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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!




Ep 331: SDCC 2018 Preview & Spotlight on Actor Barry Keoghan: American Animals Review

On Episode 331 of The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah and Jake countdown to San Diego Comic Con 2018! A preview of all the confirmed panels and the now annual ConanCon, Conan O'Brien live at Spreckels Theater.

Also in this episode spotlight on actor Barry Keoghan, the 25 year old Irish actor who has caught the attention of Hollywood with his standout roles in THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, DUNKIRK and AMERICAN ANIMALS.

Nominated for an Independent Spirit award for his role in Yorgos Lanthimos (THE LOBSTER) 2017 film, THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER and a standout performance in Christopher Nolan's Oscar winning film, DUNKIRK, Keoghan is one of the most exciting young actors on the scene today.

In 2018 Keoghan starred in Barry Layton's film, AMERICAN ANIMALS, about the real life story of four Kentucky college students who attempted to steal rare and valuable books from Kentucky’s Transylvania University. The outlandish heist attempt, predictably did not go well. The film, a Grand Jury prize nominee at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, received much praise including Keoghan's performance. AMERICAN ANIMALS, co-stars Evan Peters, Blake Jenner and Ann Dowd.

This September Keoghan will star in BLACK 47, alongside Hugo Weaving (LOTR, THE MATRIX) and fellow Irish actor Stephen Rhea (INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE). The film is set during the Great Irish Famine, about a young Irish ranger who has been fighting the British abroad, returns to his family in Ireland. The film is written and directed by Lance Daly (THE HALO EFFECT).

The busy Keoghan has yet another film and two television series in production. Look for big things from Barry Keoghan. 

We review THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER, also starring Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman and AMERICAN ANIMALS.

Listen at 26:03.

For more podcast episodes, reviews and updates on Comic Con visit www.thehmcnetwork.com



Epic Trek: Mapping Harry Potter UK

Sarah and Jake of The Harold & Maudecast travel to the UK to map filming locations for Harry Potter! They begin in London and travel to Oxford, Gloucester through the English countryside, up to Edinburgh and throughout the Scottish Highlands.

In addition to Harry Potter filming locations, Sarah and Jake lay out comprehensive survival guides for historical landmarks, cities, hotels, transportation and more.

Follow their journey in pictures on Instagram, http://www.instagram.com/haroldmaudecast & http://www.instagram.com/samarasnoh and visit http://www.thehmcnetwork.com for a Sarah's blog journal.




Return of the Western - EP 317

Episode 317 of The Harold & Maudecast: Return of the Western. Sarah and Jake examine the resurgence of Westerns, the efforts to revive the genre over the years and whether it's time has truly comeback.

This episode includes a review of HOSTILES, THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN and IN A VALLEY OF VIOLENCE as well as commentary on new Westerns in development or recently released, and a look back at the last decades attempts to revive.

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Posted by: Sarah Mason on Feb 16, 2018 at 10:50:44 pm return of the western, movies, tv, westerns, podcasts

EP314: Strange Dead Things - Walking Dead 804, Strangers Things 2 & Three Billboards

This week on The HMC's flagship podcast, The Harold & Maudecast, Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE OF EBBING MISSOURI, Stranger Things Season 2 & another episode of We Talk Dead, Ep 804.

We Talk Dead - 5:06
Three Billboards Review - 31:05
Stranger Things 2 - 45:40

Bonus stuff! Robert Kirkman's new show Secret History of Comics, the Rotten truth about Rotten Tomatoes.

For more podcast episodes, game, movie and TV reviews visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




Ep 312: Dead Weight - Walking Dead Eps 801 & 802, Brawl in Cell Block 99 Movie Review

This episode of The Harold & Maudecast, 312 "Dead Weight". Hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe preview It's Alive: Classic Horror & Sci-Fi from the Kirk Hammet Collection at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.

We Talk Dead is back for Season 8 of The Walking Dead. We review the premiere Ep 801 "Mercy" and 802 "The Damned".

Now Streaming Movie Reviews, BRAWL IN CELL BLOCK 99, starring Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Carpenter and Don Johnson, written and directed by S. Craig Zahler (BONE TOMAHAWK). We gave it much Justice 8.5/10.

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'Tony Stark's B*tch' - Spider-Man: Homecoming Review + Spotlight on Foreign Horror Films

This week on The Harold & Maudecast hosts Sarah Mason & Jake Essoe review SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.

