Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe Review the film, Get Out, on Now Playing Reviews on The HMC.
Jordan Peele of Key and Peele makes his directorial debut with Get Out, a thriller about an interracial couple headed to meet the parents for the first time. Chris (Daniel Kuulaya) reluctantly accompanies his white girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to her parents house in the suburbs and soon finds that his worst fears were nothing compared to the terrifying reality awaiting him.
Get Out is a great first feature debut by Peele. His script is effective and fast moving with sufficient suspense and jump scares that will definitely grab you when you least expect it. Seasoned horror/thriller fans will not be particularly shocked or surprised at the reveal nevertheless its quite fun and scary. The only somewhat sour note is that Williams portrayal of enlightened rich white girl Rose felt like Marnie plays a part in a horror movie. Overall there are some great performances including lead Daniel Kaluuya and veteran supporting cast members Bradley Whitford and Catherine Keener.
We are giving this film Justice. It's worth a trip to the theater to see it. 7.5/10
Release date: February 24, 2017 (USA)
Director: Jordan Peele
Screenplay: Jordan Peele
Producers: Jason Blum, Sean McKittrick, Ted Hamm
Production companies: Blumhouse Productions, QC Entertainment
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This week on The Harold & Maudecast's weekly podcast, We Talk Dead, Sarah and Jake review and recap of The Walking Dead episode 711 "Hostiles and Calamities".
Leaving off where Daryl escaped from the Saviors compound, Eugene is welcomed to his new home by Negan and quickly finds a way to utilize his smarty pants. We meet some more of Negan's wives who learn how to play Yar's Revenge -- who knew the zombie apocalypse had Atari! We also dive into Dwight's past and find out that Negan, brutal and handsome he may be, not so smart as he throws away the compounds only healthcare option.
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Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe from The Harold & Maudecast on HMC Networks, review & recap the FX Network drama, Taboo, episode 7.
James Delaney (Tom Hardy) better have a longterm plan up his sleeve cause Solomon Coop (Jason Watkins) is about to get medieval on him in the Tower of London. Our (anti) hero has been arrested for treason, thanks to Madame Helga (Franke Potente) who thinks Delaney killed her daughter Winter (Ruby-May Martinwood). Meanwhile the Company thinks it's sittin pretty now that Delaney is in prison, not so fast Stuart Strange (Jonathan Pryce), George Chichester (Lucian Msamati) has another witness up his sleeve --our cross dressing Company man Godfrey (Edward Hogg). Big revelations about arsenic and old lace from Delaney's Houseman/Butler Brace (David Hayman) and half-sis Zilpha (Oona Chaplin) minus two men.
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Review - The Walking Dead Episode 710 "New Best Friends"
This week on We Talk Dead, a review and recap of The Walking Dead ep 710 "New Best Friends". Is this the Walking Dead or Resident Evil? Is this the Walking Dead or Road Warrior? Yeah, we're asking the same questions. Rick and the gang find themselves in a landfill with some new best friends and Wilson, the spiked up, armored Walker that Rick is forced to fight. Meanwhile back in The Kingdom, Daryl defends Carol, then reunites with his pal, Morgan loses his big stick, and Gabriel finds his balls - who knew he had them!
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In this week's Now Playing Movie reviews on The HMC, John Wick: Chapter 2. Keanu Reeves is back as John Wick in this sequel to the knock out surprise kick ass hit of 2014. This time around he's got a new dog, and some new frenemies.
Strap in tight cause this ride is fast from the jump. After John Wick ties up some loose ends with his Russian pals he quickly finds that living a quiet life in the suburbs with his dog is never to be. Forced to carry out a task that will drag him deeper into the world of Assassins, Wick finds himself with a very large bounty on his head. Wick's got a few returning allies, chop shop man, Aurelio (John Leguizamo), Continental Hotel Manger, Winston (Ian McShane) and some new ones, Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne). He's also got some new adversaries fellow assassins Cassian (Common) and Ares (Ruby Rose).
If you're concerned that the sequel won't live up to the original, never fear. John Wick: Chapter 2 equals, and possibly rivals it's predecessor upping the anti on action whilst keeping its precise, albeit simple storytelling in tact. Director Chad Stahelski aided by Derek Kolstad's script, have built a complex and imaginative universe with the John Wick franchise. With this sequel, it continues to expand and grab you into it, not unlike other (magical) world building stories that have come before it. Thus far, it's the one to beat for 2017. 9/10.
