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The Old Man and the Gun

Director: David Lowery

Writer: David Lowery (script), David Grann (The New Yorker article)

Cast: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Elisabeth Moss

Cert: 12 (TBC)

Running time: 93mins

Year: 2018



What’s the story: Texas, 1981. Aged escaped convict Forrest Tucker (Redford) embarks on a string of bank robberies, but the law is close behind.

What’s the verdict: The Old Man and the Gun was initially announced as Robert Redford’s acting swansong. Reportedly this may no longer be the case, but David Lowery’s irresistible crime caper is a wonderful summation of Redford’s screen legend.

The Sundance Kid may now be an old man, but as career criminal Forrest Tucker both the actor’s baby blues and infectious smile shine brightly as ever.

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Oscar Nominees 2018 – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In Episode 38 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis provide their take on the 2018 Oscar nominations.

They run through what they agree with – hello Get Out, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards, Lady Bird. They umm and ahhh over that particular film they really don’t like – seriously, how can Darkest Hour be up for Best Picture when it is not nominated in Best Director or Best Screenplay? The Robs run through the films that seem to have been snubbed – Wonder Woman, The Disaster Artist and Michael Stuhlbarg for Call Me By Your Name.

They also have fun saying Call Me By Your Name… it’ll all make sense in the podcast. Although the pair do become quite punchy running through lists of nominees. Wait til you hear their theory on how the Visual Effects in War for the Planet of th...

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The 10 Best Films of 2017

Another year, another 10 movies that define why we love cinema. 2017 was such a strong year for film releases that many excellent movies failed to make our Top 10.

Honorary shout-outs then to such must-sees as Wind River, IT, Mother!, Una, A Silent Voice and Wonder Woman. Great movies all, all pipped to the post by the titles below.

Whatever brow-furrowing misbehaviour 2018 brings, one sliver of good news is that cinema should remain in fine shape. From what we saw at the London Film Festival in October, at least three five-star movies will be released next year.

But, without further ado, here is Electric Shadows’ 10 Best Films of 2017…


  1. Brawl in Cell Block 99

Writer/director S...

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A Ghost Story

Director: David Lowery

Writer: David Lowery

Cast: Casey Affleck, Rooney Mara, Will Oldham

Cert: 12

Running time: 92mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: “C” (Affleck) and “M” (Mara) are a typical young couple, bickering, making up, and preparing to move out of their suburban bungalow. Suddenly, “C” is killed. But, he returns to their residence as a ghost, unable to forget M.

What’s the verdict: Easy to see why A Ghost Story has garnered 5-star-transcendental-experience reviews. As easy to see why it’s leaving others crying “Emperor’s new bedsheet!”

Much like Affleck for most of this movie, A Ghost Story is a white canvas upon which to project your own emotions...

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Oscars 2017 Podcast – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis do an early morning post-Oscars review of this year’s ceremony. The highs, the lows, the biggest gaffe in Oscar history, we chat all about it here. Jimmy Kimmel did a great job, the Celebrity Zoo was a bizarre misfire, and damn… that ending.  May all Oscars be this exciting!

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Moonlight dominates Online Film Critics Society Awards

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The powerful coming-of-age drama Moonlight dominated the 2016 Online Film Critics Society Awards, winning a total of four awards out of seven nominations.

The film beat out competition from La La Land, Arrival, Jackie and Manchester by the Sea amongst others to be named Best Picture. Barry Jenkins won Best Director and Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris won Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress, respectively.

The Online Film Critics Society’s Governing Committee said, “We’d like to congratulate all involved with Moonlight for the power and humanity of this extraordinary film. Topical and relevant, it is a timely reminder of that which unites us being greater than that which divides us.”

la-la-land-posterDamien Chazelle’s La La Land, which tied with Moonlight for seven nominations, won ...

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Must-See Films at the 2016 BFI London Film Festival

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When writing preview features for the London Film Festival it’s difficult to resist the numbers. Those big numbers representing how many films will show over the 12 day festival, how many countries are featured, how many cinemas films are hosting films. And crucially, which numbers in the calendar you should be blocking out.

That last one’s easy – Wednesday 5th to Sunday 16th October.

But, there is one figure this year of paramount importance. 60.

In 2016 the BFI London Film Festival marks its 60th anniversary. Maintaining the original brief of being a “festival of festivals” the LFF continues to bring to the UK movies which have wowed audiences at other festivals that year.

The opening film way back in 1957 was Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece Throne of Blood...

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Triple 9

Triple-9-posterDirector: John Hillcoat

Writer: Matt Cook

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Casey Affleck, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, Clifton Collins Jr., Norman Reedus, Michael K. Williams, Gal Gadot

Cert: 15

Running time: 115mins

Year: 2016




What’s the story: A gang including crooked cops are forced to execute high risk heists by a female Russian-Jewish mob boss. To pull off one of the heists requires a lethal misdirect involving an unsuspecting fellow officer.

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What’s the verdict: Triple 9’s cast list is a quadruple wow. Chiwetel Ejiofor, The Walking Dead’s Norman Reedus, Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Anthony Mackie and Clifton Collins Jr make up the crew committing audacious robberies in the city of Atlanta.

Kate Winslet is the mob boss pulling their strings, with Wond...

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15 Five Star Movies You May Have Forgotten

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One of the nicer problems for the first world film fan is not only making time to watch all the movies now available, but also remembering them.

With all year round blockbusters dazzling the eyes it is easy to forget those movies that fired the brain cells and stimulated the imagination in the way the best cinema does.

So, in salute to those special movies that deserve the all five stars yet may have been clouded by a decade of sound and fury or simply slipped under the radar, here are 15 five star movies made since 2000 you may want to reacquaint yourself with.


In the Mood for Love (2000)
The plot: In Hong Kong, 1962 a man and woman living in the same apartment building discover their respective spouses are having an affair and begin a tentative relationship themselves.

Why 5 stars: Cin...

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Out of the Furnace

Out of the Furnace - poster quadDirector: Scott Cooper

Writers: Brad Ingelsby, Scott Cooper

Cast: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana

Cert: 15

Running time: 116mins

Year: 2013

   

The lowdown: A cast to kill for flesh out this taut thriller from the director of Crazy Heart. Christian Bale is a buttoned down steel worker suddenly faced with the rotten side of life when Iraq veteran brother Casey Affleck finds himself in deep with the wrong crowd. Woody Harrelson intimidates both characters and the audience as an Appalachian crime boss spat out of the darkest corner of a mountain, while Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker and Zoe Saldana offer first rate support. Bruising, melancholy, but memorable.

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The full verdict: From the pre-credit scene when Woody...

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