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The Night Of: “Part III: A Dark Crate” Review

Jul 26, 2016

The thrilling noir scrutinization of the criminal justice system has so far swept audiences into its grasps with its first two episodes. This streak continues with the third episode this week....

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Real Time with Bill Maher

Bill Maher Slated For REAL TIME Specials for the GOP/Dem Conventions

Jun 17, 2016

We are all quite familiar that Bill Maher likes to rant on his political bent. He has done so now into his fourteenth season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. He ups the ante this year, but not with...

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Documentaries

HBO Documentary Films: OPEN YOUR EYES

Jul 21, 2016

Overview: Directed by Irene Taylor Brodsky (HBO’s THE FINAL INCH), this documentary follows Manisara and Durga, an aging couple from the remote Himalayan Mountains of Nepal, as they embark on...

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New Movies On HBO – Our Brand Is Crisis

Jul 22, 2016

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the R rated drama playing on HBO. The movie...

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HBO Documentary Films: ALL ABOUT ANN: GOVERNOR RICHARDS OF THE LONE STAR STATE

HBO Documentary Films: ALL ABOUT ANN: GOVERNOR RICHARDS OF THE LONE STAR STATE

Overview: Feisty, fiery, tough, unafraid, a force of nature…and funny as hell. These are a few of the terms that were used to describe Ann Richards, one of the most charismatic American political figures of the last 30 years. This compelling portrait tells her remarkable story, from the young girl who grew up poor in rural Texas to the beloved national icon and Democratic leader who rose to power in a conservative stronghold. ALL ABOUT ANN features interviews with close friends, family members and admirers, including former husband David Richards, daughter Cecile and son Dan, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Michael...

Ray Romano Joins Cast of Scorsese’s New HBO Series

Ray Romano Joins Cast of Scorsese’s New HBO Series

Everybody loves the guy so why not get him over to HBO where he can really shine?  Ray Romano has been tapped to co-star in Martin Scorsese’s new series set in 1970s New York and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business.  Romano started his career as a sitcom dad but has since moved on to more dramatic roles as of late.  Romano will play Richie’s (Bobby Cannavale’s) close confidante and right hand man Zak Yankovich, the tough and sharp-witted Head of Promotions of American Century with years of experience dating back to the shady, mob-infested days of the recording business. Now, we call it Scorsese’s series...

Movie Review: Bullet to the Head

Movie Review: Bullet to the Head

It’s too easy to pick apart a movie like this as a hodge-podge, mix and mash, some-assembly-required action movie. A Frankenstein’s monster of everything you’ve seen already in action movies, rearranged in just enough ways that it can be repackaged and resold to general audiences. That isn’t a crack on Sylvester Stallone by the way. If there’s one think this movie wants to leave you with it’s that “hooooooooly crap, this guy is older than my Dad” feeling you get when you see that he’s sixty seven years old and built like a brick shithouse. Let’s do something a bit more fun...

Silicon Valley Episode Four Review

Silicon Valley Episode Four Review

Doesn’t it just make perfect sense for Peter Gregory to host a toga party. For a television show about people with varying levels of social dysfunction there doesn’t seem to be anything more perfect. This is a man whose cleverness far outpaces his ability to connect so of course he would take an idea from a classic movie about parties, put an incongruous musical act on the stage, then hire a group professional party conversationalists and just assume that with wine flowing everybody would have a great time. What’s ironic is that it seems like for the group of people invited to this party, despite the offense they might...

Three Teams Left for Hard Knocks 2014?

Three Teams Left for Hard Knocks 2014?

It seems like only yesterday the Seattle Seahawks were on top of the world as Super Bowl champions to the delight of some and the bane of others. The off-season can be painful for NFL fans but thankfully it’s broken up by events such as the draft (this month) and training camp which takes place in the summer. HBO has a mandate from the league to cover one of these training camps each year and we’ve previously discussed the eight teams that were in the official running to be featured.  But this week we’ve heard rumblings about that list being narrowed down even further, to THREE teams now, in fact. The Chicago Bears The...

VICE Season Two Episode 6 Review

VICE Season Two Episode 6 Review

  Overview:  On January, 01, 2014, the legalization of marijuana in the U. S. became a reality when Colorado lifted its prohibition on recreational marijuana use. Now, cannabis sellers in the state can sell from seed to smoke. While the experiment has ushered in a gold-rush mentality for local entrepreneurs, Mexican cartels are projected to lose billions of dollars in profits. VICE looks at the impact of this ever-growing trade on the local and national economy as businessmen and lawmakers try to capitalize on legal weed. If the nation goes the way of Colorado, American commerce and lifestyle will change forever.  Last season VICE...

Game of Thrones Breaks Single Episode Ratings Record

Game of Thrones Breaks Single Episode Ratings Record

We knew it would happen this season but we thought we’d have to wait until the finale to make it official: Oathkeeper, Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 4 was the most watched episode of Game of Throne in history bringing in 6.9 Million viewers and climbing to 8.4 Million with the encore plays that night. Break out the Dornish wine because Game of Thrones is unstoppable this year.  HBO Go seems to be handling the new traffic better than on the premiere night, at least in this author’s experience. In other ratings news the series premiere of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver brought in 1.4 million viewers. Compared to Jon...

