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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season Six Finale: “The Winds of Winter”

Jun 28, 2016

Winter is FINALLY HERE. With is comes reunions, armies banding together, tragic losses, dynamite explosions, catastrophic loss and formal alliances in its’ wake. This episode covered so much...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Season Three Finale: “The Uptick”

Jun 28, 2016

This season of Silicon Valley has been full of firings, new CEOs, and corporate shuffling. Unlike previous seasons, we went into the finale not knowing what to expect. Season One had the build...

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Veep

HBO Renews GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY and VEEP for 2017

Apr 25, 2016

Fans you are in luck. The acclaimed and well awarded dramatic and comedic series of HBO’s Spring season will be around for at least one more year. All three series have been renewed for 2017....

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New Movies

New Movies On HBO – Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Jun 26, 2016

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the PG-13-rated drama playing on...

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Latest HBO News

True Detective: “Night Finds Us”

True Detective: “Night Finds Us”

Holy shit. Last night’s True Detective was a shocker right?! Who saw that one coming? It’s gone all Game of Thrones on us and potentially killed off one of the main characters in episode two, which serves as a not-so-friendly reminder that this show can get incredibly dark and twisted at the flip of a switch. No one is safe, everyone has a secret and the city is an unforgiving pit of despair. The majority of the episode played out like any other, building character stories, opening doors, asking questions and widening the vice. The three detectives come together to hear the autopsy report for Ben Caspere, the man found dead at the end...

VICE Season 3 Finale: “Cold War 2.0”

VICE Season 3 Finale: “Cold War 2.0”

  Overview: For 45 years, America was locked in the Cold War with the Soviet Union, and fear of global nuclear annihilation was constant. The end of the Cold War in 1991 was supposed to usher in a new era of peace and cooperation, but it didn’t last. Tensions between the U.S. and Russia have been simmering for years. And now, the conflict in Ukraine has pushed the relationship to the brink of full-blown crisis. VICE Founder Shane Smith met Kremlin officials and American leaders to figure out what’s really driving the new standoff between the powers, while correspondent Simon Ostrovsky reported from the front lines of the...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For July 2015

What’s On: HBO Schedule For July 2015

Well, here we are in the heart of summer. Let’s hope July is not as rain-soaked as June and that we all can find some HBO content to entertain us. We moved into another set of Sunday shows and have a special popping up so after your fun in the sun this coming month sit down to Home Box Office. Her is what is scheduled for July 2015.  Originals: We are just a couple of episodes into the return of HBO’s anthology series and two new comedies. Have you caught the start of TRUE DETECTIVE, BALLERS and THE BRINK? Here is the nitty- gritty. TRUE DETECTIVE continues its eight-episode second season SUNDAY, JULY 5 at 9:00pm ET with other new...

My Experience at the New York City HBO Store

My Experience at the New York City HBO Store

If you’re a fan of HBO, and it’s variety of high-quality shows, there’s probably been a moment when you’ve been tempted to buy a piece of merchandise, whether that be a t-shirt, a key-chain, an exact replica of a sword, or if you’re really a die hard fan who just inherited a great deal of wealth, perhaps a life-sized Iron Throne(as offered on the official HBO Store website for the tidy sum of $30,000). At this point, if you’ve ever browsed the extensive online HBO store, you will know HBO has realized that people are ready to spend their money on everything from collectible action figures and...

HBO Documentary Films: REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014

HBO Documentary Films: REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014

Overview: More than 32,000 people die from gun violence every year in America, an average of 88 people per day. REQUIEM FOR THE DEAD: AMERICAN SPRING 2014 highlights a few of the estimated 8,000 individuals who died from gunfire that spring, drawing exclusively on found media – news accounts, police investigations and social media – to shine a light on little-known stories of tragic loss, bringing the victims to life in their own words and images. Whether by homicide, accident or suicide, a wide cross-section of Americans – men and women, young and old, from every racial background – are victims and perpetrators of such gun violence....

Movie Review: John Wick

Movie Review: John Wick

     Movies about a hard-edged hitman who just want to leave their lives behind are a dime a dozen. They’re easy to write, with the action built into the premise. They’re easy to produce, with action that promises an audience to see it. They’re easy to make, but they aren’t easy to make well. The usual excuse is that for dumb action flicks, you shouldn’t have to think because that gets in the way. Sometimes the action can make up for a dumb story, but more often than not a dumb story is only going to amplify the stupidity of the action. Or worse, leave an audience apathetic to its outcome. John Wick does...

The Knick Season 2 Premieres in October

The Knick Season 2 Premieres in October

Do you lay awake at night while your thoughts drift to some of the disturbing scenes in The Knick? Oh, that’s just me? Well if you’re a fan of Clive Owen you’ll be happy to know that we finally have a narrowed premiere window for The Knick season 2. Cinemax has been releasing several teaser videos for the new season. And by teaser we certainly mean TEASER because these are nothing more than some sound effects and a scene that may or may not be from season 1 of The Knick.  Here’s an example: Well, it does give you the same atmosphere you’ve come to expect from The Knick. Now, these trailers only say “This...

