Would it be cheesy to describe episode 91 as "suh-MO-kin'!"? It would? Okay, we'll Carrey on at a slightly more measured tone.
With Sonic the Hedgehog still one of the country's most recent movie releases despite hitting cinemas in February, the two Robs decided to delve deep into Jim Carrey's catalogue and review more than the blue-rinse speed hog. Although they do talk Sonic, don't worry.
For Rob Wallis in 1994, Carrey was a formative movie influence. For Rob Daniel, more advanced in years and considerably creakier, Carrey was an annoyance besmirching the good name of cinema. Ironically, both the Robs learnt to like Jim through The Mask, that zany family movie that happily still holds up today.
The Robs look at how Mr. C's comic persona operates along specific lines, yet is flexible enough to fit movies as diverse as The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Dumb and Dumber and Sonic the Hedgehog. And how it sometimes goes wrong... *cough*, Ace Ventura and The Number 23.
At one point the discussion covers Carrey's 2009 version of A Christmas Carol. Rob W reviewed it upon first release and his take on the movie is well worth a read, here...http://ofallthefilmsites.com/803-2
An easy actor to now take for granted or dismiss entirely (and his public comments on vaccines don't help), it was a genuine surprise to discover how much fun is to be had in reviewing what is a remarkably rich filmography.
So... shall we get to it? Alrighty then...
The Movie Robcast reaches its 90th episode! And we’re marking the occasion with bang, looking at Chris Hemsworth’s explosive actioner Extraction and Gareth Evan’s brutal crime epic Gangs of London.
The Robs find a particularly familiar whiff to Extraction. But, they take the opportunity to invoke the oeuvre of straight-to-rental favourite Scott Adkins when discussing how closely Chris Hemsworth’s movie sticks to action movie beats. They also take time to ponder the business savvy of titling a film “Avengement” as Adkins did. Tune in for why it makes more sense than you’d think.
Then onto Gangs of London. Rob D binged the whole series, while Rob W only had time to watch the first episode, so the discussion is spoiler free. But, both are impressed by what they saw and how effectively The Raid 2 director Gareth Evans has brought his signature action style to the small screen.
Throw in some musings on action filmmaking while social distancing and what other shows are currently worth a look and it’s a case of episode 90 with a bullet…
At one point, we talk about a great lockdown fight scene video a group of stuntmen created. Check it out here.
Thanks as always for listening. If you want to support the podcast, please rate and review us wherever you listen. Or follow us on Spotify.
Keep social distancing, stay safe and we'll be back for a right Carrey-on in episode 91!
For multiple obvious reasons, No Time to Die has been moved back to November. But we still wanted to give you a Bond episode for April.
There were twenty-four 007 missions from which to choose, including some of the most influential films ever made. So, why did we go for Moonraker, the Bond film typically dismissed as the Star Wars rip-off with a double-taking pigeon?
The short answer is because Rob W likes it. The longer answer is, because Rob W likes it and Rob D was scared Rob W would go full-on Jaws if he didn’t get his way. That’s also the false answer.
The real reason is because Moonraker is a fascinating Bond film. Hot off the phenomenal success of The Spy Who Loved Me, the producers basically remade that film again but merged with George Lucas’ space smash and Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
In a packed episode, the Robs compare the film to Ian Fleming’s source novel (they are very different), try to make sense of a plot that plays like the ultimate cheese dream, and discuss the legitimately impressive filmmaking that makes this a better Bond than you remember.
There is also space (ha ha) for the Robs to belt out their own Bond song. Now, do pay attention 007…
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The Movie Robcast will return. Comparing a 90s classic with a 2020 video game adaptation. All will be revealed in episode 90!
Episode 88 sees the two Robs taking a deep dive into four films fast-tracked to home rental when Coronavirus closed cinemas. With such a mixed bag, it should be no surprise to read it's a case of good and bad (not much ugly though).
There is only one real stinker in the bunch, another that never quite finds the correct tone, one is an absolute blast, and another is a Top 10 of the Year contender. But, which is which? You'll have to listen to find out... although you may be able to guess which one will not be a candidate for best of the year lists.
The Robs are remote recording again, still sticking to the rules of social distancing. During the episode, Rob W is brought light refreshment from a family member. Rob D, who is social distancing alone, is taunted by an ice cream van.
We hope you are all keeping well and staying safe. As always, thank you for listening.
Feedback is always useful, positive and "constructively critical! If you want to leave a review or star-rating wherever you listen to your podcasts we wouldn't say no. In fact, we'd actively say, yes. With a big smiley face.
Thank you again, take care, and The Movie Robcast will return... with a James Bond classic.
The Robs originally planned for the first episode in April to be Disney's live-action remake of Mulan. But, with that being another Coronavirus-related postponed movie, they thought why not go back to the 1998 version? Particularly as Rob D had not actually seen that one, despite always planning to. As a wise franchise one said, life finds a way...
So, with Disney+ handily launching the week of record, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis took a look at the 1998 Mulan. This then turned into an epic discussion of the film, the Disney Renaissance of the 1990s, Disney's classic movies (specifically Lady and the Tramp), the success (or not) of the "live action" remakes, racial sensitivity and the wonders of Chinese action cinema.
