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Westworld

Westworld: Scenes of the Season

Dec 29, 2016

The first season of Westworld went off with quite a bang and continued the season with twists and turns and everything in between. I watched and rode the roller coaster of emotions along with...

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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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The Young Pope

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

Jan 16, 2017

In episode two, swiftly following on from the dramatic and alluring season opener for The Young Pope sees the Vatican City doing some major damage control following on from Lenny’s...

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New Movies

Movies on HBO: Now You See Me 2

Jan 12, 2017

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review NOW YOU SEE ME 2 with the prestidigitation laden Four Horseman but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to...

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Latest HBO News

HBO Renews The Leftovers for Third and Final Season

HBO Renews The Leftovers for Third and Final Season

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10, 2015 – HBO has renewed the critically acclaimed drama series THE LEFTOVERS for a third and final season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Damon Lindelof (Emmy winner for “Lost”) and Tom Perrotta (Academy Award nominee for “Little Children”), the series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television. “It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome back Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta and the extraordinary talent behind THE LEFTOVERS for its third and final season,” said Lombardo. “This show has proven to be one of the most...

GETTING ON: “Please Partake of a Memorial Orange”

GETTING ON: “Please Partake of a Memorial Orange”

As we wind down the series (check out the previous episode here) with only one episode remaining after this one we get a good strong dose of what this series has been about. Each performance here sums up the psyche of each character. As is reflected in the episode’s title this is our opportunity to remember the passing of not only a character, but the entire series. Maybe, the loyal followers of this series will think of this show every time they partake of an orange in the future. As is the fashion with reviewing GETTING ON it is easiest to look at them all one by one after a brief setup. A few days have passed since we last were at the...

HBO Go Adds Two New Features

HBO Go Adds Two New Features

If you noticed your HBO Go app updating last night it’s actually because the Home Box Office dev teams have given you an early Christmas present. HBO Go now does two things it didn’t do yesterday: Now binge-watch your favorite HBO series with the Autoplay Next Episode feature! Multi-task while enjoying the HBO GO experience on select iPads and iPad mini models by using the Picture-In-Picture mode. HBO Now, the standalone app that doesn’t require a cable subscription also has these features. This brings HBO’s apps in line with other services such as Netflix, Hulu and the like. These features aren’t mind-blowing...

The Leftovers: “I Live Here Now”

The Leftovers: “I Live Here Now”

The Leftovers second and possibly final season was an emotional experience. They tread into all forms of loss, and all forms of blame. You see people lash out in anger, and sadness often times leading to violence. However the true meaning of this season, and in essence the true meaning of the show is delightfully simple “Family”. The bonds that hold us together, whether by blood, or love. They can strain, and twist until they almost reach the breaking point. But in the end like an elastic they have a tendency to snap back to you in the most unexpected ways.   “The Truth” The episode opens with a Flashback (as does the previous...

HBO’s Yearender Clip & 2016 Speculation

HBO’s Yearender Clip &  2016 Speculation

This is an iffy and scary post to be making. We don’t often venture into these type of guesses because invariably a number of them could be quite wrong and also a number of comments might declare our stupidity about the matter. We are going to throw out a postulation for 2016 however, because we are damn excited for what is coming to HBO in the new year ahead. So, here goes nothing!   January – March We believe to start the year off HBO will concentrate on the launch and promotion of HBO KIDS and the showcase series that will be its anchor. HBO KIDS is an initiative to invigorate children’s programming for the network and...

The Knick: “Not Well at All”

The Knick: “Not Well at All”

Is there a cure for a broken heart? And why do bad things have to happen to good people? We all waited with baited breath for the other shoe to drop. Of course, just as things started to look good for several characters on The Knick, the heavy hand of fate stepped in to remind them that well, things were looking a little too good and our folks at the Knickerbocker needed a cold dose of reality. As if the last episode wasn’t enough? This week we see the after effects of one of Thack’s patients, who was struggling with addiction: the man overdoses on medical fluid and is found dead. Slimeball Brockhurst has come to claim his property...

VICE Special Report: “Countdown to Zero”

VICE Special Report: “Countdown to Zero”

Overview: Twenty years ago, HIV/AIDS was a death sentence. Now, through advances in medication, it has become a largely manageable chronic disease – and there may finally be a cure on the horizon. VICE investigates recent breakthroughs in medical science to see how close we are to life without AIDS. Vice.com states – On Tuesday December 1, World AIDS Day, HBO premiered VICE’s new hour-long special report, Countdown to Zero, about the breakthroughs in treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS. In it, VICE co-founders Shane Smith and Suroosh Alvi talk to the patients, policymakers, activists, clinicians, and researchers...

