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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.

For more film and television reviews and podcasts visit www.thehmcnetwork.com






Into the Dark Hulu & Blumhouse Series Ep 1 "The Body" Review

On Episode 335 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review Episode 1 of Blumhouse's new series for Hulu, Into the Dark, "The Body".

In partnership with Blumhouse Television, Into The Dark is a horror event series from prolific, award-winning producer, Jason Blum’s independent TV studio. The series includes 12 super-sized episodes, with a new installment released each month inspired by a holiday and will feature Blumhouse’s signature genre/thriller spin on the story.

"The Body" is inspired by Halloween, written by Paul FIscher and Paul Davis, directed by Davis, based on their short of the same title. A sophisticated hitman (Tom Bateman) with a cynical view on Los Angeles and modern society selfie culture, finds himself in a difficult situation when a group of party goers, thinking the body he's carrying is part of a costume, insist he accompanies them to a Halloween party. Unbeknownst to the group, particularly Maggie (Rebbecca Rittenhouse) who has become enamored with him, this Killer doesn't have a change of heart.

"The Body" lacks any of the standard elements that excite even casual horror fans. There's no intrigue or mystery. The plot is silly and confusing, at one point The Hitman is separated from The Body and the group decides to transport it themselves, all over the streets, for what reason? No idea. The acting is mediocre. Bateman is the most reconizable most recently seen in Kenneth Branagh's remake of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. His performance is not convincing. Alfie Allen aka Theon from Game of Thrones played the part in the original short and was far superior in the role. There are episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that are much better than this film. There is very little payoff in terms of gore, only at the end do we get anything resembling classic horror gore. If this is the best of the series, it's not likely to entice new Hulu subscribers. We will reserve judgment as we haven't seen all of the episodes yet and some of them have some name stars like Dermot Mulroney. It feels a bit like Jason Blum had a bunch of scripts and none of them were quite good enough to greenlight as features on their own so they put together this anthology. Here's hoping we're wrong.

"The Body", Ep 1, Into the Dark, is available to stream on Hulu beginning October 5, 2018.

Additionally in this episode we highlight the top Halloween Haunts in the US 2018, Netherworld, The Queen Mary, Salem's Haunted Happenings and more!

For more movie reviews, articles and news visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




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!

For more movie reviews, news, articles, interviews and podcast episodes visit www.thehmcnetwork.com



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

Ep 333: Year End 2018 Movie Previews + You Were Never Really Here & Disenchantment Reviews

On Episode 333 of The Harold & Maudecast, 2018 Fall and Holiday Movie Preview and review of Amazon Studios, YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE and Netflix Disenchantment.

Hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE, an Amazon Studios release, written and directed by Lynne Ramsay (WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN) and starring Joaquin Phoenix. The film won both Best Screenplay and Actor, for Phoenix, at Cannes Film Festival 2017 and was nominated for the festival's top prize, the Palm D'Or.

Joe (Phoenix) is a traumatized veteran funneling his unearthed rage into brutal take-downs of sex traffickers. When Joe agrees to track down a high ranking government officials missing daughter, he finds himself in the middle of cover up leading to deathly consequences.

Phoenix gives an unapologetically brutal and layered performance. Joe's violence is balanced by his thoughtful care-taking of his mother played by Judith Roberts (ERASERHEAD, DEAD CALM. The film spares the audience the distraction of confusing subplots choosing to focus solely on the mission at hand. It's darkly artistic--feels like a film festival entry! But in all the best ways.

Additionally, Sarah and Jake go through the full list of upcoming movies releasing in September through the end of 2018 -- THE NUN, HALLOWEEN, OUTLAW KING, THE PREDATOR, HAL, THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER'S WEB, SPIDER-MAN INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, HOLMES AND WATSON, FANTASTIC BEASTS: THE CRIMES OF GRINDELWALD, AQUAMAN and so many more.

Bonus! A review of Matt Groening's (The Simpson's), new Netflix series, Disenchantment.

For more episodes of The Harold & Maudecast and other podcasts please visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




Comic-Con Diairies 2018

Did the absence of Marvel, HBO and Star Wars effect the mood and numbers at San Diego International Comic-Con (SDCC) 2018? SDCC hit its peak in 2015 at 170,000 attendees, a number that has been slowly declining, much to the happiness of diehard fans who have seen the focus shift away from them and onto Hollywood fair-weather fans. In Episode 332 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake discuss the impact Marvel's absence had on the Con and its future and detail their experiences at this year's Comic-Con from Preview Night to ConanCon to fan favorite spotlights like Jim Lee and Ray Harryhausen, to Hall H to Future Tech Live and other Virtual Reality experiences and all the crazy escape rooms outside the convention center.

