Monthly Archives July 2017

Nolanverse: 10 Ways to Spot You’re Watching a Christopher Nolan Film

Dunkirk marks Christopher Nolan’s 10th theatrical outing since debuting 19 years ago with the impressive low-budget thriller Following.

Across an extraordinary filmography, Nolan has gone into deep space, deep inside the mind, redefined the superhero movie and may have just done the same for the war film.

His film’s tackle different genres, but crossovers remain in the Nolanverse. Fittingly for the 10-film director, here are 10 ways to spot you’re watching a Christopher Nolan Film… (warning: contains multiple spoilers)


  1. Time Goes Screwy

Christopher Nolan is the only blockbuster filmmaker with a touch of the theoretical physicist about him. Notably, an elastic approach to time, which rarely runs linear in his movies.

The director set out his stall with Following and its old-schoo...

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Dunkirk – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 27 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis explore Christopher Nolan’s extraordinary Dunkirk. What makes it the best film of the year (for one of the Robs at least), why the movie’s different timelines work so well, why R&R recommend seeing it in IMAX, and a whole lot more.

Before our intrepid podcasters reach the dangerous beaches of Dunkirk, they provide a quick round-up of the barmy Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the impressive War for the Planet of the Apes and the enjoyable but disposable Baby Driver.

But, it’s mainly about that Nolan movie. Proof positive you can make an intelligent epic that delivers a visual experience not seen on the blockbuster stage before. While not forgetting to include substance. And all in 106 minutes...

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Hounds of Love

Director: Ben Young

Writer: Ben Young

Cast: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry

Cert: 18

Running time: 108mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: Perth, 1987. Teenage school girl Vickie (Cummings) is abducted by serial killer couple John and Evelyn (Curry and Booth). Held hostage by them, she attempts to influence the tremulous, though dangerous Evelyn.

What’s the verdict: Hounds of Love is the type of film that generates buzz on the horror film festival circuit, but has a short lifespan in the real world.

Borrowing heavily from the superior Snowtown, debut writer/director Young shoots with the same muted aesthetic, locating the film’s horrors in a forgotten working class neighbourhood, with serial killers who force their victims to pen diversionary notes to family members.

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47 Meters Down

Director: Johannes Roberts

Writers: Johannes Roberts, Ernest Riera

Cast: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine

Cert: 15

Running time: 89mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: Holidaying in Mexico, sisters Lisa and Kate (Moore and Holt) take a cage trip to view Great White sharks. But, the cage breaks, plummeting them to the ocean bed with one hour’s oxygen left and sharks gathering outside.

What’s the verdict: With Jaws, the modern “people vs. shark” movie broke the central tenet of showbiz and opened with a showstopper. But, this niche adventure-horror sub-genre can still chum something flavourful into the (m)ocean picture.

The best example of recent times is 2005’s Open Water...

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Dunkirk (2017)

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writer: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles, Cillian Murphy, Jack Lowden, James D’Arcy, Tom Glynn-Carey, Barry Keoghan

Cert: 12

Running time: 106mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: France, 1940. After Germany defeats Allied forces in the Battle of Dunkirk, 400,000 British soldiers are stranded on the beach, 26 miles from home. Operation Dynamo, the mobilisation of naval ships plus hundreds of civilian boats, is activated to rescue those across the Channel.

What’s the verdict: Expectations rode high when news broke that Christopher Nolan’s next film would tackle the evacuation of Dunkirk.

Nolan’s response has been to deliver perhaps his finest film to date...

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Calling All Scriptwriters! FrightFest 2017 craves New Blood

Are you a writer concocting fiendishly fantastic ideas in the witching hours? Have you hidden away your script in the deepest darkest catacombs but are now ready to unleash it onto the unsuspecting world?

Then Horror Channel FrightFest’s New Blood initiative should have you salivating.

This year the festival has teamed up with international production company MPI Media and their sister company Dark Sky Films to search for new genre writers, nurturing their projects from script to screen.

The brief is simple: New Blood wants exciting fresh ideas to develop into feature films budgeted below $1m for an international market.

Successful shortlisted applicants will have the opportunity to explore their ideas and scripts in a group setting under the mentorship of top industry professionals and...

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War for the Planet of the Apes

Director: Matt Reeves

Writers: Matt Reeves, Mark Bomback

Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Karin Konoval, Steve Zahn, Amiah Miller

Cert: 12

Running time: 140mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: When a nocturnal raid on the apes’ forest village leaves leader Caesar (Serkis) grieving and consumed with rage, the intelligent monkey seeks revenge on the man responsible, the warmongering Colonel (Harrelson).

What’s the verdict: When Fox announced their Planet of the Apes reboot way back in 2010, reaction was indifferent to openly hostile. Hadn’t Tim Burton’s 2001 banana slip remake put paid to the franchise?

So, there was cause for jubilation when Rupert Wyatt’s 2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes quietly became one of that year’s best movies. 2014’s Dawn of the Planet of th...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 26 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a chat of two halves. First up, Robs Daniel & Wallis discuss Spider-Man: Homecoming, everyone’s favourite webslinger’s first full feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Overall, we’re impressed, though there are a couple of sticky moments with the film, and we’re not just talking about Spidey’s web…

Next up, our intrepid ramblers in movies discuss the best films of 2017… so far. La La Land doesn’t get a look in. Well, it’s not like it won the Best Picture Oscar (in the end). Actually Best Picture winner Moonlight is in there, as is Bong Joon-ho’s Okja and Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine swansong Logan.

To find out the rest, you’ll just have to listen. By, clicking on the link below or subscribing to The Electric Shadows Podcast on iTunes!

To chec...

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Genocidal Organ

Director: Shûkô Murase

Writer: Shûkô Murase (screenplay), Project Itoh (novel)

Cast: Yûichi Nakamura, Takahiro Sakurai, Sanae Kobayashi

Cert: 15

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2017




What’s the story: In 2022, five years after terrorists detonated a nuclear device in Sarajevo, civil war has become widespread. Clavis Shepherd (Nakamura), member of US Special Forces, discovers a reason for this violence may lie with the elusive American John Paul (Sakurai) and the hunt is on.

What’s the verdict: Brutal and bleak, Shûkô Murase’s Genocidal Organ is a chillingly believable view of future warfare.

Ambitious sci-fi, its source novel comes from the late Satoshi Itoh, who wrote this, Harmony and The Empire of Corpses under the pseudonym Project Itoh before dying aged 34...

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Spider-Man: Homecoming

Director: Jon Watts

Writer: Jonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers (screenplay), Stan Lee, Steve Ditko (comic book)

Cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Jon Favreau

Cert: 12

Running time: 133mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: After the events of Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker (Holland) is frustrated to be stuck back in Queens. But, adventure and danger crash into his life when Adrian Toomes aka Vulture (Keaton) brings destruction to New York City.

What’s the verdict: Despite the titles of his 2012 and 2014 outings, Spider-Man hasn’t been amazing for some time. 2004 in fact...

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