You'd never guess the Robs are stuck inside, would you? One of them even watched Mulan II...
They also give initial thoughts on Disney+ and there is even space for their thoughts on ITV's decision to show Steven Soderbergh's Contagion.
We hope you enjoy the show. Feedback is always welcome, so why not leave us a review here, or wherever you listen to your podcast?
Remember, keep your social distance. And we hope you stay healthy. Or, bǎochí jiànkāng!
Episode 86 of The Movie Robcast sees the Robs remote recording. Abiding by social distancing measures, they're in their respective abodes, but that doesn't stop them from covering a wide range of movie topics and other affairs of state.
Unsurprisingly, top of the list is the Coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 took quite a turn for the dramatic since the last episode, with first cinemas and theatres closing, then pubs and restaurants, then the whole country being put into lockdown.
So, Contagion and Outbreak are part of the discussion, along with thoughts on what will happen to cinema releases if the pandemic stretches into the summer,
It's not all doom and gloom though. The Robs discuss which films will be eligible for Oscars 2021 from what managed to get a cinema release before the Coronavirus really hit. Could it be Bad Boys For Life's year?
Rob D rhapsodises about Netflix's GLOW, which is a real tonic in these dark times. The two also discuss what classic 007 mission they'll accept now No Time to Die has been pushed back to November (as of writing...).
So, not even a global crisis can stop us delivering podcasts for you, so we hope you enjoy this little bit of R&R. If you like what you hear, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: apple.co/2T5DDMI.
Thanks as always for listening. Keep well and take care.
In episode 85 of The Movie Robcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis go on an epic journey while reviewing Pixar’s Onward.
Well, they’re outside in the middle of London again as Rob Wallis is on his lunchbreak and they have to find shelter because it starts raining. It seemed epic at the time.
As they are discussing a fantasy movie, Rob W has opportunity to bust out his Gollum impersonation. It really is something rather special.
Conversation inevitably moves onto the impact of the Coronavirus. As this was recorded on March 11th, the Robs still think Disney’s live-action Mulan will be the next movie they cover. The beautiful fools. Disney subsequently announced they were postponing Mulan indefinitely, but we’ve left the discussion in because it shows how quickly things have been moving.
Elsewhere, Rob Daniel gets to show he doesn’t quite grasp the intricacies of quarantining…
Thanks as always for checking us out. If you have any comments, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: apple.co/2T5DDMI.
Episode 84 of The Movie Robcast casts an eye over the latest telling of The Invisible Man. From the Blumhouse stable and directed by Upgrade creator Leigh Whannell, it boasts Elisabeth Moss in the lead role as an abused woman who fears her ex may be closer than she realises.
One of the Robs enjoyed this take on the classic, the other had more trouble seeing the good stuff. But, it makes for a lively discussion and they both agree this remake of a classic Universal monster is far superior to the 2017 redo of The Mummy.
Rob Wallis also points out that, while The Mummy was an indisputable stinker, the podcast episode reviewing it was rather funny. So, in an act of shameless promotion, here it is again for those intrigued...
As this was recorded on Tuesday 3rd March, the Robs speculate as to whether No Time To Die will be moved back. Rob Daniel thinks it is likely to be shifted back to Christmas, but of course we now know it is November. But, it's close enough that we're not revoking his licence to kill.
Thanks as always for checking us out. If you have any comments, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: apple.co/2T5DDMI.
The Movie Robcast is on a roll! Three episodes in one week, it must be awards season. But, we couldn't let Parasite's UK theatrical release come and go without us reviewing this record-breaking, Oscar winning triumph.
So, the two Robs take a close view at Bong Joon-ho's latest movie. This could be the director's best yet, and when you remember his previous films include The Host and Memories of Murder that is saying something.
Any discussion of Parasite also has to go into spoiler territory, which the Robs duly do. Don't worry, we give a clear warning so you won't accidentally stumble into areas you don't want to hear until you've seen the movie.
As this was originally supposed to be a joint episode with Birds of Prey, we had to specially record an intro from a wet and chilly Leicester Sq. So, over to you Robs, outside the Prince Charles Cinema...
In episode 82 of The Movie Robcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis review Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn Suicide Squad spin-off.
To do full justice to the movie, its comic origins and add an important female point-of-view on this female-led movie, Rob Daniel also sits down with friend of the podcast Sarah Johnson for her take. Sarah has a fantastic knowledge of all things Birds of Prey, Harley Quinn and movies, coupled with impeccable taste, so it was great to have her on!
The wide-ranging discussion covers Harley Quinn in the comics and in the movies, the Birds of Prey team, the Gotham Sirens, the John Wick stunt team's involvement in the film and whether or not it's any darn good. One Rob thinks the film is a blast, the other that it is hobbled by its flaws. But, on which side does Sarah come down?
You'll have to listen to find out...
Thanks as always for checking us out. If you have any comments, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: apple.co/2T5DDMI.
Robs Daniel and Wallis give their take on Oscars 2020, aka The 92nd Academy Awards, aka the year that a film not in the English language finally won the Best Picture statue, not just Best Foreign Film. Sorry, Best *International* Film, as the Academy are now calling it.
