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The Irishman

Director: Martin Scorsese

Writer: Steve Zaillian (screenplay), Charles Brandt (book)

Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, Bobby Cannavale, Stephen Graham, Ray Romano, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin, Welker White, Sebastian Maniscalco

Producers: Troy Allen, Gerald Chamales, Robert De Niro, Randall Emmett, Gastón Pavlovich, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, Irwin Winkler

Music: Robbie Robertson

Cinematography: Rodrigo Prieto

Editor: Thelma Schoonmaker

Cert: 15

Running time: 209mins

Year: 2019


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What’s the story: Mob enforcer Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (De Niro) recounts his life in the mafia, particularly his friendship with Teamsters president Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

What’s the verdict: With its fiv...

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Waiting for the Barbarians

Director: Ciro Guerra

Writer: J.M. Coetzee (script, based on his novel)

Cast: Mark Rylance, Johnny Depp, Robert Pattinson, Gana Bayarsaikhan

Producers: Monika Bacardi, Michael Fitzgerald, Andrea Iervolino, Olga Segura

Music: Giampiero Ambrosi

Cinematography: Chris Menges

Editor: Jacopo Quadri

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 112mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: In a desert outpost of an unnamed empire, the local Magistrate (Rylance) watches in horror as Colonel Joll (Depp) begins persecuting neighbouring tribespeople on suspicion of plotting insurrection.

What’s the verdict: All that is required for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing, so the saying goes...

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IT Chapter Two – The Electric Shadows Podcast


The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches Bill and Ted’s favourite number. In episode 69 Robs Daniel and Wallis stare into the deadlights of IT Chapter Two, the follow-up to the 2017 smash hit IT.

Rob Daniel is none too impressed at how much has been chopped out of Stephen King’s novel, despite the 171 minutes running time. Rob Wallis finds more to enjoy, but still has issues he runs through in a spoiler section. Yep, a spoiler section because no discussion of IT can avoid talking about how the novel’s notoriously difficult ending is translated to the big screen.

Our intrepid casters of pod also make space to discuss the 1990 IT mini-series, this year’s Pet Sematary and the upcoming Doctor Sleep...

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IT Chapter Two

Director: Andy Muschietti

Writers: Gary Dauberman (script), Stephen King (book)

Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Jay Ryan, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård

Producers: Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Barbara Muschietti

Music: Benjamin Wallfisch

Cinematographer: Checco Varese

Editor: Jason Ballentine

Cert: 15

Running time: 171mins

Year: 2019


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What’s the story: Twenty seven years after the terrifying events of 1989, members of the Losers gang must return to Derry once again to battle the monstrous evil taking the form of killer clown Pennywise.

What’s the verdict: Early on in Andy Muschietti’s closing chapter to his 2017 hit, successful horror author Bill Densborough (McAvoy) is wrestling with the en...

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Out of Blue

Director: Carol Morley

Writer: Carol Morley

Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Mamie Gummer, Toby Jones, James Caan, Jonathan Majors, Jackie Weaver, Brad Mann, Todd Mann

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 110mins

Year: 2018


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What’s the story: When a noted astrophysicist is murdered, troubled detective Mike Hoolihan (Clarkson) investigates the case.

What’s the verdict: Carol Morley’s 2014 feature The Falling was equally lauded and lambasted. History is unlikely to repeat itself with her latest movie. Out of Blue won’t receive any unequivocal praise.

An indigestible hotchpotch of neo-noir trappings crudely spliced with ruminations on quantum physics, its false notes echo across the multiverse.

Based on Martin Amis’ 1997 novel Night Train, we open on a dying star, before the plot zooms in on ast...

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Must-See Movies at FrightFest 2018

The biggest monster in 2018 is my dear friend who has chosen to get married abroad this August Bank Holiday weekend.

Ahem, I jest. It is, of course, a privilege to be invited to his wedding. Plus, it means I shall spend the next 12 months catching up with the fantastic films listed below. An all-year-round FrightFest? There’s an idea…

Arrow Video FrightFest 2018 sees the festival entering a remarkable 19th year, and showing no sign of easing up on the shocks, surprises, special guests and treats.

Located at Leicester Square’s Cineworld and Prince Charles Cinema, the celebration of shivers runs from Thursday 23rd to Monday 27th August.

Over these five days FrightFest will showcase a record breaking seventy movies from eighteen countries...

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Incredibles 2 – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 46 of The Electric Shadows Podcast may focus on Incredibles 2, but Robs Daniel & Wallis squeeze in much more movie talk besides.

Other films discussed are Hereditary (one Rob is warmer to it than the other), Sicario 2: Soldado (the other Rob is warmer to it than the other), Oceans 8 (only one Rob has seen it) and Leave No Trace (only the other other Rob has seen it).

There is also time for a quick rundown of Mission: Impossible movies and superhero films when delivering their verdict on Incredibles 2.  And Rob Wallis impresses with his knowledge of Shakespeare. Everything crammed into just over an hour. Who says they can’t be disciplined with run times? They do actually…



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Twitter: rob_a_daniel

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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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Ready Player One & Annihilation – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In episode 41 of The Electric Shadows Podcast Robs Daniel & Wallis journey deep into pop culture and sci-fi when delivering their verdicts on Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One and Alex Garland’s Annihilation. In a typically all-encompassing discussion, Rob D explains why he dug the pop-culture geek-gasm of RP1, while Rob W reveals his reservations about Spielberg’s latest. Conversely, Rob W talks about why Garland’s Annihilation is a masterpiece, and Rob D is the one with the criticisms. Basically, the entire tapestry of the 21st century human experience is here.

Other topics include why releasing movies straight to streaming services could mean the end of thought-provoking mid-range cinema...

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Ready Player One

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Zak Penn, Ernest Cline (screenplay), Ernest Cline (novel)

Cast: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg

Cert: 12

Running time: 140mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: 2045, Colombus, Ohio. In an over-populated world where trailer parks have become cities, the masses seek enjoyment in the virtual reality world of the OASIS (Ontologically Anthropocentric Sensory Immersive Simulation). Expert gamer Wade Watts (Sheridan) and others attempt to win a competition that awards them vast wealth and control of the OASIS. Evil corporate CEO Sorrento (Mendelsohn) unleashes an army to ensure no mere gamer wins the ultimate prize.

What’s the verdict: Tron. The Matrix. Ready Player One...

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