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Girls

Girls: “Hostage Situation”

Feb 21, 2017

The final season of Girls is underway and in the second episode of the season, things go a little crazy. But after five seasons of these characters, crazy is all we know. So without crazy it...

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Game of Thrones

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Dec 26, 2016

Warning: Major Westworld S1 Spoilers and Game of Thrones S6 Spoilers  In Westworld, which had its first season earlier this autumn, HBO gave its own hit show, Game of Thrones a run for its...

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies Premiere: “Somebody’s Dead”

Feb 21, 2017

With Liane Moriarity’s book being a well-accepted success, we eagerly awaited the release of HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies.  Boasting such a rich acting quality of Reese...

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New Movies

Movie Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

Feb 24, 2017

With what I thought was a weak premise to start, I wasn’t sure how I would like this film. But much like a watered down drink, you add more alcohol (in this case four outstanding comedic...

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Latest HBO News

Bill Hader’s Comedy BARRY Becomes HBO Series

Bill Hader’s Comedy BARRY Becomes HBO Series

Back in January we announced in a Slate piece that SNL veteran Bill Hader was granted a pilot order by HBO for a BARRY. Here it is: HBO has picked up another pilot offer and this one comes from comedic talent Bill Hader. He is working on a little piece he is calling BARRY. But, just who is this Barry? He is an ex-Marine who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene. Hader (pictured) is expected to play the role himself. He is, of course, alumni...

HBO Comedy Special – QUINCY JONES: BURNING THE LIGHT Review

HBO Comedy Special – QUINCY JONES: BURNING THE LIGHT Review

Dealing with comedy is always subjective but here is this writer’s thoughts on the Quincy Jones comedy special that debuted Thursday, June 02 at 10:00pm and I hope you don’t want to punch me right in the face when I’m done. Hold up, let me say that it was funny and an entertaining treat on an otherwise boring Thursday night, but it was flawed. Upon watching the comic’s hour I checked many of a review only to discover no one had anything negative to say. What? Was I missing something? After further pondering I deduced that I didn’t think so. All I’m saying is that as comics go he needed a little polishing is all. Listen, I...

Movie Review: The Martian

Movie Review: The Martian

  I’m a huge science fiction and fantasy fan. I love movies that have to do exploring unknown worlds and all the action, adventure and peril that come with it. Seeing as how Matt Damon is in this movie along with Sean Bean, Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor  well, I had to check this one out.  Bean plays the Ares III mission director, but Chastain is the actual Commander who calls the shot. Ejiofor is at Misson Control. I thoroughly enjoyed them and the movie. Disaster strikes: a massive dust storm throws you off your guard and basically ruins your mission. Imagine being stranded….on a hostile planet with no food, water and...

HBO Canada’s Sensitive Skin: Back For Season Two!

HBO Canada’s Sensitive Skin: Back For Season Two!

  Remember the trials and tribulations of Davina Jackson of HBO CANADA’s Sensitive Skin?  She’s a 50-something woman who was married (although it looked like it was unhappily), worked in an art gallery, had one son, sold her big suburbia house for a condo loft  in downtown Toronto and was taking a plethora of hormone replacement therapy. Davina has a sister, Veronica, who is also married and Davina’s brother-in-law is currently awaiting a trial. Sketchy, to say the least.  Plus, Davina herself was dabbling in marijuana and after a while, carrying on with younger men. Oh, if you do’t recall all that then check...

Silicon Valley: “Bachmanity Insanity”

Silicon Valley: “Bachmanity Insanity”

Unlike last week, this week is all about the love in the Valley. Richard meets a woman and things heat up until he burns it down. Dinesh is making googly eyes at one of the women helping them code from another country, until she gets a real look at him. Even Jared gets in on the love loop, repeatedly actually.  Go Jared!  And as always, Erlich is in love with money. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZSIGVS30XI With all the focus on Pied Piper, love affairs have gone to the wayside.  But when Richard meets a cute girl, he gets back into the game.  Winnie, not a bartender, knows her own way around the tech biz. But in the everlasting world...

Girls Season Six: Behind the Scenes Instagram Pics!

Girls Season Six: Behind the Scenes Instagram Pics!

Not long after the curtain closed on season five of Girls did the cast members start posting pictures of themselves and each other on set for the new season, giving a few hints and clues to what might be in store for our beloved women. First up, Jenni Konner, fellow editor of Lenny Letter, Lena Dunham’s close personal friend and director of the season finale posts this shot of the script for presumably the first episode of the new season. She posted this for their first table read of the new episodes and the title doesn’t exactly tell us much but Konner’s comment “The beginning of the end” suggests this is...

