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Episode 315 of The Harold & Maudecast "Punish This Netflix", hosts Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe review the Netflix original Series, The Punisher, Season 1 and the Netflix original movie, 1922.
Marvel's The Punisher hit Netflix on November 17th. This live action serial installment of the popular comic book franchise stars Jon Berthal (The Walking Dead), Amber Rose Rivah (Indian Summer), Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls) and Ben Barnes (Westworld). Created by Steve Lightfoot (Hannibal, Narcos), the story picks as ex-special ops Frank Castle/The Punisher (Bernthal) tries to pick up the pieces of his tragic life after his wife and two children are brutally murdered. His revenge spawned blood quest to punish everyone responsible is dealt with as flashbacks in Ep 1. The series follows Castle, presumed dead, living low in NY under an alias, Homeland Security Agent Dina Madani pursuing the source of an anonymous source outing the CIA for murdering an innocent Afghan police officer and David Lieberman aka Micro, a former CIA agent and hacker who becomes Frank's unlikely ally.
Like the other series in the Marvel Defender's universe (which this will presumably tie into), The Punisher is dark, brooding and filled with a lot of unnecessary drama. If you're looking for all out Punisher action, it's there but, with the exception of the first episode, you'll wait till the last 10 minutes of every episode to get it. That said, Bernthal is fantastic and worth all the bloated dialogue spent attempting to make this a drama. 7.5/10
1922, also now streaming on Netflix, is an adaptation of a Stephen King novella. The film stars Thomas Jane (The Mist, Hung) Molly Parker (Deadwood) and Dylan Schmid (Once Upon a Time), written and directed by Zak Hilditch (These Final Hours).
After his wife Arlette (Parker) decides to sell the land they live on bequeathed to her by her father, Wilfred (Jane) conspires to kill her enlisting the help of his son Henry (Schmid). Though it appears they may escape the consequences of the law, Wilfred can not escape the karmic wrath of the spirits that haunt him leading to tragedy for all those around him.
This film is dark, really dark, tragic, sometimes scary and at times hard to watch. It's filled with blood, ghosts and gore. Jane gives a career best with this performance--he is almost unrecognizable, completely transformed into a 1920s era farmer. The film has a similar vibe as the 2015 indie horror film, Witch, creepy, dark but also gripping and well written. This too is well written and Zak Hilditch takes Stephen King's story and both captures the grimness of 1920s heartland America yet modernizes it for today's very sophisticated horror fans. It's slow moving, so don't expect a lot of jump scares. This film takes its time making you uncomfortable. Justice 8.5/10
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On this episode of Conversations With on The HMC, host Sarah Mason interviews award winning VFX Artist, Pav Grochola who is the Lead VFX Artist on Sony Pictures Imageworks upcoming animated film, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Pav Grochola is the Lead VFX Artist for Sony Pictures Imageworks. His credits include Guardians of the Galaxy, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Edge of Tomorrow for which he won an Annie Award from the Visual Effects Society for Outstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal/Live Action Feature Motion Picture.
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This episode of Justice & Doom Movie Reviews on The HMC, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING MISSOURI.
It's been 7 months since Mildred (Frances McDormand) has heard from the Ebbing police with any news on her daughter's killer. Taking matters into her own hands, she rents three billboards with provocative statements to force Police Chief Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) into action.
Writer/Director Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES) knows how to do dark comedies. And it's far darker and more violent then the movie trailers let on. Unfortunately the film does not capture the American heartland with the same degree of genius that Alexander Payne (NEBRASKA) or the Coen Brothers (FARGO) have done. Nor is the writing as good as McDonagh has it in him to do -- IN BRUGES is a far better script and story. The film drags a bit and is filled with random and unresolved subplots including one with Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) as McDormand's love interest. There are some fantastic performances particularly from Sam Rockwell as police officer Dixon, who has the most complex character arc. Harrelson and McDormand are great as always. We didn't love it, but do give it some Justice primarily for the trifecta of brilliant acting -- McDormand, Harrelson, Rockwell. 7.5/10
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This Episode of The HMC's Justice & Doom Movie Reviews, JUSTICE LEAGUE.
Yes! It's finally here, many many years in the making. We were super excited watching Jason Momoa run through the 6000 person crowd in Hall H to introduce the cast of Justice League. So was the movie worth all the hype? We break it down, talk Tomatoes, and compare universe blueprints -- Marvel v DC. The Justice League may crush The Avengers in a Super hero war ( Superman folks, come on, okay and Martian Manhunter, seriously, stop arguing this one), but Marvel is DESTROYING DC in the movie universe. We break it all down. Justice 7.3/10
JUSTICE LEAGUE is directed by Zach Snyder (with significant reshoots by Joss Whedon), written by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, starring Ben Affleck, Gal Godot, Henry Cavill, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Jeremy Irons.
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The HMC Network is a podcast network featuring genre entertainment commentary, movie and TV reviews, video game reviews, lifestyle & travel, event & Con media coverage & more. Featured on the Creative COW is our flagship podcast, The Harold & Maudecast hosted by Sarah Mason and Jake Essoe.
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