Parasite's sweeping victory, picking up four Oscars, turned an otherwise standard Oscars show into a night to remember. But, there are still plenty of other things to talk about, from Joaquin Phoenix's heart-in-the-right-place-but-wildly-scattershot acceptance speech for his performance in Joker to Brad Pitt's rather moving words when winning Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood.
Although the best speech of the evening has to go to Olivia Colman, when presenting the Oscar for Best Actor. We'll let you listen to find out why.
The Robs also look at those films that might be winning the gold statues next year...
And, in a little speech of our own, thanks as always for checking us out. If you have any comments, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: apple.co/2T5DDMI.
The Movie Robcast reaches its 80th episode, so we have a fittingly bumper show in store. Opening with a tribute to the late, great Terry Jones, who died on 21st January 2020, aged 77 after a long battle with dementia. The two Robs were raised on Life of Brian so have words of praise for the Python polymath.
The Robs then look at two movies in this ep, which seem poles apart but complement the discussion. Jay Roach's Bombshell examines the sexual harassment scandal that rocked Fox News and saw the end of its sleazebag-in-chief Roger Ailes. The Robs discuss the strength of the film, particularly the stunningly accurate performance from Charlize Theron as Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, superbly supported by Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie. To see Megyn Kelly and other ex-Fox employees' reaction to the film, click here: https://youtu.be/MmSz7HqkI9s
Then onto Bad Boys For Life, which provides plenty of bang for your buck, but has the sexual politics that Bombshell is slamming, There's no sexual harassment going on, but the villain is straight out of the Disney evil-stepmother playbook. There are pleasures to be had though, with Will Smith and (surprisingly) Martin Lawrence on good form.
Thanks as always for checking us out. If you have any comments, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: apple.co/2T5DDMI.
Or, wherever you listen to us rabbit on about films.
You may have noticed The Movie Robcast has a lovely new logo image. Created by the rather wonderful Bridge Fazio, we're thrilled with it. See more of Bridge's work here: www.bridgefazio.com
Episode 79 sees Robs Daniel & Wallis at London's O2, reviewing both the ridiculous and the, not sublime, but well-crafted...
The ridiculous is Guy Ritchie's dated, mean-spirited gangster fluff The Gentlemen, starring Matthew McConaughey, Hugh Grant, Charlie Hunnam, Henry Golding and Michelle Dockery, all of whom should know better. Wanna see a film where cash-poor, land-rich aristos are the real victims? No, us neither, but we did so we could warn you off it.
Much better is Sam Mendes' 1917, his World War I epic made to resemble one continuous real-time shot. A fusion of Dunkirk, Saving Private Ryan, Gallipoli and Paths of Glory, it is a film of some pretty lofty ambition and success. See it on the biggest screen you can find.
Our intrepid casters in pod also lament Little Women's snub at the Baftas and the Golden Globes. So cheer them up by going to see the movie (and listening to this podcast, of course...).
Thanks as always for checking us out. If you have any comments, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: https://apple.co/2T5DDMI.
Or, wherever you listen to us rabbit on about films.
Episode 78 of The Movie Robcast is proof that bad publicity can be as effective as positive hype. Rob Daniel had no intention of seeing Tom Hooper's adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's hit stage show. And then the negative reviews arrived. And kept on arriving. And conjured such bizarre and terrible images of what awaited audiences for Cats that he had to see the horrors for himself.
Paying £10, he saw... oh did he see. And now cannot unsee. Rob Wallis is a little kinder towards the film, but not enough to give a pull line that could get The Movie Robcast its first poster quote.
So, prepare for a journey to a fantastical place that should be full of wonder, but instead resembles The Island of Dr. Moreau. Where cats have human faces, mice have human faces and cockroaches have human faces. Where cats have hands and wear trainers. And everyone sings, but there is not a single good song to be had. A toxic place where no-one is feline fine.
Welcome to Cats...
Agree with our Cats put down? Disagree? Either way, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: apple.co/2ZRwq4w.
Or, wherever you listen to us rabbit on about films.
We started back in 2016 as The Electric Shadows Podcast. We enter the twenties as The Movie Robcast, with a gorgeous new image, courtesy of designer Bridge Fazio. Check out Bridge's work at http://www.bridgefazio.com/.
And episode 77 is a biggy, in which Robs Daniel and Wallis run through their respective Top 10s of the 2010s.
Not to spoil the surprises too much (although the movie quick-witted will be able to guess some entries from the tags), but amongst the fine choices is a war movie, a superhero film, the decade's best horror movie, the decade's best action movie, tear-jerkers, thought-provokers and smile-raisers.
We hope you enjoy the journey. If you like what you hear, why not leave a review here: https://apple.co/2ZRwq4w, or wherever you listen to your podcasts.
If you think we're wide of the mark, also drop us a line to let us know what you think should have been included!
The Electric Shadows Podcast has rebranded! We're now The Movie RobCast, a more befitting title for a podcast about movies by two guys named Rob. It took us 76 episodes to reach that realisation... thanks for sticking with us.
But, fear not. The same degree of movie passion, knowledge and penchant for tangents will be as present and correct as they were under the old banner.
In this episode Robs Daniel and Wallis run through their Top 10s of 2019. There is some overlap, there is a microbudget BFI film that Rob Daniel *must* see and one of the Rob's no.1 movie is something that went straight-to-rental. The movie landscape is shifting out there, people. Luckily you have two guides to make sense of the madness...
