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The Leftovers

The Leftovers: “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”

May 17, 2017

Artistic creativity is something to be expected of The Leftovers, including its metaphorically heavy song choice for the opening credits. This week’s episode treated us to a feverish French...

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Game of Thrones

GoT Spinoffs to Focus On New Material Not Familiar Characters

May 15, 2017

Ever since we got word that no less than four Game of Thrones spin-offs are in the works, the internet has been running wild with speculation as to the specifics of the upcoming shows–...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “Teambuilding Exercise”

May 17, 2017

Last week, our band of misfits successfully engineered their way around a tricky situation and the cherry on top of it all, Gavin Belson took the heat and lost his CEO job at Hooli. This week...

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New Movies

Movie Review: “Jason Bourne”

May 12, 2017

I’m going to be really honest with you all reading this: I don’t remember the first three movies very well, and I didn’t see the fourth one featuring Jeremy Renner and Rachel...

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Latest HBO News

BIG LITTLE LIES Drops First Tease

BIG LITTLE LIES Drops First Tease

We announced the news that BIG LITTLE LIES was optioned by HBO back in May of 2015 and ever since then the work, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty, has been shaping up nicely. We announced the green light to series in November of last year and learned that it would be a seven-episode limited series. In December we told you that the director, Marc Vallee, was directing all seven episodes which would ensure one even, cohesive narrative. In January of these year we happily reported that Alexander Skarsgard would join the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern & Nicole Kidman in the work. All was looking good even with an occasional...

Divorce Series Premiere: “Pilot”

Divorce Series Premiere: “Pilot”

Sarah Jessica Parker has made her grand return to HBO in this new show centered around a struggling marriage. Here is what she had to say about all that.  Divorce focuses on SJP as Frances who is plagued with marital issues in her relationship with husband Robert, played by Thomas Haden Church. It appears the show will launch into the complications of marriage, divorce, and everything in between pretty quickly. And as with any relationship that reaches its end, you wonder where it all started to unravel and what was the final straw. While we haven’t seen the build up, we get a fresh glimpse at what finally broke the back of this...

Movie Review: Joy

Movie Review: Joy

When the latest offering from David O. Russell was announced, the whole world rolled their eyes. Yet another over-stylised comedy-drama starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper with a nostalgic soundtrack and close ups of unfathomably attractive people. While this is true of Joy, I wouldn’t necessarily lump it into the Silver Lining Playbook and American Hustle bracket. I am a huge fan of both actors and David O. Russell is certainly a very interesting film maker, but sometimes you just get a bit bored of the same kind of thing rolling over again and again. I don’t think Joy would have been less affecting had different actors been...

October 14: “Sudden Departure” Anniversary

October 14: “Sudden Departure” Anniversary

The catalyst for the Tom Perrotta novel “The Leftovers” and its HBO adaptation, of the same name, by Damon Lindelof and Perrotta was the singular and mysteriously devastating incident known as the Sudden Departure. It was a tragic event still yet to be explained or understood. It occurred in the blink of an eye on October 14, 2011. 2% of the world’s population just vanish and what is left over is a distraught, perplexed populace left to sort out and make some sense of why such a massive loss happened in such an extraordinary way. The family and friends missing did not all suddenly leave us in the usual fashion – there were no deaths...

Westworld: “Chestnut”

Westworld: “Chestnut”

Westworld continues to stun and amaze, throwing its viewers into the technological future and the abilities it offers us; in this instance to engage in the past. For the right price. You can do anything you want to do. Be anyone you want to be. The possibilities are endless. White Hat vs. Black Hat Two friends embark on their own adventure into Westworld.  Logan, played by Ben Barnes, has already visited the park before and is eager to show his friend around. William, played by Jimmi Simpson, seems hesitant but also excited to experience this new world.  The two men have very different characteristics from the beginning, and their choices...

Westworld: An Allegory of Our Virtual World

Westworld: An Allegory of Our Virtual World

HBO’s gun slinging and pulsating Sci-fi/Western epic Westworld debuted two weeks ago and it has already gained favorable responses. Variety claim that the show hit the highest viewing figure numbers for a HBO premiere since True Detective in 2014. It has been over 40 years since the 1973 release of Michael Crichton’s original film starring Yul Brynner. Subsequently since the themes and concepts surrounding the plausibility and vividness of virtual reality has taken on a whole different meaning. Expanding the scientific scope of the original, creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have given Westworld a virtual relatedness that...

“Dance Your Cares Away” As FRAGGLE ROCK Returns to HBO!

“Dance Your Cares Away” As FRAGGLE ROCK Returns to HBO!

As the show used to say – “Dance your cares away; worries for another day. Let the music play; down at FRAGGLE ROCK!” And now you can all over again. HBO has announced that all five seasons, for a total of 96 episodes, of the iconic Jim Henson Company series will replay at HBO. This time around it is remastered to pop out at you in HD. Ohh. Ahhh.  The children’s show was a multinational endeavor that was produced between Canada, France, the U. K. and the U. S. via Jim Henson’s international company. Of course, it played on HBO here in America beginning in 1983. The multi-award winning series was a large draw for HBO and anchored...

