Fast 8, Rules Don’t Apply, & Last Jedi teaser (Electric Shadows podcast)

Episode 22 of the Electric Shadows Podcast sees Rob Daniel & myself revving their engines as they ironically mosey through a discussion of Fast & Furious 8, and the surprisingly robust franchise as a whole.

We also dive into the insane world of Howard Hughes in Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply, and get ambivalent about the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer.…

Spy is a vulgar, good-natured feminist riff on the old 007 formula

3 Stars (3 / 5)

Spy reunites writer-director Paul Feig and Oscar-nominated funny-woman Melissa McCarthy.

McCarty plays meek CIA desk jockey Susan Cooper, providing support to her suave male counterpart Bradley Fine (Jude Law doing Bond, tux and all). A tragic turn of events draws Susan out of the basement, leading her to go undercover, and gives her plenty of opportunity to prove her badassery – and for McCarthy to stretch her comedy chops.

Furious 7 provides thrills, spills, and a surprisingly moving farewell (RIP, Paul Walker)

3 Stars (3 / 5)

 

Fast cars and beautiful women. Gunfights in exotic locales. You could be talking of any one of half a dozen franchises: Mission: Impossible, James Bond. They all offer similar thrills and spills, albeit in hugely different styles.

Is Parker worth a trip to the cinema or just settling down in front of the telly?

2 Stars (2 / 5)

A Saturday night trip to the movies with a mate, I’ve learned, doesn’t have to be to see an award worthy prestige pic (like The Master should have been at this years’ Oscars) or the newest high-profile Hollywood blockbuster (as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey proved simply to be).