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The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

Jun 6, 2017

I confess that Nora was my least favorite character throughout the entire Leftovers series. I don’t know why; I felt she was too stiff, too rigid and devoid of any emotion. Then again, I...

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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Aftershow “After the Thrones” Canceled

Jun 14, 2017

With just a little more than a month before Game of Thrones‘ Season Seven premiere, HBO has announced that its after-show After the Thrones hosted by television critics Andy Greenwald...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “Hooli-Con”

Jun 21, 2017

Last week, we saw the guys finally come moments away from everything they have worked for: butt loads and butt loads of money. But much in Pied Piper fashion, it would be ripped out from under...

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Movie Review: “The Conjuring 2”

Jun 15, 2017

Real life husband and wife Ed and Elaine Warren became famous for investigating high-profile cases of the paranormal, most notably The Amityville case. In their 2013 film, The Conjuring,...

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The Young Pope: “Episode Eight”

The Young Pope: “Episode Eight”

The holy (though truly unholy) ascension that Pope Pius XIII has vehemently and murderously fought for has come to a truly disturbing yet beautifully fitting climax in “Episode Eight.” By now, we are well aware that anything and everything Lenny does is entirely self-serving, masquerading God as his mask and taking brutal control of the Vatican with unfathomable self-indulgence. Additionally, forces continue to conspire against him at the Vatican, because clearly no good has become of Lenny becoming a dangerously self-centered bigot who outlaws abortion and homosexuality, lacking humanity and continuing to remain an unseen...

The Young Pope: “Episode Seven”

The Young Pope: “Episode Seven”

Most that kept up with The Young Pope thus far will agree it has cemented itself as an artistic and cinematically stunning series. It is breathtaking and beautifully orchestrated to fit each of its tones, from violently gritty to vibrantly lucid. We have watched Lenny—beg my pardon—Your Holiness, evolve as a narcissistic and vicious ruler akin to a dictator as Pope Pius XIII. His self-righteous nature has turned many against him, but Lenny always appears to have the upper hand. There are many theories surrounding Lenny’s intricate knowledge of everything occurring in the Vatican, but that’s up to personal interpretation. Let’s...

Movies on HBO: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Movies on HBO: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, which is the sequel to 2012’s Snow With and the Huntsman. We draw your attention to this film as it debuts on HBO on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 04 at 8:00pm. Actually, this 2016 pic starts as a flashback to reveal that Queen Ravenna, Charlize Theron’s role, had an equally evil sister Queen Freya, played by Emily Blunt. After that is established we jump to after Ravenna’s demise seen in the first movie. Now our Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth, needs to deal with Freya as she out to obtain the Magic Mirror for herself and chases and fights ensue. Also...

HBO Documentary Films: BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT

HBO Documentary Films: BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT

Overview: With a net worth of more than $60 billion, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Now 86, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fourth-largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality are Buffett’s moral integrity and unique mind, which drove him not only to become the most successful businessman in the world, but also an unparalleled philanthropist. With unprecedented access to his day-to-day personal life, Becoming Warren Buffett tells...

The Young Pope: “Episode Six”

The Young Pope: “Episode Six”

While the season has certainly been full of interesting moments, this episode starts off with a bang. Or rather, some banging. And we learn that many who take the priest’s cloth do not, in fact , abide by its rules. Lenny’s childhood friend Cardinal Dussolier is not only having sex outside the priesthood, he’s having threesomes with a man and a woman.  Oh, my.  What would Lenny say if he found out? Or perhaps, he already knows? The episode is nine months after the last, giving Lenny a little time to settle into his life as pope. Esther has given birth to her miracle child and named the boy Pious. It is very clear that...

The Young Pope: “Episode Five”

The Young Pope: “Episode Five”

Jude Law continues to baffle and amaze in his performance as Pope Pious XIII. Whether speaking kindly to a constituent or threatening those who oppose him, his even tone and calm demeanor is always unsettling. Which perhaps is his most powerful asset in dealing with those around him. And a subtle enjoyment for himself to leave everyone around him guessing at his true motives and intentions. This episode centers around his relationship with Esther, a wife of one of the Swiss guards. The pope has been spending an ample amount of time with the young woman, and many people are beginning to ask questions and make assumptions. Cardinal Voiello...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For February 2017

What’s On: HBO Schedule For February 2017

Boom! And then it was February and HBO becomes jam-packed with content it can’t contain itself. We’ve got big drama, hot comedy, live commentary, big personalities, flicks from Hollywood and news from VICE and squeeze a bit more. So gather your loved ones and get ready for some HBO. Oh, yeah! Here is What’s On for February.    Original Series: Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, THE YOUNG POPE continues its story of Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII and his odd journey through faith. The ten-episode limited drama series wraps with new episodes debuting SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 and MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6 and on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12 and lastly MONDAY,...

