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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.

Take a listen to our recap and visit www.thehmcnetwork.com for more episodes, videos, movie reviews and more!



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

EP 289 The Good Neighbor Review + Taboo Ep 1.4

This week on The Harold & Maudecast we review The Good Neighbor starring James Caan and recap FX Network's Taboo, Episode 4, starring Tom Hardy.

The Good Neighbor is a psychological thriller about a pair of mischievous high school kids (Logan Miller, Keir Gilchrist) who create the illusion of a haunting on an unsuspecting neighbor (James Caan). While keeping his every reaction under surveillance, they see much more than they bargained for, and discover that the man they're tormenting is not the easy target they'd expected.

In Taboo episode 4 we find our (anti) hero James Delaney fending of more would be assassins, taking a chemistry lesson, orchestrating heists, saving the not-so-damsel in distress step-mother, and dancing around the tension with his sister. The exciting and sometimes gruesome episode ends with an invitation to duel to the death. Take a listen and stay tuned for Episode 5 recap!

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Posted by: Sarah Mason on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:42:34 am the good neighbor, taboo, fx, tv, movies

Lego Batman Movie Review

Batman is back! This time in the Lego universe in, The Lego Batman Movie from Warner Bros. There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman (Will Arnett) wants to save the city from the Joker's hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up.

The Lego Batman movie is so much fun. We enthusiastically give it much Justice. 9/10 Take a listen!

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Release date: February 10, 2017 (USA)
Director: Chris McKay
Music composed by: Lorne Balfe
Distributed by: Warner Bros.
Producers: Dan Lin, Roy Lee



Posted by: Sarah Mason on Feb 17, 2017 at 10:41:05 am lego batman, lego, batman, will arnett, DC, warner bros

Split - Movie Review & M. Night Shyamalan Tribute

This week on The Harold & Maudecast we review M. Night Shyamalan's latest film, Split. 7.5/10 on our Justice & Doom movie meter. Split stars James McAvoy, Betty Buckley and Anya Taylor-Joy. For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, including producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.

In addition to Split, we review Shyamalan's, The Visit, which was the top grossing horror film of 2015. We also examine Shyamalan's vast body of work from The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village, The Happening and more. Take a listen!

Split Synopsis
Writer/director/producer Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

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The Walking Dead Telltale Series - A New Frontier 1&2 Reviews

Confessions of a Basement Dweller
Hosted by
Jake Essoe

In this episode of "Confessions of a Basement Dweller", Jake Essoe of The HMC reviews the highly anticipated next installment of Telltale's The Walking Dead Series - "A New Frontier" Episodes 1 & 2. This is the third season of the on going story of Clementine and her survival in world of the Walking Dead. Told in Telltales patented 5 part episodic series, we get a new experience with them releasing the first two episodes at once in a two part series. We get a brand new playable character named Javier, and we see how his world crosses with Clementines... How does this stack to the first two seasons in Telltales flagship franchise? Listen and Find out.

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The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier Episode One: 'Ties That Bind' Part I is rated 'M' (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Strong Language, and Use of Drugs by the ESRB. Episode Two: 'Ties That Bind' Part II is rated 'M' (Mature) for Violence, Blood and Gore, Drug Reference, and Strong Language by the ESRB. Future content in the season is yet to be rated.

Developer(s) Telltale Games
Publisher(s) Telltale Games
Distributor(s) Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

Platform(s)
Android
iOS
Microsoft Windows
OS X
PlayStation 4
Xbox One



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

Arrival - Movie Review

Continuing The Harold & Maudecast's movie review series, 2016 Award Season Contenders, ARRIVAL, starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. Directed by Denis Villeneuve (PRISONERS, SICARIO) written by Eric Heisserer (WARRIOR).

Linguistics Professor, Louise Banks (Adams) and Mathematician
Ian Donnelly (Renner) reporting to US Army Colonel Weber (Whitaker) must race to find a way to communicate with Aliens who have touched down in sphere-like vessels at 12 points across the globe. When global participation breaks down leading to a potential world war, Banks takes a dangerous chance that could destroy mankind, or save it. Here's hopin for the latter.

This sci fi/alien film aint what it seems. It's far more complex and will lead you to many false conclusions or none at all as you scratch your head when it's finally revealed. Adams once again proves worthy of her many Oscar nominations. It has elements of early Ridley Scott with its somber, gritty production design mirroring some of the same textures of the original ALIEN and odes to CONTACT and even CLOSE ENCOUNTERS. Yet, this film is very much it's own story with a new vision of what we think of as Aliens.

Verdict - Justice 8.5/10 - put it on your list.

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I'm Not a Serial Killer - Now Streaming Movie Review

Now Streaming on your favorite VOD service, IM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, the 2016 horror/crime thriller starring Max Records, Laura Fraser and Christopher Lloyd. In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.

Based on the novel by Dan Wells the film is Directed by Billy O'Brien, Screenplay by Billy O'Brien and Christopher Hyde.

This film is more X Files than straight up horror. Christopher Lloyd fans will geek out over his wonderful performance and lookout for Max Records in the lead role as the would be serial killer turned crime sleuth/demon hunter. He's exceptional. There's a magnificent payoff at the end of the film -- we won't spoil it for you. But we do hash out the details of this well crafted indie film. Now streaming on Netflix. 7.8/10

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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

Assassin's Creed Movie Review

The Harold & Maudecast reviews the Now Playing film, ASSASSIN'S CREED produced by and starring Michael Fassbender, based on the Ubisoft video game.

Just as he thinks he's about to go straight to hell, convicted murderer and death row inmate Callum Lynch (Fassbender) finds himself the lab rat of a mysterious secret society. Hooked up for the VR experience of his life -- think Matrix + Dr. Octavius, Callum goes on a ride through his ancestral playground as Aguilar circa 15th Century Spain. Callum amasses a lot of mad skills which he will need to fight the powerful Templar organization in present day.

This story is a confusing mess. Not sure who the producers are targeting, video game fans, ain't gonna satisfy, new audiences? No way. Oddly the production level is super high with an incredible score and sound editing and sound effects that are Oscar worthy. Visually some stunning things in this film. Fassbender along with a formidable cast of acting heavy weights, Jeremy Irons, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Rampling, Michael Kenneth Williams and Brendan Gleeson, are completely wasted on this go nowhere story that relies to heavily on building a plot that has no foundation. Our advice to Hollywood, stop making movies based on video games. It doesn't work. 5/10

Release date: December 21, 2016 (USA)
Director: Justin Kurzel

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Posted by: Sarah Mason on Feb 3, 2017 at 6:04:21 pm movie reviews, assassins creed, video games, ubisoft

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