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Megabus.com Weighs In On “Game of Thrones” Travel Trivia

Nov 20, 2017

“Tis a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us,” Oberyn Martell...

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Documentaries

HBO Documentary Films: ROLLING STONE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE

Nov 21, 2017

Overview:  ROLLING STONE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE chronicles the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture through the perspective of a magazine that understood rock ‘n’...

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Vice Principals

Vice Principals Series Finale: “The Union of the Wizard & the Warrior”

Nov 16, 2017

A few days ago saw the violent and cataclysmic end of the season and show Vice Principals.  The show is no stranger to turmoil, as the first season gave us an arson and shooting of Neal Gamby....

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The Deuce

The Deuce Season One Finale: “My Name Is Ruby”

Nov 3, 2017

Business is good. Money is pouring in. Rudy, Vinnie, Bobby and Frankie are making large wads of cash from the parlor plus the new investment of the private viewing chambers. Life is good on the...

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Latest HBO News

New Updated HBO Movie Premiere Opener

New Updated HBO Movie Premiere Opener

Back in the day, when HBO was building its channel it was proud to tout big theatrical premieres on Saturday nights. To usher in each movie there was always a stylized opener. I found a clip that illustrates the changing intros through the years. Watch it below. In the 1980’s the big splashy opening montage came to the screen, it is the one where we soar across the landscape and finally into the heavens where the HBO logo swoops in, and it stuck in everyone’s mind. It is in the montage above; remember it? Nowadays those graphics may not wow you, but the nostalgic impact of the clip and that stirring music sure do. It let you know that...

Girls: “Painful Evacuation”

Girls: “Painful Evacuation”

Well, I didn’t see that coming! If you haven’t seen episode 4 of Girls yet, please don’t read on – major spoiler ahead! I’m not a huge fan of this season of Girls so far, I think it has lost its edge, the thing that made it so unique from all the other drama’s out there. It was this generation’s Sex and the City but without all the unrealistic life expectations, however, it has mutated over the last few seasons into Lena Dunham’s vanity project and that rawness was replaced with self-indulgent, nonsensical episodes of friends hating friends. That hasn’t really changed in this season, however, we are seeing some...

Big Little Lies: “Living the Dream”

Big Little Lies: “Living the Dream”

Big Little Lies has been a genre-bender since the start. It is both eloquent and shallow, juxtaposing existential statements with superficiality and masked behavior. “Living the Dream,” as the episode’s title, is a clear representation of this. We arguably see the darkest segment of the series at this episode’s end. As someone who has not yet read the novel, I believe the show is evolving with wondrously macabre mystery under the guise of a cliché story about rich white women. Jane’s reminiscence of her sexual assault made “Living the Dream” a very difficult episode to digest, which was horrifically yet phenomenally executed....

HBO Drops First Teasers for Game of Thrones Season 7

HBO Drops First Teasers for Game of Thrones Season 7

It’s been a fairly quiet winter for fans of Game of Thrones, but it looks like HBO has decided to break its silence at last and start promoting the much-anticipated show which will air sometime this summer. In the past two days, HBO has dropped two, short teasers for Thrones, each featuring a small video clip that reinforces the teasers’ short message that the show is “in production.” With teasers rolling out in fairly short succession, we can’t help but hope that a full-length trailer is around the corner. In previous years, full-length Game of Thrones trailers were usually out in February, but given that...

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Movie Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men: Apocalypse is the culmination of all the wrong-headed moves that have kept the X-Men movies from becoming more than 2nd string superhero movies. Some of them have been good, some of them have been downright bad, but none of them have ever really hit that high mark you might find in the Marvel/Disney cinematic universe. The problems stem from too many characters left undeveloped, uninteresting action, overly complicated plots, taking themselves waaaay too seriously, and coasting on the charisma of one character that rhymes with Schmulverine and the actor whose name rhymes with Schmugh Schmackman. They have done some things right,...

HBO Documentary Films: TICKLED and THE TICKLE KING

HBO Documentary Films: TICKLED and THE TICKLE KING

Overview: After stumbling upon a bizarre “competitive endurance tickling” video online, wherein young men are paid to be tied up and tickled, pop-culture reporter David Farrier reaches out to request a story from the company behind it. Delving deeper, he encounters fierce resistance, and the more he investigates, the stranger it gets, leading to the discovery of decades of abuse. Compelling and disturbing, Tickled illustrates the damage that can result from wealth, privilege and an obsession with power and control. He contacts Jane O’Brien Media, the company responsible for the competitions. To his surprise, Farrier is met with a...

Girls: “American Bitch”

Girls: “American Bitch”

Girls is doing one thing right this season, and that’s showcasing every character for who they really are, or rather, who they have come to be. “American Bitch” centers exclusively around Hannah and Chuck Palmer, with a dreamy and outlandish atmosphere akin to “One Man’s Trash,” the fifth episode of season two which Hannah spends with Patrick Wilson. “American Bitch,” however, is much more biting and sour. There is an anxious tension and passive aggression consistent through Hannah and Chuck’s conversations as the episode goes on, and though their ethical journey seems to end on a (mostly) agreeable note, it is clear...