Tom Holland (THE IMPOSSIBLE) takes over the role of Peter Parker/Spider Man alongside Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) in this Disney- downed reboot of the Marvel classic character. When first we saw young Spidey he was fighting Avengers in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. Alas returning to high school is a pretty big let down for Peter Parker who continually pesters Tony Stark's man Happy (Jon Favreau) for new assignments. When it's clear that Tony has benched him, for now, Peter goes looking for bad guys on his own and quickly finds more danger than a Spider Man in training can handle.

SPIDER MAN: HOMECOMING should be called IRON MAN 3.5. Disney took Marvel's [arguably] coolest super hero character and stripped him of everything that makes him so powerful and unique. Sony owns the rights to the character Spider-Man but lent him out to Disney so that Marvel could tie the character into AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. What a mistake Sony. You had the best Marvel character and you let Disney turn him into a Junior Avenger at Tony Stark's day camp.

Exhibit 1: The Suit
After Peter Parker's high school buddy hacks into the special suit that Stark designed for Spider-Man, he discovers that he can be Iron Man too! The suit comes equipped with his own personal Jarvis "Karen" who counsels him on everything from Taser web shooters to his love life. And that spider on the suit's chest? It's a drone! That he calls Droney. Droney helps him find the bad guys even if he needs Tony to help him fight them.

Spider-Man was unique because he was a kid (an older kid this Peter Parker is 15) who was super smart and able to use his intelligence to craft his own suit and discover his powers on his own. Spider-Man's spider sense is not even addressed, which is arguably what makes him one of the most powerful super heroes of all time. That super power allows him to manipulate time and space, and energy and it sets him apart. Yeah well I guess Tony Stark hasn't mentored this Peter Parker on the merits of his super powers sans suit yet. Maybe they're leaving that for the sequel.

At San Diego Comic-Con 2016 the filmmakers SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING likened their version of the film to the style of John Hughes (UNCLE BUCK, SIXTEEN CANDLES etc). But that's way too kind and a discredit to the charm and genius of John Hughes. This is Disney Channel Spider-Man at best without any of the sophistication and depth of the classic comic book character. If you're a diehard fan of Spider-Man, wait till Sony gets him back. No Justice for this Spidey. 5/10

Bonus in this podcast episode we continue our obsession with foreign horror films with two Now Streaming reviews of THEM and BASKIN.

For more podcasts, movie reviews and our countdown to SDCC17 visit www.thehmcnetwork.com




Countdown to Thrones & SDCC

This week on The Harold & Maudecast, Episode 302, Countdown to Thrones & SDCC. Hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe Countdown to the Season 7 premiere of Game of Thrones with recaps, theories, predictions and more. With San Diego Comic Con only three weeks away, we've got the list of the hottest panels and a preview of what to expect at SDCC 2017. Now playing in theaters, BABY DRIVER, Edgar Wright (SHAUN OF THE DEAD), new action heist film hits theaters and we give it our full Justice & Doom review.

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Posted by: Sarah Mason on Jul 15, 2017 at 6:02:40 pm SDCC2017, game of thrones, podcasts

Ep 300 - Best of E32017 + Reviews - SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY & MY FRIEND DAHMER

This week on The Harold & Maudecast - Episode 300! Yes, it is our 300th episode thanks to our friends at American Giant and Toy Zoo and other awesome sponsors.

In episode 300, Hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe recap their week at the E3 video game conference with their Best of E3 highlights. Also in this episode movie reviews - SCORE: A FILM MUSIC DOCUMENTARY, from writer/director Matt Schrader featuring John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, Junkie XL, Danny Elfman, Enio Morricone, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, Quincy Jones, Howard Shore & all the great film composers whose scores have elevated the movies they punctuate to greatness. Also reviewed in this episode, MY FRIEND DAHMER, based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Derf Backderf, this is the true, haunting story of Jeffrey Dahmer in high school. The film premiered at the LA Film Festival.

Visit www.thehmcnetwork.com for more reviews, stories, podcasts and interviews.




Episode 299 - E3 Preview, IT COMES AT NIGHT review, upcoming TV & movies

This week on The Harold & Maudecast Episode 299, hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe preview of E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles June 13-15 -- Nintendo Switch, Microsofts new console XBOX One X and its 4K play, Evil Within 2 and Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus from Bethesda, Assassin's Creed Origins and much more!