The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches its three-quarters of a century mark! And in the 75th episode Robs Daniel and Wallis see just how strong the Force is with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
The film has proven as divisive (almost) as The Last Jedi, and our two intrepid casters in pod have opinions on what it does well and where it stumbles. We don't want to spoil the discussion here too much, so we'll not go into specifics. Suffice to say, there is a spoiler section because the film packs in quite a few surprises. But, it's behind a clearly defined spoiler wall midway through, so don't worry.
Also, this will be the final episode under the moniker, The Electric Shadows Podcast. From episode 76, we are rebranding to The Movie Robcast! But, it'll be the same level of geeky discourse, so if you've liked what you've heard so far, nothing in the shows will be changing.
Unless, you have suggestions for us. If so, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-…st/id1097546968.
Or, wherever you listen to us rabbit on about films.
May the Force be with you... always.
Episode 74 of The Electric Shadows Podcast picks up where episode 73 left off. Robs Daniel and Wallis found that Mike Flanagan's adaptation of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep stayed with them, its themes and characters lingering in the mind.
Someone of the same opinion is regular Electric Shadows Podcast contributor Mr Ian Bird, who also happened to be in town and was up for explaining why he was so impressed with the excellent chiller.
We recorded this on Sunday 17th November, the day after the BBC's interview with Prince Andrew. That slow-motion car crash was such a fascinating insight into the power and privilege an old order feels it deserves, and the crimes of Prince Andrew's one-time friend Jeffrey Epstein were so targeted on the young, the whole sordid affair weirdly resonated with a discussion of Doctor Sleep.
Also discussed is how Doctor Sleep is a more rewarding exploration of childhood trauma than Joker, and our disappointment that while that anti-superhero film has crossed $1bn at the global box office, Doctor Sleep is struggling to find a sizeable audience. It's destined to become a hit later down the line, but is galling for those of us who love it now.
The episode also turns into a love-in about all things Stephen King, which is never bad. So again, come and play with us, forever and ever and ever...
If you like what you're hearing, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-…st/id1097546968.
Or, wherever you listen to us rabbit on about films.
Episode 73 journey back to The Overlook Hotel for a discussion of Doctor Sleep, the sequel to both Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick's The Shining.
Robs Daniel and Wallis also take this as an opportunity to review Stanley Kubrick's classic horror film, discussing why it still has such a hold on the imagination nearly forty years later.
Horror fans will know Kubrick changed large parts of King's book, including the ending. So our intrepid casters in pod review how Doctor Sleep compares to King's source novel and spins gold from referring back to Kubrick's 1980 chiller.
They still find time for horsing around, including Rob Wallis pulling "Jack Nicholson frozen in the snow faces". A lot of "Jack Nicholson frozen in the snow faces". He's just luck the wind didn't change when we were recording. You'll know he's doing it when you hear the giggling...
Speaking of Mr Wallis, he penned an analysis of The Shining, plus other King adaptations, when the BFI had a retrospective of the author's work on screen in 2017. Well worth a look, you can read it here: http://ofallthefilmsites.com/retrospective-monsters-stephen-king-screen-bfi
If you like what you're hearing, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts here: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-electric-shadows-podcast/id1097546968.
Or, wherever you listen to us rabbit on about films.
Now, come and play with us... forever... and ever... and ever...
Episode 72 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is another one on location. This time our intrepid explorers in pod, Robs Daniel and Wallis, are at the O2 braving the latest Terminator film.
In the last ten years paying to see Terminator films has been something of a fool's errand and the trailers for Dark Fate were not promising. So, what did they think? You'll have to listen in to find out.
Along the way the Robs also discuss the franchise overall, their love for the first two movies, a strange dream Rob D had about T2 many years ago and how a dream started this whole shebang in the first place.
Oh, and they briefly discuss which now-disgraced celebrity was in the running to play the role that made Arnie a superstar.
So, enjoy this run down of the latest Terminator movie and forgive us if we promise we'll be back...
If you like what you hear, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts at: podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-…st/id1097546968. Or, wherever you listen to us rabbit on about films.
Episode 71 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is an epic review of the 2019 BFI London Film Festival. Over the course of two hours, Robs Daniel & Wallis run through their respective Top 10s of the festival.
There is some crossover, but some shocks are in store as films make one Rob's list but not the other.
They also make time to chat through notable films they saw that didn't make the Top 10 and, inevitably, there is the odd tangent or two.
Also included are clips from press conferences and Q&As the Robs attended. The full Scorsese-De Niro-Pacino press conference will be posted when The Irishman premieres in November, but you can listen to a segment here with Scorsese and De Niro discussing the beginnings of the project.
So settle in, listen to the pod and then see the films reviewed when they are released. There's not a duffer amongst them.
If you like what you hear, why not leave us a review here or on Apple Podcasts at: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/the-electric-shadows-podcast/id1097546968. Or, wherever you listen to us rabbit on about films.
In episode 70 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis set their laughing gear to discussing Todd Phillips' Joker. A controversial film being hailed as a masterpiece, the two Robs are baffled as to why.
They both talk about why the film left them unimpressed and non-plussed, from the slavish homage to Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy to Joaquin Phoenix's mannered performance.
