Monthly Archives August 2017

Atomic Blonde vs Shin Godzilla – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In episode 29 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis explain why Atomic Blonde ultimately fails to detonate and why you should check out the monstrously fun Shin Godzilla.

Time is also made for Rob Wallis to outline again to Rob Daniel why he really doesn’t need to bother seeing Valerian and they both discuss why a gay love scene in the next James Bond would be a good thing.

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Napping Princess

Director: Kenji Kamiyama

Writer: Kenji Kamiyama

Cast: Mitsuki Takahata, Yosuke Eguchi

Cert: PG

Running time: 110 mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: A high school girl bound for university relies on her dreams to make sense of the real world when her father is arrested.

What’s the verdict: Ambitiously running two parallel plotlines, one in the real world, one in dreamland, Kenji Kamiyama’s Napping Princess could be considered tween-Inception.

In 2020, days before the Tokyo Olympics, Kokone (Takahata), a plucky high-schooler, dreams herself as Ancien. Ancien is the princess of a largely mechanised fantasy realm, threatened by a Godzilla type monster emerging from the nearby sea.

When Kokone’s father (Eguchi) is arrested by a huge corporation ruled by Kokone’s maternal grandfather, s...

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Shin Godzilla

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi

Writer: Hideaki Anno

Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Jun Kunimura

Cert: 12

Running time: 120 mins

Year: 2016



What’s the story: When a giant lizard emerges from Tokyo Bay and wreaks havoc in the city, the Japanese government debates how to handle the crisis.

What’s the verdict: A running gag throughout the blackly comic Shin Godzilla is, whenever the King of Monsters embarks on another round of Tokyo stomping mayhem, there is a governmental reshuffle.

This administrative pinball is conveyed through rapid fire subtitles announcing which position key characters now hold. Don’t try reading them on a first watch. You’ll get nowhere and it’s not needed to follow the plot.

Best known before viewing is that Shin God...

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A Ghost Story

Director: David Lowery

Writer: David Lowery

Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham

Cert: 12

Running time: 92mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: “C” (Affleck) and “M” (Mara) are a typical young couple, bickering, making up, and preparing to move out of their suburban bungalow. Suddenly, “C” is killed. But, he returns to their residence as a ghost, unable to forget M.

What’s the verdict: Easy to see why A Ghost Story has garnered 5-star-transcendental-experience reviews. As easy to see why it’s leaving others crying “Emperor’s new bedsheet!”

Much like Affleck for most of this movie, A Ghost Story is a white canvas upon which to project your own emotions...

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Jodie Whittaker is Doctor Who – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor Who

Episode 28 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a special edition as Robs Daniel & Wallis dive into the small screen for a Doctor Who discussion. Chiefly about the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor Who, the first time a woman will have played the beloved character.

The two Robs give their take on why something this radical had to happen, why it is bizarre this is seen as radical at all, and the depressingly inevitable internet backlash against the decision.

In a typically all-encompassing chat, they expand the debate to childhood recollections of Doctor Who and Star Wars casting decisions. Doctor Who expert Rob Wallis provides the knowledge, Rob Daniel is the companion (probably Adric or K-9).

And, we know, we’re late to the party on this one...

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Must-See Movies at FrightFest 2017

Horror Channel FrightFest 2017 sees the UK’s premiere fright n’ fantasy film festival turn 18 years old. For any British horror fan, “18” is the rating that promises real terror; red, raw and spicy.

FF2017 looks to be just as juicy.

From Thursday 24th – Monday 28th August, FrightFest will showcase 64 movies across five screens at London’s Cineworld Leicester Square (formerly The Empire Leicester Square, the festival’s past stomping ground) and Prince Charles Cinema.

In a veritable cinematic santa sangre, there will be: 20 world premieres; 22 European premieres; 18 UK premieres. And the return of old favourites. To get even more excited, check out this sensational sizzle reel.

Kicking off the festival is Don Mancini’s Cult of Chucky, follow-up to the gleefully nasty Curse o...

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