THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK – A SOPRANOS STORY MOVIE REVIEW
The first new piece of “Sopranos” media in over a decade is here with “The Many Saints of Newark.” Serving as a prequel to the series, we follow Christopher Moltisanti’s father Dickie (Alessandro Nivola) in 1960’s Newark as part of the DiMeo crime family. On top of his usual mob related duties, which involves handling a brewing conflict with one of his underlings Harold (Leslie Odom Jr.), Dickie also has to deal with his insufferable father ‘Hollywood’ Dick (Ray Liotta), his various associates from the crime syndicate, the infamous Newark race riots, and his nephew Tony Soprano (William Ludwig and Michael Gandolfini) who is already showing inclinations towards a criminal lifestyle. And uh…yeah, then you watch a lot of “Sopranos” stuff happen involving A LOT of fanservice. Justin, Adrian, Chad, and Eliot were very eager to talk about this movie since they are all passionate fans of the show. Did it live up to the hype? Or is it a two hour pilot for a prequel show that may or may not happen? Listen here to find out.
DIRECTED BY: Alan Taylor
STARRING: Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Vera Farmiga, Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Ray Liotta, Michela De Rossi, Michael Gandolfini, Billy Magnussen, John Magaro, Samson Moeakiola, Joey Diaz, Germar Terrell Gardner, William Ludwig. Alexandra Intrator, Mattea Conforti, Gabriella Piazza, Lesli Margherita, Talia Balsam, Kathryn Kates, Nick Vallelonga, Ed Marinaro, Robert Vincent Montano, Matteo Russo, Chase Vacnin, Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Lauren DiMario
Justin Zarian (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub, Assistant Site Manager)
Justin’s fate as a movie fanatic was written in the stars when his birth forced his parents to cancel their planned Oscar viewing party. While growing up in California, he was often seen in front of the television watching and re-watching Star Wars, Jurassic Park, classic Disney movies and a steady stream of animated shows. This eventually led to a B.A. in Film at Brigham Young University and an Outstanding Student Teacher Award for displaying a level of film knowledge so insane that even his fellow film students couldn’t compete. He received his M.A. from Syracuse University and is currently pursuing a teaching certificate, but still volunteers at One of Us every so often for the fun of it. His hobbies include non-stop film conversations, wondering how Mass Effect 3’s ending went so wrong, espousing the joys of shooting guns (but not hunting, as he’s quick to note), writing the next great American television show in his head, and anything else entertainment related. You can find him on Facebook once in a blue moon.
Eliot Nelson (Screener Squad, Staff Writer)
Soaked in the soggy rains of Seattle, Eliot developed a love of sci-fi, movies, cartoons, heavy metal, and all of geekdom. Pursuing his passion for the written word, he got his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has since worked exclusively in the foodservice industry, like any liberal arts major worth their salt. Eliot wiles away the hours listening to movie reviews, writing his epic sci-fi novel, and consuming as much media as possible. His favorite movies include The Lord of the Rings, City of God, Dawn of the Dead, and Groundhog Day. When not rambling to himself about the ineptness of entertainment executives, Eliot posts infrequently on Twitter and squawks regularly on his podcast The Debasement Tapes.
Adrian El Critico (Screener Squad)
Though born and raised in Chicago, this film critic is Mexican to the bone. Adrian has been watching movies since he was a child, many of which might not have been age appropriate. Still, he couldn’t get enough. All throughout his life, friends and family would look to him for his recommendations and reviews on whatever films had come their way. Inspired earlier in life by the likes of Ebert and Roper at The Movies and then later Spill.com, Adrian decided film criticism and analysis provided a great outlet to further his love of film. He began to craft his reviews and thoughts on film in ways he thought would be accessible to devout film hounds as well as the casual viewer. Mixing in jokes, entertaining observations and robust critical analysis, Adrian El Critico may be new to OneOfUs, but he is already making a name for himself on our site. If Horror movies are your thing, get ready to hear his voice.
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
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