Monthly Archives March 2016

Batman v Superman – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 3 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Rob Wallis and myself look at the long-awaited Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Or rather we have a mini-group therapy session to deal with the visual, aural and plot incoherence of visionary director Zack Snyder’s latest masterwork… And make suggestions on how it could be improved. And make a number of scatology based comments on its artistic shortcomings…

More of Rob Wallis’ musing on movies can be found at his site Of All The Film Blogs. Check it out (after listening to the podcast)…

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman-V-Superman-posterDirector: Zack Snyder

Writer: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer

Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Diane Lane

Cert: 12

Running time: 150mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: Two years after the events of Man of Steel, Bruce Wayne has declared war on Superman. After deaths in a rescue mission in Africa are blamed on him, the rest of the world is also split between seeing Superman as a saviour or threat. Elsewhere Lex Luthor has gained access to General Zod’s spaceship and his body. For what reasons? And who is that mysterious woman hampering Bruce’s investigation into Luthor?

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What’s the verdict: We now live in a world where Batman & Robin is the second worst Batman film...

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Martyrs (2015)

Martyrs-posterDirector: Kevin Goetz, Michael Goetz

Writer: Mark L. Smith

Cast: Troian Bellisario, Bailey Noble, Kate Burton

Cert: 18

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2015


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What’s the story: Young girl Lucie escapes a group of torturers and in an orphanage befriends orphan Anna. Ten years later Lucie goes looking for the adults who abused her, taking Anna into a nightmarish world of violence and madness.

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What’s the verdict: Producing a “meh” remake of a film that saw members of the horror hungry FrightFest crowd losing their lunch, plus multiple walkouts at the official press screening really is some kind of achievement.

But, directors Kevin and Michael Goetz (whose sole previous outing was the little seen Wrecked) achieve maximum shruggage with their reimagining of Pascal Laugier’s 2008 original, one...

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Fifty Shades of Black

Fifty-Shades-of-Black-posterDirector: Michael Tiddes

Writer: Marlon Wayans, Rick Alvarez

Cast: Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk, Jane Seymour, Fred Willard

Cert: 15

Running time: 92mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: Erotic blockbuster Fifty Shades of Grey gets an African-Americanised spanking in this potty-mouthed spoof starring Marlon Wayans as kinky millionaire Christian Black. Kali Hawk plays Hannah Steale, a timid student who falls under his spell (and desk), only to discover that his sexual habits are as dodgy as his business practices. Prepare for all the whips, quips and prosthetic di…, erm, genitalia you can take in an unfettered parody that shows no mercy. Not even to Jane Seymour as Christian’s racist adoptive mum. You have been warned.

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What’s the verdict: Sometimes you just know when a comedy is going to ...

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10 Cloverfield Lane

10-Cloverfield-Lane---posterDirector: Dan Trachtenberg

Writer: Josh Campbell, Matthew Stuecken, Damien Chazelle

Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr

Cert: 12

Running time: 103mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: Involved in a serious car accident, twenty-something Michelle awakens to find herself in a subterranean bunker with the large, imposing Howard. Sharing their space is fellow twenty-something Emmett. Howard and Emmett tell Michelle she can’t leave the bunker due to a chemical attack against the United States that has poisoned the air…

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What’s the verdict: Back in 2008 Cloverfield emerged from nowhere to impress and shock the pants off audiences, so it’s fitting this “blood relative” (to use producer J.J. Abrams’ term) does the same.

Released with little fanfare save...

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Deadpool and Other 2016 Superheroes – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 2 of the Electric Shadows Podcast targets Deadpool and looks forward to the now annual superhero summer jamboree.

In our own inimitable fashion, m’learned colleague Rob Wallis and myself don figurative capes and survey the current landscape of comic book heroes on the big and small screen. In an epic discussion, our journey through all things superheroic takes in R ratings, social realist movies of the 1960s, David Niven and Mary Poppins.  I also get the name of The Dark Knight Returns sequel wrong, (it’s Strikes Again, not Strikes Back), plus there is a brief segue into discussing the bizarre phenomenon that is Jai Courtney.

It makes a kind of sense.

So, hang up your cape (or put it on if that’s what makes you comfortable) and hear what we have to say.

More of Rob Walli...

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