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2018 – Rewind and Re-View

Time thwarted us and we didn’t get chance to write up a review of 2017. We weren’t going to allow a second year to pass without forcing our opinion of how the year in cinema shaped up on the cinema-going public.

2018 may have seen politicians outdo themselves in dumb-fuckery and the world was put on final notice regarding climate change. But, amidst the wreckage there were pleasures to be had. Many of them found within the dark confines of your local picture house.

Here are some of the most notable moments. But, to match the mood of the year, we’ll open on a downer…


WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Jonathan Ames’ novel is not bad in the sense that it is poorly made...

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London Film Festival Round-Up – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 31 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis rounding up their Top 10 highlights of the 2017 London Film Festival.

Lucky, The Shape of Water, Last Flag Flying and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri all feature highly. The two also recall the bone-snapping brilliance of Brawl in Cell Block 99. Brawl is out to rent now through various streaming services. Once you’ve done listening to the podcast, watch it!

So, for more on their opinions of the London Film Festival 2017, listen on…



To check out Rob Wallis’ movie writings, head over to www.ofallthefilmsites.com

Twitter: rob_a_daniel

iTunes Podcast: The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Last Flag Flying

Director: Richard Linklater

Writer: Richard Linklater, Darryl Ponicsan (screenplay), Darryl Ponicsan (novel)

Cast: Steve Carell, Bryan Cranston, Laurence Fishburne, J. Quinton Johnson, Yul Vazquez

Cert: 15

Running time: 124mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: Larry Shepherd contacts Sal Nealon and Richard Mueller, who served with him in Vietnam, to help escort his son’s body home after he was killed in Iraq. But, the journey takes longer than expected as secrets are revealed and past events are revisited.

What’s the verdict: Midway through Richard Linklater’s excellent new movie, Bryan Cranston’s troublemaking Sal says every generation gets its war. Every generation also gets its sign-of-the-times dark military comedy.

Vietnam had Robert Altman’s M*A*S*H and Hal Ashby’s The Las...

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2017’s London Film Festival Walks On The Wild Side

For movie lovers, October is London Film Festival time. Specifically, Wednesday 4th to Sunday 15th October this year.

Now in its 61st year, organisers have ditched including the number in the name, favouring the trendier sounding BFI London Film Festival 2017.

Whatever the moniker, the festival is guaranteed to deliver first rate films over 12 celluloid (and digital format) stuffed days.

While there are big hitters amongst the 242 films screening from a whopping 67 different countries, this year we’re most excited by the darker end of the festival.

Still present are the typical galas and strands. Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, Breathe, is the Opening Night Gala...

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Trumbo (2015)

Trumbo-posterDirector: Jay Roach

Writer: John McNamara

Cast: Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, John Goodman, Louis C.K , Stephen Root, David James Elliott

Cert: 15

Running time: 124mins

Year: 2015



The lowdown: In post-World War 2 America, celebrated screenwriter and Communist Dalton Trumbo finds himself at the centre of the House Un-American Activities Committee’s witch hunts. Blacklisted, unable to work and facing jail, he decides to fight back.

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The full verdict: America’s Red Scare witch hunts of the 40s and 50s remain a tarnish on Tinseltown’s sheen. Given the opportunity to enact its favourite story and stand up for the little guy hounded by villainous bullies, Hollywood buckled to HUAC, blacklisting artists and naming names.

And with flames of fear and paranoia agai...

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Must-See Films at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival

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The 59th London Film Festival runs Wednesday 7th to Sunday 18th October.

12 days.

240 movies and documentary features, plus hundreds of shorts from all over the globe.

Even the most rabid movie buff will concede defeat in trying to see all those films in less than two weeks. So what to watch?

In the best tradition of internet Top Lists, we proudly present the Top 10 movies we are most hotly anticipating. And then looked again and had to expand it to 15.

They may be great, they may exhilarate, hell they may even frustrate… The only guarantee is they will be memorable. Which is what makes the London Film Festival such an essential event year after year.

Enough of the preamble, let’s dive into the idiosyncratic Electric Shadows 59th London Film Festival Must-See list...

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Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla 2014 - posterDirector: Gareth Edwards

Writer: Max Borenstein

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn

Cert: 12

Running time: 123mins

Year: 2014

 

The lowdown: After 2010’s £400,000 budgeted Monsters, director Gareth Edwards proves he is the go-to creature feature guy for the King of Monsters, Godzilla himself. And as the 1954 original dealt with hot-button topics of the day so Edwards uses his titular leviathan to shoulder a story touching upon post-9/11 apocalypse paranoia, environmental disasters, and of course nuclear anxieties...

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