Rob D recounts the negative reactions his review has met on Facebook and R&R attempt to figure out where the love is coming from.
To help them, friend of the podcast Adrian Zak joins Rob D for a brief chat, describing what he found to like in the movie. Never say we're not balanced.
We recorded this one outside between screenings at the London Film Festival, hence the background being noisier than usual.
Have a giggle on us...
The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches Bill and Ted's favourite number. In episode 69 Robs Daniel and Wallis stare into the deadlights of IT Chapter Two.
Rob Daniel is none too impressed at how much has been chopped out of Stephen King's novel, despite the 171 minutes running time. Rob Wallis finds more to enjoy, but still has issues he runs through in a spoiler section. Yep, a spoiler section because no discussion of IT can avoid talking about how the novel's notoriously difficult ending is translated to the big screen.
Our intrepid casters of pod also make space to discuss the 1990 IT mini-series, this year's Pet Sematary and the upcoming Doctor Sleep. They even make space for a brief discussion of an IT adaptation made for Indian TV, plus Rob Wallis' recollections of working through those Stephen King made-for-TV adaptations.
So, join us for a lively discussion. You'll float too...
Episode 68 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis look back at the Arrow Video FrightFest's twentieth anniversary festival and run-down their top 10 films. Gems such as Rabid, The Dark Red, Ready or Not and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark all get warm words.
As do the two five star films to play the festival, The Wind and A Good Woman is Hard to Find.
Then, in a bumper episode, the Robs move on to what is getting them revved up at the 63rd BFI London Film Festival. Expect discussion of opening film, The Personal History of David Copperfield, closing film The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese, and in between such appetite whetting movies as Jojo Rabbit, Bad Education, Le Mans 66, Vivarium, The Cave, The Painted Bird and The King.
You've gotta love festival season...
Robs Daniel and Wallis take a good, long look at Quentin Tarantino's latest movie, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. What better way to tackle an expansive, rambling tapestry of a movie than by having a rambling, discursive chat of their own.
Over 70 minutes the two Robs look at everything from old Hollywood and the rise of the new Hollywood to how Tarantino seems to be making his own statement on women in Hollywood, the troubles of weaving real life tragedy into a wonderland fantasy, how the film treats real life figures Sharon Tate and Bruce Lee, and so much more. Including Burt Reynolds sad passing before he could appear in the film and the unblinking ferocity of Dakota Fanning.
Apologies for the sound issue, the Robs were unable to record in their usual room so lots of Noise Reduction and level balancing was required. They won't bore you with the details, but rest assured our intrepid travellers in pod will be in their normal place next time.
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? Robs Daniel and Wallis take a look and rank this latest instalment against the webslinger's previous big screen adventures.
The episode then journeys into the rural horrors of Ari Aster's Midsommar. The follow-up to Aster's Hereditary, it's folklore and cult horror in one. But, does Rob Daniel think it an improvement on Hereditary, that critical darling that left him cold? Rob Wallis was an Hereditary fan, so what does he make of this latest outing?
There is also time for a discussion on what is next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And what podcast episodes you can expect next. Join us...
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.
This isn’t patronising flattery, listen to Ronan’s 12-minute discussion of Godzilla: King of the Monsters in this episode and you’ll know what we mean. His kaiju knowledge puts Robs Daniel & Wallis in the shade.
To the extent where we have had to include a postscript correction as Ronan spotted two errors in the Robs' discussion.
Which is why you’ll find it at the end of the podcast as there was no way our opinions could follow Ronan’s.
But, if you want to check out Ian and Ronan’s thoughts first, skip forward to 38.45. And 52.20 for that post-show correction...
Elsewhere, the two Robs deliver their verdict on Godzilla: King of the Monsters, plus the Sky/HBO drama Chernobyl. The latter is one of the best dramas you’re going to see this year (possibly the best) and if you’ve access to Sky or HBO, then check it out.
Our review is spoiler-free, and yes, even though we all kind-of know the ending, trust us, there are unbelievable moments along the way.
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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.
Which, of course, is a retelling of a plot events previously visited in X-Men: The Last Stand (aka, the Brett Ratner one, aka the black sheep of the X-franchise, but actually containing good stuff and certainly better than X-Men: Origins – Wolverine).
They also rank the entire series best to worst and make room for favourite moments.
So, pop your headphones on and let us X-cite you. Damn, almost made it to the end!
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 totaled just under six hours of edited podcast time.
But, that final episode just grazed the cranium rather than putting one in the brain, so our Living Dead series is still biting. Which is a flowery way of saying there is always something else to talk about.
This episode came about after we had recorded those three Dead episodes. A Herculean effort that took eight hours, so thanks to Rob Wallis and Ian Bird for putting up with Rob Daniel’s request that we got it all done in one day.
Post-record, Ian was kicking himself for not discussing Jonathan Swift’s A Modest Proposal. That mouth-wateringly scandalous slice of economic satire from 1729 that remains relevant to this day.
So, the next morning we were all back in front of the microphone for a modest chat, including a discussion of flesh eating throughout the ages, in religion and popular culture. Don’t worry, there are jokes.