HBO GIRLS Drops Season #5 Trailer

HBO GIRLS Drops Season #5 Trailer

I was alerted to the new season 5 trailer for Girls after Lena Dunham posted a gorgeous photo of the four of them on her Instagram page, where Hannah, Jessa and Shosh were in bridesmaid’s dresses and Marnie was in a wedding dress and they stood lovingly draped around each other. This and the trailer both indicate that initially it looks like there is going to be heavy focus on Marnie and her upcoming nuptials. What’s interesting though is that at the end of the trailer, Hannah mentions that Marnie is marrying someone she barely knows. Considering that Desi was in season three and season four, one would assume that she knows him quite...

Movie Review: Get Hard

Movie Review: Get Hard

Though Get Hard represents the directorial debut of director Etan Cohen, it reflects the sensibilities of producer Adam McKay, who directed previous Will Ferrell films, including Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers. Following up on the theme of The Other Guys, Get Hard sets its sights on Hedge Funds, and the out-of-touch types who manage them. Will Ferrell stars are James, a successful hedge fund manager, who enjoys life in a lavish home, staffed by servants who resent his lack of consideration for them as people. James is not mean-spirited; he’s simply not involved in other people’s problems or their plight. It...

HBO Drops First Teaser for Game of Thrones Season 6

HBO Drops First Teaser for Game of Thrones Season 6

It’s finally here! The first teaser of the new season of Game of Thrones! HBO is continuing it’s Jon Snow centered marketing campaign for Season Six. After dropping the first promotional photo for the new season which featured a bloody Jon Snow, a few weeks ago, HBO has continued the theme in their first teaser trailer of the season. See below for the video itself and a little commentary to follow. https://youtu.be/IxI8aPISq8I The teaser begins with the character who is one everyone’s minds these days as the debate rages over whether he is alive or dead. Jon Snow stands, his hair blowing in the wind as the voice of an old...

THE LEFTOVERS: “Ten Thirteen”

THE LEFTOVERS: “Ten Thirteen”

Okay, like last week’s episode, this writer was a bit bewildered and confused. I admit I had to watch it again, to make sure I understood the events that took place and catch the subtext.   “Ten Thirteen” was a slow burn with small moments of intensity and a little stilted with long musical tracks, even though the songs used were great subtext for the scenes; it was great though, to get a story from Meg’s perspective. There was also a definite chronological journey from the past to the present. Even before the Sudden Departure you could see the downward spiral Meg was in.  She started off as a coke head, who was anxiously having...

GETTING ON: “Am I Still Me?”

GETTING ON: “Am I Still Me?”

Once again, we leap into this episode by associating it to the title of the piece and find some interesting connections. I don’t know if Olsen & Scheffer expected that from us, but that question was popping up in this writer’s mind even though it was only uttered rapidly in a silly Jenna rant. This fourth installment of the season also has great guest appearances and two deaths. They pack a lot into this one. (Here is the last one if you need it.) Where to start? Well, Jenna James is all beside herself. Her big symposium is in the hospital and she is at her perkiest because it is her baby and she is targeting the award that awaits...

The Knick: “Williams and Walker”

The Knick: “Williams and Walker”

Sex. Sabotage. Surgery. Social standing. Sex education. Just another week (here is last week’s) in the life of the Knickerbocker Hospital. Dr. Thackery finally performs the revolutionary surgery on the conjoined twins. It was a success and he and the team were to be commended. The operation was also recorded with the rudimentary motion picture camera. Here is more detail on that scene with the Post Op clip: Note in the episode how Lucy wondered how the other pretty blond nurse knew that Henry Robertson had a camera. Kind of hoping that comes back to bite Henry in the ass. More on that later. Thack has a moment of insecurity and...

HBO Documentary Films: 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS

HBO Documentary Films: 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS

Overview: On November 23, 2012, Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old, and three friends drove into a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla. Davis and his friends got into a verbal altercation with white 45-year-old Michael Dunn, who took issue with the volume of the teenagers’ rap music. When Davis refused to turn down the music, Dunn opened fire on the car of unarmed teenagers. He fired 10 bullets, three of which hit Davis, who died at the scene. Dunn fled, but was taken into custody the next day. He claimed that he shot in self-defense. Filmed over a period of 18 months, the documentary intercuts intimate scenes with Davis’ family and friends...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For December 2015

What’s On: HBO Schedule For December 2015

Ho! Ho! Ho! It is time for HBO to dole out its last gifts of the year. Just remember the old axiom – it is not the quantity of what you get that matters but the quality of and the intent behind what is given. That explains HBO fairly well. For example, in December there is only one concluding episode of the big drama, but the quality behind it makes it a memorable gift. And don’t forget one of the biggest gifts coming at this time of year – the highly anticipated YearEnder clip showing us what gifts are ahead in 2016. Join us now as we open the presents coming in December 2015.      Originals: That big drama, for those not...

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