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.…

REVIEW DOUBLE BILL: American Made & The Limehouse Golem

American Made

4 Stars (4 / 5)
Scarface, 1932 and ‘83. Goodfellas. The Wolf of Wall Street. War Dogs. American Made is just the latest film to take aim at the dark, opportunistic side of the American dream.

“Based on a true story”, as such films generally are, American Made is the story of Barry Seal, a pilot extraordinaire turned TWA lifer, recruited by the CIA in 1978.…

REVIEW: The Mummy shows a cinematic universe unravelling before it’s even begun

1.5 Stars (1.5 / 5)
How do you get a mummy film wrong?

By making it part of a calculated attempt to get a franchise off the ground1 What Universal could have learned, however, from any of the mad scientists in their catalogue, is the danger of hubris when it comes to this not-so-new world of God’s and monsters.…

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back – why bother?

2.5 Stars (2.5 / 5)

Every movie star should have a backup franchise — just in case.

Chris Pratt, for instance, has Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy. Tom Hanks has the Da Vinci Code series and playing heroic real-life captains in films named for them, e.g.…

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation doesn’t miss a beat

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

 

Another Mission: Impossible film, another meaningless subtitle.

As the season of the super-spy commences – Man from UNCLE promises slick self-referential silliness, SPECTRE seems likely to continue the trend of Bond as dark, ambitious psychological thriller – Tom Cruise returns to the role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt, by now probably the most disavowed person in cinema history.…

The needle may swing, but Going Clear mostly plays it down the line

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Be it from South Park or PTA’s The Master, most of us know a little something about Scientology.

Documentarian Alex Gibney’s most recent expose got to grips with a certain now-infamous cyclist in The Armstrong Lie, now he takes us behind the scenes that L.…

Edge of Tomorrow makes respawning fun

3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

 

If at first you don’t succeed, get covered in boiling alien blood and try, try again.

What the forgettably titled Edge of Tomorrow most reminds us, however, is that Tom Cruise is at his best when not playing an outright hero.…