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2018 – Rewind and Re-View

Time thwarted us and we didn’t get chance to write up a review of 2017. We weren’t going to allow a second year to pass without forcing our opinion of how the year in cinema shaped up on the cinema-going public.

2018 may have seen politicians outdo themselves in dumb-fuckery and the world was put on final notice regarding climate change. But, amidst the wreckage there were pleasures to be had. Many of them found within the dark confines of your local picture house.

Here are some of the most notable moments. But, to match the mood of the year, we’ll open on a downer…


WORST FILM OF THE YEAR – You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay’s adaptation of Jonathan Ames’ novel is not bad in the sense that it is poorly made...

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout & Skyscraper – The Electric Shadows Podcast

Ep 48 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis pulling a late nighter to talk about Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Our intrepid casters in pod had just seen the film and were both suitably impressed by Tom Cruise latest attempt to risk life and limb to entertain the audience.

To find out why, listen on, and see where they rank this in the M:I canon.

The Robs also find time to scale Dwayne Johnson’s Skyscraper (if you will) and discuss why it it doesn’t quite reach the dizzying heights of Rob D’s expectations.

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Wonder Woman Vs The Mummy – The Electric Shadows Podcast

In ep 24 Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis take a flying visit to the Caribbean for brief opinions on Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge (or Dead Men Tell No Tales dependent on which part of the world you’re being forced to watch the film). Don’t worry, they don’t miss the opportunity to give Johnny Depp a figurative shoe-ing.

Then our intrepid podcasters say, “Don’t show me The Mummy!” Purging their rage and confusion over Tom Cruise’s bizarre vanity vehicle, they keep it tight where the film itself unravelled. They desperately search for something positive to say about the movie, finally plumping for the fact it doesn’t endorse the policies of Donald Trump. Although it comes close…

In need of cinematic succour, they bask in the awesome glow of Wonder Woman...

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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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The Accountant & Doctor Strange – The Electric Shadows Podcast

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Episode 14 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis tackling The Accountant and Doctor Strange. One is off-the-wall and totally barmy. The other is flat and by the numbers. But, which is which?! The two Robs also discuss the thrill of seeing both films with the general public and the oddness that inevitably comes with it. Oh, and they also chat about how ordinary the new Jack Reacher is. All in just over one hour!  How can you resist that?

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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

Going-Clear---posterDirector: Alex Gibney

Writer: Alex Gibney, Lawrence Wright (book)

Cast: Paul Haggis, Sylvia “Spanky” Taylor, Jason Beghe, Marty Rathbun, Mike Rinder, Lawrence Wright (interviewees), L. Ron Hubbard, Tom Cruise, David Miscavige, John Travolta (archive footage)

Cert: 15

Running time: 119mins

Year: 2015

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The lowdown: Incendiary account of the Church of Scientology’s fascinating and disturbing history from Alex Gibney, who previously wrestled with the Catholic Church in Mea Maxima Culpa. Tom Cruise and John Travolta, Scientology’s most famous members, are featured though predictably declined interviews. But, the talking heads, including Oscar winner Paul Haggis, suggest a dark centre in the superstar religion far from Travolta’s claim that “joy is the operative concept”...

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Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow - Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt - posterDirector: Doug Liman

Writers: Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth

Cast: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson

Cert: 12

Running time: 113mins

Year: 2014

The lowdown: Tom Cruise returns to sci-fi – the genre that gave him hits with Minority Report, War of the Worlds and (arguably) the Mission: Impossibles – for Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers. Cruise is a cowardly lion who literally becomes a locked-n-loaded tin man, reliving the same day over and over every time he is killed in action battling an invading alien horde. Classic sci-fi movies, computer games and attractive London locations meld for an undemanding Saturday night actioner from the director of The Bourne Identity.

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The full verdict: It’s not just Major Cage, Tom Cruise’s ve...

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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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