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The Walking Dead is back! So is The HMC with our weekly series, We Talk Dead. This week we review the midseason premiere, Episode 9, Rock in the Road.
Rick and the gang are back and they are recruiting! It's gonna take more than just the gang at Alexandria to take on Negan and the Saviors. Roll call, Alexandria, Hilltop, maybe/hopefully The Kingdom, and it looks like a brand new group based on the "You've got to be effin kidding me" look on Rick's face at the end of this episode when they're surrounded by a new group. No sign of Negan, part from a radio appearance, but buckle up folks, we are in for a rocky and drawn out finale to Season 7.
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This week on The Harold & Maudecast TV Reviews, the FX Series Taboo Episode 6. Things are heating up for James Delaney (literally) as he has to scramble his ragtag crew together to move his newly manufactured gunpowder after his factory is discovered by the Company. As we know, betrayal doesn't sit well from Delaney, tongues and guts are a flyin in this episode. Also, we find out that hat pins are useful weapons for killing abusive husbands, the creepy meaning of Taboo sister/brother style and foreshadowing of more sinister deeds a foot in this dark and brilliant period thriller. Still not sure what to make of Taboo? Don't fret, we're with you but we're lovin it.
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The good folks at The Harold & Maudecast are back with their weekly recap of the FX Network series, Taboo, starring Tom Hardy. This week, Episode 5.
Up for a duel at dawn? James Delaney is, and the result is a surprising twist. Meanwhile a raiding they will go, looking to recover the stolen goods from Delaney masterful heist the Company puts the pressure on his band of thieves. Delaney gives his accomplices a thumbs up on the benefits of loyalty. Half-sis gets an exorcism. Delaney fends of a tail, but finds himself blackmailed by The Doctor who seems to be playing his fellow Americans for fools. Meanwhile at the farm, chemistry lesson 101: How to make gunpowder in a hurry.
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This week on The Harold & Maudecast we review The Good Neighbor starring James Caan and recap FX Network's Taboo, Episode 4, starring Tom Hardy.
The Good Neighbor is a psychological thriller about a pair of mischievous high school kids (Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist) who create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor (James Caan). While keeping his every reaction under surveillance, they see much more than they bargained for, and discover that the man they're tormenting is not the easy target they'd expected.
In Taboo episode 4 we find our (anti) hero James Delaney fending of more would be assassins, taking a chemistry lesson, orchestrating heists, saving the not-so-damsel in distress step-mother, and dancing around the tension with his sister. The exciting and sometimes gruesome episode ends with an invitation to duel to the death. Take a listen and stay tuned for Episode 5 recap!
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Batman is back! This time in the Lego universe in, The Lego Batman Movie from Warner Bros. There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.
The Lego Batman movie is so much fun. We enthusiastically give it much Justice. 9/10 Take a listen!
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Release date: February 10, 2017 (USA)
Director: Chris McKay
Music composed by: Lorne Balfe
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
Producers: Dan Lin, Roy Lee
This week on The Harold & Maudecast we review M. Night Shyamalan's latest film, Split. 7.5/10 on our Justice & Doom movie meter. Split stars James McAvoy, Betty Buckley and Anya Taylor-Joy. For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, including producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.
In addition to Split, we review Shyamalan's, The Visit, which was the top grossing horror film of 2015. We also examine Shyamalan's vast body of work from The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village, The Happening and more. Take a listen!
Writer/director/producer Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
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Confessions of a Basement Dweller
In this episode of "Confessions of a Basement Dweller", Jake Essoe of The HMC reviews the highly anticipated next installment of Telltale's The Walking Dead Series - "A New Frontier" Episodes 1 & 2. This is the third season of the on going story of Clementine and her survival in world of the Walking Dead. Told in Telltales patented 5 part episodic series, we get a new experience with them releasing the first two episodes at once in a two part series. We get a brand new playable character named Javier, and we see how his world crosses with Clementines... How does this stack to the first two seasons in Telltales flagship franchise? Listen and Find out.