Also we review IT COMES AT NIGHT, in theaters now. In an undefined post apocalyptic world where an airborne threat terrorizes humanity, Paul (Joel Edgerton), a former teacher turned survivalist desperately tries to protect his wife and teenage son. Paul's strict sense of order is threatened when Will (Christopher Abbott) lands at their door seeking refuge for himself and his family. The two families work together to survive until paranoia and mistrust creep into their seemingly cooperative co-existence resulting in monstrous consequences. 8.2/10

Additionally upcoming TV and Movie previews, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, the hot list of Summer movies and more.




The Walking Dead Ep 714 Review

This is We Talk Dead, a weekly Walking Dead podcast hosted by Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe from the HMC.

In this week's episode of We Talk Dead, review & recap of Episode 714 "The Other Side". At the Hilltop, Simon and the Savior crew need a doctor since Negan threw their last one in the furnace. Gregory is not too happy about this but after some strategic ass kissing behind the trailer, he bends the knee -- but not before getting a get out of death free pass from Simon should Gregory choose to visit the Savior compound -- Huh? Meanwhile, Daryl and Maggie hide out in the food cellar where Daryl finally breaks down and apologizes to Maggie for killing Glenn. Ah but Zen Maggie is way ahead of him, seeing the big picture, placing no blame on his winged shoulders and simply asking him to help her win.

Rosita and Sasha decide to take an ill advised and most probably ill fated road trip to the Saviors compound to Kick Ass! After some friendly cat fighting over Sasha's necklace, you know, the one Rosita made for Abraham who then gave it to Sasha, they work out their differences. At the compound they bump into Eugene who apparently really is Negan. What the hell Eugene!

For more We Talk Dead and other podcasts, movie, game and product reviews visit www.thehmcnetwork.com.


Posted by: Sarah Mason on Mar 24, 2017 at 10:18:59 pm walking dead, podcasts, tv, amc, zombies, horror, reviews

The Walking Dead Ep 713 - Review & Recap

arah Mason and Jake Essoe host "We Talk Dead" for The HMC Network. This week, review and recap of The Walking Dead Episode 713 "Bury Me Here".

Meanwhile back in The Kingdom... We find trouble in Ezekiel's royal garden as an infection threatens to take out all the gardens. Carol's starting to get hip to the fact that something much more serious went down in Alexandria and she confronts Morgan for answers. Benjamin wants Carol to be his sensei after seeing her handily take out 5 Walkers with a sign post. Richard itching to get the fight started, sabotages The Kingdom's weekly drop with The Saviors leading to unintended and unforgivable consequences. Morgan figures it out and spirals out of control -- Uh oh, Clear? Carol to the rescue, for now.

Episode 713 continues where 712 left off in bringing us back to why we love The Walking Dead -- great zombie action, characters and a story we love that's actually getting somewhere. Big shout out to Karl Makinen aka Richard, for is phenomenal performance in this episode. Lennie James is equally amazing, as always.

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Posted by: Sarah Mason on Mar 24, 2017 at 10:17:56 pm walking dead, podcasts, tv, amc, zombies, horror, reviews

The Harold & Maudecast Ep 283 "Westworld Ho"

This week on The Harold & Maudecast we check in with Westworld, HBO's drama/western/sci-fi/action/thriller based on the Michael Crichton book and movie starring Yul Brynner. We review episode 7, Season 1, which has a big reveal, but will the show keep us hooked the likes of Stranger Things, hmmm. Take a listen.

Also this week two new Now Streaming on VOD reviews, THE NICE GUYS and THE LEGEND OF TARZAN. Both films were theatrically released in the Summer of 2016 to disappointing box office returns. THE NICE GUYS stars Ryan Gosling and Russel Crowe as private detectives who accidentally get tangled up in the same case. It's written and directed by Shane Black who knows a thing or two about Buddy action/comedies. He wrote the LETHAL WEAPON films and IRON MAN 3. THE LEGEND OF TARZAN stars Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) in the title role and Margot Robbie as Jane (SUICIDE SQUAD), Samuel L Jackson (CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR) and Christoph Waltz (SPECTRE film) as the evil industrialist nemesis. Harry Potter fans will be enthusiastic to know that David Yates directed the film. He direct five of The Harry Potter films including the upcoming FANTASTIC BEASTS.

So, based on all that street cred, wouldn't ya think at least one of these is worth the watch? Well yes, one of them is. Listen to this episode of The Harold & Maudecast and you'll find out which one! hahaha sucked in. But it's worth it.

Visit www.thehmcnetwork.com for more movie and tv reviews, lifestyle, travel & con coverage!






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