Listen for all the recaps and insights on Episode 332 of The Harold & Maudecast and visit www.thehmcnetwork.com for more podcasts, blog posts, reviews and more content for dedicated fans like us!




Age of Distraction 4: Almost Invisible - Aging in Hollywood

On this episode of The Conversations Podcast from The HMC Network, Age of Distraction 4: Almost Invisible. Host Sarah Mason talks to screenwriters Stephen Godchaux and Warren Lewis about aging in Hollywood, how Millennials and the culture of being woke are shaping content, also the continuing impact of Trump and MeToo on storytelling.

For the completely Age of Distraction series and other podcasts visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




Ep 331: SDCC 2018 Preview & Spotlight on Actor Barry Keoghan: American Animals Review

On Episode 331 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah and Jake countdown to San Diego Comic Con 2018! A preview of all the confirmed panels and the now annual ConanCon, Conan O'Brien live at Spreckels Theater.

Also in this episode spotlight on actor Barry Keoghan, the 25 year old Irish actor who has caught the attention of Hollywood with his standout roles in THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, DUNKIRK and AMERICAN ANIMALS.

Nominated for an Independent Spirit award for his role in Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER) 2017 film, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER and a standout performance in Christopher Nolan's Oscar winning film, DUNKIRK, Keoghan is one of the most exciting young actors on the scene today.

In 2018 Keoghan starred in Barry Layton's film, AMERICAN ANIMALS, about the real life story of four Kentucky college students who attempted to steal rare and valuable books from Kentucky’s Transylvania University. The outlandish heist attempt, predictably did not go well. The film, a Grand Jury prize nominee at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, received much praise including Keoghan's performance. AMERICAN ANIMALS, co-stars Evan Peters, Blake Jenner and Ann Dowd.

This September Keoghan will star in BLACK 47, alongside Hugo Weaving (LOTR, THE MATRIX) and fellow Irish actor Stephen Rhea (INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE). The film is set during the Great Irish Famine, about a young Irish ranger who has been fighting the British abroad, returns to his family in Ireland. The film is written and directed by Lance Daly (THE HALO EFFECT).

The busy Keoghan has yet another film and two television series in production. Look for big things from Barry Keoghan. 

We review THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, also starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman and AMERICAN ANIMALS.

Listen at 26:03.

For more podcast episodes, reviews and updates on Comic Con visit www.thehmcnetwork.com



Ep 330: Fall of the House of Nerd + Incredibles 2 Review

On episode 330 of The Harold and Maudecast "Fall of the House of Nerd", hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe discuss the MeToo revelations about nerd mogul, Chris Hardwick and it's potential impact on Comic Con.

It's been 14 years since the Oscar winning animated film, INCREDIBLES became an instant success. Apparently time has only made this franchise more popular as INCREDIBLES 2 made history with the highest grossing opening of an animated film, ever. We review!

Also, we review the Netflix original thriller, OPEN HOUSE, now streaming starring Dylan Minnette (13 Reasons Why).

Spoiler hint: We loved one of these films, hated the other. Hmmmm... listen up to find out more!

INCREDIBLES 2 Review - @26:39
OPEN HOUSE Review - @40:09

For more reviews, news and podcasts visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




E3 2018 Preview

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

For more episodes and for live updates from E3 follow us www.thehmcnetwork.com




Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season

Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season will be available for download starting August 14, 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One across all regions. The Final Season will also come to Nintendo Switch later this year. 

Clementine, now a fierce and capable survivor, has reached the final chapter in her journey. After years on the road facing threats both living and dead, a secluded school might finally be her chance for a home. But protecting it will mean sacrifice. Clem must build a life and become a leader while still watching over AJ, an orphaned boy and the closest thing to family she has left. In this gripping, emotional final season, you will define your relationships, fight the undead, and determine how Clementine's story ends. 


Telltale's The Walking Dead: The Final Season from The HMC Network on Vimeo.





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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. Combining critical analysis with passionate fandom, The Harold & Maudecast offers a fully-informed look at your favorite movies, TV and video games. Commentary and reviews include the latest Walking Dead and Game of Thrones episodes, film festival and Comic Con & fan fest event coverage, technology expos and more. Fandom Never Gets Old.


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