A Retrospective: The Women of VINYL

A Retrospective: The Women of VINYL

Now that the dust has well and truly settled on HBO’s vibrant new drama series Vinyl it’s a good opportunity to reflect on the season and more specifically, the representation of women in the series. Despite the cast being dominated by male characters, its the three women who pull the strings and clear up the mess. They are the driving force behind the powerful men in the season and are often the cause of those men making big decisions. Terence Winter, the show’s main writer, explained in an interview with The Independent that they were conscious of being “true and faithful to the reality of how hard it was for women in...

Game of Thrones Steelbooks: Seasons 3 & 4

Game of Thrones Steelbooks: Seasons 3 & 4

You’ll often find us reviewing HBO DVD and Blu-Rays regularly and we’re excited each time we get to do so. But once in a while a set so gorgeous really grabs our attention. Enter what might be the definitive version of Game of Thrones on disc format. Yes, it has the same special features as the regular release (plus Dolby Atmos sound!) and yes, you might have already ordered the other version, but this one will look nice on anyone’s shelf. We took some photos and have all the details. We did the same with seasons one and two (which were AWESOME). Don’t need convincing? Pre-order them here. Release date is June...

Game of Thrones: “Blood of My Blood”

Game of Thrones: “Blood of My Blood”

So I think most people, the internet especially, are reeling from last week’s shocking twist. Not only that, but memes are popping up all over the place. Can’t we just mourn in peace, internet? Why must you torture us so? But since we can’t change it, after last episode we must move forward. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ePO5JXVULM The episode picks up almost immediately following the end of the last episode.  Meera is doing her best to protect Bran, but she can only do so much.  Heaven knows what all is happening in Bran’s head as he downloads the Three Eyed Raven’s power.  A mysterious figure appears!...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For June 2016

What’s On: HBO Schedule For June 2016

Man, does the time go by fast. Here we are leading into summer already, we are halfway through the current Sunday night originals and we are barreling onward. The question lies, as the evenings get longer and nicer, what is on HBO to hold our attention in June? The answer is – a little bit of everything. We once again offer a look at most of the content that is scheduled for the month ahead. I hope you find a gem whether it is a continuing series, an old movie of even a favorite repeat. Youcan also seek out our Schedule Page. Here is What’s On in June.     Original Series: I know that many of you think that the dramatic...

Movie Review: “The Intern”

Movie Review: “The Intern”

I’ve often wondered what I would do after I retired. Granted, I’m only 27 years old so I have quite the way to go. But I question what I would do with all that unconstructed time. Travel, work with charity, spend all day reading, or learn a new language are all on my short list. But what do you do when you’ve run out of stuff to do?  The Intern takes us on the adventure of what to do with yourself when you feel that you’ve already done everything. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6dKhzYgksc First of all, this cast is amazing.  I mean, really.  The chemistry between Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway is phenomenal....

HBO Solidifies Monster Fall Lineup with Westworld, Divorce, Insecure & High Maintenance

HBO Solidifies Monster Fall Lineup with Westworld, Divorce, Insecure & High Maintenance

HBO has confirmed fall debuts for the new series WESTWORLD, DIVORCE, INSECURE and HIGH MAINTENANCE. We’d been waiting for confirmation on, particuarly the monster would-be hit that is Westworld. After years of delays, it will air this fall!  Exact dates to be determined. Here’s a little on each series. The one-hour drama series WESTWORLD (ten episodes) is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, no matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. The cast includes...

HBO Films: All the Way – Review

HBO Films: All the Way – Review

Much like Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film Lincoln, HBO’s adaptation of the Broadway hit play All the Way focuses on the role a President plays in the advancement and expansion of human rights. It is a role often caught between the tide of human progress and the regressive Old Guard. How much can one person do, given the checks in the system? What is the best approach to push forward a party’s agenda? Films like Lincoln and All the Way highlight the struggle between the radicals and the moderates within a party, often chiding the latter for their impatience and lack of tact and pragmatism. Here, the President is Lyndon Baines...

Silicon Valley: “The Empty Chair”

Silicon Valley: “The Empty Chair”

It seems that for the Pied Piper crew it is one step forward, two steps back. They are never quite able to succeed in the way they want to, however they never fail spectacularly. Many of the events the last two episodes (check out last week’s review here) have been cyclical, things we’ve seen before, which is no doubt indicative of Mike Judge’s opinion of the tech world. Things happen in the same patterns constantly, however Judge’s story manages to make the cycle seem believable, and earned. “There is no CEO” Fresh off last episode’s cliffhanger this episode begins with Richard and the crew aimlessly...

Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5: “The Door”

Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5: “The Door”

This post contains HUGE SPOILERS. If you have not seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones, look away now! If you missed last weeks review, catch up here. So far this season has felt really odd in comparison to other seasons, everything from the writing style to the violence has felt softened and adapted for wider audiences. The language has become more casual, colloquial and “modern” which is a strong step away from the bleak and dark nature of the show and makes it more comparable to our world, that said, the violence has also taken an unwanted, sharp turn towards banal. I miss the good old days of peoples heads being...

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