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Arrow Video Blu-ray: Dark Blue (2002)

Director: Ron Shelton

Writer: David Ayer (screenplay), James Ellroy (story)

Cast: Kurt Russell, Scott Speedman, Michael Michele, Brendan Gleeson, Ving Rhames, Jonathan Banks, Dash Mihok, Kurupt, Lolita Davidovich

Cert: 15

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2002


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What’s the story: On the eve of the 1992 LA riots, corrupted police officer Eldon Perry (Russell) watches his world of power and control begin to collapse.

What’s the verdict: Ask most people to name Kurt Russell’s best performance and you’re likely to hear The Thing’s MacCready, Escape From New York’s Snake Plissken, Tombstone’s Wyatt Earp, The Hateful Eight’s John Ruth, or Elvis’, er, Elvis.

There may even be some who cite The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes’ Dexter...

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Suicide Squad – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 11 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, in which Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis tackle Suicide Squad, ponder the future of DC movies, realise they have spent around 15 hours this year watching and talking about DC movies, and Rob Daniel wonders why films now can’t be more like Crocodile Dundee II. Rob Wallis also gets warm and fuzzy with Finding Dory and Rob Daniel is mightily impressed with chilled out entertainer David Brent in Life on the Road.

More of Rob Wallis’ musing on movies can be found at his site Of All The Film Sites. Check it out (after listening to the podcast)…

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Suicide Squad

Suicide-Squad---posterDirector: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer

Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jay Hernandez, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jared Leto, Cara Delevingne, Karen Fukuhara, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholtz

Cert: 15

Running time: 123mins

Year: 2016


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What’s the story: After the events of Batman v Superman, shadowy government agent Amanda Waller recruits the most dangerous prisoners languishing in the toughest prisons in exchange for time off their sentences. Charged with defending the world against any “meta-human” threat, it’s not long before their first high-risk mission arrives.

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What’s the verdict: Poor ol’ Suicide Squad...

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Brad Pitt and David Ayer Talk Fury

Fury Press Conference - Brad Pitt, David Ayer, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, John BernthalDepicting the last just war as a hellish landscape of body parts and impossible moral quandaries, Fury is a potent mix of a guys on a mission movie shot with a modern viewpoint. War’s brutalising effects, the atrocities the Nazi regime inflicted upon its own people and heart-in-throat battle sequences are shown with raw immediacy putting you inside the eponymous Sherman as the shells fly.

Closing the 2014 London Film Festival, the film was joined by its director David Ayer, plus cast members Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, John Bernthal and Logan Lerman. At the film’s press conference they spoke eloquently and informatively about bringing to the screen a memorable portrayal of conflict in the final days of World War 2.

Questions were asked by the moderator and journalists from a...

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Fury (2014)

Fury - posterDirector: David Ayer

Writer: David Ayer

Cast: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, John Bernthal, Michael Pena

Cert: 15

Running time: 135mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: War may be Hell, but once more makes for blistering cinema. Brad Pitt gives arguably his best performance to date as Sgt. Don “Wardaddy” Collier, leading a seasoned Sherman tank crew deep into Nazi Germany during the last gasps of WW2. But, the arrival of Logan Lerman’s callow Norman forces the men to see how three years of conflict has brutalised them as moral quandaries pile as high as the bodies. Riveting and shocking, with the horror of war painted in bold red strokes. Make tracks to see it.

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The full verdict: To ensure we don’t miss the central War is Hell message, Fury opens with a German officer riding a whit...

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