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2014 – Rewind and Re-View

With 2015 fast becoming a reality, what better time to look back at movies in the year that was 2014?

As is tradition, let’s begin with…

WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Transformers - Age of Extinction - Dinobot, Optimus Prime

Having sex and accidentally crying out your mum’s name. Going for a bowel movement only to look down and see blood. Jelly wrestling Eamonn Holmes. The only thing worse than these is watching all 165 minutes of the fourth instalment of the over-heated, overlong, mean-spirited toy advert franchise. It cost $210m and no-one could transform the idea into a decent script?


ONGOING INDICATIONS THESE ARE THE END OF DAYS – TRANSFORMERS & MRS BROWN’S BOYS D’MOVIE’S BOX OFFICE

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The only thing more depressing than a fourth Transformers movie is the fact it was 2014’s box office champion, with o...

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The Best Films of 2014

Welcome to the second annual Electric Shadows Top 10.

2014 has been a great year for movies. Here are just a few films that didn’t make our top 10 – Boyhood, 22 Jump Street, Dallas Buyers Club, Under the Skin, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Okay, 2014 also witnessed the unnecessary continuation/reboot of the Transformers franchise with Age of Extinction. We would love to say it was unwanted, but with $1bn at the global box office ($33m of that coming from the UK), it’s clear a soulless, mean-spirited THREE HOUR advert for toys, cars and Chinese milk can still earn its place in the world. We’re doomed…

But, with the good outstripping the bad, we’ll claim 2014 as a vintage year...

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The Raid 2 Blasts On To Blu-ray

The Raid 2 - DVD cover - Gareth EvansIt’s not often we feel compelled to write a piece on the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of a movie.

But then again, The Raid 2 sits at the top of our films of the year thus far list, so we’re prepared to make an exception.

If you have already experienced the baseball bat to the noggin rush that is Gareth Evans follow-up to The Raid, then you know to be excited.

If you have yet to be exposed, be prepared for a 5-star all-out explosion of cinematic verve. A film we called “The Godfather Pt II of action movies”, a film that was 18 months in pre-production and sets itself the not inconsiderable challenge of re-writing the rule book on ballistic filmmaking.

As is standard these days, extras-wise the Blu-ray trumps the DVD, boasting three featurettes, two live audience Q&As and a delet...

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Merantau

Merantau - Iko Uwais, Gareth Evans, posterDirector: Gareth Evans (as G.H Evans)

Writer: Gareth Evans (as G.H Evans)

Cast: Iko Uwais, Sisca Jessica, Alex Abbad, Mads Koudal, Yusuf Aulia, Yayan Ruhian, Laurent Buson, Donny Alamsyah, Christine Hakim

Cert: 15

Running time: 107mins (International version)

Year: 2009

The lowdown: The breakthrough film for Raid director Gareth Evans, Merantau is a martial arts gem. A showcase for telecom-company-dispatch-driver-turned-action-superstar Iko Uwais and the Pencak Silat fighting style, this riotous adrenalin rush pays affection tribute to old school kung fu cinema. Uwais is perfect as the country boy pitted against gangsters and slave traders, while Evans directs like he’s got the hottest superhero property on the planet. Glorious fun.

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The full verdict: Gareth Evans’ low budget debut ...

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Footsteps

Footsteps poster - Gareth EvansDirector: Gareth Evans (as G.H. Evans)

Writer: Gareth Evans (as G.H Evans)

Cast: Nicholas Bool, Mads Koudal, Jared Morgan, Solitaire Mouneimne, Emma Powell

Cert: 18

Running time: 77mins

Year: 2006

The lowdown: Gareth (The Raid 2) Evans’ micro-budgeted, Cardiff based debut is a sombre, sordid tale riffing on the urban myth of snuff movies and the God’s lonely man vengeance of Taxi Driver. Sandpaper rough but brimming with potential, its chief fascination comes from seeing Evans’ themes and style in embryonic form.

