Monthly Archives December 2015

The Best Films of 2015

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Welcome to the third annual Electric Shadows films of the year list.

2015 opened strong with It Follows landing in February and announcing itself as one of the most original horror movies of recent years. The year closed with the wonderful gift of a new, good Star Wars movie.

In between were five star movies, a welcome return of the Jurassic Park franchise, and not so welcome return of the Terminator series, and a surprisingly large number of great documentaries, animated movies and foreign fare.

2015 could be seen as the year of the indie film, despite the megabucks made by Jurassic World and The Force Awakens. Looking at the list below, even money makers Mad Max: Fury Road and Inside Out deliver experiences way outside the traditional popcorn wheelhouse.

So, sit back, relax and see what...

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2015 – Rewind and Re-View

That was the year that was 2015 then. As 2016 looms, let’s look back at what happened movie-wise.

As is tradition, we’ll begin with…

WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – The Visit
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The Visit is the worst film of 2015 because it was close to being one of the best. Writer/director M. Night Shyamalan seemed to be making a compassionate chiller where the horror came from young eyes witnessing the ravages of old age. Until he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory with a third act twist, polluting all the good work done in the first hour. Time to call it an M. Night, mate.


AUTO-EROTICISM – Mad Max: Fury Road
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Avengers: Age of Ultron was sound and fury and little else. Jurassic World was dumb-fun. But, everyone’s gear stick was slammed into fifth by George Miller’s astonishing action movie...

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Star Wars – The Force Awakens

Star-Wars---The-Force-Awakens---poster Director: J.J. Abrams

Writers: J.J. Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Arndt, George Lucas (characters only)

Cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels

Cert: 12

Running time: 135mins

Year: 2015



What’s the story: Thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi, the new and dangerous First Order threatens to enslave the galaxy. The Resistance, headed by General Leia, lead the counter charge. Thrown into the fight are Stormtrooper deserter Finn and scavenger Rey.

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What’s the verdict: From the opening story crawl we know balance has returned to the Force...

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Trumbo (2015)

Trumbo-posterDirector: Jay Roach

Writer: John McNamara

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Louis C.K , Stephen Root, David James Elliott

Cert: 15

Running time: 124mins

Year: 2015



The lowdown: In post-World War 2 America, celebrated screenwriter and Communist Dalton Trumbo finds himself at the centre of the House Un-American Activities Committee’s witch hunts. Blacklisted, unable to work and facing jail, he decides to fight back.

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The full verdict: America’s Red Scare witch hunts of the 40s and 50s remain a tarnish on Tinseltown’s sheen. Given the opportunity to enact its favourite story and stand up for the little guy hounded by villainous bullies, Hollywood buckled to HUAC, blacklisting artists and naming names.

And with flames of fear and paranoia agai...

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How to Save the Star Wars Saga

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If you’re reading this beyond the 18th of December 2015, there is a possibility the following is laughable nonsense, rendered obsolete by yet another disappointing episode in the Star Wars saga.

The Force Awakens is the biggest Schrodinger’s Cat since the original moggy. It could be the return of a magic once thought forever lost. It could be a dead cat.

For the moment let’s assume the Force will flow strong through –STOP THE PRESS!!– This feature was originally published on 6th December. Since then we have seen J.J. Abram’s movie has heralded a new chapter in the Star Wars saga .

Abrams rebottled lightning, providing the opportunity to right the grievous wrong of the prequels.

Disney could remake Episodes I-III. Do them all over again. New story, new actors, new hope...

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