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2016 – Rewind And Re-View

2016. We’ll not dwell on what an awful year it was. Suffice to say there was a lot happening in the movie world, some of it bad, some of it rather wonderful. Here is Electric Shadows’ take on the year in film.

As is customary, we’ll begin with…


WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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OfAllTheFilmSites.com editor Rob Wallis and myself begun The Electric Shadows’ podcast this year. For said podcast we have spent approximately 12 hours watching or discussing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. “Visionary” director Zack Snyder’s superhero magnum stinkus is mean-spirited, miserable, ugly, incoherent and fundamentally misunderstands its two titular heroes...

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The Best Films of 2016

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Oh 2016, you terrible year. What general miserableness was foisted upon us these past 12 months. Providing a light in the gloom were movies released this year; a great selection from which it was difficult to draw a top 10. But, we managed it and proudly present what we regard as the year’s best releases.

Before we get to that list, firstly a shout-out to those films that skirted the Top 10 but which didn’t make it in.  Ironically, we couldn’t find room for Room, Green Room, or The Keeping RoomCaptain America: Civil War was the only summer blockbuster worth bothering with, but again didn’t make the grade. Elvis & Nixon, The Nice Guys, Bone Tomahawk, The Hateful Eight, Creed. We salute you, but there were still 10 movies we placed above them.

Here they are – in reverse order as is cus...

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Mid-Year Movie Rundown – The Electric Shadows Podcast

We’re almost at the end of June, so what better time to take stock of 2016 in film. And forgive us for saying so, but we believe this is a bumper year for movies. The Witch, Creed, The Hateful Eight, Room, Spotlight, The Big Short, Captain America: Civil War, Green Room, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Bone Tomahawk, When Marnie Was There. A good Top 10 of the year could be made from the first 6 months.

So, join Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis as the go boldly through The Good, The Bad and The Middling of 2016 so far.  And note this was recorded before the tragic death of Anton Yelchin, which is why our Green Room discussion refers to him in the present tense. RIP Anton.

 

 

More of Rob Wallis’ musing on movies can be found at his site Of All The Film Blogs...

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The Best Films of the 2015 BFI London Film Festival

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That was the 59th BFI London Film Festival then. 12 days and hundreds of films.

This year Electric Shadows is teaming with Rob Wallis’ Of All The Film Blogs to present the LFF Top 10 and the inaugural Leccie Awards, honouring those films we believe made this year’s festival shine.

Plus, left-of-field awards to show we’re not just ripping off the Oscars.

Before we begin, a full disclosure statement.

We were unable to check out the following films: Room, Dheepan, Bone Tomahawk and this year’s LFF Best Film winner Chevalier. We feel all are highly likely to have placed in our round-up, so the below is the best of what we did see.

THE ELECTRIC SHADOWS & OF ALL THE FILM BLOGS’ LFF TOP 10

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    “Exquisite, raw and sublime, expect the heat to rise between now and Oscar time” – Rob D...
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The 2015 London Film Festival… so far

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The London Film Festival runs until Sunday 18th October. For film and ticket information click here.

The-Witch-posterThere are 240 films from 72 countries at this year’s LFF. The lone gutsy scribe at Electric Shadows (i.e. me) has so far seen twenty one.

There have been guaranteed winners I didn’t catch. Bone Tomahawk – why no press screening?! Trumbo and Room – why did you have to clash with When Marnie Was There and Love and Peace – you know my love of Japanese cinema…

But, it’s testament to the strength of the 2015 festival that the quality of those twenty one movies has been overall impressive.

With four full festival days left, here is a rundown of what’s floated my boat… and those that sunk my battleship.

Last year I had only one five star movie in my London Film Festival Top 10,...

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The Witch (2015)

The-Witch-posterDirector: Robert Eggers

Writer: Robert Eggers

Cast: Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Harvey Scrimshaw, Lucas Dawson, Ellie Grainger

Cert: 15

Running time: 90mins

Year: 2015


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The lowdown: Joining It Follows and The Babadook as one of the great horrors of recent years, The Witch is a sensational debut from director Robert Eggers. In 17th century New England, a family are banished from their devoutly religious plantation. Isolated on a small farm, they seem to be the targets of witchcraft when their youngest vanishes. But, as they begin to suspect each other, how much is hysteria? Dripping with a malevolent atmosphere, this is how horror movies seemed when you were too young to watch them.

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The full verdict: Vividly depicting an age when lives were governed by religion, supers...

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Must-See Films at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival

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The 59th London Film Festival runs Wednesday 7th to Sunday 18th October.

12 days.

240 movies and documentary features, plus hundreds of shorts from all over the globe.

Even the most rabid movie buff will concede defeat in trying to see all those films in less than two weeks. So what to watch?

In the best tradition of internet Top Lists, we proudly present the Top 10 movies we are most hotly anticipating. And then looked again and had to expand it to 15.

They may be great, they may exhilarate, hell they may even frustrate… The only guarantee is they will be memorable. Which is what makes the London Film Festival such an essential event year after year.

Enough of the preamble, let’s dive into the idiosyncratic Electric Shadows 59th London Film Festival Must-See list...

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