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The Leftovers

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

Theon Greyjoy: No Coward, No Fool

Jul 24, 2017

“He who fights and runs away will  live to fight another day,”- Demosthenes      In less than twenty-four hours since the release of “Stormborn,” the second episode in...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Season Four Finale: “Server Error”

Jun 29, 2017

The Season 4 finale begins with Richard in a position of moral distress. While we have seen Richard in positions of trouble countless times throughout this series — it is yet that he has...

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New Movies

HBOWatch Movie Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Jul 21, 2017

In a nutshell: HELL on earth. Imagine death is all around you: bodies blowing up, screaming all around, smoke, gas, darkness and decay. No matter how much gear you have on, no matter how much...

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Latest HBO News

HBO’s Chief Plepler & Programmer Bloys Talking Points

HBO’s Chief Plepler & Programmer Bloys Talking Points

Both Chief Executive Richard Plepler and President of Programming Casey Bloys were out this past week talking about their entertainment giant and just some of the big news surrounding it. Of course, they could not talk about the broad spectrum of everything on their plate, but they did each have an agenda of what they wanted to discuss in their respective forums. This piece will break it down starting with Richard Plepler’s sit down with Gerard Baker of The Wall Street Journal. Joining in on the conversation was VICE’s Shane Smith as a point of discussion was the newly launched VICE NEWS TONIGHT. Also, a big topic was the possible...

Insecure: Episodes 3 & 4

Insecure: Episodes 3 & 4

Created by and starring Issa Rae, Insecure follows the life of a young black woman making her way in Los Angeles. In the first two episodes, we meet Issa working at a non-profit to help inner city kids. While she loves her job, she’s the token minority which makes her job difficult at times. She is struggling in her relationship with Lawrence and tested by the availability of her ex. Here’s what we expected from –  Episode 3 – “Racist as F*ck.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_RnZqu62mI After avoiding coming home for a while, Issa comes back to her apartment but has yet to fully address the relationship...

Divorce: “Mediation”

Divorce: “Mediation”

Last week, we saw as Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) attempted couples counseling and went about their own ways trying to keep the kids unaware. Frances revealed details of her affair with Julien (Jemaine Clement), and Robert admitted to an emotional affair with an old college friend. The two realize the marriage has no hope left, and decide to call it quits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYwov-ZLCNg This episode opens with Robert living in one of his model homes during reconstruction. The couple has yet to inform their children of their impending split, much to the dismay of their mediation counselor....

Westworld: “Contrapasso”

Westworld: “Contrapasso”

Deeper and deeper we go, down into the rabbit hole, with nothing but a series of cryptic clues and metaphors for human consciousness. Often each episode leaves you asking a million questions when the end credits start to roll and this week was no different. The mystery of Arnold widens even further as we discover that other characters are aware of his presence, most specifically Dolores who we learn through a conversation with Ford that she was one of the last people to speak to him on the day that he died, 34 years ago. We know that he ‘died in the park’ but to what extent was that death actually a death? If Arnold had existed...

In WESTWORLD – There Has Been An Awakening

In WESTWORLD – There Has Been An Awakening

In the original movie version produced in 1973 the first Host to begin to gain consciousness was played by Yul Brynner (2016 seems to be the year of remaking Yul Brynner works with The Magnificent Seven, as well as Westworld getting make-overs). It probably helps to consider the deliberate changes that the Westworld reboot has made. In the original it was the gun-slinging male that became aware after countless days of being killed over and over again. In this Westworld it is not a strong, cowboy character but the female Host designed to be the innocent, pure embodiment of prairie Americana. The writers chose to tell this new story from a...

What’s On: HBO Schedule for November 2016

What’s On: HBO Schedule for November 2016

Here we go with another month of HBO content and we are in the thick of it. We still have series weaving their stories, pundits chatting their observations and big name movies and big name stars. Plus with news, kids programming and sports it adds up to thirty days of brilliant entertainment. As the leaves fall and families gather we can be thankful HBO is still one of the top TV choices out there. Yeah, you can be thankful for simple inconsequential stuff like that too. Thanks, HBO!     Original Series: New episodes await us in our Sunday series still. They have played pretty well so far. So don’t miss a second of WESTWORLD, DIVORCE...

Movie Review: Poltergeist

Movie Review: Poltergeist

Poltergeist is one of those classic movies that helped to shape and define the horror genre. In the 70’s and 80’s, horror movies were at their peak and what is happening now is that the same ideas are being regurgitated over and over again whether it be a ‘reimagining’ a ‘remake’ or even prequels and sequels, the originality of the genre is dying a death and if it wasn’t for films like The Witch or It Follows we would be tumbling into an abyss of superhero movies and never-ending franchises. The original Poltergeist belonged in the 80’s, everything about it screamed the 80’s and as technology was emerging, the notion of...

