The Many Saints of Newark

I’ve finally seen the trailer for the long-awaited prequel to The Sopranos titled The Many Saints of Newark. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, you can check it out here:

This movie looks amazing! James Gandolfini’s son Michael plays a young Tony Soprano. Vera Farmiga plays Tony’s mother Livia. Jon Bernthal plays his dad, Johnny Boy Soprano. Ray Liotta is in the cast as well, but I don’t know who he’s playing.

The movie takes place during the “Long Hot Summer” of 1967. Tony looks to be in his late teens here. James Gandolfini was born in 1961, which would make him about six years old when this movie takes place. So either Tony was a decade older than the actor who played him, or they’re retconning his age. I’m not sure which it is, but it won’t bother me too much. I’m stoked to see this flick and I can suspend some disbelief for a couple hours.

The Many Saints of Newark has a release date of October 1, 2021.

super troopers 2

In my travels around the interwebz yesterday, I ran across the trailer for the long-awaited sequel to Super Troopers. Here it is.

It only took the Broken Lizard crew 16 years (and an Indiegogo campaign) to make it happen. Had this been a big studio film, we’d have had two sequels and a remake/reboot by now.

At any rate, I’m looking forward to this one. The premiere is set for April 20, 2018. That’s 4/20, get it? 420! Ha! That joke never gets old. Apparently. Just ignore the sell-by date on the package, which (naturally!) was April 20, 1990-something.

lethal weapon – the series

Tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern, Lethal Weapon premieres on FOX. I loved the film series –  especially the first two movies – but I’m skeptical about this show. Especially after the debacle that was CBS’s small-screen reboot of Rush Hour. But I’ll give LW a try and watch with an open mind. It airs opposite NBC’s Blindspot, so it probably won’t be on the air long. Here’s the trailer.

quarry

Hey, this is just what I needed, yet another TV show in my already over-crowded viewing schedule. Cinemax’s Quarry tells the story of a Vietnam War vet who gets recruited by a shadowy criminal organization to become a hitman. Quarry is based on a series of novels by Max Allan Collins. I watched episode 1 last week and was duly impressed. It airs on Cinemax at 10 p.m. on Fridays. Here’s the season 1 trailer.

new TV series: hunters

The last thing I need is another show on my already too-full TV schedule, but Syfy’s Hunters looks like it’s worth checking out.

Naturally, the show is on Monday nights, which seems to be the preferred night for great TV. I missed the premiere last night because I was watching Better Call Saul. Come on, TV execs! Why do you have to overload Mondays? And why do Tuesdays and Wednesdays have to suck so much?

masterminds

Masterminds

In a comment on my recent post about the 1997 Loomis Fargo heist, Bob G. commented that the story would make a good movie. As it turns out, he’s not the only one who thinks so. Relativity Media has made a movie titled Masterminds that portrays a fictionalized version of the incident. It stars Zach Galifianakis, Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, and Jason Sudeikis. Unfortunately, its release has been delayed by a bankruptcy, but it may be out sometime in the near future. Here’s the trailer. Looks like it might be pretty funny.

Narcos: a Netflix original series

Over the Labor Day weekend, I took full advantage of my Netflix account and binged on a new show. Narcos is a fictionalized account of the Medellin Cartel. This one’s definitely worth a watch.

A lot of the dialog is in Spanish with subtitles. As a die-hard fan of Asian crime films, this isn’t problematic for me. If it’s not a deal-breaker for you, I highly recommend checking out this show.