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Top 10 Films of 2019

2019 may have had many problems, but cinema wasn’t one. The decade closed with a banner year for movies, so much so that our 11-20 list in any other year would have been a fine Top 10. Before we move onto what films we thought were the year’s best, here is a nod to those movies that didn’t quite squeeze in (although it was, appropriately, a close run race between The Peanut Butter Falcon and Le Mans ’66).

So, also check out… Le Man ’66, Booksmart, Monos, Ready or Not, One Cut of the Dead, The Sisters Brothers, Avengers: Endgame, The Report, John Wick 3: Parabellum and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

The Electric Shadows Top 10 Films of the Year also sees a couple of firsts...

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Doctor Sleep Follow-Up, Joker Thoughts and Prince Andrew Interview Post-Mortem – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Episode 74 of The Electric Shadows Podcast picks up where episode 73 left off. Robs Daniel and Wallis found that Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep stayed with them, its themes and characters lingering in the mind.

Someone of the same opinion is regular Electric Shadows Podcast contributor Mr Ian Bird, who also happened to be in town and was up for explaining why he was so impressed with the excellent chiller.

We recorded this on Sunday 17th November, the day after the BBC’s interview with Prince Andrew...

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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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IT Chapter Two – The Electric Shadows Podcast


The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches Bill and Ted’s favourite number. In episode 69 Robs Daniel and Wallis stare into the deadlights of IT Chapter Two, the follow-up to the 2017 smash hit IT.

Rob Daniel is none too impressed at how much has been chopped out of Stephen King’s novel, despite the 171 minutes running time. Rob Wallis finds more to enjoy, but still has issues he runs through in a spoiler section. Yep, a spoiler section because no discussion of IT can avoid talking about how the novel’s notoriously difficult ending is translated to the big screen.

Our intrepid casters of pod also make space to discuss the 1990 IT mini-series, this year’s Pet Sematary and the upcoming Doctor Sleep...

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IT Chapter Two

Director: Andy Muschietti

Writers: Gary Dauberman (script), Stephen King (book)

Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Jay Ryan, Andy Bean, Bill Skarsgård

Producers: Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Barbara Muschietti

Music: Benjamin Wallfisch

Cinematographer: Checco Varese

Editor: Jason Ballentine

Cert: 15

Running time: 171mins

Year: 2019


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What’s the story: Twenty seven years after the terrifying events of 1989, members of the Losers gang must return to Derry once again to battle the monstrous evil taking the form of killer clown Pennywise.

What’s the verdict: Early on in Andy Muschietti’s closing chapter to his 2017 hit, successful horror author Bill Densborough (McAvoy) is wrestling with the en...

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The Wretched (2019)

Director: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce

Writers: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce

Cast: John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones, Zarah Mahler, Azie Tesfai, Blane Cockarell

Producers: Ed Polgardy, Chang Tseng

Music: Devin Burrows

Cinematography: Conor Murphy

Editor: Terry Yates

Cert: 15 (TBC)

Running time: 95mins

Year: 2019



What’s the story: A troubled teen (Howard) living with his dad believes a malevolent tree-demon has invaded his neighbours’ house and stolen their child.

What’s the verdict: The Pierce Brothers debuted in 2011 with zombie comedy Dead Heads. This spiritedly entertaining sophomore movie is polished and energetic enough to suggest film no.3 won’t be so long coming.

A slice of small-town American horror, ...

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IT, Stephen King, Mother! – The Electric Shadows Podcast

The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches its 30th episode!

To mark this milestone occasion, Robs Daniel & Wallis run through a frightfully good collection of cinematic horror happenings.

Rob Daniel delivers his round-up of FrightFest 2017, which occurred over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Both Robs give their verdict on the big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. Plus, their views on clowns in general.

Rob Wallis saw The Dark Tower so you don’t have to. He explains why, and we think you’ll be sold on his damning verdict.

The two Robs then run through the Stephen King on Screen season running at the BFI Southbank throughout September until the 3rd October.  More information on that can be found here.

Finally, Rob Daniel recounts Darren Aronofsky’s mad, memorable, impressive new movie,

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IT (2017)

Director: Andy Muschietti

Writer: Cary Fukunaga, Chase Palmer, Gary Dauberman

Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacbos, Bill Skarsgård, Jackson Robert Scott

Cert: 15

Running time: 135mins

Year: 2017 



What’s the story: In the summer of 1989, almost a year after young Georgie Denbrough is murdered by an evil force, Georgie’s brother Bill and his gang of self-styled Losers vow to defeat whatever is plaguing their town of Derry.

What’s the verdict: After years languishing in the sewers of Development Hell, IT finally reaches cinema screens. And the reaction is one of relief.

Relief that the characters and tone of Stephen King’s macabre magnum opus have survived the transition.

Relief that the decision to mess around with the book’s fla...

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2017 – A Hot Summer for Movies?

Summer movies. They promise so much, yet so many times deliver so little. Terminator: Genisys, Jason Bourne, Suicide Squad anyone?

But, eternal optimist Rich Phippen takes an idiosyncratic, partially cautious look at films coming up over the summer period that may very well buck the trend and become warm weather hits.

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Colossal (release: 19th May)


If you want to put your money on the sleeper hit of 2017, look no further than this monster movie with a twist. Gloria (Hathaway) has lost her job and boyfriend, and moved back to her hometown in upstate New York to lick her wounds. But when she gets there, and turns on the TV, she discovers a giant monster is wrecking Seoul in South Korea...

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Cell

Cell---UK-Quad-posterDirector: Tod Williams

Writer: Adam Alleca, Stephen King (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)

Cast: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Stacy Keach

Cert: 15

Running time: 98mins

Year: 2016


 


What’s the story: When mobile phones start sending users violently insane, comic artist Clay Riddell (Cusack) has to battle across country to reach his family. Joining him are subway worker Tom McCourt (Jackson) and Clay’s neighbor Alice Maxwell (Fuhrman).

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What’s the verdict: Based on Stephen King’s 2006 novel, Cell is a scrappily enjoyable apocalypse yarn in the vein of buddy George Romero’s The Crazies, plus Cronenberg’s Rabid and Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later.

Written just before smart phones exploded around the world, King’s novel was remarkably prescient in how rabidly ...

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