Movie Review: The Nice Guys

Movie Review: The Nice Guys

Shane Black’s 2005 pulpy noir-mystery, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang was a funny, surprising little movie. Robert Downey Jr. (before he was Iron Man) plays Harry Lockhart and Val Kilmer (after he was Batman) plays the private investigator “Gay” Perri. They’re teamed up by a Hollywood producer so that Harry can learn the basics of being a detective for a role he’s been cast in, but very quickly stumble into a very real murder mystery. Now, Black is back in the director’s chair and he’s decided to make another movie about an unlikely pair investigating something that should be benign, but quickly spirals into something much bigger, and...

HBO Documentary Films: BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

HBO Documentary Films: BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

Overview: Two 12-year-old American girls lured a friend into the Wisconsin woods and stabbed her 19 times in an effort to appease a faceless mythical entity known online as Slenderman. But there’s more to the story than the dark headlines it generated. Delving deep into this shocking crime, this sobering documentary examines how an urban myth could take root in impressionable young minds, leading to an unspeakable act. Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO’s Oscar-nominated THE FINAL INCH), the documentary covers all sides of this unusual ongoing case, drawing on an eerie array of Slenderman-inspired art, games and self-produced video,...

The Young Pope: “Episode Four”

The Young Pope: “Episode Four”

This show continues to run on Ambien. After another dreamlike sequence, it’s revealed that Tonino Pettola, a man with stigmata, actually exists and has been writing to the Vatican asking for an audience with the pope. Naturally, Lenny has been sending the mail back to him unopened, and is unmoved even after an emotional plea on television. He’s slouched on a sofa with a cigarette clinging to his lip like he’s bored out of his mind. I’m not sure why Tonino is even there, unless it’s to double down on Lenny not being into the cheesier parts of the church. A lot of stigmata have been shown to be self-inflicted, and when I ask...

The Young Pope: “Episode Three”

The Young Pope: “Episode Three”

I can’t help but remember where the last episode left us—Lenny the Pope (Jude Law) was joking that he believed in God. Or was he? He prayed hard to become pope—really hard. So hard that he may want to invest in some papal Depends. He is intense. He’s an arrogant jerk one minute, and on his knees shouting to God in prayer the next. He cordially invites you to his office for a friendly visit, then tells you to pick some desolate place to spend the rest of your career, and does it all in the same level tone as though he is picking out new curtains for a random vestibule. He can be abrasive and compassionate at the exact same time. And...

Movie Review: The Boss

Movie Review: The Boss

From the time I signed up to take the review to the time it was to watch the film, I had completely and utterly forgot what the film was about and who was in it. With this stunning feat of memory loss, I had zero expectations about what I was going into, and that worked very nicely. Starring Melissa McCarthy as Michelle Darnell, we get a woman who has been down and out her whole life. Bounced around from home to home and back again, she was used to having no one to count on but herself, and for a really long time that worked for her. Michelle fought her way to the top and intended on staying there.Unfortunately, insider trading isn’t...

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2017; Our Favorites from 2016

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2017; Our Favorites from 2016

The lineup of documentary films is in. HBO announced the forthcoming films at the Television Critic Association Winter Panel the other day and also put out the following press release:   HBO ANNOUNCES DOCUMENTARY LINEUP FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2017 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 14, 2017 – HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for the first half of 2017, including Peter Kunhardt’s BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT, a revealing portrait of the billionaire philanthropist; Evgeny Afineevsky’s CRIES FROM SYRIA, a searing look at the five-year conflict in Syria; Irene Taylor Brodsky’s chilling BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN,...

HBO Stars Talk About Their Respective Shows at TCA

HBO Stars Talk About Their Respective Shows at TCA

The Television Critics Association hosts two big panel discussions a year with network leaders, showrunners and stars to excite them about the upcoming slate of shows. HBO had its turn at the Winter Panel recently and below are snippets from that event. Naturally, everyone involved in their respective shows showed praise and hype for what is about to come to the HBO screen of your choice. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, both leads and executive producers from the upcoming limited series BIG LITTLE LIES, showed pride for their project. Kidman said, “This piece for me was the story of women that I know, and it was a way which we could...

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

In episode two, swiftly following on from the dramatic and alluring season opener for The Young Pope sees the Vatican City doing some major damage control following on from Lenny’s explosive and scornful debut under the cover of darkness. Before I get into the episode, this was the first time I saw and heard the opening credits which is vibrant and heavy version of All Along the Watchtower, which literary scholars have remarked on the lyrics bearing a strong similarity to the Book of Isaiah in the Bible, most notably chapter 21 verses 9 to 12: Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise ye princes, and prepare...

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