Writer: Warren Beatty (screenplay), Warren Beatty, Bo Goldman (story)
Cast: Warren Beatty, Lily Collins, Alden Ehrenreich, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin, Oliver Platt, Steve Coogan, Taissa Farmiga
Running time: 127mins
What’s the story: Young Marla (Collins) is brought to 1950s Hollywood as one of billionaire Howard Hughes’ many movie star ingenues. She and sensitive chauffeur Frank (Ehrenreich) are soon pulled into the dangerous, exciting orbit of Hughes (Beatty).
What’s the verdict: Warren Beatty’s return to the big screen fifteen years after the catastrophic failure of Town & Country, may be the now octogenarian’s final silver screen outing.
Befitting its subject, OCD-crippled billionaire Howard Hu...Read More
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
Writer: Kenji Mizoguchi, Yoshikata Yoda (screenplay), Saikaku Ihara (novel)
Cast: Kinuyo Tanaka, Toshiro Mifune
Running time: 137 mins
1952 Venice Film Festival
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What’s the story: In 17th century Japan, noblewoman Oharu is exiled from Kyoto for the crime of loving someone belonging to a lower caste, beginning a lifelong struggle against misfortune.
What’s the verdict: Winner of the International Award at 1952’s Venice Film Festival, The Life of Oharu proved Japanese cinema did not start and stop with Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon, grand prize winner at Venice a year before.
Where Rashomon was kinetic and visceral, The Life of Oharu was c...Read More
(Spoiler warning: key plot points from Ghost in the Shell 2017 revealed in this feature)
Mired in whitewashing accusations since 2015 when Scarlett Johansson was announced in the lead. Subject of sustained online fan fury. Mediocre US box office Paramount Studios acknowledged was partly due to this controversy.
Is now a good time to admit I’m a fan of this incarnation of Ghost in the Shell? A reason for this being because of how it addresses its own casting and the surrounding debate? Please give me time to outline the case for the defence.
From Masamune Shirow’s 1989 manga, to Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 anime, its 2004 sequel Innocence, the Solid State Society and Arise spin-offs, Ghost in the Shell is constantly evolving and reworking its themes.
Themes of identity flu...Read More
Episode 21 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis tackling the controversial live action remake of Ghost in the Shell. The two review the film’s merits and flaws, before discussing the whitewashing scandal surrounding the film and the way it is addressed within the plot. Could this be the first podcast in which our intrepid podcasters significantly disagree? You’ll have to listen on… although you can skip to 1:01:30 to hear our (differing) opinions on the controversy this film has attracted.
To check out Rob Wallis’ movie writings, head over to www.ofallthefilmsites.comRead More
Writers: William Wheeler, Jamie Moss, Ehren Kruger (screenplay), Masamune Shirow (manga), Kazunori Ito (1995 movie)
Cast: Scarlett Johansson, Pilou Asbæk, Takeshi Kitano, Juliette Binoche, Chin Han, Peter Ferdinando, Danusia Samal, Michael Pitt, Rila Fukashima
Running time: 107 mins
What’s the story: In New Port City, a Far Eastern metropolis of the future, Major (Johansson), a human brain planted into a cyborg shell after a terrorist attack, is a front-line soldier in the city’s counter terrorism unit. A cyberhacker killing high ranking personnel at technology company Hanka is her greatest threat to date.
What’s the verdict: Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 anime Ghost in the Shell, based on Masamune Shirow’s manga, hit Hollywood influencers with...Read More
Writer: Tom Holland
Cast: William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall, Amanda Bearse, Stephen Geoffreys, Jonathan Stark
Running time: 106 mins
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...Read More
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!
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
Running time: 506 minutes (6 films)
- 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)
What’s the verdict: We’re talking six films here (and spi...Read More
#6 – Multiple Maniacs (1970)
Director: John Waters
Writer: John Waters
Cast: Divine, Mink Stole, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Cookie Mueller
Running time: 96 minutes
“Even the garbage is too good a place for it.” –
Mary Avara, Maryland Board of Censors
“(Print) Destroyed” – Canadian Censor report
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...Read More