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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Review & Commentary

On Episode 356 of The Harold & Maudecast, co-hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review Quentin Tarantino's 9th film, ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD, starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Set in 1969 Hollywood, Rick Dalton (DiCaprio) is an aged-out movie/TV start demoted to playing the Heal in popular TV shows. Cliff Booth (Pitt) is Dalton's longtime stunt double and now driver. If Dalton good just get the attention of his neighbors, Roman Polanski (Rafal Zawierucha), the hottest young director in Hollywood and his actress/ingenue wife Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), he could get back in the game. The film is centered on Rick and Cliff's stories, separately and together amidst the backdrop of one of the most horrific crimes in American history, the Manson Murders. Tarantino masterfully wades you through the boredom and melancholy that is Dalton's life trying to hold onto his place in Hollywood. All the while, the tension is building as you cannot stop wondering how Tarantino is going to handle what you know has happened in real life. Will he rewrite history as he did in INGLORIOUS BASTARDS? The ending is worth every mundane moment in the film--not to say it is not entertaining. It is purposeful, as Tarantino always is, in its stillness focusing on the story of these two men with the larger point looming about the changing of the guard. It's impossible to discount the parallels to today's Hollywood; the death of the theater experience and actual film in the wake of streaming and digital. It's a grand FU to those trying to dismiss the genius of those who have come before them.

The film is filled with great Quentin-cameos including Michael Madsen, Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Al Pacino, Timothy Olyphant, Dakota Fanning, Tim Roth (who's part was cut) and Luke Perry in his last film appearance. Tarantino's longtime Cinematographer, Robert Richardson adds to the beauty and brilliance of this very thoughtful, surprising and thought-provoking film that you will want to see more than once.

SPOILER ALERT! This review and commentary contains them. You've been warned.

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Ep 353: Summer 2019 Movies That Won't Suck + E3 & Deadwood: The Movie

Episode 353 of The Harold & Maudecast features Sarah and Jake's guide to Summer 2019 Movies that won't suck (fingers crossed). We go through the list of what's dropping June, July and August and give our picks for ones to go see in the theaters.

We also review two movies now streaming, Deadwood: The Movie and Bad Times at the El Royale.

It's been a long time coming for Deadwood fans but the feature length film, Deadwood: The movie, gives the award-winning HBO series its badly deserved sunset ride. It's been 10 years since we visited the outpost in South Dakota, now a fully formed town equipped with a telephone and other modern amenities. All the residents (and we mean, all the entire cast re-assembled for the movie), gather to commemorate Dakota's statehood in 1889. Everyone's favorite saloon owner Al Swearengen (Ian McShane) and Marshal Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant_ clash with now Senator George Hearst (Gerald McRaney). The story doesn't tie up loose threads, per say, rather choosing to move forward with the story as it has been 13 years since the show met its untimely demise. It's a smart choice. Seeing how progress has affected Deadwood and its residents seems fitting. The script, penned by show creator David Milch, is as brilliant as Shakespearean as ever in its tragic brilliance and unapologetic ugliness. We highly recommend this film, must-see for fans of the series. If you haven't seen it, go binge it immediately then watch the film. You have the advantage of being able to see it instantly rather than being left hanging over a decade. All three seasons and Deadwood: The Movie are now streaming on HBO.

Bad Times at the El Royale is a mash up of Agatha Christie's, And Then There Were None and the film Four Rooms. Set on the Nevada/California border circa 1969, a group of strangers ascend upon the El Royale motel in Tahoe. Each has a secret and a past, unveiled throughout the course of one stormy, violent night. The film is written and directed by Hollywood powerhouse Drew Goddard, (The Martian, World War Z, Daredevil, Lost, Buffy the Vampire, Lost, Cabin in the Woods) and stars Jeff Bridges, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Fanning, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Cynthia Erivo and Lewis Pullman (Bill Pullman's son) in a breakout role. From the open sequence the film looks both cool and creepy, which is exactly what you want in a mystery. The first half continues to allude with the promise of classic mystery twists and turns. Unfortunately, the introduction of Hemsworth, who is horribly miscast as the Manson-esque psycho killer, re-routes the story in a trite and predictable direction. Still worth watching for the performances, Bridges, Pullman and British actress Erivo who charms with her renditions of Motown classics.

Also in this episode, highlights from E3 2019.

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Game of Thrones 806 - The Finale and John Wick 3 Review

Episode 352 of The Harold & Maudecast: Ghost vs John Wick's Dog for the Throne

Sarah and Jake review JOHN WICK 3: PARABELLUM and the much anticipated Game of Thrones Finale.

