Sarah Mason sits down for part 2 of her interview with Pav Grochola, VFX Artist and FX Supervisor for the Oscar nominated animated feature, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Pav recently won a VES award for his groundbreaking VFX work on the film. He talks about his process, the amazing VFX and animation teams he worked with and the innovative new tool he invented that may change the future of animation.
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|Posted by: Sarah Mason on Feb 16, 2019 at 10:17:03 pm|| spiderman into the spiderverse, pav grochola, interview, vfx, sony imageworks, sony, animation, oscar, animated feature, podcast|
On Episode 337 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's reboot of HALLOWEEN starring Jamie Lee Curtis reviving the role that made her famous 40 years ago.
Also in this episode the Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House, based on the Shirley Jackson book and We Talk Dead digs into The Walking Dead, Season 9, Episode 3 "Warning Signs"
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On this episode of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review AQUAMAN in theaters and BIRD BOX, now streaming on Netflix.
It's been a long time coming since we got our first glimpse of Jason Momoa as AQUAMAN to seeing James Wan's (THE CONJURING) vision play out on the big screen. This origin story is visually thrilling and manages to keep the cheese to a minimum -- let's face it, AQUAMAN was always cheesey. But James Wan does an amazing job world building and staying true to the protector of the deep's comic narratives. Best thing Zack Snyder did for the DCU was to cast Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Momoa was born to play this role and it just makes sense. Alongside him as mom, Nicole Kidman, Queen Atlanna shows her strength right out of the films credits kicking some underwater storm troopers asses. Amber Heard's Mera proves a worthy ass kicker as well though the chemistry between Momoa and Heard was missing. Patrick Wilson plays a mean Orm/Ocean Master and our favorite, who SPOILER alert, may prove the bigger foe in the sequel was Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. Willem Dafoe as Vulko was Aquaman's Obi-Wan and Dolph Lundgren (yes please!) has a bigger role than we expected (thank you!) as Mera's father King Nereus.
We unpack all this in more in the podcast.
Bonus! BIRD BOX, now streaming on Netflix became the most watched ever when over 45 million accounts streamed the Sandra Bullock horror/thriller over the Christmas break, according to Netflix who never release their stats. Directed by Susan Bier (IN A BETTER WORLD), screenplay adapted by Eric Heisserer from Josh Malerman's novel, BIRD BOX joins A QUIET PLACE in this new niche of apocalyptic horror, this time sight challenged vs. sound. There are unknown creatures who have invaded the world and if you get a good look at them, you're F*CKED! Bullock's character, Malorie who happens to be 8.5 months pregnant, finds her way to a house occupied by a group of other survivors including another 8.5 month pregnant woman Olympia played by Danielle McDonald (PATTI CAKE$). The odd but impressive cast mash up includes, Sarah Paulsen, Trevantes Rhodes Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, Machine Gun Kelly, Jacki Weaver and the always cool John Malkovich. BIRD BOX is suspenseful, sporadically really gory, and a bit tragic. It feels a little bit like Season 1 of The Walking Dead, and that ain't bad. Bullock proves she can concur any genre. Hopefully there is a sequel in the works.
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|Posted by: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:53:47 am|| aquaman, bird box, reviews, netflix, movies, podcast, sandra bullock, jason momoa, dc, warner bros|
In Episode 340 of The Harold & Maudecast Sarah and Jake review the Netflix original film, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS.
The Coen Brothers take on the Old West with an anthology of six short films that take place in 19th-century post-Civil War era. Each short film is packed with brilliant dialogue, poignancy, humor and violence--everything you would expect from a Coen Brothers movie and more. There are moments of real genius. The cinematography is gorgeous and as always, a hand picked perfect ensemble cast including, Tim Blake Nelson stars as the title character, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Saul Rubinek, Clancy Brown, David Krumholz and, Harry Melling aka Dudley from the HARRY POTTER films in an outstanding performance as a master thespian with no arms or legs carted around from town to town in a stage coach by Liam Neeson.
No excuse not to watch this masterpiece. It's free on Netlfix!
Also in this episode We Talk Dead about The Walking Dead Midseason finale.
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On this episode of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review the Netflix original movie, OUTLAW KING, starring Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, based on the life of Scotland's Robert the Bruce.