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The full verdict: Footsteps  (also known as the blunter Vengeance Day on UK DVD) is raw. Raw in its story and themes, raw in its production and execution, raw in its talent.

And a raw blueprint for what would come once Evans had relocated to Indonesia.

A basic story h...

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The Raid 2 – Movie Connections

The Raid 2 Connections - Iko UwaisRama, an undercover cop, infiltrates Jakarta’s criminal underworld through Uco, the impulsive son of crime boss Bangun. Bangun runs the city beside the Japanese Goto clan, but the peace is shattered when wild card gangster Bejo arrives. And while Rama launches a one-man war on crime, Uco hungrily eyes the top spot.

No mere plot synopsis can do justice to The Raid 2. Gareth Evans directs like he is the offspring of John Woo and Stanley Kubrick, spraying crime carnage on the big screen, but with a directorial rigour that is a joy to watch.

And like Scorsese, another director who presence can be felt in The Raid 2, Evans is a cineaste. But, not for him the “we know you’re out there in the dark” wink of Tarantino’s post-modern pick n’ mix cinema...

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Gareth Evans – The Raid 2 FrightFest Q&A

The Raid 2 - Gareth Evans on setAt well over 6ft, Gareth Evans is as big as his movies and a showman-director in the Tarantino mould. So any The Raid 2 Q&A with him won’t be a dry dissection of the work, its subtexts and the process of battling for an artistic vision.

Don’t get us wrong, all these things are in here, but much like with his films Evans wants foremost to entertain and is a natural raconteur with a knack for spinning a great anecdote. And like all great storytellers, he won’t censor his spicy language if the tale demands it.

Following a bring-the-house-down FrightFest screening of The Raid 2 at London’s Cineworld, Haymarket on April 2nd, Evans, plus stars Iko Uwais and Yuyan Ruhian gave the audience a 5-star Q&A recalling making this instant action classic.

And gave us juicy stories about The Raid 3...

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The Raid 2: Berandal

The Raid 2 - posterDirector: Gareth Evans

Writer: Gareth Evans

Cast: Iko Uwais, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusodewo, Alex Abbad, Ken’ichi Endô, Julie Estelle, Very Tri Yulisman, Cecep Arif Rahman, Yayan Ruhian

Cert: 18

Running time: 150mins

Year: 2014

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The lowdown: The Godfather Pt II of heroic bloodshed movies and surpassing the ballistic brilliance of the first instalment, The Raid 2: Berandal is a five star encore. Iko Uwais returns as beleaguered cop Rama, sent undercover to bust the criminal empire and corrupt police force hinted at in the final moments of the first movie. Yakuza crime movie cool slams headlong into Jacobean revenge tragedy, punctuated by some of the most exhilarating, red raw action ever slammed onto the silver screen. Watch it. Don’t make us tell you twice.

The Raid 2 - Iko Uwais, prison riotThe Raid 2 - Iko Uwais, Cecep Arif Rahman

The full verdict: The R...

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Gareth Evans Talks The Raid 2: Berandal

The Raid 2 Berandal - banner cast poster, Gareth Evans, Hammer Girl

Gareth Evans reveals secrets of The Raid 2: Berandal!

In August this year I had the good fortune of interviewing soon-to-be-white-hot director and all round good bloke Gareth Evans.

I was primarily there to talk about the terrifying segment of V/H/S/2 that he and co-director Timo Tjahjanto were responsible for. But, I couldn’t let the interview go without taking the opportunity to ask him about what we can expect from The Raid 2: Berandal.

Mr. Evans graciously revealed teasers of what we can expect and, to my, joy also confirmed the sequel does feature a car chase!  Something I’d hoped for when writing my review of the original movie.

If like me, waiting for The Raid 2 is like a kid waiting for their first Christmas, then read on and prepare to get rather excited.

The Raid 2 Berandal - Gareth Evans, Iko Uwais“It’s a lot differe...

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