Monthly Archives May 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Recorded in the small hours of the morning, Robs Daniel and Wallis deliver their verdict on the troubled Solo: A Star Wars Story. Little spoiler for what they think: don’t believe the negative reviews and disappointing box office, this is rip-roaring adventure. Listen on to find out why.

They also discuss the film’s production woes that saw original directors Lord and Miller replaced with Ron Howard, and why Star Wars films are better served by efficient, journeymen directors.

Rob W also explains why a second viewing of Avengers: Infinity War has left him feeling he was premature in writing off the Marvel franchise in episode 43. Rob D tries to resist accusing him of betraying the podcast (and fails)...

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Deadpool 2

Director: David Leitch

Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Ryan Reynolds

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, Julian Dennison, Brianna Hildebrand, T.J. Miller, Terry Crews, Rob Delaney, Eddie Marsan

Cert: 15

Running time: 119mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: Unhinged, fourth wall smashing superhero Deadpool aka Wade Wilson aka Ryan Reynolds is contentedly separating regular criminals from their limbs. But, he must form a band of super crimefighters, including X-Men old and new, to protect young mutant Russell (Dennison) from the murderous grasp of time-traveling warrior Cable (Brolin).

What’s the verdict: Deadpool 2 opens with the indestructible motormouth informing the audience the first movie’s $363m domestic gross was almost the highest ever for an R...

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Entebbe (2018)

Director: José Padilha

Writer: Gregory Burke

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Daniel Brühl, Eddie Marsan, Lior Ashkenazi, Denis Ménochet, Nonso Anozie

Cert: 15

Running time: 107mins

Year: 2018



 What’s the story: In 1976 four anti-Israel terrorists hijack an Air France plane. Over seven days they hold the hostages at Uganda’s Entebbe airport, under the eye of tyrant Idi Amin. The Israeli government debates whether to take offensive action.

What’s the verdict: Director José Padilha helmed the Brazilian drug cartel movie Elite Squad and its impressive sequel. He oversees the similarly hard-hitting series Narcos (for sake of argument we’ll ignore that ill-advised 2014 RoboCop remake).

Padilha directs with the immediacy he brought to the documentary Bus 174, his searing debut and a true Fi...

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Arrow Video Blu-ray: Dark Blue (2002)

Director: Ron Shelton

Writer: David Ayer (screenplay), James Ellroy (story)

Cast: Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Michael Michele, Brendan Gleeson, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Banks, Dash Mihok, Kurupt, Lolita Davidovich

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2002


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What’s the story: On the eve of the 1992 LA riots, corrupted police officer Eldon Perry (Russell) watches his world of power and control begin to collapse.

What’s the verdict: Ask most people to name Kurt Russell’s best performance and you’re likely to hear The Thing’s MacCready, Escape From New York’s Snake Plissken, Tombstone’s Wyatt Earp, The Hateful Eight’s John Ruth, or Elvis’, er, Elvis.

There may even be some who cite The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes’ Dexter...

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Avengers: Infinity War – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 43 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis enlisting in the Infinity War. But, they wonder if it’s worth the fight. Marvel’s culmination of a decade of movies, EIGHTEEN MOVIES, gets us to a showdown that has its moment but is rather beige.

Even with the best efforts of a stellar cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo. Plus, Josh Brolin as Thanos, a troubled, but unstoppable baddie with superhuman abilities.

One thing that isn’t beige is the Robs’ podcast chat. Mere minutes in and they’re debating the necessity of including the sexual proclivities of Nazi war criminals in biopics about them...

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