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On Episode 336 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review VENOM, THE SISTERS BROTHERS and We Talk Dead is back with a review of The Walking Dead, Season 9 Premiere, "A New Beginning".
VENOM stars Tom Hardy in the live action film adaptation of the Marvel character. Eddie Brock (Hardy), a reporter in San Francisco, known for uncovering dirt on powerful corporations, acquires the powers of a symbiote, "Venom". The film co-stars Michelle Williams and Riz Ahmed, produced by Columbia Pictures.
THE SISTERS BROTHERS is based on the book by Patrick DeWitt, starring and co-produced by John C . Reilly, also starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal and Riz Ahmed and a special cameo by Carol Kane. Directed by Bafta award winning French filmmaker, Jacques Audiard. In 1850s Oregon, a gold prospector is chased by the infamous duo of assassins, the Sisters brothers.
The Walking Dead, Episode 901, "A New Beginning" kicks off Andrew Lincoln's last season as Rick Grimes. We break down the episode and forecast what's to come for Season 9.
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The Harold & Maudecast are going to E3! On Episode 329 hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe preview the ultimate gaming convention taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center June 12-14. We go through the list of top games and news to watch for from Ubisoft's omission of Splinter Cell at their press conference, Sony's The Last of Us Part II and what will Nintendo's booth be like this year!?
Additionally they review HEREDITARY, now in theaters and AMERICAN MADE, now streaming.
HEREDITARY review - 31:20
AMERICAN MADE review - 51:21
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On Episode 328 of The Harold & Maudecast, hosts Sarah Mason and Jake review the movies SOLO and CARGO and checking in on Westeros, predictions for who will survive Game of Thrones.
Han Solo is finally getting his own origin story! Question is, did he really need one? SOLO, A STAR WARS STORY, was released on May 24th to lukewarm box office results, if you consider $115m lukewarm. Well Disney does. It appears SOLO may be the first victim of STAR WARS fatigue, as Disney continues to pump out spin-off films whether we want them or not.
We meet young Han (Alden Ehrenreich), the would-be pilot as he's escaping with his girlfriend Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) from their home planet, under siege by the Empire. Spoiler alert! One of them gets left behind, but we'll see her again in the future after Han completes his training, does some soldiering for the Empire, meets Chewie and joins a misfit group of space outlaws led by Beckett (Woody Harrelson). After their big score heist goes terribly wrong, they face certain death at the hands of big boss Drydon Vos (Paul Bettany) unless the team can find a ship that can make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs....luckily part time dandy, full time card shark, Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), has one.
SOLO is full of edge-of-your-seat action sequences including a intergalactic space train heist that invokes the spirit of Indiana Jones. Although Ehrenreich's name is a mouthful to say and he looks nothing like Harrison Ford, he's the right guy for the job. He pulls it off thanks to a wonderful supporting cast and a strategic script penned by the great Lawrence Kasdan (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, SILVERADO) and his son Jonathan Kasdan (IN THE LAND OF WOMEN), the younger Kasdan clearly supplied the many satisfying albeit obscure easter eggs like a reference to the 1997 video game, “Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi. Director Ron Howard stepped in after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (THE LEGO MOVIE) were fired for presumably being too silly? Regardless, it was the right choice as Howard's steady vision steered this film into maturity. Oh there's fun, and silliness, lots of crazy Lucas inspired creatures. But what makes this film enjoyable is the feeling that it's being produced by real filmmaking pros. You may not walk away thrilled as you were after THE FORCE AWAKENS, but don't forget that came after a long dry spell and the disasters that were Episodes 1, 2 and 3. Seek to be entertained in the spirit of Indiana Jones and get over Harrison Ford's absence and you'll dig this film as much as we did. Justice!
Review for CARGO, the Netflix original re-invention of the zombie genre starring Martin Friedman (Sherlock, THE HOBBIT) starts at 29:17.
In the outback of Australia, Andy (Friedman) and wife Kay (Susie Porter), with baby in tow, are struggling to stay alive in the new zombie stricken world. When tragedy strikes, it's up to Andy to find a family to take care of their baby girl before it's too late.
