True Field Test is a podcast from creatives for creatives -- filmmakers, cinematographers, editors, post production supervisors, and other storytellers putting gear through real-world tests, reviewing products and workflows and talking industry insights, news and forecasts.
On this episode filmmaker Sergio Pinheiro will be discussing Anamorphic Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras, the challenges he faces both budgetary and production quality and the new company that may change everything for only $500.
Workflow Engineer, Cutter Stevens discusses on the changing landscape of production distribution -- different deliverables for different outlets, where does it need to go, what do we need to budget for YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, theatrical, DCP or IMF, or just ProRes. He delivers solid tips on how to make sure you can cover the cost of distribution at the end of your production.
Producer Sarah Mason discusses Award season -- Network TV shut out of the Golden Globes, what does this mean for their future. In a rare move the ASC Cinematography union nominates two women cinematographers for the ASC Awards honors are things really changing?
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|Posted by: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2020 at 10:58:04 pm|| anamorphic lenses review, podcast, workflow, production distribution, post production, cinematography, cinema lenses, cameras, sony, arri, filmmaking, cameras|
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 362 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake review, Joker.
Fledgling comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) has been bullied and disregarded his whole life. After an escalating series of abuse and a very public shaming by his comic idol, Murray Franklin (Robert De Niro), Arthur begins a bloody, destructive revolt against society. This dark path he chooses leads him to embrace his alter-ego: "The Joker".
Director Todd Phillips' (The Hangover trilogy), take on the DC character is now the highest grossing R rated movie of all time. More Taxi Drive than Dark Knight, Joker unravels the layers of the character, driven by one of the greatest performances in movie history. Phoenix's Joker never diminishes the brilliance of Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson's performances. In his committed, conscientious performance he reminds us that the Joker is one of greatest fictional characters of all time. Please give this man an Oscar.
Spoiler Level: Moderate
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|Posted by: Sarah Mason on Dec 5, 2019 at 9:51:38 pm|| joker review, movies, joker, dcu, warner bros, batman, dc, review, listen, podcast|
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 351 of The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah and Jake dissect Game of Thrones, Ep 805, "The Bells".
Oh no she didn't! Yes, she did. If you re-watched every episode of Thrones from 101 to 805, you may have seen this coming but the speed in which they took Daenarys from liberating Mother of Dragons to Madder than her Daddy Queen alarmed a lot of Game of Thrones series fans. The fan series have been meme'ing up the internet for weeks and with every episode proving they are far more interesting then the actual show. The latest being, Arya and the White Horse, is she the bringer of death, will she fulfill the brown eyes, blue eyes, green eyes prophecy and kill Dany before she destroys another city? Don't bet on it. Plot lines and character arcs have been dropping like Dothrakis in the dark this season....yet seems to still be many Dothraki left. Hmmm. We get into all of this and more.
Also our long overdue review of M. Night Shyamalan's (sorta) sequel to UNBREAKABLE and SPLIT, GLASS, now streaming.
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|Posted by: Sarah Mason on May 21, 2019 at 3:32:37 pm|| game of thrones 805, glass, reviews, game of thrones, got8, the bells, movies, tv, hbo, podcast|
Episode 352 of The Harold & Maudecast: Ghost vs John Wick's Dog for the Throne
Sarah and Jake review JOHN WICK 3: PARABELLUM and the much anticipated Game of Thrones Finale.
After 8 seasons, millions of memes, cosplay and viewing parties, Game of Thrones has come to an end. The finale episode aired on HBO, Sunday, May 19th breaking records with 19.3m viewers. Lucky for the Showrunners, a plastic water bottle (like its predecessor the Starbuck's cup) managed to out Trend the overwhelming negative reaction to the finale. The finale left many threads untied for the potential spinoffs and prequel that is already in pre-production. We found ourselves amongst those who were less than satisfied with the hectic, deliberate tie-up of this incredible story. But we can back up up every point.
Our Game of Thrones finale review is first up on the podcast, John Wick 3 Review Starts @ 43:52.
For more movie reviews and our entire We Talk Thrones library, dissecting Seasons 1-8, visit www.thehmcnetwork.com
|Posted by: Sarah Mason on May 21, 2019 at 3:29:13 pm|| game of thrones finale, john wick 3, review, game of thrones, got8, george r r martin, hbo, movies, tv, podcast, john wick, keanu reeves|
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 349 of The Harold & Maudecast, Stark vs. Stark! The Battle of Winterfell, the most expensive ($15m) and time consuming (55 nights to shoot) TV episode ever produced, finally aired on HBO. And the end of the MCU master blueprint containing 21 movies over 10 years finally had its theatrical release, becoming the highest grossing opening weekend movie of all time.
So which Stark won the high critical bar set by fans of both universes? Listen to the podcast for our grand conclusion.
SPOILERS ABOUND - You have been warned.