The Brink: First Impression

The Brink: First Impression

HBO has long been a leader, a trend setter if you will, when it comes to amazing television and they have rarely cared all that much about ratings, so long as people were talking. In the last decade we have seen HBO utterly dominate this new “Golden Age” of television, winning enough awards to pave Richard Plepler’s (HBO CEO), very long driveway with Emmys! HBO has such a sterling reputation for quality and excellence that it’s sometimes hard to notice when they miss. So powerful is the HBO Brand, that even Sunday nights lack luster debut of “The Brink” barley registered. It’s a proven fact that networks can throw money and...

Affleck & Damon’s Project Greenlight Premieres in September

Affleck & Damon’s Project Greenlight Premieres in September

HBO’s September 2015 schedule is finally taking shape.  While there may not be any confirmed “flagship dramas” coming our way this fall HBO has just announced three smaller series that will debut instead. First up is Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s documentary that chronicles how a new director gets a movie made.  Here’s how HBO describes it: The documentary series PROJECT GREENLIGHT, chronicling the search for a first-time director and exploring the filmmaking process, launches its eight-episode season SUNDAY, SEPT. 13 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT). Spanning the entire filmmaking process, it takes a revealing,...

Ballers: First Impressions

Ballers: First Impressions

Ballers is actually HBO’s second TV show focused on the world of Football. The original HBO venture was 1st and Ten it was a football sitcom, and lasted six seasons. Unlike 1st and Ten I highly doubt that Ballers will get six seasons. It’s not a terrible show by any stretch, but if you compare it to the rest of HBO’s catalog the first episode doesn’t really impress. Dwayne Johnson is often times an over the top action hero, who looks like he could tear a building down with his bare hands. Watch the Fast and The Furious franchise, or Pain & Gain to see him play an insane muscle bound lunatic. With Ballers however...

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 Premiere – “The Western Book of the Dead”

TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2 Premiere – “The Western Book of the Dead”

Honestly, it has been kind of hard starting off this review. We have already analyzed and pondered every frame of footage leading up to this premiere, so there is no need to speak volumes about the dark, brooding tone of this piece. It is the tone Nic Pizzolatto has set for this series and we go with it. There is also no need, at least for this writer, to reflect on or compare what we are about to witness to Season One. It has been established that this is an anthology series and we are starting from a clean slate with a new tale before us. All we can be sure of is that it will be more of a character study than a crime procedural and that...

VICE: “Afghanistan After Us” / “La Haine”

VICE: “Afghanistan After Us” / “La Haine”

  Overview: Last year, the U.S. began withdrawing combat troops from the longest war in our history: Afghanistan. But the war isn’t ending just because we’re leaving. This year, Afghan National Security Forces deaths and civilian casualties are both at record highs, and opium cultivation is at its highest since the war began. Ben Anderson went back to Helmand, the country’s most violent province, to investigate the security situation in Afghanistan as American involvement winds down. The horrific attack at the Paris offices of satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in 2015 made headlines around the world – and...

Movie Review: Gone Girl

Movie Review: Gone Girl

Adapted from Gillian Flynn’s best-selling suspense novel, Gone Girl is a film sealed with dramatic intensity and highly intellectual storytelling. Its manner of plot development is highly intricate and always has a sense of morbidity lying underneath. Every plot twist is so well crafted that it is never seen coming. That is, of course, unless you’ve read the novel. Gillian Flynn wrote the screenplay herself and has made few changes to the big-screen adaptation, so fans of the novel won’t be surprised by the story. However, they will undoubtedly enjoy watching this mind-consuming and grisly tale come to life. Directed by the iconic...

HBOWatch Prepares for BALLERS & THE BRINK

HBOWatch Prepares for BALLERS & THE BRINK

Everyone knows that the next round of original programming is coming our way starting Sunday, June 21. It all starts with TRUE DETECTIVES 8-episode second season. Following that show is an hour of comedy with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jack Black. Both actors star in their respective series from 10:00pm – 11:00pm ET. While we have been building up a bit of buzz about the moody troubled souls over on the detective series we thought it was time to give a little attention to BALLERS and THE BRINK as well. We start off with BALLERS. Hey, there is not a shitload of videos to help this series along, what’s up? Guess you don’t need any...

HBO’s Westworld Delayed to 2016

HBO’s Westworld Delayed to 2016

Wondering why we haven’t seen a trailer for HBO’s next mega-smash hit Westworld?  So were we. Until we stumbled upon an interview with THR today where HBO’s programming chief Michael Lombardo gave us an update admitting that Westworld will miss its 2015 premiere date promise: “The pilot is a really powerful starting point, but when you’re doing a series, you go, ‘OK, so what’s the next episode? What’s bringing you in?’ You can’t just be a spectacle every week.” Wait, who doesn’t want a spectacle every week!? It doesn’t look like Westworld will be premiering this...

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