bestnom1000x50

The Sopranos

Latest Articles

film-not-fade-away-2_list

Review: Not Fade Away

Can a movie be intimate and rock-and-roll at the same time?
Fade to Black
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  December 21, 2012
FILM_Chase_list

David Chase's goodbye to TV

With The Sopranos , David Chase kicked off a revolution, revitalizing the hour-long serial drama, and creating a benchmark for the genre.

By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  December 21, 2012
mafiaii

Review: Mafia II

Thanks to Goodfellas , The Sopranos , and, oh yeah, The Godfather , the life of a wiseguy has been pretty well deromanticized in popular culture. Credit Mafia II , then, with the difficult task of deconstructing the genre even farther.
Just when you think you're in, Mafia II pushes you back out
By MITCH KRPATA  |  September 10, 2010
1008_cera-lit

Michael Cera Is Very Small

Meeting Michael Cera on a press tour feels like walking through a wooded glen and encountering a faun.
Dept. of Junkets
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  August 13, 2010
1006_tudors-list

Gone but not forgotten

Yes, True Blood has resumed, and Futurama and Weeds wait in the wings. But let's take a moment to hail The Tudors , which bows out this Sunday night at 9 after four seasons on Showtime.
Henry VIII and The Tudors bid adieu
By JON GARELICK  |  June 18, 2010
1001_biglove_list

More than Mormons

Despite the comparably juicy family dysfunction it offers, Big Love hasn't achieved the iconic status of its HBO predecessor The Sopranos . Maybe viewers relate better to the mob than to Mormons.
The big love that dare not speak its name
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  January 08, 2010


0911_sistene-listt

Greg Epstein, Atheist Superstar

Once an intellectual taboo, atheism has become one of the great growth industries of the third millennium.
Can Harvard's humanist chaplain save nonbelief from itself?
By ADAM REILLY  |  November 27, 2009
090717_hung_list

Boys' life

The premise for HBO's new half-hour comedy Hung (Sundays at 10 pm) is so over-the-top as to be cringe-worthy: high school basketball coach Ray Drecker (Thomas Jane), divorced and broke, starts whoring himself to ladies on the basis of his giant schlong.
Hung and Entourage measure success
By JON GARELICK  |  July 17, 2009
A_Bronx_tale_Chazz_thumb

My two Dads

For those still jonesing for The Sopranos , Chazz Palminteri's A Bronx Tale (at the Colonial Theatre through April 5) may provide a somewhat sanitized fix.
Chazz Palminteri recycles A Bronx Tale
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  April 10, 2009
090327_chazz_list

Chazz Palminteri tells the tale

You may not recognize actor/writer Chazz Palminteri by name, but you definitely know his face.
The Bronx is up
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  March 25, 2009
090123_lword_list

Review: The L Word

I'll admit I've been hazardously vocal around the office about my enthusiasm for The L Word , which will wrap itself up for good over the course of a scant seven remaining episodes. Can you blame me?
Final fling
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 20, 2009


dohertylist.jpg

Downsizing the Mob

The arrest of 17 people last week as part of "Operation Mobbed Up" — as well as the subsequent discovery in East Providence of human remains thought to be those of Joseph "Joe Onions" Scanlon — put front and center the bygone days of the Rhode Island Mo
State Police superintendent Brendan Doherty discusses the fade of OC in RI
By IAN DONNIS  |  November 26, 2008
081114_bangc_list

Mob rules

Bang Camaro gang up for round II
Bang Camaro gang up for round II
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 10, 2008
080418_tudors_list

Off with their heads!

The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933) with Charles Laughton ran through all six wives in 97 minutes.
The Tudors  stoops to conquer
By JON GARELICK  |  April 15, 2008
080411_imperioli_list

Life after The Sopranos

If you’re a Sopranos fan, you remember the demise of Christopher Moltisanti in an overturned SUV.
Christuhfuh rocks
By JON GARELICK  |  April 09, 2008

Crossword: ''For the bards''


Fry, fry my pretties!
By MATT JONES  |  January 02, 2008


Sweet reads

Here, listed alphabetically by author, are 10 of the best works of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry the Phoenix wrote about in 2007.
Books: 2007 in review
By JON GARELICK  |  December 17, 2007
pandj.jpg

Rhode Island’s famous for you

How about a Providence Mobster Museum and Hall of Fame on Federal Hill, to celebrate our bygone years as New England’s headquarters of organized crime?
The time has come to capitalize on our scandalous past
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  December 12, 2007
070130_filmc_list

King and Queens

In Romance & Cigarettes , which opens this Friday at the Kendall Square, Gandolfini has been dropped by writer/director John Turturro into drab, treeless, white-ethnic Queens.
Romance + Cigarettes , plus Salton Sea
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 28, 2007
071130_digg_list

Suffrage net city

Three years ago, when the Red Sox were winning and John Kerry was losing, YouTube hadn’t even been invented.
The Web has become key to presidential politics — we rate the candidates on how they’ve put Al Gore’s invention to use
By MIKE MILIARD  |  November 28, 2007
list_DOWNLOAD_SaulWilliams_

FARC

You’ve probably heard of two of the “indie” hip-hop artists below, even if they’re bypassing trad distribution models and just giving away their music.
Stuff you've never heard and "Fuck A Record Company"
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  November 19, 2007


0711126_Rockband_list

In a bit of a jam

To suck at an electronic endeavor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, of all places, is analogous to sucking at, say, making soup at cooking school.
The follow-up to video-game smash Guitar Hero lets everybody play — even the weakest link
By RYAN STEWART  |  November 14, 2007
071102_daisies_list

Intimacy issues

There’s a fine line between “whimsically surreal” and “Oh God please make it stop.”
Pushing Daisies  hides its feelings; HBO can’t get it up
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  October 30, 2007
listMONKEY_Maria-Ciampa

Dance Monkey: Maria Ciampa

Education is important. I’m pretty. Jellyfish are fun! And also, some ravioli.
A local comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 25, 2007
listM&G__Trainscape_C-Frost

People get ready

Fourteen New England artists/artist teams hook up to produce a variety of interconnecting installations.
‘Trainscape’ at the DeCordova, ‘Merging Influence’ at Montserrat, and more
By RANDI HOPKINS  |  August 22, 2007
070810_madmen_list

Nice package

The seductive new drama series Mad Men re-creates the beginning of the advertising industry’s shiny modern era of bullshit.
Mad Men practices truth in advertising
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  August 08, 2007


072707_list_BOOKS_potter

Breaking the spell

How did a “children’s story” become the literary epic of our time?
Harry Potter’s story comes to an end — but will readers, or reading, ever be the same?
By JOYCE MILLMAN  |  July 24, 2007
070706_slings_list

Backstage masterpiece

As much as I adored The Sopranos , I have to wonder about the rush to anoint it the best television series ever.
Is Slings + Arrows better than The Sopranos?
By ED SIEGEL  |  July 03, 2007
070706_ponies-list

Pony tale

Playwright Mike Batistick stirs the melting pot in Ponies, a brief, Mametesque dark comedy that’s getting its New England premiere at Gloucester Stage.
OTB meets the INS at Gloucester Stage
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 03, 2007
070629_ab_list

America Blows

The United States of America is a nation with a proud history.
Since George W. Bush took office, the United States has sunk to unprecedented lows in sports and pop-culture domination
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 29, 2007