REVIEW: Skyscraper

Has there even been anyone in the history of Hollywood who seemed more suited to being an action star than Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson?

He has the physical presence of Arnie, the easy, self-deprecating charm of Denzel, and the charisma of an experiment grown in a vat with the aim of creating a future President of the United States.…

RETROSPECTIVE: Double Indemnity, or an Ode to Keyes

I’ve found as I get older that my relationship to film changes – or at least my circumstance and ability to relate to it.

While they may be fixed indelibly onto celluloid or locked in digital, the person behind the eyes we see them through isn’t the same from one viewing to the next.…

PODCAST: Incredibles 2, Hereditary, Sicario: Soldado, Oceans 8, & Leave No Trace [Electric Shadows]

Episode 46 of The Electric Shadows Podcast focuses on Incredibles 2, but also finds time for Hereditary (one Rob is warmer to it than the other), Sicario: Soldado (the other Rob is warmer to it than the other), Oceans 8 (only one Rob has seen it) and Leave No Trace (only the other other Rob has seen it).…

REVIEW: Leave No Trace

Named for the first law of conservation, the title of Debra Granik’s latest perfectly evokes the film’s mood of quiet sublimation.

Father and daughter Will (Ben Foster) and Tom (Thomasin McKenzie) subsist illegally out in the primeval wilds of Forest Park near Portland, Oregon in a makeshift camp perfectly concealed behind the mossy bulk of a fallen tree.…

REVIEW: Incredibles 2

Do you remember 2004? For me, aged 28, it’s literally half a lifetime ago.

The biggest film releases were Shrek 2Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Spider-Man 2and a little movie called The Incredibles, Disney’s first foray into the then relatively uncontested arena of superhero movies.…

PODCAST: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom [Electric Shadows]

Episode 45 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis with meat between their teeth as they get stuck into Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The intrepid explorers discuss the original Jurassic Park, and the issues facing all the sequels.…

PODCAST: Solo: A Star Wars Story & Deadpool 2 [Electric Shadows]

Recorded in the small hours of the morning, Robs Daniel and Wallis deliver their verdict on the troubled Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Little spoiler for what they think: don’t believe the negative reviews and disappointing box office, this is rip-roaring adventure.…

PODCAST: Avengers: Infinity War [Electric Shadows]

Episode 43 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis enlisting in the Infinity War.

But, they wonder, after a decade of Marvel’s movies to get us to this point – eighteen to date- is it worth all the effort or is it all just a bit, well, beige.…

REVIEW: Rampage & A Quiet Place

Rampage

An outsized force of nature is running amok in your local multiplex – and I haven’t even gotten to the giant albino gorilla.

Fresh off the massive success of Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is channelling his considerable brawn, breezy charm, and smouldering charisma into a project that, despite its roots in a 1986 arcade game, feels like a throwback to a dumber, more innocent time.…