows his face and he's not phased by any person that walks in or walks by. The very last scene before the black screen shows Tony's face and he has a very concerned look on his face.
    good interpretation. Always has made the most sense to me. I assume it was the "members only jacket guy" coming out of the bathroom. Tonys look of concern being in retaliation to what we dont see, Meadows look of fear of walking in right as its happening, as she would have the better view of the gunmen. Tony just reacting to seeing his daughter distraught and otherwise unaware of his own impending death. I think this ending allows you to fill in blanks while if the shot was the reverse, meadow carmela or AJ, you lose that by seeing their reaction. First time i saw it i was unsure about it, but it has grown on me as I keep watching it over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JAB1985 View Post
    good interpretation. Always has made the most sense to me. I assume it was the "members only jacket guy" coming out of the bathroom. Tonys look of concern being in retaliation to what we dont see, Meadows look of fear of walking in right as its happening, as she would have the better view of the gunmen.
    Spot on. I forgot about Meadow's reaction.

    The use of the members only guy going to the bathroom also eludes to the running theme through the series of paying homage to "The Godfather".

    It's assumed that the jacket guy is retrieving the gun from the bathroom much in the way Michael did the same in the first movie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonRaven View Post
    Spot on. I forgot about Meadow's reaction.

    The use of the members only guy going to the bathroom also eludes to the running theme through the series of paying homage to "The Godfather".

    It's assumed that the jacket guy is retrieving the gun from the bathroom much in the way Michael did the same in the first movie.
    I think the only thing we see of meadow is when shes running across the street. not sure if thats enough to go off of or not. i was more saying that we dont see her, but the look on her face would be what Tony was reacting to. which im assuming in this case is a gun pointed at her father.

    I assumed as soon as he got up he was going to the bathroom because of that scene. great tie in.
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    Re: OT: James Gandolfini Dead

    Quote Originally Posted by JAB1985 View Post
    good interpretation. Always has made the most sense to me. I assume it was the "members only jacket guy" coming out of the bathroom. Tonys look of concern being in retaliation to what we dont see, Meadows look of fear of walking in right as its happening, as she would have the better view of the gunmen. Tony just reacting to seeing his daughter distraught and otherwise unaware of his own impending death. I think this ending allows you to fill in blanks while if the shot was the reverse, meadow carmela or AJ, you lose that by seeing their reaction. First time i saw it i was unsure about it, but it has grown on me as I keep watching it over.

    In the moment, I was confused, thought there was an issue with the tv/or cable feed... but after the fact, yes I agree, He died.. and the scene in the boat was the tell...

    GREAT way to end the show... I know I didn't want to atually see Tony get Offed....




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    Quote Originally Posted by iggyman555 View Post
    it starts slow but gets really good...seasons 2&3 are the best in my opinion
    I can handle a slow burn. I've been told that if you love the Wire (which I did; David Simon even spoke at Georgetown's commencement!) then you'll love the Sopranos. Thanks for the recommendation!




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