We would strongly recommend you listen to the previous three Night of the Living Dead instalments, which are episodes 53, 59 and 62 of The Electric Shadows Podcast. This episode refers to what we discussed there.
A quick note also that this episode was recorded in October 2018. But, as of writing, Rob D still hasn’t seen Overlord.
Anyway, let’s make a swift exit from this blurb and get on with the show.
The opening track, A Modest Proposal, is by $trick9, whose YouTube page can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzgX2Jp6H4Ezg3dgMevJV4w
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.
But, despite the whiff of mania that had descended by that point, the daring trio managed to stay on point. Romero’s second zombie trilogy, Land of…, Diary of… and Survival of the Dead all get their day in court. Surprising to everyone is how much stronger trilogy number two now seems when compared to first release. Although Ian Bird has a dislike for Diary of the Dead he is not shy in sharing…
The discussion also covers Romero’s career between his two zombie trilogies, the now-classic Shaun of the Dead, Zack Snyder’s not-so-classic Dawn of the Dead remake (which was still successful enough to give Romero Land of the Dead), The Walking Dead and recent zombie fare.
Mention also to the sad passing of Joe Pilato, who died three days after we released episode 59, which covered Dawn of the Dead and Day of the Dead. His Captain Rhodes is one of horror cinema’s most memorable villains, and a performance to be relished over and over. We salute him.
Check out episodes 53 and 59 for the first two parts of our Night of the Living Dead series.
So, hurry up and slip those headphones on. You’ve got to the count of five and that’s two ya wasted…
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 final instalment of the Infinity saga?
No spoilers here, and also no spoilers for the film itself until the podcast gets into the spoiler zone. But, there is a massive buffer, so you have more than enough time to turn off your iPhone/Android phone before then. And come back to us when you've seen it. We do give a spoilers for Infinity War, on the basis that a year and several billion dollars later, we figure everyone listening will have seen it by now.
On their travels, the Robs recount the eleven year journey it took to reach this film, and what an achievement it has been. They also look at how Marvel movies have shifted the blockbuster landscape, what the films have got right (and wrong), and Rob D doesn't miss the opportunity to remind Rob W that Ant-Man and the Wasp is a more satisfying film than Infinity War.
Rob W makes very good points about the naming of the final two movies in this first saga. They both look at what might come next and discuss the boffo box office the film is likely to do.
This episode may be 86mins long, but it's over in a snap!
The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches its 60th episode! To celebrate Robs Daniel and Wallis cram in discussions of four releases.
First up, DC’s Shazam! Has the (justice) beleaguered studio finally cracked the code for how they can make superhero films to rival those over at Marvel? The Robs swoop down to deliver their verdict.
They also dig deep into sour ground to ruminate on the latest adaptation of Pet Sematary. Based on the bonkers 1983 Stephen King bestseller, this version features Jason Clarke as the doctor who discovers he has worse things than overly acidic soil on his land. Our intrepid casters in pod reveal why this horror is plagued with unintentional giggles.
Then onto Jordan Peele’s Us, a superior slice of shiversome entertainment, though not also without issues. Saving the least for last, Rob Wallis explains why, though Tim Burton’s Dumbo may be twice the length of the original animated version, it’s no classic.
As always, thanks for taking the time to listen. If you want to leave a comment, review, request, appeal for sanity, please feel free to do so.
Until next time, Shazam!
Episode 59 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is part two in our Night of the Living Dead trilogy. In episode 53, Robs Daniel and Wallis along with special guest Ian Bird took a 50th anniversary look at George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic.
Now, they emerge from the Night and boldly move through the Dawn into the Day of the Dead. On their travels they discuss why Romero’s original zombie triumvirate continues to hold its place as one of fright cinema’s boldest accomplishments.
They examine how Romero evolved his zombie lore across the next two films. How they reflect the attitudes of the times and remain horribly relevant today. They marvel at the filmmaking, the black humour, Tom Savini’s groundbreaking make-up, and the sharp characterisation.
Rob D effuses his love of Day of the Dead’s Dr. Logan and Richard Liberty’s wonderful performance. If you can’t see the majesty of it, there’s no point in carrying on. There’s no point at all…
Everyone loves Captain Rhodes and a generous helping of clips illustrate why.
Our intrepid explorers in pod make room to also look at Romero’s other films between his zombie masterpieces, including his vampire master work Martin and the pulp-brilliance of Creepshow.
So, once again, sit back, relax and enjoy. Savour the contents. Don’t choke on ‘em…
Episode 58 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis delivering their verdict on Captain Marvel. Is it indeed Marvel-lous? Or does the cookie cutter filmmaking bite deep? We won’t spoil the surprises, but let’s just say Brie Larson delivers one of the liveliest performances in the MCU.
The Robs also ponder why it has taken so long for Marvel to deliver a female-led superhero movie, what might be next, and go off on one or two tangents about other franchises. Yes, DC is mentioned.
Rob Daniel also reasons why Ant-Man and The Wasp is a more satisfying movie than Avengers: Infinity War, but admits Captain Marvel has got him finally excited for Endgame. Rob Wallis attempts to hide his contempt at Rob D’s efforts to rehabilitate the critical reputation of the (sorely) maligned Ant-Man and The Wasp.
The ramblings all make sense in the end.
