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Blade Runner 2049 - Movie Review

On Ep 311 of The Harold & Maudecast, hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review BLADE RUNNER 2049 and give their recommendations for some creepy October horror films Now Streaming.

Officer K (Ryan Gosling), a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department, unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. His discovery leads him on a quest to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), a former blade runner who's been missing for 30 years.

BLADE RUNNER 2049 captures the texture and silence of Ridley Scott's original film(BLADE RUNNER), whose involvement is reduced to Exec producer, but don't let that discourage you. This much anticipated sequel has an A+ crew including Director Denis Villeneuve (THE ARRIVAL), screenwriters Hampton Fancher (BLADE RUNNER), Michael Green (LOGAN), multiple Oscar nominated Cinematographer Roger Deakins (NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, SKYFALL) visit his imdb it's incredible www.imdb.com/name/nm0005683/?ref_=nmawd_awd_nm). Ryan Gosling masterfully takes the lead backed by a phenomenal cast, Jared Leto, Dave Bautista, Lenny James, breakout star Sylvia Hoeks as bad girl replicant Luv and a potential Oscar winning performance by Harrison Ford reprising his role as Deckard.

Do yourself a favor, see it in the theaters. It's a stunning, thoughtful, brilliant film. 9.6/10 on our Justice & Doom movie meter.

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ALIEN: COVENANT - Review 8.3/10

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe of The Harold & Maudecast review ALIEN: COVENANT.

Ridley Scott knows a thing or two about Aliens. After all he started this whole crazy thing with his 1979 film ALIEN, hailed by sci fi purists as the superior of the franchise. With adjusted gross estimates ALIEN is at the top of the franchise box office total -- which collectively is over $1 billion. His last revival of the said franchise the 2012 film PROMETHEUS was successful ($126m) but disappointed fans and critics by alienating itself from its own brand (literally). Will bringing back the ALIEN moniker be a big enough bone for faithful fans to chew on? And will it be enough incentive for to bring in new fans? It's all about the story. And this one is pretty good.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in ALIEN: COVENANT. A crew of colonists aboard the ship Covenant sets out for a remote planet. Captain Oram(Billy Crudup) leads them after an unforeseen accident pushed him up the chain of command. After discovering what seems to be an uncharted paradise, Oram's second in command Daniels, warns of the dangers of the unknown. Shoulda listen to the woman Captain Oram. After exploring the earth-like terrain of this new planet they are quickly met with the dark truth about their new potential home, and its not just the aliens.

Michael Fassbender brilliantly reprises his role from PROMETHEUS as David and as new android, Walter. At its core, ALIEN: COVENANT is the Frankenstein story. David, the creation of Weyland (Guy Pearce) becomes the monster and yet also the creator. It's a fascinating refreshed look at this Alien universe with all the textures and complexities of the original. There's just the right amount of action and creature featuring to bring fans back. It moves pretty fast and wastes very little time. The ending is frustrating and revelations about the fate of Dr Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) are frustrating yet lay out a path for the continuation of this story.

Katherine Waterston (FANTASTIC BEASTS) gives a convincing performance, albeit no Ripley, let's say Ripley Light. Danny McBride (VICE PRINCIPALS) known largely for his comedic roles also shows up proving himself worthy of the franchise.

We give it a solid 8.3/10. It's not ALIEN, it's not ALIENS, but it will give you a renewed faith in the franchise and leave you wanting more.

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Taboo Season 1 Finale - Review 9.5/10

Sarah and Jake from The Harold & Maudecast recap and review the Season Finale, Episode 8, of Taboo on FX starring Tom Hardy, created by Hardy, Chips Hardy, Stephen Knight and Executive Produced by Ridley Scott.

It appears the true identity of Keyser Soze has been revealed and he's James Delaney. The season finale was bloody, explosive, and filled with good ol fashioned cursing -- bout time. James Delaney (Hardy) always 100 steps ahead of the audience, and Sir Stuart Strange The Company, orchestrated a brilliant getaway. Bound and awaiting trial in the Tower of London thanks to Sir Stuart Strange (Jonathan Pryce), Delaney played the cards he had be holding all along. But if you think everyone gets out of this episode alive, and they all sail off together on the high seas, think again and be prepared for some sadness. In the end, the season finale of Taboo delivers justice, and ties up all the loose ends in Season 1 with a promise for adventure in Season 2.

Spoilers abound in our recap and review which we are giving an enthusiastic 9.5/10.

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Taboo Ep 7 Review

Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe from The Harold & Maudecast on HMC Networks, review & recap the FX Network drama, Taboo, episode 7.

James Delaney (Tom Hardy) better have a longterm plan up his sleeve cause Solomon Coop (Jason Watkins) is about to get medieval on him in the Tower of London. Our (anti) hero has been arrested for treason, thanks to Madame Helga (Franke Potente) who thinks Delaney killed her daughter Winter (Ruby-May Martinwood). Meanwhile the Company thinks it's sittin pretty now that Delaney is in prison, not so fast Stuart Strange (Jonathan Pryce), George Chichester (Lucian Msamati) has another witness up his sleeve --our cross dressing Company man Godfrey (Edward Hogg). Big revelations about arsenic and old lace from Delaney's Houseman/Butler Brace (David Hayman) and half-sis Zilpha (Oona Chaplin) minus two men.

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Posted by: Sarah Mason on Feb 28, 2017 at 11:48:10 pm taboo, fx, tv, reviews, tom hardy, ridley scott

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 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.

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

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 on Feb 3, 2017 at 6:08:21 pm tv reviews, taboo, tom hardy, ridley scott

Taboo Ep 1 - Review

Penny Dreadful fans never fear! There's a new show in town and it's smarter, grittier and has Tom Hardy and Ridley Scott on board. Taboo premiered this week on FX. We dive into the filthy streets of 1814 London with our review.

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Posted by: Sarah Mason on Feb 3, 2017 at 6:05:23 pm tv reviews, taboo, tom hardy, ridley scott



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