Number 32: The Sopranos
I’ve always enjoyed gangster movies and have often joked that my ambition to become a consigliere to a capo was why I did a degree in Italian all those years ago.
The Sopranos learned from that rich tradition and played around with it to great effect. James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, and Michael Imperioli were all magnificent but they had great support from a huge cast of talented actors and brilliant writers.
Then David Chase torqued up the heat in the opening titles by backing them with a song performed by three Brits. Rob Spragg and Jake Black of the Alabama 3 wrote the song about Sara Thornton stabbing her husband in 1996 after being abused by him for twenty years.
Incidentally, went out with a friend week before last and turned out she had spent New Year’s Eve in Brixton with these blokes who are local boys.