Captain Marvel – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 58 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis delivering their verdict on Captain Marvel. Is it indeed Marvel-lous? Or does the cookie cutter filmmaking bite deep? We won’t spoil the surprises, but let’s just say Brie Larson delivers one of the liveliest performances in the MCU.

The Robs also ponder why it has taken so long for Marvel to deliver a female-led superhero movie, what might be next, and go off on one or two tangents about other franchises. Yes, DC is mentioned.

Rob Daniel also reasons why Ant-Man and The Wasp is a more satisfying movie than Avengers: Infinity War, but admits Captain Marvel has got him finally excited for Endgame...

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From Dawn to Day of the Dead – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 59 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is part two in our Night of the Living Dead trilogy. In episode 53, Robs Daniel and Wallis along with special guest Ian Bird took a 50th anniversary look at George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic.

Now, they emerge from the Night and boldly move through the Dawn into the Day of the Dead. On their travels they discuss why Romero’s original zombie triumvirate continues to hold its place as one of fright cinema’s boldest accomplishments.

They examine how Romero evolved his zombie lore across the next two films. How they reflect the attitudes of the times and remain horribly relevant today. They marvel at the filmmaking, the black humour, Tom Savini’s groundbreaking make-up, and the sharp characterisation.

Rob D effuses his love o...

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Oscars Review 2019 – The Electric Shadows Podcast

The Oscars may have occurred a week ago, but some review shows are worth the wait. In episode 57 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis deliver their verdict on Bohemian Rhapsody winning most Oscars at this year’s ceremony and Green Book picking up the Best Picture statuette.

Along the way they also discuss Roma, First Man’s consolation prize, past Oscar gaffes and, gasp, the decisions they actually agreed with this year. Trevor Noah’s Mel Gibson joke finds an appreciative audience here, despite being met with stony faces from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on the night.

Space is also made for a brief discussion of Alita: Battle Angel and the female led blockbuster the two Robs will be looking at in episode 58.

So, if you don’t think this year’s Oscars are ...

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Remembering Bill Hicks – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In episode 56 of The Electric Shadows Podcast we commemorate the 25th anniversary of Bill Hicks’ death. Rob Daniel and Ian Bird, who are both old enough to remember the shock at discovering the comedian had died of pancreatic cancer aged 32, discuss why Hicks has remained relevant and remembered a quarter of a century later. Their chat was recorded late one night in Manchester, so it all becomes quite drunken and gigglesome by the time they recall their favourite routines.

But, there’s space before that to run through Hicks’ career, the impact his comedy has made on their lives, and broaden it out to chat about other funny men. Denis Leary, Stewart Lee, Frankie Boyle, Jerry Seinfeld, they’re all here.

As we’re a movies podcast, the Robs Daniel and Wallis debate the merits of t...

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Oscar Nominations 2019 – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis touch the sore tooth that is this year’s Oscar nominations.

They discuss the insanity of nominating Bohemian Rhapsody for Best Picture, and how safe the Best Picture nods are in general. They’re happy Spike Lee finally has his Best Director nomination, and acknowledge a few other things the Academy got right.

But, the two Robs mainly lament the omissions. No Best Actor nom for Ethan Hawke in First Reformed? No Mary Poppins Returns in Best Picture? Not a single nod for Mission: Impossible – Fallout?

As Rob Wallis points out, this is the first time the Golden Globes got more nominations right than the Oscars. A sobering state of affairs…

And we haven’t even talked about the major omission...

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Glass

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Glass-poster-1-647x1024.jpgDirector: M. Night Shyamalan

Writer: M. Night Shyamalan

Cast: Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark

Cert: 15

Running time: 129mins

Year: 2019


 


What’s the story: In a mental institution, a doctor tries to convince the seemingly superhuman David Dunn (Willis) and Kevin (McAvoy) and the brittle-boned Elijah Price (Jackson) they are not real-life superheroes and villains.

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What’s the verdict: We blame Christopher Nolan. His Dark Knight trilogy received the plaudits for bringing superheroes and villains into a world recognisably our own. And made a few billion bucks into the bargain.

No-one really mentioned M...

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2018 Films of the Year – The Electric Shadows Podcast

As 2018 draws its final breaths, Robs Daniel and Wallis reveal their Top 10 films of the year. There are some crossovers on the two lists, there are films one loves and the other can’t see the fuss.

Over the next hour they will discuss what impressed them most on the cinema landscape this year, plus those films that weren’t up to snuff.

No spoilers for what comes in at the number one spots on both their lists. Other than to say it isn’t Skyscraper. Which Rob D had down as a film of the year at one point. That point being before he saw it.

Thanks for listening in 2018, we look forward to amusing again with our movie ramblings in 2019.



To check out Rob Wallis’ movie writings, head over to: www.ofallthefilmsites.com

Twitter: rob_a_daniel

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2018 – Rewind and Re-View

Time thwarted us and we didn’t get chance to write up a review of 2017. We weren’t going to allow a second year to pass without forcing our opinion of how the year in cinema shaped up on the cinema-going public.

2018 may have seen politicians outdo themselves in dumb-fuckery and the world was put on final notice regarding climate change. But, amidst the wreckage there were pleasures to be had. Many of them found within the dark confines of your local picture house.

Here are some of the most notable moments. But, to match the mood of the year, we’ll open on a downer…


WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Jonathan Ames’ novel is not bad in the sense that it is poorly made...

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Night of the Living Dead 50th Anniversary – The Electric Shadows Podcast

To mark the 50th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead, The Electric Shadows podcast looks back at the brilliance and influence of George A. Romero’s horror masterpiece.

The film that invented the modern horror film, we look at what made it so radical back in 1968, a year riven with civil riots violence, assassinations and the Vietnam quagmire.

We look at why it has endured, and the copyright foul-ups that inadvertently lit the fuse for zombie apocalypse tales that would explode some forty years later when The Walking Dead became a phenomenon.

Romero’s early career in advertising and directing inserts for Mr Roger’s Neighborhood. The influence of Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend on Romero’s fiendishly fine tale of murder and mayhem...

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Director: David Yates

Writer: J.K. Rowling

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law, Johnny Depp, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Jamie Campbell Bower

Cert: 12

Running time: 134mins

Year: 2018


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What’s the story: When dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) escapes justice, Newt Scamander (Redmayne) unites with his old wizarding schoolmaster Albus Dumbledore (Law) to stop the villain’s plan to enslave the “No-Maj” (i.e., no-magic) world.

   

What’s the verdict: So arrives the second of a planned five films in the Fantastic Beasts (and Where To Find Them) Harry Potter prequels, based on a Hogwarts textbook of the same name.

With the Fantastic Beasts movies following eight previous Potter outings, we are firmly in lucrative franc...

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