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David Chase - 'Not Fade Away'
Pro: Everyone's been waiting on "Sopranos" creator David Chase's seque into feature filmmaking, and the result is a personal, small, but passionate love letter to a time and place. That could resonate with directors.
Con: Filled with a cast of unknowns and incredibly modest against the fray, a film like "Not Fade Away" could easily, well, fade away. It's not heavily authored and so Chase's direction doesn't draw much attention to itself, which is of course a good thing but can sometimes make it difficult to stand out with this branch.
- Kristopher Tapley