REVIEW: Pain & Glory

In Pain & Glory, Pedro Almodóvar strips away the kitsch and melodrama for an understated study of what can happen when pain interferes with passion.

Even if you have only a passing knowledge of Almodóvar’s work – mine is pretty much limited to his greatest hits – or his upbringing, Salvador Mallo (Antonio Banderas, in their eighth collaboration) is in inescapably his proxy.…

PODCAST: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood [Electric Shadows]

Once upon a time in Middlesex, Robs Daniel and Wallis took a good, long look at Quentin Tarantino’s latest movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.

And what better way to tackle an expansive, rambling tapestry of a movie than by having a rambling, discursive chat of their own (written view available here).…

REVIEW: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

POSSIBLE SPOILERS THROUGH IMPLICATION

Quentin Tarantino has, perhaps, the most iconic voice in all of modern cinema – literally so.

His dialogue is slangy and irreverent, immediately quotable; loaded with pop culture references and yet oddly timeless for it. Part of that is Tarantino’s range of influences: Pulp Fiction, for instance, borrows from both the Golden Age of Hollywood – as with the briefcase inspired by Kiss Me Deadly – and the French New Wave, Mia’s “comfortable silences” bit being directly lifted wholesale from Vivre Sa Vie.…

PODCAST: Spider-Man: Far From Home & Midsommar [Electric Shadows]

Episode 66 of The Electric Shadows Podcast tackles two different films indeed.

First up we have Spider-Man: Far From Home. Can the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe swing as high as Spider-Man: Homecoming or Avengers: Endgame? Or Into the Spider-Verse for that matter?…

PODCAST: Godzilla: King of the Monsters [Electric Shadows]

In episode 65, we welcome a special guest to The Electric Shadows Podcast.

Regular listeners will know that frequent ESP contributor Ian Bird knows his movies. What you may not be aware of is Ian’s 10-year-old son Ronan is also something of a film authority, particularly when it comes to monster flicks.…

PODCAST: X-Men: Dark Phoenix [Electric Shadows]

In episode 64 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis show remarkable restraint in largely eschewing X-related puns as they discuss Dark Phoenix.

But, they do talk about the long, windy road of this 19-year-old franchise, why in some ways it is superior to the MCU, where it has stumbled, and what they think of the latest instalment.…

PODCAST: Addendum Of The Dead [Electric Shadows]

Episode 63 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a bonus instalment capping off our Night of the Living Dead trilogy.

Those three episodes looked at George A. Romero’s six Dead films, his other movies and the zombie explosion and totalled just under six hours of edited podcast time.…

PODCAST: Romero’s Second Zombie Trilogy & The Zomplosion [Electric Shadows]

In episode 62 of The Electric Shadows Podcast we reach the final part of our Night of the Living Dead trilogy.

Recorded six hours into an eight hour podcasting marathon, this episode sees our intrepid casters in pod Rob Daniel, Rob Wallis and Ian Bird ever-so slightly punchy. …

PODCAST: Avengers: Endgame [Electric Shadows]

Episode 61 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is an epic discussion of Avengers: Endgame. But, what do the two Robs, our intrepid explorers in pod, make of the climatic instalment to the MCU as we know it?

No spoilers here, and also no spoilers for the film itself until the podcast gets into the spoiler zone.…