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Battle of the Sexes

Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Writer: Simon Beaufoy

Cast: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Sarah Silverman, Austin Stowell, Bill Pullman, Andrea Riseborough, Elisabeth Shue, Alan Cumming, Chip Chinery, Jessica McNamee

Cert: 12

Running time: 121mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: In 1973, former men’s number one tennis champ Bobby Riggs challenges current female superstar Billie Jean King to a match broadcast around the world.

What’s the verdict: This tale of women’s rights, fought on the tennis court and in the court of world opinion, is presented in the broad Disney brushstrokes needed for these nuance-free times.

Indeed, Battles of the Sexes (as Billie Jean King’s showdown with Bobby Riggs was titled) can be read as a Disney Princess movie...

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2017’s London Film Festival Walks On The Wild Side

For movie lovers, October is London Film Festival time. Specifically, Wednesday 4th to Sunday 15th October this year.

Now in its 61st year, organisers have ditched including the number in the name, favouring the trendier sounding BFI London Film Festival 2017.

Whatever the moniker, the festival is guaranteed to deliver first rate films over 12 celluloid (and digital format) stuffed days.

While there are big hitters amongst the 242 films screening from a whopping 67 different countries, this year we’re most excited by the darker end of the festival.

Still present are the typical galas and strands. Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, Breathe, is the Opening Night Gala...

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Shell-Praiser: A Defense of Ghost in the Shell

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(Spoiler warning: key plot points from Ghost in the Shell 2017 revealed in this feature)

Mired in whitewashing accusations since 2015 when Scarlett Johansson was announced in the lead. Subject of sustained online fan fury. Mediocre US box office Paramount Studios acknowledged was partly due to this controversy.

Is now a good time to admit I’m a fan of this incarnation of Ghost in the Shell? A reason for this being because of how it addresses its own casting and the surrounding debate? Please give me time to outline the case for the defence.

From Masamune Shirow’s 1989 manga, to Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 anime, its 2004 sequel Innocence, the Solid State Society and Arise spin-offs, Ghost in the Shell is constantly evolving and reworking its themes.

Themes of identity flu...

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Oscars 2017 Podcast – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis do an early morning post-Oscars review of this year’s ceremony. The highs, the lows, the biggest gaffe in Oscar history, we chat all about it here. Jimmy Kimmel did a great job, the Celebrity Zoo was a bizarre misfire, and damn… that ending.  May all Oscars be this exciting!

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The Best Films of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

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Another BFI London Film Festival belongs to the ages. And this 60th anniversary festival was done proud by some of the best cinema you will see this year (or next dependent upon UK release patterns).

Below is Electric Shadows’ Top 10 of this year’s LFF. Please note that in Brexit Britain immune systems seem to have fallen as low as the pound. With a heavy cold racking this gutsy scribe’s constitution, part days and bed rest replaced full film indulgence. This meant Personal Shopper, Certain Women (the LFF’s Best Film winner), The Birth of a Nation, Dog Eat Dog and Ethel and Ernest were all missed in favour of Lemsip and blankets.

All the above movies seem like Top 10 contenders.

Press screening scheduling clashes meant Elle was chosen over Manchester By the Sea and Your Name over ...

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La La Land

la-la-land-posterDirector: Damien Chazelle

Writer: Damien Chazelle

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone

Cert: 12

Running time: 130mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: In a wonderland Los Angeles, aspiring actress Mia (Stone) and struggling jazz musician Sebastian (Gosling) experience the dizzying rollercoaster of love.

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What’s the verdict: Early signs were worrying. Lead actor Miles Teller was to be replaced. Lead actress Emma Watson had left to pursue other projects (Beauty and the Beast). The film was going to be a big, sprawling musical.

Could Damien Chazelle be in danger of going the way of Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly? Following a knockout breakthrough movie (Whiplash) with an indulgent dud? Could La La Land be Southland Tales?

The answer to that question is, trust Damien Chazelle...

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Must-See Films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

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When writing preview features for the London Film Festival it’s difficult to resist the numbers. Those big numbers representing how many films will show over the 12 day festival, how many countries are featured, how many cinemas films are hosting films. And crucially, which numbers in the calendar you should be blocking out.

That last one’s easy – Wednesday 5th to Sunday 16th October.

But, there is one figure this year of paramount importance. 60.

In 2016 the BFI London Film Festival marks its 60th anniversary. Maintaining the original brief of being a “festival of festivals” the LFF continues to bring to the UK movies which have wowed audiences at other festivals that year.

The opening film way back in 1957 was Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Throne of Blood...

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Magic in the Moonlight

Magic in the Moonlight - poster - Woody Allen, Colin Firth, Emma StoneDirector: Woody Allen

Writer: Woody Allen

Cast: Colin Firth, Emma Stone, Eileen Atkins, Jackie Weaver

Cert: 12

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: Woody Allen follows the five star rawness of Blue Jasmine with an enjoyable wheeze. On the 1920s French Cote d’Azur magician and spiritualist debunker Colin Firth seems to have met his match in apparent miracle medium Emma Stone. Life, love, death and the meaning of life are whipped into a jaunty froth with Allen’s usual wit.

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The full verdict: Those of a cynical disposition will snort derision at Allen’s breezy romcom. It even has a “meet cute” – Firth’s stuffed shirt skeptic Stanley Crawford (stage name Wei Ling Soo) finds himself bedeviled by Stone’s apparently real deal spiritualist Sophie.

Those willing to acce...

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 poster - Andrew GarfieldDirector: Marc Webb

Writers: Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Ocri, Jeff Pinker

Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Denis Leary, Paul Giamatti, BJ Novak, Embeth Davidtz, Campbell Scott

Cert: 12

Running time: 142mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Aptly named director Marc Webb spins a sequel superior to his déjà-vu afflicted 2012 reboot. A fresh story, new villain courtesy of Jamie Foxx’s Electro, enhanced action set-pieces and Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s chemistry make this reminiscent of Sam Raimi’s original trilogy. Shame that a lurch into ill-advised darker territory scuppers much of the good work, leaving you feeling you’ve been duped into caring about all the brightly coloured motion and emotion.

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The full verdict: Note to filmmakers...

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