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2016 – Rewind And Re-View

2016. We’ll not dwell on what an awful year it was. Suffice to say there was a lot happening in the movie world, some of it bad, some of it rather wonderful. Here is Electric Shadows’ take on the year in film.

As is customary, we’ll begin with…


WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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OfAllTheFilmSites.com editor Rob Wallis and myself begun The Electric Shadows’ podcast this year. For said podcast we have spent approximately 12 hours watching or discussing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “Visionary” director Zack Snyder’s superhero magnus stinkus is mean-spirited, miserable, ugly, incoherent and fundamentally misunderstands its two titular heroes...

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Suicide Squad

Suicide-Squad---posterDirector: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer

Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jay Hernandez, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz

Cert: 15

Running time: 123mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: After the events of Batman v Superman, shadowy government agent Amanda Waller recruits the most dangerous prisoners languishing in the toughest prisons in exchange for time off their sentences. Charged with defending the world against any “meta-human” threat, it’s not long before their first high-risk mission arrives.

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What’s the verdict: Poor ol’ Suicide Squad...

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X-Men: Apocalypse

X-Men-Apocalypse-posterDirector: Bryan Singer

Writer: Simon Kinberg

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Oscar Isaac, Evan Peters, Olivia Munn, Ben Hardy, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne

Cert: 12

Running time: 144mins

Year: 2016





What’s the story:
In 1983, Apocalypse, the first mutant, is reborn into the world and is intent on destroying it. Mutants under Charles Xavier’s tutelage must band together to defeat the genocidal villain.

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What’s the verdict: While DC movies flounder and the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues its juggernaut-like trajectory toward world domination, it is easy to forget the X-Men franchise.

Despite the series delivering only one true dud (2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and actually having a five...

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Batman v Superman – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 3 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Rob Wallis and myself look at the long-awaited Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Or rather we have a mini-group therapy session to deal with the visual, aural and plot incoherence of visionary director Zack Snyder’s latest masterwork… And make suggestions on how it could be improved. And make a number of scatology based comments on its artistic shortcomings…

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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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman-V-Superman-posterDirector: Zack Snyder

Writer: Chris Terrio, David S. Goyer

Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Diane Lane

Cert: 12

Running time: 150mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: Two years after the events of Man of Steel, Bruce Wayne has declared war on Superman. After deaths in a rescue mission in Africa are blamed on him, the rest of the world is also split between seeing Superman as a saviour or threat. Elsewhere Lex Luthor has gained access to General Zod’s spaceship and his body. For what reasons? And who is that mysterious woman hampering Bruce’s investigation into Luthor?

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What’s the verdict: We now live in a world where Batman & Robin is the second worst Batman film...

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The Wolverine

Untitled-1Director: James Mangold

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Hal Yamanouchi, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Famke Janssen, Will Yun Lee

Cert: 12A

Running time: 126mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: The Wolverine is back and this time he’s clawsome! Cinema’s favourite X-Man gets a second stab at his own movie and all involved are determined to make amends for the spectacularly dull, clumsily titled X-Men: Origins – Wolverine. Drawing inspiration from a classic 1980s Japan-set comic series has re-energised the character, and director James Mangold shoots the adventure as a gritty yakuza thriller. Jackman may be on his sixth outing as hirsute grumpy-boots Logan, but attacks the part with claws fully extended. Best superhero film of the summer, and who would have thought that?

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The full...

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