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Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones Season 5?

Sep 19, 2014

Tywin Lannister: A great villain of Westeros?  Or Westeros’ greatest villain? Either way many fans were (spoiler alert) sad to lose the Lannister Patriarch last season even though most...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire: “What Jesus Said”

Sep 23, 2014

1884 Flashbacks Little Flashback Nucky is running around delivering flowers and getting teased about kisses by little girls sending him postcards. He also walks in on dead bodies while...

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The Knick

The Knick: “Get the Rope”

Sep 29, 2014

This episode had everything going for it: action, dilemmas, emergencies, courage, shock, defiance and love. Hospitals. Heroin dens. Hidden agendas. Hook ups. By the time the episode came to an...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Riddick

Sep 26, 2014

The thing you need to understand about Richard B. Riddick is that the man is a survivor. He has stealth, strength and eyes that can see in the dark. You wouldn’t want him as your...

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Will HBO’s Game Of Thrones Overtake ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’?

Will HBO’s Game Of Thrones Overtake ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’?

With the incredible conclusion of Season 4, Game of Thrones is still looming in the minds of its viewers. With several character’s fates in question, one question still remains: will the show overtake the books? This comes after book readers revealed that Season 4 contained events that occur in George R.R Martin’s fifth book in the bestselling ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ book series, meaning that a few of its character arcs have already reached what is known so far from the books. This leaves a few options for the showrunners, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, which consist of either overtaking the books, slowing down...

Movie Review: The Counselor

Movie Review: The Counselor

In a world populated by villains, speed is everything. This is the underlying message of The Counselor, an intense crime thriller directed by Ridley Scott, and featuring an original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy. The Counselor features a wonderful cast filled with huge stars, some featured in very small roles. Bruno Ganz, Natalie Dormer, Dean Norris, and Brad Pitt are all given brief but wonderful cameos. The cinematography is fantastic, and the score is exceptionally well done. The only big detractors for this film are the script, and the main villain. This is one of McCarthy’s weaker stories, as this isn’t his medium. The bulk of...

Are You Ready to Meet THE LEFTOVERS?

Are You Ready to Meet THE LEFTOVERS?

Sunday nights beginning on 06.26 at 10:00pm we face THE LEFTOVERS. Just who are they? When 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation, the world struggles to come to terms with what happened. Three years later, THE LEFTOVERS is the story of the people who didn’t make the cut. In case you have missed on all the information here, one more time, and straight from an HBO Press Release are the details. Also Damon Lindelof spoke with HBO to offer insights that appear throughout this post. Based on Tom Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, THE LEFTOVERS is an original look at The Rapture…or was it The...

HBO Documentary Films: THE CASE AGAINST 8

HBO Documentary Films: THE CASE AGAINST 8

Overview: The riveting documentary THE CASE AGAINST 8 takes an in-depth look at the historic federal lawsuit filed in an effort to overturn Prop 8, California’s discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage. Shooting over five years, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the powerhouse legal team of David Boies and Ted Olson and the four plaintiffs in the suit, directors and producers Ben Cotner and Ryan White (“Good Ol’Freda,” “Pelada”) have created a powerful emotional account of the journey that took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In May 2008, the California Supreme Court legalized...

True Detective Season 1 DVD/Blu-ray Review

True Detective Season 1 DVD/Blu-ray Review

First off this writer offers an apology for getting this review out so late. If you have wanted your own copy of the highly touted Season One of TRUE DETECTIVE surely you would have snapped it up by now. In fact you can order it right this second for about 40 bucks.  The reason for the delay is simple: HBOWatch was not privy to an advance copy so we had to wait until the street date. Then when it arrived, I admit I could have rushed straight into it but, I selfishly wanted to marathon all eight episodes again instead of just jumping into the new content. Well, that late night binge is over and I can say, even though I knew the story...

Give The Dog A Bone: In Defense Of The Hound

Give The Dog A Bone: In Defense Of The Hound

Sandor Clegane was a normal boy once, before his brother savagely burnt his face. Sandor was scarred by his brother because he was simply playing with Gregor’s toys. Their own father hid  Gregor’s savagery by blaming the facial scars on burnt bedding. Since that day Sandor’s only friends were sword, and drink. When we first meet Sandor, he has earned the moniker “The Hound” and is Joffrey’s loyal bodyguard. We see him serve Joffrey loyally, cutting down poor Mycah and showing no signs of remorse. He is called The Hound because he always listens to his masters, like a loyal dog. He continues to be an ominous presence in the...

