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Joker – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In episode 70 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis set their laughing gear to discussing Todd Phillips’ Joker. A controversial film being hailed as a masterpiece, the two Robs are baffled as to why.

They both talk about why the film left them unimpressed and non-plussed, from the slavish homage to Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy to Joaquin Phoenix’s mannered performance.

Rob D recounts the negative reactions his review has met on Facebook and R&R attempt to figure out where the love is coming from.

To help them, friend of the podcast Adrian Zak joins Rob D for a brief chat, describing what he found to like in the movie. Never say we’re not balanced.

We recorded this one outside between screenings at the London Film Festival, hence the background being...

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Deadpool and Other 2016 Superheroes – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 2 of the Electric Shadows Podcast targets Deadpool and looks forward to the now annual superhero summer jamboree.

In our own inimitable fashion, m’learned colleague Rob Wallis and myself don figurative capes and survey the current landscape of comic book heroes on the big and small screen. In an epic discussion, our journey through all things superheroic takes in R ratings, social realist movies of the 1960s, David Niven and Mary Poppins.  I also get the name of The Dark Knight Returns sequel wrong, (it’s Strikes Again, not Strikes Back), plus there is a brief segue into discussing the bizarre phenomenon that is Jai Courtney.

It makes a kind of sense.

So, hang up your cape (or put it on if that’s what makes you comfortable) and hear what we have to say.

More of Rob Walli...

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Despicable Me 2

DM2-QuadDirectors: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

Cast: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Steve Coogan, Benjamin Bratt, Ken Jeong, Russell Brand

Cert: U

Running time: 98 mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Steve Carell’s reformed supervillain returns with minions and triumvirate of cute moppets in tow for a riotous sequel to the surprise 2010 hit.  What plot there is revolves around Gru’s investigation into the theft of an experimental serum that transforms animals (and people, and minions) into ravenous, psychotic (purple-furred) beasties.  But, as with producer Chris Meladandri’s Ice Age series, the story is a mere launch pad for inventive comic skits guaranteed to tickle your inner minion...

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Man of Steel

MOS - bannerDirector: Zack Snyder

Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne

Cert: 12

Running time: 143mins

Year: 2013

The lowdown: Six years after Superman Returns, Bryan Singer’s sort of sequel to the original Superman movies, Batman reviver Christopher Nolan and Watchmen director Zack Snyder deliver the first real Superman reboot.  Going the origins story route that resurrected Batman Begins, Snyder, Nolan and Dark Knight co-writer David S. Goyer retell the legend of the lad from Krypton with the realism and grit now expected from comic book adaptations.  And happily the Bat-method has worked; Man of Steel is big, bold, epic moviemaking, not without flaws great and small but enough to get all suped up about a second instalment...

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The Dark Knight Rises

TDKR posterDirector: Christopher Nolan

Cast: Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cottilard, Matthew Modine

Cert: 12

Running time: 164 mins

Year: 2012

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The lowdown: The most eagerly awaited film of 2012 arrives with an Everest of expectation resting on its caped shoulders. But, with Christopher Nolan again at the helm and series familiars Bale, Oldman, Caine and Freeman joined by hot new blood Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard and a purr-fect Anne Hathaway, there was no doubt The Dark Knight Rises would deliver the goods. And it does so in awesome and ambitious style, mixing blockbuster spectacle with a gripping story that weaves in the Occupy Movement, banker bashing and the War on Terror...

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