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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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Love and Peace

Love-and-Peace-poster Director: Sion Sono

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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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Pacific Rim – the live action Evangelion?


“Go Big or Go Extinct” shouts the tagline and from the trailer, no other film this year will match Pacific Rim for sheer scale.

Humankind threatened by alien monsters from a cross-dimensional rift deep in the Pacific ocean and fighting back with giant robots, it promises to be a barmy blend of Cloverfield and that great Transformers film still to be made.


Director Del Toro talks Pacific Rim at Comic Con

And it’s directed by Guillermo Del Toro, the big director with a big love for monsters, creatures, and all things fantastical, whose masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth was the best film of the noughties. With him at the helm expect the sublime to sit alongside the scintillating, or as Del Toro puts its:

“(Pacific Rim will be) a beautiful poem to giant monsters”


“It is my duty to c...

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