15. Not Fade Away
Director: David Chase
Stars: John Magaro, James Gandolfini, Brad Garrett, Will Brill, Bella Heathcote, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Lisa Lampanelli, Jack Huston, Christopher McDonald, Julia Garner, Adam Shapiro
Release date: December 21
The last time we heard from David Chase, it was June 2007, and the television mastermind was defending the blacked-out conclusion of the massive HBO hit series The Sopranos, which he created and often wrote and directed. Five years later, he's finally back with a new project, and, thankfully for those who still aren't able to accept the aforementioned TV show's ambiguous final scene, it's an upbeat feature film.
Inspired by Chase's own love of music, Not Fade Away centers on a father and son living in 1960s New Jersey; the dad (played by Tony Soprano himself, James Gandolfini) watches with envy as his teenage son (John Magaro) pursues his dreams of being a rock 'n' roll musician. David Chase writing and directing a story about a New Jersey family starring James Gandolfini? Talk about sticking to one's comfort zone, especially when you add in the presence of Bruce Springsteen bandmate Steven "Silvio Dante" Van Zandt as the film's music supervisor.
But one big question remains: Is Mr. Chase a creative stalwart or a one-trick pony?