Book A Visit To WESTWORLD

Book A Visit To WESTWORLD

Like many shows or films before it, Westworld has catered a website to fit with the theme of the show. It is called BeyondWestworld. On the site you can explore, talk to your very own host, and book your experience. I eagerly signed up to see what was in store.  The website simply comes alive with possibilities at the click of a mouse. There is an ever friendly host there to answer any and all questions you might have. The host is also your main contact for booking your stay. First however, you have to sign up with your email and see if you are accepted.  Once your email is accepted, a short series of questions are posed to help create...

Movie Review: Ride Along 2

Movie Review: Ride Along 2

Two years ago I reviewed the first Ride Along film, and to be quite frank I wasn’t a fan. Now its sequel finds its way way to HBO, and surprisingly enough it improves dramatically on the original. One of the biggest issues with the prior film is how formulaic it is, and the fact that the action was pretty bland. The sequel gains a lot from having the characters relationships already established. We don’t have to go through an hour of setting up a character dynamic we get to go right into the plot line. The plot is simple. The two buddy cops go to Miami in order to talk to an informant, and end up enthralled in a big city...

HBO Documentary Films: CLASS DIVIDE

HBO Documentary Films: CLASS DIVIDE

Overview: The thought-provoking documentary Class Divide is a timely look at the widening divide between the “haves” and “have nots.” Young people on both sides of the gap offer unique and honest insights that challenge common perceptions about inequality today. In the final part of their trilogy about economic forces affecting ordinary people, director Marc Levin and producer Daphne Pinkerson (HBO’s Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags and Hard Times: Lost on Long Island) explore the effects of hyper-gentrification and rising economic disparity in one New York City neighborhood, which can be seen as a microcosm of the socioeconomic...

Watch HBO’s ‘Insecure’ with Issa Rae Online or Streaming for Free

Watch HBO’s ‘Insecure’ with Issa Rae Online or Streaming for Free

It’s not every day that a network, even one as prolific and profound as HBO, stumble upon a fresh new comedy that strikes a chord with viewers the way Insecure does. Critics have almost universally called it a winner and one of the best new comedies of the year. Instead of treading on old ground, Insecure dives into the lives of average people making their way through life with little money, no privilege and all the problems you’d expect in a normal life. Insecure is a hidden gem that deserves your attention. There are several ways to watch HBO’s Insecure online or streaming for free (and some paid options). Let’s...

Westworld Series Premiere: “The Original”

Westworld Series Premiere: “The Original”

Directed and written by: Jonathan Nolan First off, who ever dubbed this show the new “Game of Thrones” has never actually seen it. I went in with extremely high expectations after hearing that comparrison, excited to possibly have a new favorite show to gush over every week. It didn’t exactly live up to my standard for an HBO show but it was only the first episode so I will save my compelete disregard for it until I’ve seen a few more episodes. The intro began in typical HBO fashion, similar to that of “True Blood, with the opening sequence involving a montage of creepy images. I was hoping the tone would have...

Movie Review: Deadpool

Movie Review: Deadpool

Before going into my deep, longing love letter to Deadpool, let’s address the elephant in the room. The truth is, comic book movies aren’t memorable anymore. This year alone, we had four additional comic book films (Batman vs. Superman, Captain America: Civil War, X-Men: Apocalypse, & Suicide Squad) and the upcoming Dr. Strange in November. As usual with big comic book years, it’s easy to get jaded expecting a string of superheroes that will probably take themselves too seriously. This is precisely why Deadpool is such an essential part of both comic book films and modern cinema—it turns the superhero genre on its head...

Who is Issa Rae?

Who is Issa Rae?

Premiering on HBO next week (the 9th) is Issa Rae’s new comedy Insecure, which focuses on the experiences of a young, black woman in an authentic and uncliched way. The basis for her show is familiar to the generation in which it is targeting and follows Issa as she tries to figure out her purpose in life. The show also deals with cultural and racial issues that are prevalent in contemporary black culture. While comparisons will be drawn between Lean Dunham’s hit HBO show Girls, which also follows disillusioned and confused young women trying to find their fit in life, it has become known that Insecure will address the issues in a...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For October 2016

What’s On: HBO Schedule For October 2016

The new season of TV is launching and HBO isn’t going to let it all pass by without offering up its best. October sees the launch of a highly anticipated drama already getting buzz and a new comedy too. It also has the return of two ladies absent from HBO’s screen for a while and a recent Emmy winner has new shows on as well. Throw in the launch of nightly news and – pow! – HBO is igniting the fall schedule. Let’s take a look at most of the content coming to your favorite pay channel. There are plenty of reasons to circle your date on the calendar this month so here is What’s On for October.     Original Series: To do our...

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