Game of Thrones the Battle of Winterfell - Starts at 1:16
Avengers: Endgame Review - Starts at 43:54
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|Posted by: Sarah Mason on May 1, 2019 at 2:41:55 am|| stark vs. stark, the battle of winterfell, game of thrones, avengers endgame, tony stark, arya stark, podcast, review, commentary, marvel, hbo|
You may not be able to unsee Arya disrobing for Gendry, but you can listen to our commentary on Game of Thrones, Ep 802!
On Episode 348 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review and recap, Game of Thrones, Episode 802 "A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms".
We hash out every key moment in Episode 802, give some outlandish predictions and fan theories and discuss the hidden meaning to Podrick's campfire song.
Also in this episode reviews of THE BATTLE OF JADOTVILLE (a Netflix original) and THE NUMBERS STATION (streaming on Amazon Prime).
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On Episode 347 of The Harold & Maudecast, We Talk Thrones is back! Sarah and Jake review Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere from Jon and Daenary's first real date on dragons to a waterfall, Arya's many reunions, Sansa's sense and sensibility over Jon's choices and food supplies, Cersei really really wanted elephants, Bran's staredown with Jaime and every detail in between!
Also, Monsterpalooza! The annual Pasadena show doubled in size and was more fun then ever -- Tom Savini, Bruce Campbell, a look inside Frank Darabont's Collection at auction which includes Jack's axe from The Shining, patient zero and bicycle girl original casts from The Walking Dead, the Penitent Man Shall pass head from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, the beating heart from Temple of Doom, Quint's bat from Jaws and more. Also our meeting with Sarah Karloff and Bela Lugosi Jr, Linda Blair and the bed from The Exorcist, incredible makeup. It was an epic affair.
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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 The Harold & Maudecast Episode 343: ENDGAME EVERYTHING, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe talk end of eras -- With HBO's Game of Thrones final season beginning April 14th and Marvel's decade long assembly of Avengers assembling for the last time in INFINITY WAR: ENDGAME April 27th, and with The Walking Dead's continuing ratings spiral, we are coming to the end of an epic era for genre fiction screen.
So what comes next? What will continue, what should continue and what will we embrace next? We dive into all these questions and more.
Also a review of the film, THE MAN WHO KILLED HITLER AND THEN THE BIG FOOT, starring Sam Elliott, Ron Livingston, Aidan Turner and Caitlin FitzGerald, written and directed by Robert D. Krzykowski.
We talk dead recaps S9.E13 "Chokepoint".
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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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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.
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|Posted by: Sarah Mason on Feb 16, 2019 at 10:17:03 pm|| spiderman into the spiderverse, pav grochola, interview, vfx, sony imageworks, sony, animation, oscar, animated feature, podcast|
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 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.
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|Posted by: Sarah Mason on Jan 8, 2019 at 12:53:47 am|| aquaman, bird box, reviews, netflix, movies, podcast, sandra bullock, jason momoa, dc, warner bros|
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.
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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.
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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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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
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On Episode 328 of The Harold & Maudecast, hosts Sarah Mason and Jake review the movies SOLO and CARGO and checking in on Westeros, predictions for who will survive Game of Thrones.
Han Solo is finally getting his own origin story! Question is, did he really need one? SOLO, A STAR WARS STORY, was released on May 24th to lukewarm box office results, if you consider $115m lukewarm. Well Disney does. It appears SOLO may be the first victim of STAR WARS fatigue, as Disney continues to pump out spin-off films whether we want them or not.
We meet young Han (Alden Ehrenreich), the would-be pilot as he's escaping with his girlfriend Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) from their home planet, under siege by the Empire. Spoiler alert! One of them gets left behind, but we'll see her again in the future after Han completes his training, does some soldiering for the Empire, meets Chewie and joins a misfit group of space outlaws led by Beckett (Woody Harrelson). After their big score heist goes terribly wrong, they face certain death at the hands of big boss Drydon Vos (Paul Bettany) unless the team can find a ship that can make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs....luckily part time dandy, full time card shark, Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), has one.
SOLO is full of edge-of-your-seat action sequences including a intergalactic space train heist that invokes the spirit of Indiana Jones. Although Ehrenreich's name is a mouthful to say and he looks nothing like Harrison Ford, he's the right guy for the job. He pulls it off thanks to a wonderful supporting cast and a strategic script penned by the great Lawrence Kasdan (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, SILVERADO) and his son Jonathan Kasdan (IN THE LAND OF WOMEN), the younger Kasdan clearly supplied the many satisfying albeit obscure easter eggs like a reference to the 1997 video game, “Star Wars: Masters of Teras Kasi. Director Ron Howard stepped in after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (THE LEGO MOVIE) were fired for presumably being too silly? Regardless, it was the right choice as Howard's steady vision steered this film into maturity. Oh there's fun, and silliness, lots of crazy Lucas inspired creatures. But what makes this film enjoyable is the feeling that it's being produced by real filmmaking pros. You may not walk away thrilled as you were after THE FORCE AWAKENS, but don't forget that came after a long dry spell and the disasters that were Episodes 1, 2 and 3. Seek to be entertained in the spirit of Indiana Jones and get over Harrison Ford's absence and you'll dig this film as much as we did. Justice!
