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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 45 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis with meat between their teeth as they get stuck into Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The intrepid explorers discuss the original Jurassic Park, and the issues facing all the sequels.

Where does this latest Jurassic outing lie amidst the sequels in their view? You’ll have to listen to find out.

And, along the way you can hear them take chunks out of each other as they debate whether genetic engineering is wise. Rob Wallis errs on the side of caution; Rob Daniel is a bold visionary excited by the places scientific endeavours could take us. Rob D did also pen this blurb.

Plus, as Die Hard is nearing celebrating its 30 year anniversary, they kick off the podcast discussing why it remains one of the best action films ever mad...

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“Yippee-Ki-Yay, Thirtysomething!” Die Hard hits the Big 3-0

Watching Die Hard today could not be easier. Simply add it to your digital basket and chances are you’ll be watching it in under 24 hours. Or the very same day. In 4K Ultra-HD if you are so set-up.

But, things were different for us UK action junkies who were teenagers when the film was released. First up, as was the fashion of the time, despite a US release date of July 1988, we had to wait until February ’89.

Now it is a BBFC certificate 15 (although DVD extras push it to 18). Back then the film was an 18, meaning another wait for video later in the year and then persuading a parent the film was worth renting. The final hurdle, if you lived in rural Northamptonshire as I did, was that 10 VHS copies of Die Hard had to cater for a town of 10,000 people...

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Eye in the Sky

Eye-in-the-Sky-posterDirector: Gavin Hood

Writer: Guy Hibbert

Cast: Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Aaron Paul, Jeremy Northam, Iain Glen, Barkhad Abdi

Cert: 15

Running time: 102mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: A British Colonel tracks high-ranking members of a terrorist group to a house in Kenya. Her orders for a drone strike become complicated by the arrival of a girl selling bread outside.

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What’s the verdict: Drone warfare and terrorist insurgency were touched upon in director Gavin Hood’s previous film, the underrated Ender’s Game and take centre stage in Eye in the Sky.

Helen Mirren impresses as the steel-nerved Colonel Powell (a role originally intended for a man) whose long hunt for the terrorists (including a radicalised British national) seems to have borne fruit...

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