Monthly Archives June 2017

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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Baby Driver

Director: Edgar Wright

Writer: Edgar Wright

Cast: Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Lily James, Elza González, CJ Jones, Jon Bernthal

Cert: 15

Running time: 113mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: In debt to a crime boss Doc (Spacey), white-hot wheelman Baby (Elgort) provides getaway services at high-stakes bank heists. In beautiful waitress Deborah (James) he sees a reason to get out for good…

What’s the verdict: Nothing like a run-in with Marvel to put a tiger in your tank. Two years after bailing on Ant-Man, Edgar Wright’s drives his new vehicle at high speed onto cinema screens.

All we can say is, the MCU’s loss is chase cinema’s gain. Baby Driver is a fifth gear joy ride of millennial cool and old-school car stunt acrobatics...

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Criterion Collection: The Fisher King

Director: Terry Gilliam

Writer: Richard LaGravenese

Cast: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer

Cert: 15

Running time: 137mins

Year: 1991


Film: medium_5
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What’s the story: Radio shock jock Jack Lucas (Bridges) falls into suicidal depression after his on-air remarks spark a tragic incident. He seeks redemption in helping Parry (Williams), a manic homeless man caught up in the event Jack inadvertently caused.

What’s the verdict: A welcome Criterion Collection release of Terry Gilliam’s romantic fairytale that doesn’t forget to add a generous pinch of the Grimm stuff.

Wounded by the difficult production of 1988’s The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, the vagaries of Hollywood saw Gilliam returning three years later to Columbia, the studio that unceremoniously d...

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Wonder Woman (2017)

Director: Patty Jenkins

Writer: Allan Heinberg (screenplay), Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs (story)

Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, David Thewlis, Lucy Davis

Cert: 12

Running time: 141 mins

Year: 2017



What’s the story: After the peace of the Amazon island paradise of Themyscira is shattered by the arrival of World War I, princess Diana (Gadot) leaves to bring an end to conflict. Joining her is American spy Steve Trevor (Pine), who has information about a terrible new weapon that will test Diana’s heroism and optimism.

What’s the verdict: The first cinematic outing for comic’s longest running female character is also the first superhero movie to be directed by a woman...

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Criterion Collection: Les Diaboliques (1955)

Director: Henri-Georges Clouzot

Writer: Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jérôme Géronimi (screenplay), René Masson, Frédéric Grendel (collaboration), Pierre Boileau, Thomas Narcejac (novel)

Cast: Vera Clouzot, Simone Signoret, Paul Meurisse

Cert: 12

Running time: 117 mins

Year: 1955


Film: medium_5
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What’s the story: Christina (Clouzot), the frail owner of a large French school, lives in fear of her husband, school director M. Delassalle (Meurisse). Together with Delassalle’s mistress Nicole (Signoret), Christina plots her husband’s murder. But, killing him could be the beginning of more trouble…

What’s the verdict: One of cinema’s great shockers, after more than sixty years Les Diaboliques (aka The Fiends or The Devils depending on which print you’re watching) is yet to creak.

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