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Bella Heathcote > Jud Heathcote

Not Fade Away
Don’t Put Another Quarter In The Jukebox Baby
Official Website | Trailers & Mo
R | 112 min

Remember how the last few seasons of The Sopranos seemed to be nothing but the characters sitting at home watching TV and us watching what they were watching on TV? Well, Sopranos creator David Chase does the same thing in his feature film debut, Not Fade Away, but replaces the mob with a 60s crappy cover band struggling with struggling

This is suppose to be a love letter to a time and a place and its music, and it looks and sounds nice and all, but it’s more like a plain ole letter that has a bunch of pointless paragraphs.  But the movie isn’t a letter, it’s a movie, and it’s actually not much of anything, except a collection of scenes – scenes that fall into one of 3 categories –

1) band practice

2) the dorkable lead singer tries to score with Bella Heathcote (who WOULDN’T try that??)

3) the dorkable lead singer gets into a verbal spat with his dad James Gandolfini

The movie is basically like 1), then 2), then 3) then 1) then more 1) then maybe like 3) followed by two 2)s and then more 1) cause it makes perfect, but 3) thinks yer life is a giant waste so he needs to yell at you again, but maybe I can get some sympathy with 2), and when that’s done, it’s time to 1) 1) 1), cause if they don’t, HOW ARE THEY GOING TO MAKE IT?  

Well, in the very end, it doesn’t matter, cause the movie has an ending that’s ever worser than the ending to The Sopranos.  The lead singer’s sister appears out of nowhere on the streets of LA and says like America invented the bomb and rock n roll, but only one will last forever and then she dances or something and the movie ends.  Dreadful ending.  And all that came before it is whatever on rye why?  

The whole movie felt like a not as awesome and very much too longer version of the Wonder Years episode where Kevin helped form the high school band The Electric Shoes (the characters in NFA and WY were both inspired to start a band after seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan).  I’m deadly serious here folks –  NFA was EXACTLY like that Wonder Years episode, except it’s got more years, and has much less wonder

but in the end, NFA was not SO BAD, cause the movie was filled with 64% of BELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLA AND HER EYESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Verdictgo: Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges

Note Fade Away is currently playing in limited release

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…




MICHAEL BOWER, we SALUTE YOUR SHORTS with a brief, but OVERWEIGHT overdue appreciation!!!!

a selected, but celebrated, filmography

Salute Your ShortsEddie ‘Donkeylips’ Gelfen (1991-92)
The Wonder YearsJoe / Kid / Peter Armbruster (1990-91)
+ a bunch of other crud…


perv-iously appreciated: Deep Roy & Chelcie Ross

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Fountains of Wayne Arnold

we bow down to the Hasbro owned Hub channel.  there are many reasons to do so (check out that unbeatable throwback evening part of their line-up), but one of their shows stand thigh above all the rest, and maybe thigh above all the rest for all thymes sake…


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Kevin Arnold’s Dad Isn’t Everything, He’s The Only Thing

Circle In The Square Theater
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Kevin Arnold’s dad was always angry, and often very loud about it.  In a new Broadway play based on some of legendary Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi’s life, Kevin Arnold’s dad embodies his huge body, and mouth, and it’s a perfect match made on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field.  But is it the perfect play?  Don’t ask us, as we see about one show every 2 years (cause plays are usually boring AND a giant waste of money), and most of them are cheesy musicals.  There’s no music here, but it’s cheesy lessthenone.  And juss how theatrical could a play about football actually be?  Brian’s Song is one thing, but gritty gridironer Lombardi doesn’t exactly lend himself to tense drama, especially since you know the guy was a proven winner, and didn’t have much adversity, unless you count being married to a tuff broad played by Judith Light, who takes her turn playing the boss of their household!  Still, it’s only 90 minutes, and it’s about football, and it’s not supergay, and we love Kevin Arnold’s dad, even if he was a giant assjerk, but if lame-o Kevin and annoying Wayne were our kids, we’d be a giant jerkass too!!

Lombardi kicks a field goal starting October 21st

bonus: Jack Arnold, Winnie & Paul reunite (in 2008)!!!

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