On Episode 367 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review two of this year's Oscar winning films, 1917 and Best Picture winner, Parasite.
1917, inspired by a story from Director Sam Mendes (Skyfall) grandfather, a WW1 Veteran, follows two soldiers as they make their way across enemy lines in a race against time to deliver a message that will prevent the massacre of 1600 British soldiers, including one of the men's brothers. The film won 3 Oscars including Best Cinematography. 2X Oscar winning Cinematographer, Roger Deakins, pulled off one of the most incredible visual sequence in film history -- one continuous shot designed to show the realism of being in the trenches with the men fighting.
Parasite, from South Korean, Writer/Director, Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer)made Oscar history when it became the first international film to win Best Picture--4 Oscars in total. The film tells the story of a poor family, the Kims, who con their way into the lives of a rich family, the Parks, but all is not what it seems when the Kim's easy entry into the good life is threatened by unforeseen danger.
Also in this episode, HBO's The Outsider based on the Stephen King novel.
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On this episode of Conversations with Cooler People than Me on The HMC Network, Sarah Mason and Sergio Pinheiro interview Cinematographer, Mihai Malaimare, about his work on the Golden Globe nominated film, JoJo Rabbit.
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Michael Giacchino (pronounced “Juh-key-no”) has composed original scores for the some of the biggest feature films in recent history, including, The Incredibles, War for the Planet of the Apes, Ratatouille, Star Trek, Jurassic World, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Coco. Giacchino’s 2009 score for the Pixar hit Up earned him an Oscar®, a Golden Globe®, the BAFTA, the Broadcast Film Critics’ Choice Award and two GRAMMY® Awards.
When writer/director, Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) reached out to Giacchino to score his film Jojo Rabbit, Giacchino was eager to do it. "I didn't know what the film was about but I am a huge fan of his work and how diverse and different it is," said Giacchino. When asked what direction he received Giacchino recounted Waititi saying, "Remember how you made us feel in Up? That's how I want to feel'.
Set during WWII, the film is about Jojo, a lonely German boy, Jojo (Roman Griffin Davis) with a vivid imagination. Jojo's need to fit in with the local Hitler youth is tested when he discovers that his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl in their attic. Aided by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism as World War II rages on.
The first thing Giacchino did after reading the script (something he rarely does but agreed when Waititi wanted to discuss in advance) was to write an 11-minute suite that showed the course of Jojo's character. "What attracted me was that whole idea of going from an incredibly narrow world view to a very wide world view. That is important because it's something we need now more than ever."
The score was recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London. Giacchino, who is works frequently with large 110 piece orchestras assembled instead a small, 35 piece orchestra. "It's a small story about a small boy," explained Giacchino. "I wanted to stay true to the story. In every one of his projects, Giacchino's priority is staying true to the story. "That's my number one rule," explains Giacchino. "Don't forget what it's about. I never wanna write music that I just wanna hear. The music I write has to belong to that story."
Giacchino used single instruments, harps and guitar to underscore the emotion of the story. He wrote songs with with lyricist Elyssa Samsel and even used his connection with Paul McCartney to get the rights to "I Want to Hold Your Hand" for a scene about hysteria for Hitler. The score is primarily drawn from Jojo’s emotions. The main melody is played throughout the movie in several different ways. While it begins as a march it later becomes an adagio during the battle as Jojo’s own nationalism begins to transform into something else. "I wanted to create something that began as one thing at the start of the film and ended as something completely different," said Giacchino.
Jojo Rabbit is written and directed by Taika Waititi based upon the book “Caging Skies” by Christine Leunens, has been nominated for two Golden Globe® awards and was named Winner one of AFI's top 10 movies of the year.
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On this episode of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe interview Cinematographer, Lawrence Sher, for his work on Joker.
Joker marks the sixth film Lawrence Sher has worked with director Todd Phillips. Their successful relationship began with The Hangover and, as you will hear in our interview, has become a critical and valued partnership for both Sher and Phillips. In addition to the Hangover triliogy, Sher's other credits include Godzilla King of the Monsters, Garden State, War Dogs, Father Figures (which he directed) and Kissing Jessica Stein.
In this interview Sher discusses how the locations were key to Arthur/Joker's character arc, Joaquin's now iconic performance and his conversations with the actor, some insider info about the infamous scene with Mr Chow in The Hangover and whether or not more Joker in his the works.
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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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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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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.
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On Episode 346 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review the film, Shazam, now in theaters.
Q2 2019 Movies - Hellboy, Infinity War Endgame, Godzilla King of the Monsters John Wick 3, Toy Story 4, the 40th anniversary of Life of Brian.
Who will live or die in Game of Thrones? Our predictions!
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On Episode 345 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review the Netflix original film, THE HIGHWAYMEN, starring Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson.
Set in 1934, THE HIGHWAYMEN, is the story of former Texas Rangers, Frank Hamer (Costner) and Maney Gault (Harrelson) who are brought in to hunt down infamous bank robbers, Bonnie and Clyde. The film is directed by John Lee Hancock (THE BLINDSIDE), written by John Fusco (HIDALGO, YOUNG GUNS) and co-stars Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch and Kim Dickens.
Also in this episode, a recap and review of The Walking Dead Season 9 Finale.
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On Episode 344 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe talk Netflix domination and review the Netflix original TRIPLE FRONTIER starring Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, and Charlie Hunnam.
Chatter segment includes - GREEN BOOK should it or shoulda it have, James Gunn back on GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3 and rebooting SUICIDE SQUAD.
On We Talk Dead segment a recap of The Walking Dead 9.14 "Scars".
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On Episode 342 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review three Netflix Original films, VELVET BUZZSAW, HOLD THE DARK and POLAR.
Also in this episode The Walking Dead, Season 9 Midseason Premiere, 909 "Adaptation".
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On Episode 337 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's reboot of HALLOWEEN starring Jamie Lee Curtis reviving the role that made her famous 40 years ago.
Also in this episode the Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House, based on the Shirley Jackson book and We Talk Dead digs into The Walking Dead, Season 9, Episode 3 "Warning Signs"
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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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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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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
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