Divorce: “Counseling”

Divorce: “Counseling”

Last week, Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) were dealing with the immediate aftermath of Frances’ affair with Julien (Jermaine Clement of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords).  Robert was obviously not doing okay, and Frances was on her toes wondering what he would do next. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTLeO9hjKe0 This week finds the couple heading to counseling to see if they can repair the damage from the affair. It’s clear that both Frances and Robert are tense. Frances goes off on a client who is career transitioning and how there may not be any options out there. It’s so obvious I...

Westworld: “Dissonance Theory”

Westworld: “Dissonance Theory”

In only four weeks, Westworld has proven itself to be an insanely captivating and unique experience. It may be argued it exists for a niche audience, but its originality and metaphorical implications are immense, and viewership is increasing drastically. Regardless of ratings—because HBO doesn’t keep shows on based on ratings anyway—Westworld’s charm and nihilism are delightful and undeniable. Forgive me if I get a bit too philosophical with you in my dissection of this week’s episode and the show in general, but with a series like Westworld, it is my hope you may greater appreciate the series from a different perspective. I’m...

AT&T to Acquire Time Warner, HBO’s Parent Company

AT&T to Acquire Time Warner, HBO’s Parent Company

If it seems like only four or five companies in the world own most of the content you watch on TV, you’re right. Time Warner has been flirting with a sale for several years now. The closest they came was in 2014 when FOX and Rupert Murdoch offered to buy HBO’s parent company. That deal was refused. But as media companies face increasing pressures to adapt to the changing landscape of apps, online watching and streaming, it’s almost necessary for them to combine forces with existing tech companies to compete with the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. This week we’ve learned that Time Warner (and by extension, HBO)...

Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT Movie In the Works at HBO

Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT Movie In the Works at HBO

The American punk rock band Green Day, comprised of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and current drummer Tre Cool, have been doing alright by their 2004 punk rock opera “American Idiot.” The concept album went on to become an acclaimed adaptation on the Broadway stage and is about to become an HBO Films presentation. That’s pretty sweet. AMERICAN IDIOT is all its guises is about modern American society and the turmoil and angst caused by a world in upheaval and the idiot ruler at the center of it all and a trio of youths disgruntled by it all. It was a serious and raucous comment of the times for sure. It...

HBO Adds More Elmo to SESAME STREET for Season 47

HBO Adds More Elmo to SESAME STREET for Season 47

As a way of keeping children’s programming fresh and fun on HBO SESAME STREET will be revamping a previous Elmo segment for the new season. Beginning in January 2017 Season 47 will feature from time to time “Elmo’s World.” I know, contain yourself, but the preschoolers in your house can flip out all they want.  In the 25 five-minute installments, lessons are taught through pre-school relevant topics, live-action films, and interactive thinking games such as matching, sorting, and counting. Kids accompany Elmo and his friend Smartie, an animated cell phone and learning tool, as he uses his imagination to dive into the topic of the...

Movie Review: Gods of Egypt

Movie Review: Gods of Egypt

Lots of fancy looking folks are strutting their stuff in this movie. Kind of odd, though; usually when one thinks of a movie that has to do with Egyptians, you think of olive skinned or tall, dark and handsome people with exotic accents and breathtaking locales. That’s why it was a bit tough for me to sit through a movie that showcased a lot of white people portraying ancient Gods and Goddesses. The costumes are splashy and the sets are extravagant, to say the least. In terms of plot, you have the age old brother versus brother (good versus evil) plight. Of course, one brother rules over mortals and Gods, while the other one rules over...

Noooooooooooo! MADDADDAM Out At HBO

Noooooooooooo! MADDADDAM Out At HBO

The adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s MADDADDAM trilogy is still a viable project, but, unfortunately, not for HBO. It appears that the project has been shaping up quite nicely with Eliza Clark, a noted writer, who has already wielded the novel into a manageable production script. And Darren Aronofsky is still very much on board. It just appears now that the project has to be shopped around for the right network to house it. Here is what Aronofsky stated at a New York Film Festival event: “The series is all written. We are working hard on it, and trying to figure it out. We are still in play.” About Clark he said, “We just went with...

Insecure: Series Premiere & Episode 2

Insecure: Series Premiere & Episode 2

  Insecure Series Premiere: “Insecure as F***” Issa’s (Issa Rae) life is tumultuous, to say the least. From problems on the job, to problems with her live in boyfriend and her stressed out best friend, no matter where she turns, insecurity seems to get the best of her. From the opening scene where she’s attempting to address a class of intermediate students to explain what she does for a living (she works in the non profit job that tries to improve the circumstances of inner city youth) to where she’s speaking to her best friend Molly, we see that Issa is struggling with confidence. She is struggling with her job, her...

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