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The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

Jun 6, 2017

I confess that Nora was my least favorite character throughout the entire Leftovers series. I don’t know why; I felt she was too stiff, too rigid and devoid of any emotion. Then again, I...

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Game of Thrones

Theon Greyjoy: No Coward, No Fool

Jul 24, 2017

“He who fights and runs away will  live to fight another day,”- Demosthenes      In less than twenty-four hours since the release of “Stormborn,” the second episode in...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Season Four Finale: “Server Error”

Jun 29, 2017

The Season 4 finale begins with Richard in a position of moral distress. While we have seen Richard in positions of trouble countless times throughout this series — it is yet that he has...

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New Movies

HBOWatch Movie Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Jul 21, 2017

In a nutshell: HELL on earth. Imagine death is all around you: bodies blowing up, screaming all around, smoke, gas, darkness and decay. No matter how much gear you have on, no matter how much...

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HBO Documentary Films: DIANA, OUR MOTHER: HER LIFE AND LEGACY

HBO Documentary Films: DIANA, OUR MOTHER: HER LIFE AND LEGACY

Overview: Diana, Our Mother features interviews with HRH The Duke of Cambridge and HRH Prince Harry, both of whom talk openly about their mother and pay tribute to the many ways her influence has shaped their lives. The film offers a fresh and revealing insight into Princess Diana through the personal and intimate reflections of her two sons and her friends and family, many of whom have never spoken publicly before, to bring together a unique portrait of an iconic person who touched the lives of millions. The 65-minute film includes never-before-seen photographs of Diana, taken from an album that she had assembled. The brothers look through...

Theon Greyjoy: No Coward, No Fool

Theon Greyjoy: No Coward, No Fool

“He who fights and runs away will  live to fight another day,”- Demosthenes      In less than twenty-four hours since the release of “Stormborn,” the second episode in Season Seven of Game of Thrones, the internet has declared Theon Greyjoy a “lost cause,” “a coward,” and, because we’re all school children at heart, a “huge loser.” The cascade of hate is rather amusing, because these aren’t exactly new sentiments– but the hate for Theon certainly exploded overnight, after the Greyjoy prince’s flamboyantly evil uncle, Euron, took his niece captive, as Theon bailed, leaping off a ship rather...

Game of Thrones: “Stormborn”

Game of Thrones: “Stormborn”

This episode starts with a storm, much like the night that Daenerys was born, as Varys and Tyrion point out. Hence, why she’s known as Daenerys Stormborn. Now that Daenerys has finally reached Westeros, there is much to do if she is to take over the Iron Throne. Being in a land where her family was killed off  and where she and her brother got driven out of is enough to make anyone suspicious of those closest to them, especially if they spent much of their time there. Daenerys confronts Varys about where his loyalties truly lie. Her suspicions are valid because we’ve seen him tactically switch sides throughout the series. He sticks...

VICE Special Report: A WORLD IN DISARRAY – Review

VICE Special Report: A WORLD IN DISARRAY – Review

Overview: In the decades following World War II, the United States led the way in shaping the world order. But with the end of the Cold War, old alliances have fractured and new rivalries have arisen, resulting in a world increasingly in disarray, where weak states threaten global stability just as much as strong ones do. VICE founder Suroosh Alvi and other VICE correspondents examine the foreign policies that have shaped the modern world and meet people living through today’s major conflicts. “In this increasingly confusing modern political landscape, we thought it would be interesting to canvas the best minds in foreign policy in an...

Ballers Season Three Premiere: “Seeds of Expansion”

Ballers Season Three Premiere: “Seeds of Expansion”

You see the thing about success is we all want it and Spencer Strasmore (played the Dwayne Johnson) and Joe  (played by Rob Corddry) will stop at nothing to make it happen. The season premiere jumps right in a and it’s business as usual. Spencer and Joe are still sports agents looking for the next IT kid! Oh and now they’re indebted to Ricky Jerret (played by John David Washington) a whole $5 million via that business loan that earned them a spot back in the good graces of ASM (Anderson Sports Management)! I’m not sure if getting a loan from your client is a smart business move but I’m sure things will unfold through the season....

HBOWatch Movie Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

HBOWatch Movie Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

In a nutshell: HELL on earth. Imagine death is all around you: bodies blowing up, screaming all around, smoke, gas, darkness and decay. No matter how much gear you have on, no matter how much training you received in your army barracks, absolutely nothing prepares you for the sheer madness of warfare. Desmond Doss is a CO – a conscientious objector. He signed up for the army, but to help people as a medic. Ironic, because in the minds of his superior officers, warfare means protecting your rights and your freedoms at any cost, even if it means taking up arms and killing the enemy. Due to Desmond’s upbringing – a father (and former...

Game of Thrones Premiere Receives Warm, Record Breaking Welcome

Game of Thrones Premiere Receives Warm, Record Breaking Welcome

Last Sunday, Game of Thrones returned for its seventh, penultimate season after the longest wait for a new season in the show’s history. Not surprisingly, fans across the world welcomed Westeros back onto their screens with open arms. The premiere, “Dragonstone,” which features Daenerys Targaryen’s much anticipated arrival in Westeros, quickly became HBO’s most watched premiere ever. Additionally, “Dragonstone,” broke previous Thrones viewership records with a stunning 10.1 million views on the night of the premiere alone. As the season continues, we can expect more high viewership numbers,...

