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Is Game of Thrones Too Controversial For TV?

Jul 4, 2015

(WARNING: SPOILERS ON EVENTS DURING SEASON FIVE OF GAME OF THRONES) After the conclusion of what I feel was a strong season, I believe it is now time for reflection on a show which has not shied...

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True Detective

True Detective: “Night Finds Us”

Jun 30, 2015

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...

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Show Me A Hero

SHOW ME A HERO Miniseries Debuts in August

May 21, 2015

The HBO schedule is starting to take shape for the summer. People are always so impatient with thoughts of when something will start. As the information rolls in HBOWatch will get it to you. So,...

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New Movies

Movie Review: The Book of Life

Jul 3, 2015

If you like animated movies that convey a moral message, combined with a lot of pop culture references and current musical numbers, then this is the movie for you. Whimsical and funny animated...

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Game of Thrones: Tattoo You!

Game of Thrones: Tattoo You!

The images you see throughout this piece are my personal nominations for my new tattoo. Hopefully with your help I can come to a decision on which one to get! For many years, I have been fascinated by the idea of getting inked. For those who don’t know what that means, it’s simply getting a tattoo. Friends and acquaintances alike have had tattoos done, some have more than one. Myself, I was never one to run to the nearest tattoo parlor and get something put onto my skin. Well, that has completely changed. For me to say that I am contemplating a tattoo is serious business. I have a fear of needles. I don’t like getting my blood taken...

HBO Fall Documentary: VALENTINE ROAD

HBO Fall Documentary: VALENTINE ROAD

Intro: Before we start reviewing the HBO Fall Documentary Series I feel that a few reminders on the approach taken are needed. Each review is actually written in a slightly different order than the way they are constructed. I’ll watch the trailer for each film and leave it at that. Even though I have an HBO Press Release I don’t read it. I then write the Expectation section; then I watch the film and then the Gut Reaction is written. It is not until I get that to post that I add the Overview and the Conclusion to bookend the piece. It is purposefully written that way in order to leave me unprepared for the documentary and to truly give a...

Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Movie Review: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Clear your calendars, HBO Watchers, because Saturday, 10.12, is the HBO debut of THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, the first installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit Trilogy. Considered by many to be one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Tolkien originally published The Hobbit, or There and Back Again in 1937. After the success of Jackson’s adaptation of Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy, his decision to produce The Hobbit Trilogy, which would serve as a prequel to the LOTR Trilogy, was met with great anticipation from fans of the books and films, alike. After many delays due to rights issues, lawsuits and...

HBO Fall Documentary Series 2013 Airs Monday Nights

HBO Fall Documentary Series 2013 Airs Monday Nights

HBO’s Summer Documentary Series must have done so well that Shelia Nevins has whipped up another round of documentaries worth a look. The Fall Documentary Series begins on 10.07 with VALENTINE ROAD. Thirteen more documentary films air Mondays nights from that date through 12.09.13. HBOWatch will review each and every one of them as they debut. Here is a clip announcing the series to get the ball...

HBO Films: MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT – A Review

HBO Films: MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT – A Review

Overview: Famous for both his signature shuffle and verbal sparring, boxer Cassius Clay quickly rose to fame in the ‘60s, becoming the world’s best-known athlete – and eventually its most controversial. After joining the Nation of Islam and adopting the name Muhammad Ali, he was widely denounced for refusing to be drafted into the U.S. military, based on his religious opposition to the Vietnam War. Stripped of his title and banned from the sport, the self-proclaimed “Greatest” lost nearly four years of his boxing prime to legal battles. In 1971, his case for being a conscientious objector eventually reached the United States...

Boardwalk Empire Season 4: Erlkönig

Boardwalk Empire Season 4: Erlkönig

“All you can count on is blood.” Family and vengeance were the driving themes in this week’s episode of ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ The poem ‘Erlkönig,’ as explained by Eddie and Agent Knox, depicts a child and father riding through the woods on their way home. The son begins to tremble in fear of supernatural beings in the woods but his father assures him that all is well. At poem’s end, the son has died in his grieving father’s arms. Al and Frank. Gillian and Tommy. Nucky and Will. Van Alden’s search for respect. Eddie and his past life. Like the father loosing his son in...

Margaery Tyrell: Manipulative Minx or Shrewd Seductress?

Margaery Tyrell: Manipulative Minx or Shrewd Seductress?

