Monthly Archives June 2016

The Neon Demon

The-Neon-Demon-posterDirector: Nicolas Wingding Refn

Writers: Nicolas Wingding Refn, Mary Laws, Polly Stenham

Cast: Elle Fanning, Jena Malone, Bella Heathcote, Abbey Lee, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks

Cert: 18

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2016



What’s the story: Jesse (Fanning), a young small town girl hits the bright lights of LA seeking her fortune as a runway model. Supported by make-up artist Ruby (Malone), Jesse becomes the target of jealous fellow models Gigi and Sarah (Heathcote and Lee) and menaced by an intimidating motel manager (Reeves).

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What’s the verdict: Intoxicating, dazzling, erotic and mysterious. OR: head-scratching, ponderous guff. Yep, director Nicolas Winding Refn’s second film to be booed at Cannes is as marmitey as could be expected.

After skewering machismo in both the Oscar...

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Mid-Year Movie Rundown – The Electric Shadows Podcast

We’re almost at the end of June, so what better time to take stock of 2016 in film. And forgive us for saying so, but we believe this is a bumper year for movies. The Witch, Creed, The Hateful Eight, Room, Spotlight, The Big Short, Captain America: Civil War, Green Room, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Bone Tomahawk, When Marnie Was There. A good Top 10 of the year could be made from the first 6 months.

So, join Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis as the go boldly through The Good, The Bad and The Middling of 2016 so far.  And note this was recorded before the tragic death of Anton Yelchin, which is why our Green Room discussion refers to him in the present tense. RIP Anton.

 

 

More of Rob Wallis’ musing on movies can be found at his site Of All The Film Blogs...

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DVD Review: Tale of Tales

Tale-of-Tales---DVD-coverDirector: Matteo Garrone

Writer: Edoardo Albinati, Ugo Chiti, Matteo Garrone, Massimo Gaudioso (screenplay), Giambattista Basile

Cast: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Bebe Cave, Shirley Henderson, Hayley Carmichael, Christian Lee, Jonah Lees, John C. Reilly

Cert: 15

Running time: 133mins

Year: 2015




What’s the story: In three neighbouring mystical kingdoms, a queen wrestles with her willful, supernaturally born son, a king’s attempt to find a suitor for his daughter goes monstrously awry and two aged sisters attract the attention of another lusty sire.

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What’s the verdict: Director Matteo Garrone is still best known internationally for his masterly gangster epic Gomorrah...

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Elvis & Nixon

Elvis-&-Nixon---posterDirector: Liza Johnson

Writers: Joey Sagal & Hanala Sagal and Cary Elwes

Cast: Michael Shannon, Kevin Spacey, Alex Pettyfer, Colin Hanks, Evan Peters, Johnny Knoxville

Cert: 15

Running time: 86mins

Year: 2016

 



What’s the story: In December 1970, Elvis Presley, determined to battle the drug crisis he sees threatening American youth, meets with President Richard Nixon to discuss becoming a self-styled “Federal Agent at Large”.

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What’s the verdict: Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon have been portrayed on film often enough to have mini-film festivals dedicated to the two of them. And Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey’s fun and finessed performances make this a great bridging film.

Fun and finessed are also apt words for Liza Johnson’s movie, along with nuanced, smart, surprising an...

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X-Men: Apocalypse & The Nice Guys – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis go proper feature length for a discussion of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse and Shane Black’s The Nice Guys. In an in-depth, some might even say indulgent, talk track our intrepid podcasters get to grips with Singer’s latest X-movie, including why that Auschwitz scene was a really bad idea, and looks at the supercool silliness of Black’s latest neo-noir knockabout.

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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