REVIEW: Glass

After nearly two decades, M. Night Shyamalan has finally made a return to the superhero movie – and with an ambitious crossover event no less.

His first foray into the genre, Unbreakable, long before the birth of the comic-book franchise, was a subtle deconstruction that made a character study of comic-book archetypes.…

REVIEW: Welcome To Marwen

Early January is the time at which studios tend to release two types of films: slow-burn Oscar contenders (see: The Favourite) and misfires they’re looking to quietly bury.

Despite the best attempts of director Robert Zemeckis and star Steve Carrell, Welcome To Marwen would seem to fall into the latter camp; its conceptual oddity outweighing its Walter Mitty-esque appeal, despite its unique based-on-a-true-story credentials.…

PODCAST: 2018 in Film [Electric Shadows]

As 2018 draws its last breaths, Robs Daniel and Wallis reveal their top 10 films of the year. There are some crossovers on the two lists, there are films one loves and the other can’t see the fuss.

Over the next hour they will discuss what impressed them most on the cinema landscape this year, plus those films that weren’t up to snuff.…

PODCAST: Night of the Living Dead 50th Anniversary [Electric Shadows]

To mark the 50th anniversary of Night of the Living Dead, The Electric Shadows podcast looks back at the brilliance and influence of George A. Romero’s horror masterpiece.

The film that invented the modern horror film, we look at what made it so radical back in 1968, a year riven with civil riots violence, assassinations and the Vietnam quagmire.…

PODCAST: Stan Lee, Suspiria, & The Crimes of Grindelwald [Electric Shadows]

Episode 52 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel and Wallis pulling a late-night recording session after viewing Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Fittingly, talking from half-past midnight onwards, the pair are uncharacteristically disciplined as they cover a variety of topics.

PODCAST: London Film Festival 2018 Round-Up [Electric Shadows]

In Episode 51 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis looks back at the movies that impressed them at the BFI London Film Festival 2018.

Rob Daniel valiantly battles through a heavy cold to impart his movie opinion. Rob Wallis, being younger and of a generally tougher constitution, is on finer form.…

REVIEW: Halloween (2018)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the suburbs…

In 1978, the world was affected by a trauma so great that it still continues to resonate today.  I’m talking, of course, about John Carpenter’s original Halloween – a sui generis slasher movie  that has inspired eight sequels and a reboot (plus sequel), and now a reboot-sequel that ignores the sequels and the reboot (plus sequel).…

REVIEW: Dragged Across Concrete (LFF 2018 – Day 5)

If you’re into Dragged Across Concrete solely for the violence implied by its title, you may be disappointed.

S. Craig Zahler’s latest has nothing to match the groin ripping or face stomping of his first two films Bone Tomahawk and Brawl In Cellblock 99. …

REVIEW: The Front Runner (LFF 2018 – Day 4)

Ivan Reitman’s latest, The Front Runner, is an unexpectedly topical account about what we have the right to expect from our politicians – and perhaps what we don’t.

It’s 1988, and Colorado Senator Gary Hart (Hugh Jackman) seems like the ideal candidate for the Democratic nomination.…

REVIEW: Out Of Blue (LFF 2018 – Day 3)

Her follow-up to 2015’s The Falling, one of my film’s of that year, Carol Morley’s latest is a detective mystery that, for all its metaphysics, insists on covering the same old ground.

Out Of Blue opens on a dying star in the depths of space as, down in New Orleans, astrophysicist Jennifer Rockwell (Mamie Gummer) delivers a lecture on black holes, dark matter – the great impenetrable mysteries of the universe.…