In some ways CARGO is your typical zombie story. It's got all the trappings of the genre, biting, walking dead, apocalyptic world, dangerous people who may kill you before the zombies do. Yet, it's far from the maddening crowd of Walking Dead and George Romero films. We don't know why or how the outbreak occurred but if you're lucky enough to have survived this far you're probably familiar with the government issued kit equipped with countdown bracelet and suicide tools. The film rests largely on the performance of Friedman, who delivers. Equally delightful is his young aboriginal companion, Thoomi (Simone Landers), who he must help in order to find refuge for his baby. The countdown/doomsday clock formula of the story combined with the baby, makes the stakes impossibly high for even a zombie movie. It is that urgency and the desperation of Andy that keep you engaged and nervous throughout. It's a tough film to watch -- not entirely tragic, yet sad and draining. Writer/Director team Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling (JUNGLE), stretch and breath life into this genre which seemed to be on it's way out. Justice!
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On Episode 327 of The Harold & Maudecast, "Princess Deadpool". Host Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review DEADPOOL 2.
Ryan Reynolds returns in the title role for DEADPOOL 2, opening May 18. This time the R rated wisecracker finds himself in the unlikely role of mentor and protector after meeting an angry teenage mutant orphan played by Julian Dennison (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE). Russell becomes the target of Cable (Josh Brolin)a genetically enhanced soldier from the future... let's just call him terminator, seriously. In order to help the kid fight Cable, Deadpool assembles a super squad aka X Force, Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård) Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Peter! (Rob Delaney) No powers, he just read the ad in craigslist.
DEADPOOL 2 is jam packed with cheeky quips, celebrity cameos and lots and lots of ironically placed licensed music -- insert Enya during fight sequence. It's also filled with amazingly choreographed action and fight sequences, great comic performances by Reynolds, Dennison, Beetz and special shoutout Rob Delaney who made us belly laugh as the overweight, middle aged white dude who just wants to hang out. The budget appears to have grown as a result of the success of the first film, DEADPOOL which is evident in the CGI fight between Colossus and Juggernaut. But it seems if they cut back on the music licensing they may be able to afford more X Men.
All in all much fun was had by our audience of two. We give it a 8 on the Justice and Doom meter. Listen to our full review for more of our thoughts.
Bonus! Despite the Royal Wedding threatening to overshadow the release of DEADPOOL 2, it made over $300m worldwide opening weekend. We weigh in on the wedding in our special way, the Hollywood class system, Royal Wedding addition.
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On Episode 326 of The Harold & Maudecast, "Infinity and Beyond", Sarah and Jake review the movie with the biggest box office opening in history, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, and talk Marvel's master plan, how they got all these super heroes to play together like a well finessed boy(girl) band.
HBO's Westworld returned for Season 2 in April. Is it still surprisingly unsatisfying? We unpack all the episodes thus far and look toward the future of complex plot lines going nowhere.
Sarah and Jake go through their Most Excited to See Summer 2018 Movies, more Marvel, something that looks Incredible 2, Mr Roger's neighborhood, Cher's back? And much more.
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On this week's episode 325 of The Harold & Maudecast hosted by Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe, Now in Theaters reviews, READY PLAYER ONE and A QUIET PLACE, at long last our streaming review of THE LAST JEDI and The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale.
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READY PLAYER ONE is based on the Ernest Cline novel, written by Ernest Cline and Zak Penn, directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn. When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
This film was highly anticipated by fan boys and girls including us but did it deliver? Hell no.
A QUIET PLACE stars John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, directed and co-written by John Krasinski with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. In an apocalyptic America, a family is forced to live in silence to hide from creatures who hunt solely by sound.
This PG13 horror film kicked box office ass beating READY PLAYER ONE on its first weekend and almost tying RAMPAGE on its opening weekend. What's in the secret sauce that's making theater goers afraid to make a noise?
We discuss both films and weigh in on why one was Doomed and won received much Justice. For more episodes, reviews and lots of cool stuff from for fans, visit www.thehmcnetwork.com
The HMC Network is a podcast network featuring genre entertainment commentary, movie and TV reviews, video game reviews, lifestyle & travel, event & Con media coverage & more. Featured on the Creative COW is our flagship podcast, The Harold & Maudecast hosted by Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe.
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