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The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier Episode One: 'Ties That Bind' Part I is rated 'M' (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, and Use of Drugs by the ESRB. Episode Two: 'Ties That Bind' Part II is rated 'M' (Mature) for Violence, Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, and Strong Language by the ESRB. Future content in the season is yet to be rated.
Developer(s) Telltale Games
Publisher(s) Telltale Games
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
The Harold & Maudecast recaps FX Network's Taboo, Season 1, Episode 3. When last we left James Delaney (Tom Hardy) he was lying in the filthy streets of London after narrowing escaping death at the hands of an assassin's knife. Delaney awakes to find himself strapped to a gurney at the mercy of the mysterious Dr Dumbarton (Michael Kelly). Is he friend or foe?
We get into it and all the details of Episode 3 on this week's Harold & Maudecast.
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Continuing The Harold & Maudecast's movie review series, 2016 Award Season Contenders, ARRIVAL, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (PRISONERS, SICARIO) written by Eric Heisserer (WARRIOR).
Linguistics Professor, Louise Banks (Adams) and Mathematician
Ian Donnelly (Renner) reporting to US Army Colonel Weber (Whitaker) must race to find a way to communicate with Aliens who have touched down in sphere-like vessels at 12 points across the globe. When global participation breaks down leading to a potential world war, Banks takes a dangerous chance that could destroy mankind, or save it. Here's hopin for the latter.
This sci fi/alien film aint what it seems. It's far more complex and will lead you to many false conclusions or none at all as you scratch your head when it's finally revealed. Adams once again proves worthy of her many Oscar nominations. It has elements of early Ridley Scott with its somber, gritty production design mirroring some of the same textures of the original ALIEN and odes to CONTACT and even CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. Yet, this film is very much it's own story with a new vision of what we think of as Aliens.
Verdict - Justice 8.5/10 - put it on your list.
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Now Streaming on your favorite VOD service, IM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, the 2016 horror/crime thriller starring Max Records, Laura Fraser and Christopher Lloyd. In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.
Based on the novel by Dan Wells the film is Directed by Billy O'Brien, Screenplay by Billy O'Brien and Christopher Hyde.
This film is more X Files than straight up horror. Christopher Lloyd fans will geek out over his wonderful performance and lookout for Max Records in the lead role as the would be serial killer turned crime sleuth/demon hunter. He's exceptional. There's a magnificent payoff at the end of the film -- we won't spoil it for you. But we do hash out the details of this well crafted indie film. Now streaming on Netflix. 7.8/10
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Penny Dreadful fans never fear! There's a new show in town and it's smarter, grittier and has Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott on board. Taboo premiered this week on FX. We dive into the filthy streets of 1814 London with our review.
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The Harold & Maudecast reviews the Now Playing film, ASSASSIN'S CREED produced by and starring Michael Fassbender, based on the Ubisoft video game.
Just as he thinks he's about to go straight to hell, convicted murderer and death row inmate Callum Lynch (Fassbender) finds himself the lab rat of a mysterious secret society. Hooked up for the VR experience of his life -- think Matrix + Dr. Octavius, Callum goes on a ride through his ancestral playground as Aguilar circa 15th Century Spain. Callum amasses a lot of mad skills which he will need to fight the powerful Templar organization in present day.
This story is a confusing mess. Not sure who the producers are targeting, video game fans, ain't gonna satisfy, new audiences? No way. Oddly the production level is super high with an incredible score and sound editing and sound effects that are Oscar worthy. Visually some stunning things in this film. Fassbender along with a formidable cast of acting heavy weights, Jeremy Irons, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Kenneth Williams and Brendan Gleeson, are completely wasted on this go nowhere story that relies to heavily on building a plot that has no foundation. Our advice to Hollywood, stop making movies based on video games. It doesn't work. 5/10
Release date: December 21, 2016 (USA)
Director: Justin Kurzel
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On Now Streaming Reviews on The HMC, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, the 2016 reboot of the 1960 classic western of the same name starring Steve McQueen and Yul Brynner.
The town of Rose Creek has been taken over by gold digging bad guy, Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Saarsgard) who besides forcing the townspeople out, is literally gunning them down in the street. With new found motivation for vengeance after Bogue murders her husband, Emma Cullen (Haley Bennet), employs bounty hunter Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington) to take back the town. With the help of a ragtag group of outlaws, gamblers and gunslingers, this Magnificent Seven prepare for a violent showdown and find themselves fighting for more than money--righteousness.
