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Toy Story 4

Director: Josh Cooley

Writers: Andrew Stanton, Stephany Folsom (screenplay and original story), Josh Cooley, John Lasseter, Valerie LaPointe, Rashida Jones, Will McCormack, Martin Hynes (original story)

Cast: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Christina Hendricks, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Keanu Reeves

Cert: U

Running time: 100mins

Year: 2019


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What’s the story: With Woody (Hanks) increasingly becoming sidelined during Bonnie’s playtime, he wonders what the future holds. When the young girl’s homemade toy Forky (Hale) is lost during a family holiday, he takes it upon himself to reunite them.

What’s the verdict: As we currently reside in the darkest timeline, trepidation about a Toy Story 4 is understandable.

Toy Story 3 tied an Osc...

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Child’s Play (2019)

Director: Lars Klevberg

Writers: Tyler Burton Smith (screenplay), Don Mancini (original characters)

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Gabriel Bateman, Brian Tyree Henry

Cert: 15

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: Single-mum Karen (Plaza) gives 13-year-old son Andy (Bateman) a Buddi doll for his birthday. His initial bemusement turns to terror when it transpires this doll, which answers to Chucky, is murderously malfunctioning.

What’s the verdict: Above all other rules of the slasher film, no.1 is the killer never truly dies. That goes double for killer-doll Chucky, who due to the vagaries of Hollywood copyright laws, is owned by two different companies.

Universal currently has the rights to the original saga (at seven films, we’re calling it a saga)...

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters – The Electric Shadows Podcast


In episode 65, we welcome a special guest to The Electric Shadows Podcast. Regular listeners will know that frequent ESP contributor Ian Bird knows his movies. What you may not be aware of is Ian’s 10-year-old son Ronan is also something of a film authority, particularly when it comes to monster flicks.

This isn’t patronising flattery, listen to Ronan’s 12-minute discussion of Godzilla: King of the Monsters in this episode and you’ll know what we mean. His kaiju knowledge puts Robs Daniel & Wallis in the shade. Which is why you’ll find it at the end of the podcast as there was no way their opinions could follow Ronan’s.

Don’t believe us? We’ve had to update this episode with a postscript correction on two errors the Robs have made that Ronan picked up on when li...

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X-Men: Dark Phoenix – The Electric Shadows Podcast


In episode 64 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis show remarkable restraint in largely eschewing X-related puns as they discuss Dark Phoenix.

But, they do talk about the long, windy road of this 19-year-old franchise, why in some ways it is superior to the MCU, where it has stumbled, and what they think of the latest instalment.

Which, of course, is a retelling of a plot events previously visited in X-Men: The Last Stand (aka, the Brett Ratner one, aka the black sheep of the X-franchise, but actually containing good stuff and certainly better than X-Men: Origins – Wolverine).

They also rank the entire series best to worst and make room for favourite moments.

So, pop your headphones on and let us X-cite you. Damn, almost made it to the end!



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Addendum of the Dead – The Electric Shadows Podcast


Episode 63 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a bonus instalment capping off our Night of the Living Dead trilogy.

Those three episodes looked at George A. Romero’s six Dead films, his other movies and the zombie explosion and totaled just under six hours of edited podcast time.

But, that final episode just grazed the cranium rather than putting one in the brain, so our Living Dead series is still biting. Which is a flowery way of saying there is always something else to talk about.

This episode came about after we had recorded those three Dead episodes. A Herculean effort that took eight hours, so thanks to Rob Wallis and Ian Bird for putting up with Rob Daniel’s request that we got it all done in one day.

Post-record, Ian was kicking himself for not discussing J...

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