Review for CARGO, the Netflix original re-invention of the zombie genre starring Martin Friedman (Sherlock, THE HOBBIT) starts at 29:17.
In the outback of Australia, Andy (Friedman) and wife Kay (Susie Porter), with baby in tow, are struggling to stay alive in the new zombie stricken world. When tragedy strikes, it's up to Andy to find a family to take care of their baby girl before it's too late.
In some ways CARGO is your typical zombie story. It's got all the trappings of the genre, biting, walking dead, apocalyptic world, dangerous people who may kill you before the zombies do. Yet, it's far from the maddening crowd of Walking Dead and George Romero films. We don't know why or how the outbreak occurred but if you're lucky enough to have survived this far you're probably familiar with the government issued kit equipped with countdown bracelet and suicide tools. The film rests largely on the performance of Friedman, who delivers. Equally delightful is his young aboriginal companion, Thoomi (Simone Landers), who he must help in order to find refuge for his baby. The countdown/doomsday clock formula of the story combined with the baby, makes the stakes impossibly high for even a zombie movie. It is that urgency and the desperation of Andy that keep you engaged and nervous throughout. It's a tough film to watch -- not entirely tragic, yet sad and draining. Writer/Director team Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling (JUNGLE), stretch and breath life into this genre which seemed to be on it's way out. Justice!
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On Episode 327 of The Harold & Maudecast, "Princess Deadpool". Host Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review DEADPOOL 2.
Ryan Reynolds returns in the title role for DEADPOOL 2, opening May 18. This time the R rated wisecracker finds himself in the unlikely role of mentor and protector after meeting an angry teenage mutant orphan played by Julian Dennison (HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE). Russell becomes the target of Cable (Josh Brolin)a genetically enhanced soldier from the future... let's just call him terminator, seriously. In order to help the kid fight Cable, Deadpool assembles a super squad aka X Force, Bedlam (Terry Crews), Shatterstar (Lewis Tan), Zeitgeist (Bill Skarsgård) Domino (Zazie Beetz) and Peter! (Rob Delaney) No powers, he just read the ad in craigslist.
DEADPOOL 2 is jam packed with cheeky quips, celebrity cameos and lots and lots of ironically placed licensed music -- insert Enya during fight sequence. It's also filled with amazingly choreographed action and fight sequences, great comic performances by Reynolds, Dennison, Beetz and special shoutout Rob Delaney who made us belly laugh as the overweight, middle aged white dude who just wants to hang out. The budget appears to have grown as a result of the success of the first film, DEADPOOL which is evident in the CGI fight between Colossus and Juggernaut. But it seems if they cut back on the music licensing they may be able to afford more X Men.
All in all much fun was had by our audience of two. We give it a 8 on the Justice and Doom meter. Listen to our full review for more of our thoughts.
Bonus! Despite the Royal Wedding threatening to overshadow the release of DEADPOOL 2, it made over $300m worldwide opening weekend. We weigh in on the wedding in our special way, the Hollywood class system, Royal Wedding addition.
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On Episode 326 of The Harold & Maudecast, "Infinity and Beyond", Sarah and Jake review the movie with the biggest box office opening in history, AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR, and talk Marvel's master plan, how they got all these super heroes to play together like a well finessed boy(girl) band.
HBO's Westworld returned for Season 2 in April. Is it still surprisingly unsatisfying? We unpack all the episodes thus far and look toward the future of complex plot lines going nowhere.
Sarah and Jake go through their Most Excited to See Summer 2018 Movies, more Marvel, something that looks Incredible 2, Mr Roger's neighborhood, Cher's back? And much more.
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On this week's episode 325 of The Harold & Maudecast hosted by Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe, Now in Theaters reviews, READY PLAYER ONE and A QUIET PLACE, at long last our streaming review of THE LAST JEDI and The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale.
Ready Player One -
A Quiet Place -
The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale -
The Last Jedi -
READY PLAYER ONE is based on the Ernest Cline novel, written by Ernest Cline and Zak Penn, directed by Steven Spielberg, stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn. When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all OASIS users to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
This film was highly anticipated by fan boys and girls including us but did it deliver? Hell no.
A QUIET PLACE stars John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, directed and co-written by John Krasinski with Bryan Woods and Scott Beck. In an apocalyptic America, a family is forced to live in silence to hide from creatures who hunt solely by sound.
This PG13 horror film kicked box office ass beating READY PLAYER ONE on its first weekend and almost tying RAMPAGE on its opening weekend. What's in the secret sauce that's making theater goers afraid to make a noise?
We discuss both films and weigh in on why one was Doomed and won received much Justice. For more episodes, reviews and lots of cool stuff from for fans, visit www.thehmcnetwork.com
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