Monthly Archives February 2016

Triple 9

Triple-9-posterDirector: John Hillcoat

Writer: Matt Cook

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, Clifton Collins Jr., Norman Reedus, Michael K. Williams, Gal Gadot

Cert: 15

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: A gang including crooked cops are forced to execute high risk heists by a female Russian-Jewish mob boss. To pull off one of the heists requires a lethal misdirect involving an unsuspecting fellow officer.

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What’s the verdict: Triple 9’s cast list is a quadruple wow. Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie and Clifton Collins Jr make up the crew committing audacious robberies in the city of Atlanta.

Kate Winslet is the mob boss pulling their strings, with Wond...

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The Electric Shadows Podcast – The Winter of the Western

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Welcome to the first episode of The Electric Shadows Podcast. Technically, this was the second recorded, but the first to be posted. We’re going all Episode IV: A New Hope on this.

Currently the podcast is myself and Rob Wallis, editor of Of All The Film Blogs. In this episode we look at the Winter of the Western. Such are the coincidences of release schedules that 2016 has opened with three unusual, interesting westerns. The Revenant, The Hateful Eight and Bone Tomahawk, the latter out on Friday 19th February. All different from one another, all of meaty durations, and all using the classic genre in interesting ways.

The podcast is rough around the edges, with such niceties as music and effects to be incorporated into future installments (when I get the hang of the editing software).

But...

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Bone Tomahawk

Bone-Tomahawk---posterDirector: S. Craig Zahler

Writer: S. Craig Zahler

Cast: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, Lili Simmons, Evan Jonigkeit, David Arquette, Zahn McClarnon

Cert: 18

Running time: 132mins

Year: 2015

 




What’s the story: In the small western town of Bright Hope, a brutal mountain tribe abduct the man who desecrated their burial ground and the town’s female doctor. Four men, including the Sheriff and the doctor’s husband, hit the trail to rescue them.

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What’s the verdict: The Western sure is one versatile genre, and Kurt Russell a versatile actor within it.

Hot off the back of The Hateful Eight (in the UK at least), he’s back with another expansive, violent oater. But, where Tarantino’s movie revelled in pomp and theatricality, writer/director S...

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Miss Hokusai

Miss-Hokusai-posterDirector: Keiichi Hara

Writer: Miho Maruo, Hinako Suguira (comic)

Cast: Anne Watanabe, Yutaka Matsushige, Shion Shimizu, Kumiko Aso

Cert: 12

Running time: 93mins

Year: 2015



What’s the story: In 1814 Edo (now Tokyo) 50 year old artist Tetsuzo casually produces masterpieces, assisted by his daughter O-Ei. Using the vibrant city, its inhabitants, the seasons and superstitions they create works of art revered to this day.

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What’s the verdict: Don’t worry if you have never heard of Japanese artist Tetsuzo, or his most famous assumed name Katsushika Hokusai. You will be familiar with his wood block print The Great Wave Off Kanagawa. It’s that striking flat perspective view of a giant blue wave engulfing fishing boats that adorns everything from mugs to mouse pads to many a student bed...

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