Queen Elizabeth II Eyes the Iron Throne of Westeros

Queen Elizabeth II Eyes the Iron Throne of Westeros

There are a lot of royal storylines in Game of Thrones but perhaps none so real as what happened in Belfast this week.  Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas and Defender of the Faith took a tour of the Belfast sets where much of Game of Thrones is filmed. You may be thinking to yourself: “I hope we get a picture of her taking the Iron Throne”.  Well, she didn’t actually take the seat, complaining several times to Maisie  Williams aka Arya Stark that the chair looked uncomfortable: “She kept commenting on how uncomfortable the throne...

Another Name for Scorsese’s 1970s HBO Project

Another Name for Scorsese’s 1970s HBO Project

Deadline put it best when they said “talk about a cool project” in describing Martin Scorsese’s new series making it’s way to HBO (presumably) sometime next year.  In addition to the living legend of a director, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter and Emma Koskoff are also on the scene to help bring this beast of an award magnet to life. We’ve already reported that Olivia Wilde, Boardwalk’s, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano (yes, that Ray Romano) will take the acting reigns. But a new name, PJ Byrne has joined this list of talented individuals. Probably best known for his recent role in The Wolf of Wall...

True Blood Season 7: “Jesus Be Gone Here”

True Blood Season 7: “Jesus Be Gone Here”

The hashtag taking over the Internet #Truetotheend is definitely valid as we go into the final season of True Blood. For some of us, our love for this show was instantaneous. For others, it took a while for it to develop. For most, the love changed and morphed as the show developed and changed throughout the different seasons. Regardless of those changes, if you’re like me, you always come back for more. We last left Bon Temps with the entire world going into chaos after the True Blood supply was completely contaminated and Hep-V is spreading rapidly through the community. The season finale brought us into the future, showing us that a...

Looking Season 2 Will be Longer by Two

Looking Season 2 Will be Longer by Two

Looking for more looking?  When HBO gave the green light to a second season of the series this year fans were absolutely elated.  There are few, if any shows on television right now that deal with the homosexual community in the same way as Looking. The latest news is that Looking season 2 will actually be extended to TEN episodes (as opposed to season 1’s EIGHT). That means you’ll be getting an extra hour of the show in 2015. Ratings for the show were slow at first but eventually hit a level that could be described as “satisfactory”. Hopefully the show will attract even more viewers this time and, more...

Game of Thrones Toronto Exhibition, Bell TIFF Lightbox May 2014

Game of Thrones Toronto Exhibition, Bell TIFF Lightbox May 2014

Below is a gallery showing a sample of the MANY photos I took while at the exhibition. Check them out! I was very excited to be going to my third Game of Thrones exhibit. Once again, it was held downtown Toronto, at the Bell TIFF Lightbox event center. This is where the very first one was held in 2012. It was small but this one has a lot of colorful props and posters, pictures and storyboards for fans to glance at, read about and take pictures. I lost count how many times I saw people’s flashes go off. It was crowded and needless to say, it got hot in the room very fast. My personal preferences in the exhibit were the “In Memoriam”...

Movie Review: The Wolverine

Movie Review: The Wolverine

The Wolverine came at a time when it was crucial for the X-Men movie universe to lay claim to its identity. In movies prior, Wolverine had always been a member of a larger team, yet we all knew he was really the lead, and Marvel was banking on Hugh Jackman’s flawless portrayal to draw an audience. Most of what came before (First Class notwithstanding) relied on Wolverine as the main attraction, and other characters were almost solely used as his foils, so much so that the original trilogy might as well have been titled Wolverine & the X-Men. Even with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we were being sold either an X-Men...

Upcoming HBO Sports Documentary Festival on HBO2

Upcoming HBO Sports Documentary Festival on HBO2

HBO Sports is launching a Documentary Festival of its own. Every Thursday night from 06.26 thru 07.24 on HBO2 a series of boxing documentaries will air. Here, via a press release, are those upcoming films.  ALI-FRAZIER I: ONE NATION…DIVISIBLE kicks off the festival on 06.26 beginning at 7:00pm ET/PT. It chronicles the remarkable events and personalities surrounding the fight that reflected the cultural divide of the United States in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Regarded by many boxing observers as “The Fight of the Century,” the match featured two undefeated heavyweights squaring off at New York’s Madison Square Garden in a contest...

Myrcella Baratheon Recast?

Myrcella Baratheon Recast?

Game of Thrones has barely finished for the year, and the casting news is already flying in. According to WiC, there’s a very strong chance that Myrcella Baratheon, sister to King Tommen and the recently deceased Joffrey, has been recast. Viewers will remember that Myrcella was shipped to Dorne by Tyrion in Season 2, as a peace offering to House Martell. In Season 4, Oberyn reassured Cersei that her daughter was enjoying her time there. Aimee Richardson, who previously played Myrcella (and was very vocal and enthusiastic in her support for the show over social media), has reportedly been replaced by Nell Tiger Free, a relatively...

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