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Godzilla: King of the Monsters – The Electric Shadows Podcast


In episode 65, we welcome a special guest to The Electric Shadows Podcast. Regular listeners will know that frequent ESP contributor Ian Bird knows his movies. What you may not be aware of is Ian’s 10-year-old son Ronan is also something of a film authority, particularly when it comes to monster flicks.

This isn’t patronising flattery, listen to Ronan’s 12-minute discussion of Godzilla: King of the Monsters in this episode and you’ll know what we mean. His kaiju knowledge puts Robs Daniel & Wallis in the shade. Which is why you’ll find it at the end of the podcast as there was no way their opinions could follow Ronan’s.

Don’t believe us? We’ve had to update this episode with a postscript correction on two errors the Robs have made that Ronan picked up on when li...

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Shin Godzilla

Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi

Writer: Hideaki Anno

Cast: Hiroki Hasegawa, Satomi Ishihara, Shin’ya Tsukamoto, Jun Kunimura

Cert: 12

Running time: 120 mins

Year: 2016



What’s the story: When a giant lizard emerges from Tokyo Bay and wreaks havoc in the city, the Japanese government debates how to handle the crisis.

What’s the verdict: A running gag throughout the blackly comic Shin Godzilla is, whenever the King of Monsters embarks on another round of Tokyo stomping mayhem, there is a governmental reshuffle.

This administrative pinball is conveyed through rapid fire subtitles announcing which position key characters now hold. Don’t try reading them on a first watch. You’ll get nowhere and it’s not needed to follow the plot.

Best known before viewing is that Shin God...

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Kong: Skull Island – The Electric Shadows Podcast

The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches episode 20! In this landmark episode, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis talk Kong: Skull Island – but do they go ape for it? Rob & Rob also go off track into some trademark tangent undergrowth, and find time to tackle Paul Verhoeven’s controversial Elle, plus Trespass Against Us and The Love Witch. A bumper episode to mark us hitting 20!

Big thanks to everyone who has listened our movie ramblings thus far!

 

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2014 – Rewind and Re-View

With 2015 fast becoming a reality, what better time to look back at movies in the year that was 2014?

As is tradition, let’s begin with…

WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION
Transformers - Age of Extinction - Dinobot, Optimus Prime

Having sex and accidentally crying out your mum’s name. Going for a bowel movement only to look down and see blood. Jelly wrestling Eamonn Holmes. The only thing worse than these is watching all 165 minutes of the fourth instalment of the over-heated, overlong, mean-spirited toy advert franchise. It cost $210m and no-one could transform the idea into a decent script?


ONGOING INDICATIONS THESE ARE THE END OF DAYS – TRANSFORMERS & MRS BROWN’S BOYS D’MOVIE’S BOX OFFICE

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The only thing more depressing than a fourth Transformers movie is the fact it was 2014’s box office champion, with o...

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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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Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim - quad posterDirector: Guillermo del Toro

Cast: Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Ron Perlman, Charlie Day, Burn Gorman, Max Martini, Robert Kazinsky

Cert: 12

Running time: 132mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Guillermo del Toro, the man behind the best film of the noughties Pan’s Labyrinth, takes his love of monsters 30 storeys high in this awesome cage fight of a movie. Riffing on Japanese movies and anime such as Godzilla, Gundam and Evangelion, he delivers giant robot vs. titans monster action quite unlike anything seen before. Unfortunately, his strong storytelling gets lost amidst the sound and fury making this a three star blast of fun rather than the five star classic the trailer suggested it might be.

PACIFIC RIMPacific Rim - Gipsy Danger

The full verdict: Pacific Rim promised to be the monster movie we’d been waiting for...

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