Big Little Lies: “Serious Mothering”

Big Little Lies: “Serious Mothering”

  Madeline wakes up from a dream that shows a man popping the cork off a champagne bottle, a woman walking barefoot on the beach in an unzipped dress, a quick shot of sex, and the closing of a door. This dream may mean something eventually, but from any information we have gotten from the first episode, we don’t know yet what that is. Madeline spends the morning staring out into the ocean until she is startled by Chloe. She then talks about what could be out there and what may lie beneath the surface. I wasn’t a fan of Madeline in the first episode and after seeing the second episode, I can’t say I’m a fan now, but this episode...

What’s On: HBO Schedule for March 2017

What’s On: HBO Schedule for March 2017

My how times flies. Here we are moving into March and as the months go on HBO tries to get us excited for its content. Two premieres happen in March, but mostly we have the continuation of our Sunday nights series. Many feel it is slim pickings, but there is still something on worth entertaining you whether you want to be there for the end of GIRLS or catch a movie you wouldn’t or couldn’t go to the Super 6 Cinema to see. Let’s see what HBO has to offer with What’s On.   Original Series: Based on Liane Moriarty’s best-selling book of the same name, the subversive, darkly comedic BIG LITTLE LIES tells the tale of three mothers...

VICE Season 5 Premiere: “Assad’s Syria” / “Cost of Climate Change”

VICE Season 5 Premiere: “Assad’s Syria” / “Cost of Climate Change”

Overview: As earlier reported VICE returns to HBO with a massive 30 installments from around the world in the fifth season. Each week hot topics about conflict, culture and science will be addressed by a staff of correspondents that seems to keep on growing. Of course, the news from around the globe keeps on amassing as well, and it takes a large news staff to go wherever the news arises. Some of the latest reports are in areas not often reached by mainstream news crews, but VICE braces itself and gets in there. Some of what they uncover can be unnerving, but it is all news that can either affect us as a global citizen or hit us close to...

HBO Documentary Films: UNLOCKING THE CAGE

HBO Documentary Films: UNLOCKING THE CAGE

Overview: After 30 years of struggling with ineffective animal welfare laws, renowned animal rights attorney Steven Wise and his legal team, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP), have found a novel way to protect animals. They are making history by filing the first lawsuits that seek to transform an animal from a thing with no rights to a person with legal protections. Directed by Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker (who previously collaborated on HBO’s Emmy-winning ELAINE STRITCH AT LIBERTY), the thought-provoking documentary UNLOCKING THE CAGE follows Wise’s unprecedented quest to break down the legal wall that separates animals from...

David Bowie & Andre The Giant Documentaries Set At HBO

David Bowie & Andre The Giant Documentaries Set At HBO

Two big names; make that two big personas get the documentary treatment at HBO. Both are deceased, but both left a large imprint on us. One was a huge pop culture and musical icon whose passing shocked & saddened us all while the other was huge in his craft and just darn huge period. We are talking about David Bowie and Andre The Giant. They are not two people you would associate together of course, but for the fact that HBO has announced that each subject will get the HBO Documentary Films treatment this year. DAVID BOWIE: THE LAST FIVE YEARS is a documentary continuing the chronicle of the rock star’s life. Director Francis Whately,...

Movie Review: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

Movie Review: Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

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 leads) and mix it together (killer soundtrack) and pour it into a gorgeous glass (beautiful scenery) and you might just have a pretty kick-ass cocktail. Or film. Mike (Adam Devine) and Dave (Zac Efron) are two wild children that have a penchant for ruining every family gathering they bother to appear at.  With their little sister Jeanie (Sugar Lyn Beard) about to walk down the aisle, everyone knows those two need some supervision if the wedding is...

Are you Ready For VICE Season 5?

Are you Ready For VICE Season 5?

HBOWatch had kept up the regimen of reviewing VICE on HBO every week for its first few years but with increasing content added every season and the content seeming to be interested only by a niche audience we didn’t follow it weekly since Season Four last year. That doesn’t mean we wanted to ignore the launch of Season Five. A press release states – VICE returns to HBO for its fifth season with an hour-long edition on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 at 11:00pm followed by half-hour shows debuting subsequent Fridays at the same times. Following the success of previous seasons and a growing partnership between HBO and VICE Media, the Emmy-winning...

Inside THE YOUNG POPE Opening Credits

Inside THE YOUNG POPE Opening Credits

HBO loves a great Opening Credit sequence, doesn’t it?  We could rattle off a great number of them and what we like about each, and we just might do so one of these days when time allows, but for now we focus on one of the most recent ones. How about the credits for THE YOUNG POPE? On first look, it appears that Pope Pius the XIII is walking down a hallway, in perhaps The Vatican, amongst the religious iconography displayed. To tweak it they add some subtle animation to the paintings as if to say things are a bit different here now. Then we get that wink from the handsome face of Jude Law in his basic papal garb. The sequence concludes...

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