The Oscars may have occurred a week ago, but some review shows are worth the wait. In episode 57 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel and Wallis deliver their verdict on Bohemian Rhapsody winning most Oscars at this year’s ceremony and Green Book picking up the Best Picture statuette.
Along the way they also discuss Roma, First Man’s consolation prize, past Oscar gaffes and, gasp, the decisions they actually agreed with this year. Trevor Noah’s Mel Gibson joke finds an appreciative audience here, despite being met with stony faces from Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on the night.
Rob D explains why Patrick Willems' YouTube video essay on Musical Biopics is a must-watch.
Space is also made for a brief discussion of Alita: Battle Angel and the female led blockbuster the two Robs will be looking at in episode 58.
So, if you don’t think this year’s Oscars are already yesterday’s fish wrapping, please join us for our round-up.
In episode 56 of The Electric Shadows Podcast we commemorate the 25th anniversary of Bill Hicks’ death. Rob Daniel and Ian Bird, who are both old enough to remember the shock at discovering the comedian had died of pancreatic cancer aged 32, discuss why Hicks has remained relevant and remembered a quarter of a century later.
Their chat was recorded late one night in Manchester, so it all becomes quite drunken and gigglesome by the time they recall their favourite routines.
But, there’s space before that to run through Hicks’ career, the impact his comedy has made on their lives, and broaden it out to chat about other funny men. Denis Leary, Stewart Lee, Frankie Boyle, Jerry Seinfeld, Lenny Bruce, they’re all here.
As we’re a movies podcast, the Robs Daniel and Wallis debate the merits of the proposed Richard Linklater Hicks biopic. Plus, how to avoid the traps of dreariness most based-on-a-real-life movies tumble into.
We’re excited to welcome Adrian Zak to the podcast. Regular listeners will have heard mention of “our friend Adrian”, and we had to get him on to hear his experiences of seeing Bill perform not once, but twice. We’re jealous, but in a good way.
Finally, we apologise for the indulgent amount of Bill Hicks clips crammed into this episode. But, when you’re paying tribute to one of the all-time masters of stand-up comedy, sometimes you just let the man talk for himself.
Bill Hicks died on 26th February 1994. We still enjoy taking the ride with him.
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis touch the sore tooth that is this year's Oscar nominations.
They discuss the insanity of nominating Bohemian Rhapsody for Best Picture, and how safe the Best Picture nods are in general. They're happy Spike Lee finally has his Best Director nomination, and acknowledge a few other things the Academy got right.
But, the two Robs mainly lament the omissions. No Best Actor nom for Ethan Hawke in First Reformed? No Mary Poppins Returns in Best Picture? Not a single nod for Mission: Impossible - Fallout?
As Rob Wallis points out, this is the first time the Golden Globes got more nominations right than the Oscars. A sobering state of affairs...
And we haven't even talked about the major omission. What was the brilliant, compassionate, devastating film released in 2018 that has not received a single Oscar nomination?
Listen on to find out... and to hear Rob Daniel say the "f-word" a lot.
As 2018 draws its final 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.
No spoilers for what comes in at the number one spots on both their lists. Other than to say it isn't Skyscraper. Which Rob D had down as a film of the year at one point. That point being before he saw it.
Thanks for listening in 2018, we look forward to amusing again with our movie ramblings in 2019.
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.
We look at why it has endured, and the copyright foul-ups that inadvertently lit the fuse for zombie apocalypse tales that would explode some forty years later when The Walking Dead became a phenomenon.
Romero's early career in advertising and directing inserts for Mr Roger's Neighborhood. The influence of Richard Matheson's I Am Legend on Romero's fiendishly fine tale of murder and mayhem. The fact that the first zombie in Night of the Living Dead is a running zombie! And also that Romero never thought of his undead flesh-eaters as zombies, naming them ghouls for his directorial debut.
How the filmmakers made a virtue out of budgetary adversity by using old fashioned ingenuity.
Travellers in pod Rob Daniel, Rob Wallis and special guest Ian Bird also make room for a mouthwatering discussion of cannibalism.
So, lock the doors, sit back, try to relax and listen. We'll be right back, we've got to go get Johnny.
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. Despite there being a lot to jaw about in the ep.
First up, the pair pay tribute to Stan Lee, the godfather of modern superheroes and Western comics who sadly passed away this week.
After discussing Suspiria on the previous episode when rounding up the London Film Festival, the Robs discuss Luca Guadagnino's remake again now that Mr Wallis has seen it. We recommend listening to both episodes for a full appreciation of what both Robs think of it!
As a main course, they move onto Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. The latest instalment in JK Rowling's Wizarding World franchise (aka the Harry Potterverse), it continues the adventure of Eddie Redmayne's Newt Scamander and his battle with the supreme dark wizard Grindelwald, essayed by sometime real-life villain Johnny Depp.
The pair were lukewarm about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Will they warm to the next chapter anymore...?
In Episode 51 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis looks back at the movies that impressed them at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival.
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.
Movies discussed range from the thrilling (Widows, Suspiria), to the moving (If Beale Street Could Talk, They Shall Not Grow Old) to the plain batsh*t crazy (Sorry To Bother You, In Fabric, Mandy).
The Robs reveal what their two fave films of the festival were, plus the one true stinker they both endured. What to know what these films are? Listen on...
