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Doctor Sleep & The Shining – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 73 journey back to The Overlook Hotel for a discussion of Doctor Sleep, the sequel to both Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Robs Daniel and Wallis also take this as an opportunity to review Stanley Kubrick’s classic horror film, discussing why it still has such a hold on the imagination nearly forty years later.

Horror fans will know Kubrick changed large parts of King’s book, including the ending. So our intrepid casters in pod review how Doctor Sleep compares to King’s source novel and spins gold from referring back to Kubrick’s 1980 chiller.

They still find time for horsing around, including Rob Wallis pulling “Jack Nicholson frozen in the snow faces”. A lot of “Jack Nicholson frozen in the snow faces”...

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Reservoir Dogs at 25 – The Electric Shadows Podcast

For this special Reservoir Dogs 25th Anniversary episode, Robs Daniel & Wallis are joined once more by Ian Bird. You’ll remember Ian from his wise words on the JFK podcast. Together they dissect Quentin Tarantino’s sensational debut, discussing its strengths, characters, themes and controversial use of language. And that whole Who Shot Nice Guy Eddie thing.

The three intrepid podcasters place the movie in the overall picture of Tarantino’s career and discuss Tarantino’s cinematic legacy. Could there be a case for the Marvel Cinematic Universe being an extension of what Quentin was doing with his movies in the 90s and noughties? Or Joss Whedon taking the QT baton and running with it into fantasy realms rather than crime? These thoughts and more are given their day in court…

While making ro...

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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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Silent Night, Festive Fright!

Christmas is Cancelled!

A Christmas Story. It’s A Wonderful Life. The Muppet Christmas Carol. Home Alone. There are movies infused with holiday spirit that make the sleeps until December 25th more bearable.

These are not those movies.

Instead, we present our favourite movies that take a warped look at the most magical time of the year. And we’re not talking Gremlins or Die Hard. Below we have home invasion, murderous tots, Christmas Eve police brutality, Yuletide demons, and attempted suicide in front of a silly season Looney Tunes cartoon.

Happy Holidays everyone…


The Night Sitter (2018)

A year after Better Watch Out, here is another imperilled-babysitter-at-Christmas-time winner. Elyse Dufour is the sassy child-minder, who begins the film thinking she is the bad guy, planning to t...

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Gravity

Gravity - quad posterDirector: Alfonso Cuaron

Cast: Sandra Bullock, George Clooney

Cert: 12

Running time: 91mins

Year: 2013

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The lowdown: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney are lost in space as the audience loses itself in ninety-minutes of cinematic perfection in Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity. Action movie and disaster epic, with a dollop of existential soul-searching against a backdrop of deep space, this raises the bar of big screen spectacle as Star Wars, Jurassic Park and The Matrix did before it. Succumb to its irresistible pull.

Gravity - George ClooneyGRAVITY

The full verdict: Seven long years have passed since Alfonso Cuaron amazed us with Children of Men. Gravity is a first class return, and like its predecessor splices high intelligence scriptwriting with high adrenalin filmmaking.

Birth, death, rebirth, the soul, the cold depths o...

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