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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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Oscars 2018 Review – The Electric Shadows Podcast

The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches its 40th episode. What better way to mark this landmark episode than by discussing the biggest night in the movie calendar: the Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars. Best known as the awards where they announced the wrong movie last year for the biggest win of the night.

We know what you’re thinking, “Aren’t the Oscars just fish-wrapping by the Wednesday after the Sunday they happen?” Highly probable, but fear not. In a discursive, some might almost say wildly undisciplined chat, the two Rob’s hold forth on a range of subjects spinning off from the award winners. Including 1994’s The Shadow, the tyranny of pan and scan video in the dark days before DVD, and an imagined disaster in which Warren Beatty uses Faye Dunaway as a human shield.

Plus of c...

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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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Three Billboards… & Darkest Hour – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In Episode 37 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis look at one of the best films of the year and a contender for one of the worst.

Impressing them is Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. A dramatic, witty and compassionate tale of a mother’s anger at the local police for not finding her daughter’s killer, it is a powerhouse of adult storytelling, populated with some of the best characters yet from the man behind In Bruges.

At the other end of the spectrum is Darkest Hour. Joe Wright’s film presents Winston Churchill as the eccentric man of the people popular history likes to portray him as. It all amounts to little more than Sunday afternoon TV fluff, until Wright and co present a scene so misjudged and tin-eared it ruins their movie...

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Darkest Hour (2017)

Director: Joe Wright

Writer: Anthony McCarten

Cast: Gary Oldman, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Stephen Dillane, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn, Ronald Pickup

Cert: PG

Running time: 125mins

Year: 2017


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What’s the story: As Britain stands alone against the Nazis, and its army awaits capture at Dunkirk, newly appointed prime minister Winston Churchill clashes with critics in his own party about fighting Germany or negotiating for peace.

What’s the verdict: Unlike those brothers who shared his family name, Joe Wright has yet to successfully land a project. Sometimes his films soar briefly. But, audience expectations crash to earth with a sense of frustrated disappointment (Atonement) or outright annoyance (The Soloist).

Darkest Hour promises to be the director’s most sustained movie yet...

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Oliver Stone’s JFK – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Six months in the making (partially due to the epic length, partially due to Rob D’s inability to get his act together and edit it), episode 25 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a special looking at Oliver Stone’s 1991 classic, JFK.

Over an epic running time almost matching the duration of the film itself, Rob Daniel, Rob Wallis and special guest Ian Bird dissect the merits and legacy of Stone’s controversial movie. Including a discussion of JFK as a forerunner to Fake News stories.

They also look at the assassination itself, plus it’s impact on popular culture, including the flawed, truth-seeking hero, that eventually led to Warner Bros. bankrolling the movie.

Our intrepid investigators also come up with a new conspiracy theory involving a beloved 1980s filmmaker and a Batman villian...

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Child 44

Child-44---posterDirector: Daniel Espinosa

Writers: Richard Price (screenplay), Tom Rob Smith (novel)

Cast: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman, Vincent Cassell

Cert: 15

Running Time: 137 mins

Year: 2015

 

The Lowdown: A slap happy Daniel Espinosa directs Tom Hardy at his bruising best, hunting a serial killer in Stalin’s Russia; while a supporting cast including Vincent Cassell and a criminally sidelined Gary Oldman bark ineffectually in distracting accents. State oppression and child slaughter aren’t designed to illicit titters but this is breathtakingly bleak and gulag grim.

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The full verdict: Inspired by real life serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, this gloomy adaptation of the first novel in Tom Rob Smith’s Agent Leo Demidov trilogy, should be a taut, compelling cat-and-mouse thril...

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes - posterDirector: Matt Reeves

Writers: Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver

Cast: Andy Serkis, Jason Clarke, Gary Oldman, Toby Kebbell, Keri Russell, Kodi Smit-McPhee

Cert: 12A

Running time: 130mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Cloverfield director Matt Reeves takes director duties for this eagerly anticipated follow-up to Rupert Wyatt’s surprise 2011 hit. Set ten years after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, “simian flu” has devastated humankind while apes have grown stronger and smarter. In San Francisco where it all started, an uneasy truce is observed between the apes in the Redwood forests and the human survivors huddled in the city ruins...

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RoboCop (2014)

RoboCop posterDirector: Jose Padilha

Writer: Joshua Zetumer, Edward Nuemeier & Michael Miner (1987 script)

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Williams

Cert: 12A

Running time: 118mins

Year: 2014

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The lowdown: Elite Squad director Jose Padilha bravely or foolishly takes on the impossible mission of rebooting Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop. Saddled with a contractual PG-13 rating, it’s no surprise that the result is an assembly line action vehicle sorely lacking the anarchic human touch that made the original hit home with a bullet. Robo may look slicker than he did in 1987, but someone should have oiled the rusty script.

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The full verdict: Ah, RoboCop...

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