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John Wick: Chapter 2 - Review

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 Ep 709 "Rock in the Road" - Review

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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Taboo Ep 6 Review

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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Posted by: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:44:07 am taboo, fx, tv, reviews, tom hardy, ridley scott

Taboo Ep 5 Review

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.

Take a listen to our recap and visit www.thehmcnetwork.com for more episodes, videos, movie reviews and more!



Posted by: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:43:27 am taboo, fx, tv, reviews, tom hardy, ridley scott

EP 289 The Good Neighbor Review + Taboo Ep 1.4

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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Posted by: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:42:34 am the good neighbor, taboo, fx, tv, movies

Lego Batman Movie Review

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




Split - Movie Review & M. Night Shyamalan Tribute

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!

Split Synopsis
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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The Walking Dead Telltale Series - A New Frontier 1&2 Reviews

Confessions of a Basement Dweller
Hosted by
Jake Essoe

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

Platform(s)
Android
iOS
Microsoft Windows
OS X
PlayStation 4
Xbox One



Taboo Ep 3 Review

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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Posted by: Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe on Feb 3, 2017 at 6:08:21 pm tv reviews, taboo, tom hardy, ridley scott

Arrival - Movie Review

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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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. The Harold & Maudecast covers recaps and reviews of the latest Walking Dead and Game of Thrones episodes, Now Playing movie reviews, film festival and Comic Con & fan fest event coverage, technology expos and more. Fandom Never Gets Old.


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