Indie Snapshot: Down the Shore

by Ethan Alter April 5, 2013 2:50 pm
Indie Snapshot: <i>Down the Shore</i>

The Sopranos may be long over, but James Gandolfini just can't seem to get the heck out of New Jersey. Last year, he played the out-of-touch father of a wannabe Jersey rocker in David Chase's criminally underseen Not Fade Away, which arrives on DVD later this month, meaning you have no excuse for skipping it a second time. Now he's back in a Garden State state of mind in Down the Shore, an indie drama originally filmed in 2011 right on the Jersey shore made notorious by the eponymous MTV reality show -- an area that's now struggling to recover from the devastation wrecked by Hurricane Sandy.

Five Great James Gandolfini Movie Roles

by Ethan Alter June 20, 2013 9:55 am
Five Great James Gandolfini Movie Roles

For obvious reasons, James Gandolfini's legacy will be forever tied to Tony Soprano. It's the role he played the longest and which left the deepest impact, both on viewers and within the industry at large. But the late actor, who died (too soon) of an apparent heart attack on Wednesday, had a gallery of memorable movie characters as well, particularly after The Sopranos transformed him from a struggling supporting player (he had small, but memorable turns in films like True Romance and Crimson Tide in the run-up to the 1999 debut of The Sopranos) into a sought-after character actor who appeared in a rich variety of films, from the sublime (Spike Jonze's lovely adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are) to the absurd (John Turturro's intriguing, but problematic musical Romance & Cigarettes). And even when the films themselves stank (Surviving Christmas anyone?) Gandolfini's mere presence made them less painful than they otherwise might have been. Here are five Gandolfini movie characters we'd place alongside his towering turn as a New Jersey don.

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