PODCAST: BFI London Film Festival 2018 preview, BlacKkKlansman, & FrightFest 2018 roundup [Electric Shadows]

Episode 49 is a bumper edition of The Electric Shadows Podcast.

Robs Daniel and Wallis round-up FrightFest 2018; Rob D waxes enthusiastic about Pascal Laugier’s Incident in a Ghostland and Sam Ashurst’s Frankenstein’s Creature and Rob Wallis is impressed with Gaspar Noe’s Climax… so to speak.…

REVIEW: Mad To Be Normal

Mad To Be Normal is a biopic that is nowhere near as radical as its subject: ’60s anti-psychiatry shrink R. D. Laing, “the acid Marxist” who advocated treating patients holistically, without medication or surgery.

David Tennant is mesmerizing as the soft-spoken guru, wandering the corridors as the schizophrenic whisperer, intermittently capable of the miraculous: like bringing a non-communicative patient out of her shell through a hippy laying on of hands and the prospect of pizza.…

REVIEW: The Meg

From the distinctly sub-Crichtonesque book it’s based on to its original director (Jan De Bont), The Meg, as directed by Jon Turtletaub, is a creature feature that’s been kept on ice since the latest ’90s.

Finally chomping its way into cinemas after a sizeable Chinese investment, Jason Statham, he of shiny bonce and glint-y eye, stars as Jonas Taylor, a  legendary rescue diver brought out of retirement to save a scientific team trapped on the ocean bed below the level of the Mariana Trench. …

REVIEW: The Equalizer 2

The Equalizer 2 marks the first ever sequel for director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington; reuniting here for their fourth film together.

As in its 2014 predecessor and the series that inspired it, the film blends together brutal fight scenes with care-in-the-community drama.…

REVIEW: Bad Samaritan

Dean Devlin’s latest is proof that it’s sometimes easier to deliver thrills on a micro-budget.

Geostorm may have $120 million to play with, but the result was a CGI storm in a teacup – and pretty weak tea at that. With Bad Samaritan, however,  Devlin provides us with a neat, kitschy little B-movie steeped in entertaining tropes.…

REVIEW: First Reformed

I spend a lot of my time in the cinema and consider myself pretty hardened when it comes to long dark nights of the soul, but First Reformed may be the darkest I’ve seen, and one of the most compelling.

Reverend Toller is pastor of the First Reformed Church in Snowbridge, New York – an austere Dutch Colonial-style ghost of a building that in many way resembles the man who has become its steward.…

PODCAST: Mission: Impossible – Fallout & Skyscraper [Electric Shadows]

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’s latest attempt to risk life and limb to provide maximum entertainment to his audience.…

COMPETITION: Win a copy of Journeyman on DVD

“Packs a powerful punch… Considine is astonishing”
★★★★ Empire
“Paddy Considine’s heartbreakingly human boxing drama will floor you”
★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

Studiocanal is delighted to announce that JourneymanPaddy Considine’s highly acclaimed second feature, will be released on Blu-RayDVDDigital download, and VOD on July 30th along with exclusive new extras.

Where Next For Star Wars? [by Max Eshraghi]

By Max Eshraghi

 

With the under-performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, Kathleen Kennedy, JJ Abrams and the rest of the creative team at the Mouse House are re-calibrating. If rumours are to be believed, they are abandoning a number of the standalone anthology movies planned and focusing solely on the main series going forward.…

PODCAST: The Dark Knight 10th Anniversary [Electric Shadows]

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Dark Knight’s theatrical release, episode 47 of The Electric Shadows Podcast has gone big.

Across four hours, Robs Daniel and Wallis and Bat-expert Ian Bird discuss Nolan’s landmark trilogy. Plus, a wider discussion of the Caped Crusader in comic books and on the small screen, both animated and live action.…