What’s On: HBO Schedule for May 2014

What’s On: HBO Schedule for May 2014

May continues strong with new episodes of the Sunday series’ and is stuffed with social commentary, non-fiction and films all contained in thirty-one days. Yes, it is finally getting nice for many, but you still can come inside and get a gander of what HBO has to offer. There is plenty to go around including a big music tribute at the end of the month. Let’s discover what is on. Originals: Front and center is our beloved original programming that reigns on Sunday nights. All eyes are on GAME OF THRONES which continues each week at 9:00pm for just three more episodes. There are plenty of posts on HBOWatch about this show that explain its...

Game of Thrones 4.04 Review – Oathkeeper

Game of Thrones 4.04 Review – Oathkeeper

Directed by: Michele MacLaren Written by: Bryan Cogman Let me begin this review by saying how much I love Grey Worm, played by Jacob Anderson. His work at trying to learn the Common Tongue with Missandei is a stark contrast to the scene moments later, where he encourages the Meereenese slaves to fight for their freedom. Daenerys’ approach to Meereen last week was dramatic and set us up for her conquer this week. It was hard to see the Masters crucified, but, after what they did to those 163 children, can one really say Daenerys made a bad choice? No. She established she was a leader and actions like those of the Masters would be...

Update – Another Trailer for HBO’s The Leftovers

Update – Another Trailer for HBO’s The Leftovers

Update – Here we go.  This next new trailer for HBO’s The Normal Heart is 2 and a half minutes!  Here it is: HBO has released another trailer for the creepy new series from one of the creators of LOST.  The show will premiere this summer and I’m sure we’ll see many more trailers before that time.  Here’s the latest: The show was recently confirmed to be going on hiatus from production but that July premiere date seems to still be a firm one according the HBO.  That’s going to push things to the wire but we know that HBO wouldn’t let a crappy show on the air.  This will be one to watch...

Update – HBO Film: THE NORMAL HEART Teasers & Trailer

Update –  HBO Film: THE NORMAL HEART Teasers & Trailer

Update – More importantly the official trailer for this HBO Film presentation has been launched so we wanted to include it here at the top of the post. I will just let it speak for itself. Feel free to comment below on whether this film and/or its topic is of interest and we will surely weigh in with some kind of review in May.   Update – Another teaser clip at 46 seconds is available about this Larry Kramer penned piece. Though the three teasers that are out, the first one was posted on 03.12.14, offer similar clips the tone of each is slightly different. The best one, I think, is Teaser Three seen at the bottom. It has...

Ridley Scott Brings Aliens & Ancient Egypt to HBO?

Ridley Scott Brings Aliens & Ancient Egypt to HBO?

A successful producer by the name of David Schulner (HBO’s TELL ME YOU LOVE ME and NBC’s Dracula), who might not be that familiar to many, is doing well for himself. Here is a brief note of one of his latest projects that is in development for HBO. Mr. Schulner has just sold his hour-long drama concept PHARAOH to HBO with Ridley Scott attached to produce and direct! And how about this fact also worthy of an exclamation point and underline:  it is a SciFi based work! The series explores an alternate explanation for the foundation and ascent of the ancient Egyptian empire—one in which greatness was bestowed upon us by beings from...

THE LEFTOVERS Premiere Pushed to 06.29

THE LEFTOVERS Premiere Pushed to 06.29

I thought HBO and the production team assured us when we mentioned that THE LEFTOVERS was going to take a production hiatus that it would not compromise the premiere date of the series? It was originally set for June 15 right behind the season finale of GAME OF THRONES. The high concept drama now has a premiere date of June 29, a whole two weeks later.  HBO has stated that “the production schedule has shifted’ and that issue has now affected the show’s start date. Just what does this “prepping of the final episodes” entail?  Are there holes in the plot and weak scripts or what? Why didn’t they lock in ten strong scripts before...

J.K. Rowling Brings THE CASUAL VACANCY to HBO

J.K. Rowling Brings THE CASUAL VACANCY to HBO

J. K. Rowling, known as the author of the Harry Potter tomes, has ventured away from those books and one of those newer works is on track to become a miniseries. THE CASUAL VACANCY, published in 2012, is slated to become a three-hour miniseries being produced by the BBC. HBO has just signed on as a co-producer, as it has done on a number of productions in joint with British Broadcasting. For those unfamiliar with Rowling’s first foray with an adult novel here is a plot description we found from Amazon (just one of the many places you can purchase the book, if you fancy.) When Barry Fairbrother dies unexpectedly in his early forties, the...

Movie Review: The Way, Way Back

Movie Review: The Way, Way Back

Back in 2011, George Clooney starred in a film called The Descendants. That film was nominated for four Oscars (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Editing) and won one Oscar, for Best Adapted Screenplay. Credited with adapting the screenplay was the director, Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, and Jim Rash.  In 2013, Faxon and Rash released The Way, Way Back, which they not only wrote, but directed as well. Since The Descendants was one of my favorite films from 2011, I was very interested in seeing their new work. I was, however, slightly worried that I would not be able to easily see The Way, Way Back. The film, at it’s most wide...

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