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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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Nolanverse: 10 Ways to Spot You’re Watching a Christopher Nolan Film

Dunkirk marks Christopher Nolan’s 10th theatrical outing since debuting 19 years ago with the impressive low-budget thriller Following.

Across an extraordinary filmography, Nolan has gone into deep space, deep inside the mind, redefined the superhero movie and may have just done the same for the war film.

His films tackle different genres, but crossovers remain in the Nolanverse. Fittingly for the 10-film director, here are 10 ways to spot you’re watching a Christopher Nolan Film… (warning: contains multiple spoilers)


  1. Time Goes Screwy

Christopher Nolan is the only blockbuster filmmaker with a touch of the theoretical physicist about him. Notably, an elastic approach to time, which rarely runs linear in his movies.

The director set out his stall with Following and its old-school f...

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Dunkirk – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 27 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis explore Christopher Nolan’s extraordinary Dunkirk. What makes it the best film of the year (for one of the Robs at least), why the movie’s different timelines work so well, why R&R recommend seeing it in IMAX, and a whole lot more.

Before our intrepid podcasters reach the dangerous beaches of Dunkirk, they provide a quick round-up of the barmy Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the impressive War for the Planet of the Apes and the enjoyable but disposable Baby Driver.

But, it’s mainly about that Nolan movie. Proof positive you can make an intelligent epic that delivers a visual experience not seen on the blockbuster stage before. While not forgetting to include substance. And all in 106 minutes...

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Transformers: Age of Extinction

Transformers - Age of Extinction - posterDirector: Michael Bay

Writer: Ehren Kruger

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Titus Welliver

Cert: 12A

Running Time: 165mins

Year: 2014

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The lowdown: Michael Bay and his metal minions return to give eardrums and brain cells another battering in the fourth instalment of the action figure-inspired ode to excess. A haemorrhoid-busting running time boasts extra-terrestrial bounty hunters, fire-breathing Dinobots, photorealistic Autobots, an enthusiastically ineffectual Mark Wahlberg and pretty, pouty Nicole Peltz. There should be something for everyone but with any spark of humanity extinguished this is an empty, mean-spirited mess, fit only for the scrap heap.

Transformers - Age of Extinction - Dinobot, Optimus PrimeTRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION

The verdict: 65 million years ago, alien ‘Creators’ arrived on earth, annihilating most i...

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R.I.P.D

RIPD - banner posterDirector: Robert Schwentke

Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Mary Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon

Cert: 12A

Running time: 97mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Ryan Reynolds is recently deceased cop Nick Walker, recruited into the R.I.P.D (Rest In Peace Department), an undead police force who guard the mortal world against Deados – criminal souls that refuse to cross over and hide out among the living. Nick is partnered with Jeff Bridges’ 19th century U.S Marshall Roy Pulsipher and together they uncover a diabolical scheme with world-ending implications. Despite the presence of Kevin Bacon on villain duty and Mary Louise Parker R.I.P.D can’t be resuscitated...

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The Lone Ranger (2013)

Lone Ranger - Depp, Hammer, Quad posterDirector: Gore Verbinski

Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, Tom Wilkinson, William Fichtner, Barry Pepper, James Badge Dale, Ruth Wilson, Helena Bonham-Carter

Cert: 12A

Running time: 149mins

Year: 2013


The lowdown: Following its critical and commercial scalping at the US box office, hopes do not ride high for this reboot of the radio, TV and silver screen hero.  But, we’ve not been drinking too much firewater when we say The Lone Ranger is solid, enjoyable blockbuster entertainment.  The Social Network’s twins Armie Hammer grabs the reins as the likable lead and Johnny Depp manages to exorcise the ghost of Jack Sparrow for a surprisingly heartfelt turn as Tonto...

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