If you're a Western fan, you'll dig this. It's not spectacular, but it delivers on action and performances. The original theme song makes a cameo at the very end, lots of critics have complained about it's absence in the film. Never fear, the new score by James Horner & Simon Franglen (AVATAR, TITANIC), is superb elevating the film to a higher level that perhaps it deserves. It's a simple story, based original on Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAI, so don't go looking for anything complex or profound Westworld fans. Denzel is fantastic, also shoutout to Korean actor Byung‑hun Lee (I SAW THE DEVEL, GI JOE), who shines as Ethan Hawke's protector/BFF.
7.3/10 for this film, it's worth a Stream! Justice.
The Harold & Maudecast review the film, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz (screenplay), Tony Gilroy (screenplay), starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Donnie Yen, Ben Mendelsohn, Forest Whitaker and Mads Mikkelsen.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away a group of rebels stole the plans to the Death Star. Memba the Death Star? Memba Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker, and Obi Wan Kenobi and Hans Solo and Chewbaca and R2D2 and C3PO? Yeah well, before Princess Leia said "Help me Obi Wan, you're my only hope", those plans had to be retrieved. Not only that, the Death Star had to be designed, right? Did you ever wonder who stole those plans or who the scientist was behind that marvel of human engineering? Well, you're questions are answered in this prequel to Episode 4, A NEW HOPE.
Galen Erso (Mikkelsen) is said scientist. He is so crucial to the success of the Death Star that Imperial bad guy Orson Krennic (Mendelsohn) chases him across the galaxy until he finds him on a farming planet where Galen his wife and daughter, Jyn, have been hiding. Unable to escape the Empire, Galen is forced to return but not before securing his daughters escape. Years later, now a young woman, having been raised by Galen's buddy in arms, Saw Gerrera (Whitaker), Jyn must choose to follow her destiny or stay on her destructive path of mild juvenile delinquency. Aided by a mish mosh crew made up of rebel assassin Cassian Andor (Luna), a Jedi wannabe/neverwas, Chirrut Îmwe, (Yen) and his cohort, and a new British accent toting cyber being, K-2SO, Jyn takes up her father's crusade to fight the empire -- Plan A: Steal them Death Star plans!
We wish we could say we loved this film, sadly, nope. ROGUE ONE manages to suck all the magic out of the STAR WARS franchise with a dreary, lackluster story driven solely by Disney's exploitation of nostalgia. Even the original score, which had possibly the single greatest source material to draw from, was unremarkable and did nothing to raise the spirit of this pointless and boring film. Sorry STAR WARS fans.
In this episode of Confessions of a Basement Dweller, Jake Essoe reviews the final episode Telltale's Batman Series, BATMAN The Telltale Series Episode 5: 'City of Light'.
In Episode 5, the leader of the Children of Arkham prepares to execute the final act of a plan to destroy the Wayne family name, and the people closest to you are in their path of vengeance. Can Batman's ultimate secret be kept - his very identity - when it is causing chaos and death in Gotham? The fate of the Wayne family and of the city itself rests on your choices. What will you do? How far will you go? Which mask will you wear?
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In this week's episode of The Harold & Maudecast's We Talk Dead, a review of The Walking Dead midseason finale, Episode 708 "Hearts Still Beating".
Happy now TWD Fans? We told you to look on the bright side cause things always get better. There's a lot to talk about in the midseason finale of The Walking Dead; Rick and Aaron go kayaking with Walkers, Carl and Olivia sit down to spaghetti dinner with Negan, Spencer plays pool with Negan (spoiler alert, Negan wins), Michonne discovers the scope of the Saviors lair, The Kingdom's Richard tries to recruit Morgan and Carol to strike first at the Saviors, Maggie tells Gregory what's up, Rosita and Eugene find out how useless that single bullet was and we are introduced to the mysterious character "Boots on the Ground. In the end, sadness, yes, but also hope and hugs. It's a good one.
Bonus! We Harold & Maudecast it up with a recap of the Smash Brothers tournament & some upcoming December movie previews!
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