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Interview with VES Award winning VFX Artist Pav Grochola, SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDERVERSE

Sarah Mason sits down for part 2 of her interview with Pav Grochola, VFX Artist and FX Supervisor for the Oscar nominated animated feature, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. Pav recently won a VES award for his groundbreaking VFX work on the film. He talks about his process, the amazing VFX and animation teams he worked with and the innovative new tool he invented that may change the future of animation.

For more information and other podcast episodes visit www.thehmcnetwork.com/interviews




Jamie Lee vs Michael: Halloween 40 Years Later

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"

For more podcast episodes, articles and fan fun visit www.thehmcnetwork.com

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Aquaman & Bird Box

On this episode of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review AQUAMAN in theaters and BIRD BOX, now streaming on Netflix.

It's been a long time coming since we got our first glimpse of Jason Momoa as AQUAMAN to seeing James Wan's (THE CONJURING) vision play out on the big screen. This origin story is visually thrilling and manages to keep the cheese to a minimum -- let's face it, AQUAMAN was always cheesey. But James Wan does an amazing job world building and staying true to the protector of the deep's comic narratives. Best thing Zack Snyder did for the DCU was to cast Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Momoa was born to play this role and it just makes sense. Alongside him as mom, Nicole Kidman, Queen Atlanna shows her strength right out of the films credits kicking some underwater storm troopers asses. Amber Heard's Mera proves a worthy ass kicker as well though the chemistry between Momoa and Heard was missing. Patrick Wilson plays a mean Orm/Ocean Master and our favorite, who SPOILER alert, may prove the bigger foe in the sequel was Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta. Willem Dafoe as Vulko was Aquaman's Obi-Wan and Dolph Lundgren (yes please!) has a bigger role than we expected (thank you!) as Mera's father King Nereus.

We unpack all this in more in the podcast.

Bonus! BIRD BOX, now streaming on Netflix became the most watched ever when over 45 million accounts streamed the Sandra Bullock horror/thriller over the Christmas break, according to Netflix who never release their stats. Directed by Susan Bier (IN A BETTER WORLD), screenplay adapted by Eric Heisserer from Josh Malerman's novel, BIRD BOX joins A QUIET PLACE in this new niche of apocalyptic horror, this time sight challenged vs. sound. There are unknown creatures who have invaded the world and if you get a good look at them, you're F*CKED! Bullock's character, Malorie who happens to be 8.5 months pregnant, finds her way to a house occupied by a group of other survivors including another 8.5 month pregnant woman Olympia played by Danielle McDonald (PATTI CAKE$). The odd but impressive cast mash up includes, Sarah Paulsen, Trevantes Rhodes Lil Rel Howery, Tom Hollander, Machine Gun Kelly, Jacki Weaver and the always cool John Malkovich. BIRD BOX is suspenseful, sporadically really gory, and a bit tragic. It feels a little bit like Season 1 of The Walking Dead, and that ain't bad. Bullock proves she can concur any genre. Hopefully there is a sequel in the works.

Listen to the full podcast for our detailed review and for more episodes and reviews visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

In Episode 340 of The Harold & Maudecast Sarah and Jake review the Netflix original film, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS.

The Coen Brothers take on the Old West with an anthology of six short films that take place in 19th-century post-Civil War era. Each short film is packed with brilliant dialogue, poignancy, humor and violence--everything you would expect from a Coen Brothers movie and more. There are moments of real genius. The cinematography is gorgeous and as always, a hand picked perfect ensemble cast including, Tim Blake Nelson stars as the title character, James Franco, Zoe Kazan, Tom Waits, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson, Tyne Daly, Stephen Root, Saul Rubinek, Clancy Brown, David Krumholz and, Harry Melling aka Dudley from the HARRY POTTER films in an outstanding performance as a master thespian with no arms or legs carted around from town to town in a stage coach by Liam Neeson.

No excuse not to watch this masterpiece. It's free on Netlfix!

Also in this episode We Talk Dead about The Walking Dead Midseason finale.

For more podcast episodes, reviews and more visit thehmcnetwork.com




Outlaw King Review

On this episode of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review the Netflix original movie, OUTLAW KING, starring Chris Pine and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, based on the life of Scotland's Robert the Bruce.

For more podcast episodes and reviews and articles visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




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



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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!




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