HBO Documentary Films: THE DEFIANT ONES

HBO Documentary Films: THE DEFIANT ONES

Overview: Set amid many of the defining events of the past four decades, The Defiant Ones tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre — one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton — and their improbable partnership and surprising leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture. From director Allen Hughes (Menace II Society) this revealing, compelling and often-gritty story takes place in recording studios, in humble homes and massive mansions, in criminal courts and in the highest corridors of corporate power.   The four-part documentary event is told with the help...

Benioff/Weiss Choose CONFEDERATE Series For HBO After GAME OF THRONES

Benioff/Weiss Choose CONFEDERATE Series For HBO After GAME OF THRONES

The creators & showrunners for HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, are staying put at HBO after that acclaimed series ends to bring another series to life. It is an alternate universe story called CONFEDERATE. To give you complete details we don’t pull any punches and are posting the press release about this next venture in its entirety. It is as follows:   HBO ANNOUNCES CONFEDERATE, A NEW DRAMA SERIES CREATED BY DAVID BENIOFF AND D.B. WEISS ——– Series Will Be Executive Produced And Written By David Benioff And D.B. Weiss; Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Malcolm Spellman, Carolyn Strauss And...

TRUE BLOOD’s Nelsan Ellis Dead At 39

TRUE BLOOD’s Nelsan Ellis Dead At 39

We know that we are late to the funeral, but even this news can’t be scrapped a week or so later. We too, acknowledge the passing of Nelsan Ellis at the age of 39. Here is a IMDb  bio: Nelsan Ellis (born c. 1978) is an award-winning American film and television actor and playwright, perhaps best known as Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood (2008). Ellis was born in Harvey, Illinois. Following his parents’ divorce, Ellis and his mother moved to Alabama. He moved back to Illinois as a teenager, and graduated from Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois, in 1997. Ellis attended Juilliard and, while there, wrote a...

Insecure Season 2 Premiere: “Hella Great”

Insecure Season 2 Premiere: “Hella Great”

Team Issa versus Team Lawrence Ok…so I’ll be the first to admit that going into Season 2 of Insecure, I was #teamIssa! No if ands or buts about it. Something about being the person in a relationship who feels like things are stagnant and just aren’t growing, plus the appeal of the unknown resonated with me more than the guy who sits at home, depressed, uninspired and unmotivated. But, in all fairness, we can fall victim to either role in real life…so choose your side carefully! What happens next? Well, even I wasn’t ready for the adventures we see Issa, Molly and Lawrence expose us to in the premiere episode. Issa (played by the...

Game of Thrones Season Seven Premiere: “Dragonstone”

Game of Thrones Season Seven Premiere: “Dragonstone”

I cannot lie, I avoided trailers and news and any single tiny piece of information regarding the 7th season of Game of Thrones because I wanted to go into the season fresh as the fallen snow that has begun to engulf the realm. So as the days grew near, I cannot emphasize how utterly and completely emotional I got over the premiere. Luckily, as such an awesome and intense standard has already been set by this groundbreaking and fantastic show, I was not disappointed. As the first episode of the season, it was pretty standard in one way. We got to check in with the important characters and see how they are beginning this season and how they...

Movie Review: “Keeping Up with the Joneses”

Movie Review: “Keeping Up with the Joneses”

Keeping Up with the Joneses follows the lives of two homebodies Karen and Jeff Gaffney (Isla Fisher and Zach Galifianakis) who get more than they bargained for when they begin snooping on their new neighbors Tim and Natalie Jones (Jon Hamm and Gal Gadot).  When the empty house on the block gets snatched up in a heartbeat, the Gaffneys wonder who could be so interested in their tiny little social bubble. Feeling already like their lives are a little dull, Karen and Jeff can’t help but be jealous of the gorgeous new neighbors. Tim and Natalie are regal and worldly, and more than the Gaffneys can handle. But when it becomes apparent...

HBO Rocks 2017 Emmy Nominations!

HBO Rocks 2017 Emmy Nominations!

The top awards in television have officially announced the cream of the crop and HBO, once again, holds the most bids. The shows and people nominated are from 2016’s slate and even without GAME OF THRONES HBO leads with 111 nominations. A press release breaks it down (boldtype is ours): LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2017 – HBO received 111 Primetime Emmy nominations, the most of any network for the 17th year in a row, for the upcoming 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, which were announced today in Los Angeles.   “Westworld” received 22 nominations, tied for the most of any program, while “Veep” received 17 nominations, “Big Little...

HBO Comedy Special: TOUR DE PHARMACY – Don’t Miss It

HBO Comedy Special: TOUR DE PHARMACY – Don’t Miss It

TOUR DE PHARMACY is a far tighter comedy routine than 7 DAYS IN HELL and that is what makes it work. The tennis mockumentary had a few moments that seemed added bits to flesh it out to 43 minutes where this spoof of the Tour De France is a solid 41 minutes of well-placed humor and no padding. Not only does it offer the spoof in a fit, fun package, but it utilizes its cast very well. And the most underplayed is Andy Samberg himself I thought. Most characters had two actors; one playing out the race in 1982 and one reflecting on it today. For example, Danny Glover played an older Daveed Diggs, Dolph Lungren as older John Cena, Jeff Goldblum...

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