After 8 seasons, millions of memes, cosplay and viewing parties, Game of Thrones has come to an end. The finale episode aired on HBO, Sunday, May 19th breaking records with 19.3m viewers. Lucky for the Showrunners, a plastic water bottle (like its predecessor the Starbuck's cup) managed to out Trend the overwhelming negative reaction to the finale. The finale left many threads untied for the potential spinoffs and prequel that is already in pre-production. We found ourselves amongst those who were less than satisfied with the hectic, deliberate tie-up of this incredible story. But we can back up up every point.

Our Game of Thrones finale review is first up on the podcast, John Wick 3 Review Starts @ 43:52.

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Game of Thrones 804 and Netflix Original "The Silence" Review

On Episode 350 of The Harold & Maudecast, Game of Thrones Episode 804 "The Last of the Starks".

Stuff happened in this episode but all anyone can talk about is that dang Starbucks cup. We talk about it all - the endless feast, Jaime's betrayal, Brienne's tears, last words (Dracarys!), the comedy duo of Arya and the Hound, the truth about Jon Snow spreading like wildfire and how much we want Cersei's death to be everything we hoped for, and more.

Bonus! What's good on streaming - THE SILENCE, an apocalyptic drama starring Stanley Tucci. Now streaming on Netflix. We discuss.

For more podcast episodes and all of our We Talk Thrones eps from Season 1-8. visit www.thehmcnetwork.com





Stark vs. Stark - Game of Thrones "The Battle of Winterfell" and Avengers: Endgame Reviews (Yes there are Spoilers)

On Episode 349 of The Harold & Maudecast, Stark vs. Stark! The Battle of Winterfell, the most expensive ($15m) and time consuming (55 nights to shoot) TV episode ever produced, finally aired on HBO. And the end of the MCU master blueprint containing 21 movies over 10 years finally had its theatrical release, becoming the highest grossing opening weekend movie of all time.

So which Stark won the high critical bar set by fans of both universes? Listen to the podcast for our grand conclusion.

SPOILERS ABOUND - You have been warned.

Game of Thrones the Battle of Winterfell - Starts at 1:16
Avengers: Endgame Review - Starts at 43:54

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Game of Thrones Ep 802 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms" review & commentary

You may not be able to unsee Arya disrobing for Gendry, but you can listen to our commentary on Game of Thrones, Ep 802!

On Episode 348 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review and recap, Game of Thrones, Episode 802 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms".

We hash out every key moment in Episode 802, give some outlandish predictions and fan theories and discuss the hidden meaning to Podrick's campfire song.

Also in this episode reviews of THE BATTLE OF JADOTVILLE (a Netflix original) and THE NUMBERS STATION (streaming on Amazon Prime).

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Posted by: Sarah Mason on Apr 24, 2019 at 10:11:49 pm game of thrones 802, review, podcast, tv, hbo, got8, game of thrones

Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere - Review & Commentary

On Episode 347 of The Harold & Maudecast, We Talk Thrones is back! Sarah and Jake review Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere from Jon and Daenary's first real date on dragons to a waterfall, Arya's many reunions, Sansa's sense and sensibility over Jon's choices and food supplies, Cersei really really wanted elephants, Bran's staredown with Jaime and every detail in between!

Also, Monsterpalooza! The annual Pasadena show doubled in size and was more fun then ever -- Tom Savini, Bruce Campbell, a look inside Frank Darabont's Collection at auction which includes Jack's axe from The Shining, patient zero and bicycle girl original casts from The Walking Dead, the Penitent Man Shall pass head from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, the beating heart from Temple of Doom, Quint's bat from Jaws and more. Also our meeting with Sarah Karloff and Bela Lugosi Jr, Linda Blair and the bed from The Exorcist, incredible makeup. It was an epic affair.

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EP 343: ENDGAME EVERYTHING

On The Harold & Maudecast Episode 343: ENDGAME EVERYTHING, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe talk end of eras -- With HBO's Game of Thrones final season beginning April 14th and Marvel's decade long assembly of Avengers assembling for the last time in INFINITY WAR: ENDGAME April 27th, and with The Walking Dead's continuing ratings spiral, we are coming to the end of an epic era for genre fiction screen.

So what comes next? What will continue, what should continue and what will we embrace next? We dive into all these questions and more.

Also a review of the film, THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIG FOOT, starring Sam Elliott, Ron Livingston, Aidan Turner and Caitlin FitzGerald, written and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski.

We talk dead recaps S9.E13 "Chokepoint".

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Outlaw King Review

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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The Sisters Brothers & Venom Reviews

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 Predator

On Episode 334 of The Harold & Maudecast, The Predator Review and Why We Still Love the Franchise. Hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review the latest installment in the Predator franchise which opened to disappointing box office returns and not so favorable critics reviews. Diehard Predator fans, listen up as we talk why you should go see the film and why we will never give up on the franchise!

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Posted by: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:47:36 am the predator, movie, review, predator, monsters, fox



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