Dunkirk (2017)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Tom Glynn-Carey, Barry Keoghan

Cert: 12

Running time: 106mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: France, 1940. After Germany defeats Allied forces in the Battle of Dunkirk, 400,000 British soldiers are stranded on the beach, 26 miles from home. Operation Dynamo, the mobilisation of naval ships plus hundreds of civilian boats, is activated to rescue those across the Channel.

What’s the verdict: Expectations rode high when news broke that Christopher Nolan’s next film would tackle the evacuation of Dunkirk.

Nolan’s response has been to deliver perhaps his finest film to date...

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Calling All Scriptwriters! FrightFest 2017 craves New Blood

Are you a writer concocting fiendishly fantastic ideas in the witching hours? Have you hidden away your script in the deepest darkest catacombs but are now ready to unleash it onto the unsuspecting world?

Then Horror Channel FrightFest’s New Blood initiative should have you salivating.

This year the festival has teamed up with international production company MPI Media and their sister company Dark Sky Films to search for new genre writers, nurturing their projects from script to screen.

The brief is simple: New Blood wants exciting fresh ideas to develop into feature films budgeted below $1m for an international market.

Successful shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to explore their ideas and scripts in a group setting under the mentorship of top industry professionals and...

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War for the Planet of the Apes

Director: Matt Reeves

Writers: Matt Reeves, Mark Bomback

Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Karin Konoval, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller

Cert: 12

Running time: 140mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: When a nocturnal raid on the apes’ forest village leaves leader Caesar (Serkis) grieving and consumed with rage, the intelligent monkey seeks revenge on the man responsible, the warmongering Colonel (Harrelson).

What’s the verdict: When Fox announced their Planet of the Apes reboot way back in 2010, reaction was indifferent to openly hostile. Hadn’t Tim Burton’s 2001 banana slip remake put paid to the franchise?

So, there was cause for jubilation when Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes quietly became one of that year’s best movies. 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of th...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 26 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a chat of two halves. First up, Robs Daniel & Wallis discuss Spider-Man: Homecoming, everyone’s favourite webslinger’s first full feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Overall, we’re impressed, though there are a couple of sticky moments with the film, and we’re not just talking about Spidey’s web…

Next up, our intrepid ramblers in movies discuss the best films of 2017… so far. La La Land doesn’t get a look in. Well, it’s not like it won the Best Picture Oscar (in the end). Actually Best Picture winner Moonlight is in there, as is Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine swansong Logan.

To find out the rest, you’ll just have to listen. By, clicking on the link below or subscribing to The Electric Shadows Podcast on iTunes!

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Genocidal Organ

Director: Shûkô Murase

Writer: Shûkô Murase (screenplay), Project Itoh (novel)

Cast: Yûichi Nakamura, Takahiro Sakurai, Sanae Kobayashi

Cert: 15

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2017




What’s the story: In 2022, five years after terrorists detonated a nuclear device in Sarajevo, civil war has become widespread. Clavis Shepherd (Nakamura), member of US Special Forces, discovers a reason for this violence may lie with the elusive American John Paul (Sakurai) and the hunt is on.

What’s the verdict: Brutal and bleak, Shûkô Murase’s Genocidal Organ is a chillingly believable view of future warfare.

Ambitious sci-fi, its source novel comes from the late Satoshi Itoh, who wrote this, Harmony and The Empire of Corpses under the pseudonym Project Itoh before dying aged 34...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts

Writer: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers (screenplay), Stan Lee, Steve Ditko (comic book)

Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Jon Favreau

Cert: 12

Running time: 133mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Holland) is frustrated to be stuck back in Queens. But, adventure and danger crash into his life when Adrian Toomes aka Vulture (Keaton) brings destruction to New York City.

What’s the verdict: Despite the titles of his 2012 and 2014 outings, Spider-Man hasn’t been amazing for some time. 2004 in fact...

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Security

Director: Alain Desrochers

Writer: Tony Mosher, John Sullivan

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Ben Kingsley, Liam McIntyre, Katherine de la Roche, Gabriella Wright, Chad Lindberg, Jiro Wang

Cert: 15

Running time: 87mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: Iraq vet Captain Eduardo “Eddie” Deacon (Banderas) takes a job as a mall security guard in a rough neighbourhood to care for his family. On his first night, Eddie must protect a young witness in a Mafia trail from a lethal gang of mercenaries led by the ruthless Charlie (Kingsley).

What’s the verdict: Die Hard in a mall. Or Dawn of the Dead meets Assault on Precinct 13. Security may not be original, but it moves with pep, verve and humour, and sometimes that’s enough.

One of those times is now...

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Oliver Stone’s JFK – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Six months in the making (partially due to the epic length, partially due to Rob D’s inability to get his act together and edit it), episode 25 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a special looking at Oliver Stone’s 1991 classic, JFK.

Over an epic running time almost matching the duration of the film itself, Rob Daniel, Rob Wallis and special guest Ian Bird dissect the merits and legacy of Stone’s controversial movie. Including a discussion of JFK as a forerunner to Fake News stories.

They also look at the assassination itself, plus it’s impact on popular culture, including the flawed, truth-seeking hero, that eventually led to Warner Bros. bankrolling the movie.

Our intrepid investigators also come up with a new conspiracy theory involving a beloved 1980s filmmaker and a Batman villian...

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It Comes At Night

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Writer: Trey Edward Shults

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, Griffin Robert Faulkner

Cert: 15

Running time: 91mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: A family, living in a house in the woods after a pandemic kills a large percentage of the population, must decide whether to trust another family seeking refuge with them.

What’s the verdict: Anyone looking to get their horror film produced should watch director Trey Edward Shults’ sophomore chiller chamber piece.

With a modest budget, he has taken the archetypal horror locale – the cabin in the woods – as the setting for a contamination survival horror in the vein of Right At Your Door, Carriers, The Road and Cabin Fever.

Largely confined to one l...

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Wonder Woman Vs The Mummy – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In ep 24 Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis take a flying visit to the Caribbean for brief opinions on Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (or Dead Men Tell No Tales dependent on which part of the world you’re being forced to watch the film). Don’t worry, they don’t miss the opportunity to give Johnny Depp a figurative shoe-ing.

Then our intrepid podcasters say, “Don’t show me The Mummy!” Purging their rage and confusion over Tom Cruise’s bizarre vanity vehicle, they keep it tight where the film itself unravelled. They desperately search for something positive to say about the movie, finally plumping for the fact it doesn’t endorse the policies of Donald Trump. Although it comes close…

In need of cinematic succour, they bask in the awesome glow of Wonder Woman...

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