Blu-Ray Review: Fright Night (1985)

Director: Tom Holland

Writer: Tom Holland

Cast: William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark

Cert: 18

Running time: 106 mins

Year: 1985


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What’s the story: High school student Charley Brewster is convinced his new, debonair next door neighbor Jerry Dandridge is a vampire. Can he make anyone believe him before it’s too late?

What’s the verdict: Ah, the 1980s. When vampires were monsters and vampire films had sexual subtext without a glaze of wan-faced mopiness.

Released in 1985, a now-unthinkable time when vampires were passé and slasher movie villains sat astride the horror throne, little was expected of Tom Holland’s Fright Night...

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Kong: Skull Island – The Electric Shadows Podcast

The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches episode 20! In this landmark episode, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis talk Kong: Skull Island – but do they go ape for it? Rob & Rob also go off track into some trademark tangent undergrowth, and find time to tackle Paul Verhoeven’s controversial Elle, plus Trespass Against Us and The Love Witch. A bumper episode to mark us hitting 20!

Big thanks to everyone who has listened our movie ramblings thus far!

 

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Blu-Ray Review: Lone Wolf and Cub Box Set

Director: Kenji Misumi (films 1-3 & 5), Buichi Saito (film 4), Yoshiyuki Kuroda (film 6)

Writer: Kazuo Koike (screenplay), Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima (manga)

Cast: Tomisaburô Wakayama, Tokio Oki, Minoru Ôki, Tatsuo Endo, Go Kato, Isao Kimura, Yuko Hamada, Michi Azuma, Tomomi Sato, Akihiro Tomikawa

Cert: 18

Running time: 506 minutes (6 films)

Year: 1972-1974

  • Sword of Vengeance (1972)
  • Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
  • Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
  • Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
  • Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
  • White Heaven in Hell (1974)

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What’s the story: A ronin, a masterless samurai, pushes his three-year-old son around Japan in a wooden baby cart, seeking vengeance on those who killed his wife and clan.

What’s the verdict: We’re talking six films here (and spi...

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Blu-Ray Review: Multiple Maniacs

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#6 – Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Director: John Waters

Writer: John Waters

Cast: Divine, Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Cookie Mueller

Cert: 18

Running time: 96 minutes

Year: 1970


Contemporary review:
“Even the garbage is too good a place for it.”
Mary Avara, Maryland Board of Censors

“(Print) Destroyed” – Canadian Censor report

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What’s the story: A couple who front a bizarre traveling circus become murderous when their relationship collapses.

What’s the verdict: “A CELLULOID ATROCITY!” pants the original, hand drawn promotional material for John Waters’ sophomore feature. And it ain’t lying.

47 years may have tempered Multiple Maniacs’ shock value, but trace echoes remain of just how bizarre and vile it must have...

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Get Out

Director: Jordan Peele

Writer: Jordan Peele

Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford, Betty Gabriel, Marcus Henderson, Lil Rey Howery, Caleb Landry Jones

Cert: 15

Running time: 104mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: Professional photographer Chris is a young African-American antsy about meeting his white girlfriend’s family for the weekend. She dismisses his concerns, but is the weird atmosphere at their country home just a product of his nervous imagination?

What’s the verdict: Jordan Peele, one half of so-good-it-hurts comedy duo Key & Peele, makes a killer directorial debut with Get Out. A comedy horror that is so good… and hurts.

Peele sets the tone from the off...

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A Silent Voice

Director: Naoko Yamada

Writer: Reiko Yoshida (screenplay), Yoshitoki Oima (manga)

Cast: Mayu Matsuoka, Saori Hayami

Cert: 12

Running time: 129mins

Year: 2016 



What’s the story: Deaf schoolgirl Shōko moves to a new elementary school, but the bullying she receives, particularly from class delinquent Shōya, causes her to transfer. Years later in high school, Shōya vows to make amends with Shōko.

What’s the verdict: A smash hit in Japan, A Silent Voice may have a harder time winning over us cynical Brits. But stick with it and you’ll be charmed long before the luxurious 129-minute running time has elapsed.

For those who balk at excessive displays of sentiment, the opening twenty minutes will be toughest to traverse...

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Catfight (2016)

Director: Onur Tukel

Writer: Onur Tukel

Cast: Anne Heche, Sandra Oh, Alicia Silverstone, Ariel Kavoussi, Damian Young, Giullian Yao Gioiello

Cert: 15

Running time: 95mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: Veronica (Oh) and Ashley (Heche), two roommates in college, meet many years later and pent-up resentment in unleashed in a series of brutal brawls.

What’s the verdict: If Happiness director Todd Solondz teamed up with Freedom author Jonathan Franzen, Catfight is a decent indication of what they would produce.

A brutal, absurdist, black comedy, it is a biting attack on foreign wars and domestic indifference, a wry commentary on pettiness and jealousy, and Fight Club for women.

Set kind of now-ish, there is a War burning up the Middle East...

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Logan

Director: James Mangold

Writers: James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Green, Stephen Merchant, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook

Cert: 15

Running time: 137mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: In a crumbling America of the future with most mutants gone, Logan (Jackman) ekes out a living as a limo driver. He also cares for an ailing Charles Xavier (Stewart) who he has stashed south of the border. Into Logan’s world comes mysterious 11-year-old girl Laura (Keen), fleeing various shadowy agencies and who Charles insists Logan must protect.

What’s the verdict: For Hugh Jackman’s final outing as adamantium-skeletoned, razor wielding grumpy boots Wolverine, the strapping Aussie has used all the luminosity of his star wattage to do it his f*ck...

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Logan – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In episode 19 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis get all X-cited about Logan, Hugh Jackman’s swansong to the X-Men franchise. And spoiler alert, this Wolverine can really cut it in a film that boasts amazing action, genuine emotion and a chilling vision of where Donald Trump’s America is heading. Rob & Rob also pour a tidal wave of indifference on the new Pirates of the Caribbean trailer (shitter me timbres) and Rob D explains why the live action Ghost in the Shell could be anime-zing.

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A Cure for Wellness & John Wick Chapter 2 – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In episode 18 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis pay tribute to the Hollywood legend, the sorely missed Bill Paxton. They also turn a critical eye toward Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness, lock n’ load with John Wick: Chapter 2 and get stuck into tasty McDonald’s flavoured biopic The Founder, boasting a fantastic lead performance from Michael Keaton.

Also check out Rob Wallis’ site Of All The Film Sites for more of his musings on movies.

 

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