“That’s what intelligent women do….what they’re told.” So sayeth Joffrey Baratheon. Well, well, well. Margaery Tyrell knows how to play her cards right. Recently widowed from the late Renly Baratheon, this woman knows how to play up her looks, her sexuality and her words. She chooses them wisely, in order to avoid bringing suspicion down on House Tyrell and to assuage people’s egos and tempers. I like Margaery Tyrell. She’s sexy, confident and a realist. When you’re a woman and living in the seven kingdoms, life can be very cruel and violent. If you happen to be born into the right kind of family – you know the kind –...

Countdown to THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Begins

Countdown to THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Begins

Sometimes we get a bit excited around here. Usually it is because an exciting episode just aired like GAME OF THRONES “Red Wedding” or we are in anticipation for something new like TRUE DETECTIVES. This month, however, we are excited to watch the Saturday Night Movie THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. Just maybe, you are as well. Now, we know you could have seen it already in the theaters last year or on DVD or Netflix but here is a chance to see it again on HBO. Those starving for some epic fantasy programming may just enjoy it seeing it again! This weekend (10.05) is the premiere of HBO Films: MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT. Next...

Development Slate: Kushner; Oprah; CRUSHED Comedy & More

Development Slate: Kushner; Oprah; CRUSHED Comedy & More

I don’t have an overload of development news this round. Not to diminish the potential for any of the projects mentioned below, but HBOWatch has already reported some pretty big news. We were surprised by De Niro and  THE LEFTOVERS recently and both GETTING ON and JAM’IE coming out of the blue. All that proves that it is fun and exciting checking what HBO is developing including the information below.      Tony Kushner Returning to HBO? Tony Kushner, in my opinion, is a master storyteller; even though he has written only a couple of acclaimed screenplays through the years both on the big screen and the home one.  For example,...

Boardwalk Empire Season 4: All In

Boardwalk Empire Season 4: All In

Distracted by the government shutdown, the watchers forgot to watch what they were supposed to be watching. The weekend is approaching fast, so let’s catch up on the best gangster show on television before we fall behind. Here’s a recap of last week, in case you missed it: Making the First Powerpoint Presentation at the FBI Agent Knox, the amiable agent with the voluminous vocabulary, is making a prolific presentation for Director Hoover and Friends. He’s got graphs and whiteboards and everything, just like Karl Rove bouncing up and down on Fox News, laughing his fat ass off as the country goes down in flames– never...

HBO BOXING Fall 2013

HBO BOXING Fall 2013

                    This post is simply because we have so much to cover here at HBOWatch that we short change the HBO SPORTS division of the company. So, here is a clip that should pump you up if you love “the sweet science” called...

Welcome Back, Kenny! Season 4, Ep. 1 Review

Welcome Back, Kenny! Season 4, Ep. 1 Review

After a very explosive finale to season three, Kenny Powers slowly rolled back onto our screens suited and booted driving a very non-descript Camry. A few years have passed since we last saw our hero and in that time, he’s ditched the drugs, the baseball and the bleach blonde locks and traded it all in for a family. The episode begins with a quick recap, where Kenny crashes his own funeral, gets punched in the face by Dustin (John Hawkes), goes to jail for a bit, comes out, marries April (Katy Mixon) and they have their second child, a girl. The ‘new’ Kenny works for a car rental company and April is pursuing her real estate career...

Frear’s & Slovo’s Thoughts on MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT

Frear’s  & Slovo’s Thoughts on MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT

  In anticipation of the upcoming HBO Films: MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATES FIGHT an interview has surfaced with the movie’s director Stephen Frears and its head writer Shawn Slovo. The movie, which is about the court case of the famed boxer’s refusal to be drafted, debuts on Saturday, 10.05 at 8:00pm. Here, via an HBO Press Release, is a Q&A session with the creators of the latest HBO Film.   Q: What attracted you to this story?  STEPHEN FREARS: It’s a really interesting story and not one that is terribly well known. There’s the official story about Ali, and what was interesting about this is that it seemed more complex and...

SNL, Tina Fey Spoof HBO’s Girls

SNL, Tina Fey Spoof HBO’s Girls

Everyone loves HBO’s Girls, right?  Well NBC’s Saturday Night Live took a few jabs at the 20-something sensation this weekend.  There’s so much to talk about so I’ll just give you the video straight away: Some of those impressions were spot on! Great mannerisms and totally accurate. That voice! So perfect. But some of the commentary? I’d say some of the writers on SNL may have only seen the pilot episode or have heard about the show second hand. The skit ends up being hilarious if only for the suburb portrayals of the Girls. Maybe they’re more making fun of 20-something girls in general than they are...

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