Monthly Archives December 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Robs Daniel & Wallis take a brief look at Star Wars: The Jedi in this pint-sized podcast. Primarily because they wanted to throw their hat into the ring regarding the current fan fury over Rian Johnson’s Star Wars movie. We’ll do a full review when the Blu-ray comes out in 2018.

So, in a SPOILER FILLED discussion the two run through what impresses, what are legitimate complaints and why it doesn’t trash the extended universe. Just because something is different, doesn’t mean to say it ruins everything around it…

We’ve got a goooood feeling about this.



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The Top 10 Films of 2017 – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Robs Daniel and Wallis do a proper Universe crossover, running through their respective films of the year lists, scoring them and coming up with a definitive Electric Shadows and Of All The Film Sites Top 10 Films of 2017.

It’s the only Top 10 you’ll need this year. Unless you’re booking a hotel or wedding venue, but even then there are some nice locations contained within the movies discussed. Florida, South Korea, Dunkirk…

So, without ado’ing any further, sit back, relax and listen to our verdict on the Top 10 films of 2017.



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

Twitter: rob_a_daniel

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Reservoir Dogs at 25 – The Electric Shadows Podcast

For this special Reservoir Dogs 25th Anniversary episode, Robs Daniel & Wallis are joined once more by Ian Bird. You’ll remember Ian from his wise words on the JFK podcast. Together they dissect Quentin Tarantino’s sensational debut, discussing its strengths, characters, themes and controversial use of language. And that whole Who Shot Nice Guy Eddie thing.

The three intrepid podcasters place the movie in the overall picture of Tarantino’s career and discuss Tarantino’s cinematic legacy. Could there be a case for the Marvel Cinematic Universe being an extension of what Quentin was doing with his movies in the 90s and noughties? Or Joss Whedon taking the QT baton and running with it into fantasy realms rather than crime? These thoughts are more are given their day in court…

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The 10 Best Films of 2017

Another year, another 10 movies that define why we love cinema. 2017 was such a strong year for film releases that many excellent movies failed to make our Top 10.

Honorary shout-outs then to such must-sees as Wind River, IT, Mother!, Una, A Silent Voice and Wonder Woman. Great movies all, all pipped to the post by the titles below.

Whatever brow-furrowing misbehaviour 2018 brings, one sliver of good news is that cinema should remain in fine shape. From what we saw at the London Film Festival in October, at least three five-star movies will be released next year.

But, without further ado, here is Electric Shadows’ 10 Best Films of 2017…


  1. Brawl in Cell Block 99

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Director: Rian Johnson

Writer: Rian Johnson (screenplay), George Lucas (characters)

Cast: Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Kelly Marie Tran, Domnhall Gleeson, Andy Serkis, Benicio Del Toro, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels

Cert: 12

Running time: 152mins

Year: 2017


 


What’s the story: With the First Order hunting the Resistance into extinction, Rey (Ridley) seeks out Luke Skywalker (Hamill) to bring him into the fight.

What’s the verdict: Of the new wave of adventures set in a galaxy far, far away, The Last Jedi has the toughest mission to date. To do something different.

The Force Awakens and Rogue One recaptured the magic. Partly by leaning heavily into the nostalgia, mixing the new with the comfortingly familiar.

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Sorcerer – William Friedkin’s zero hour contract masterpiece

When discussing Blade Runner, Ridley Scott said, “It’s as bad to be ahead of your time as behind it.”

Director William Friedkin can sympathise with this.

In the early 1970s he was a filmmaker in synch with the mood of the nation. He revitalised the cop thriller with The French Connection in 1971, nabbing Best Director and Best Film among a five Oscar haul.

Two years later he reinvented horror cinema for the modern age with The Exorcist.

Then, in 1977 he delivered to American audiences Sorcerer, a film fundamentally at odds with a country aching to slough off a decade of uncertainty and corruption.

A loose remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1953 thriller The Wages of Fear and Georges Arnaud’s same-name source novel, Friedkin’s movie was too bleak for a nation hungry for the escapist th...

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Justice League – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In episode 33 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis take a look at Justice League. And, you know what? They find stuff to like in there!

Sure, it’s a mess and clearly the work of two different people. But, it’s entertaining and works to right the wrongs of Batman v Superman.

Rob Wallis comes up with a perfect classroom analogy for the current output from Marvel and DC. They also get a chance to do some voice work when discussing a little shonky CGI that was required on a particular cast member.

They also still have issues with Wonder Woman sitting out World War Two, despite this film trying to retcon her absence.

So, lots to go through. Shall we?



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

Twitter: rob_a_daniel

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