Killers, Demons, and Ghosts: Mahershala Ali Takes On All Three in Latest “True Detective”

  Fresh off his win for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture at the Golden Globes, previous Academy Award winner (Moonlight) Mahershala Ali anchors the highly anticipated third season of HBO’s crime thriller anthology True Detective. After a highly divisive second season that saw many fans and critics wondering what had gone wrong, the …

My Dinner with Alan offers a compelling discussion of The Sopranos

I had the pleasure of attending the World Premiere of My Dinner with Alan (directed by Kristian Fraga) during The Sopranos film festival at IFC on the evening of January 11, 2019. The film consists of a conversation between critics Matt Zoller Seitz and Alan Sepinwall located at Holsten’s Diner---the location of the infamous final scene …

The Subconscious, Kevin Finnerty & Dream Logic In The Sopranos

The Sopranos never shied away from the power of dreams and the subconscious. Often mistaken as "just a mafia show" by those who never gave the series a chance, some of The Sopranos magic came from its willingness to embrace more abstract concepts such as intuition and dream logic, which aren't exactly traits commonly associated …

The Leftovers: An Anniversary Celebration

On October 14 2011, 2% of the world's population---140 million people---disappeared in an event known as the "Sudden Departure". On October 14 2018, 25YL will become the place to debate, discuss, and deliberate the details of The Leftovers, the HBO television series that evolved from this singular, catastrophic event. Throughout the day, the 25YL Site Facebook …

Love, Lies & Murder: The Tragic Figure That Was Christopher Moltisanti

The Sopranos defies genre in many ways. A recent rewatch of the series reminded me how hilarious the series was in addition to how it's truly a study of human behavior. The show's genius may lay in the fact that no detail goes wasted, everything feeds into something else. Events and emotions have consequences, just like …