In this episode of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis are slightly stunned to realise they've reached their 50th podcast! To mark the occasion they discuss their formative movies, which movie makers have had an impression on them and why films are just so darn important.
Also, thanks to all those listeners who have checked out an episode of our podcast (or more!). It's always appreciated. :)
Here is to another 50 podcasts!
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 Rob Wallis is impressed with Gaspar Noe's Climax.
As this is the first podcast since July, the pair capsule review Spike Lee's excellent BlackkKlansman, they differ over Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Rob W reveals what he thought of The Meg, The Children's Act, Christopher Robin and more.
Then onto the main course, as the Robs reveal what is getting them excited about this year's BFI London Film Festival. Widows, Roma, Suspiria (Rob D is worried about this one), In Fabric, The Favourite, If Beale Street Could Talk, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote and more. Find out why they are excited right here.
And see you next episode for the 50th instalment of The Electric Shadows Podcast!
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 latest attempt to risk life and limb to entertain the audience.
To find out why, listen on, and see where they rank this in the M:I canon.
The Robs also find time to scale Dwayne Johnson's Skyscraper (if you will) and discuss why it it doesn't quite reach the dizzying heights of Rob D's expectations.
As always, thanks for listening and please click to subscribe. We're also available on iTunes, Stitcher and Pocketcast.
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.
Our trio delve deep into the Bat cave, covering a range of Bat chat. From Nolan’s career, to the making of the trilogy, Nolan’s influences, the impact of Christian Bale’s Batman, Heath Ledger’s Joker and Tom Hardy’s Bane, and the difficult-to-repeat legacy the films left behind.
Not that the discussion is just a rhapsody. Ian and the Robs discuss some of the brickbats thrown at the trilogy, particularly the divisive The Dark Knight Rises. There’s even disagreement in the discussion. Rob Daniel champions the epic sweep of the third instalment, Ian Bird is unconvinced.
Elsewhere, the episode goes into Batman 66, Tim Burton’s Batmans, the campy collapse of Batman & Robin and the what-might-have-been of Darren Aronofsky and Frank Miller’s aborted reboot.
But wait, there’s more. Ian takes us to the beginnings of the Batman and troubling question of authorship around those creators who were recognised and those who were not so fortunate.
The thorny issue of female representation in comics and comic book movies is tackled, along with the notorious tendency of fridging female characters.
And there is more. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is compared to what Nolan did with his trilogy. Somewhere Hollywood great William Devane will try to sell you gold. It all makes sense when woven together.
Alongside the talk, there is a liberal (some might say undisciplined) use of illustrative clips to further celebrate the legacy of The Dark Knight movie, this incredible trilogy, and the enduring appeal of the Caped Crusader character.
If you are left wanting more at the end of this Batpod, we strongly recommend you go to Mr Carapace. Here, Ian delivers addendum thoughts on Batman, how it relates to Matt Wagner’s classic comic Grendel, and more fascinating insight into comic book creation in general.
It’s a big episode to be sure. But, we trust there is plenty of brain food (and humour dessert) to keep you entertained.
Episode 46 of The Electric Shadows Podcast may focus on Incredibles 2, but Robs Daniel & Wallis squeeze in much more beside.
Other films discussed are Hereditary (one Rob is warmer to it than the other), Sicario 2: Soldado (the other Rob is warmer to it than the other), Oceans 8 (only one Rob has seen it) and Leave No Trace (only the other other Rob has seen it).
There is also time for a quick rundown of Mission: Impossible movies and superhero films when delivering their verdict on Incredibles 2. Everything crammed into just over an hour. Who says they can't be disciplined with run times? They do actually...
Episode 45 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis with meat between their teeth as they get stuck into Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The intrepid explorers discuss the original Jurassic Park, and the issues facing all the sequels.
Where does this latest Jurassic outing lie amidst the sequels in their view? You'll have to listen to find out.
And, along the way you can hear them take chunks out of each other as they debate whether genetic engineering is wise. Rob Wallis errs on the side of caution; Rob Daniel is a bold visionary excited by the places scientific endeavours could take us. Rob D did also pen this blurb,
Plus, as Die Hard is nearing celebrating its 30 year anniversary, they kick off the podcast discussing why it remains one of the best action films ever made.
So, put you feet up and listen to a T-Rexcellent episode.
Recorded in the small hours of the morning, Robs Daniel and Wallis deliver their verdict on the troubled Solo: A Star Wars Story. Little spoiler for what they think: don't believe the negative reviews and disappointing box office, this is rip-roaring adventure. Listen on to find out why. They also discuss the film's production woes that saw original directors Lord and Miller being replaced with Ron Howard, and why Star Wars films are better served by efficient, journeymen directors.
Rob W also explains why a second viewing of Avengers: Infinity War has left him feeling he was premature in writing off the Marvel franchise in episode 43. Rob D tries to resist accusing him of betraying the podcast (and fails). And the pair also make room for a quick review of Deadpool 2, including a discussion of why IMAX is not suited to comedy.
Public Service Announcement: For the first 16 mins of the podcast the microphone was picking up some kind of banging not noticed during recording. This does pass, but if you want to avoid most of it, we recommend beginning at 14mins 30secs with the review of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Episode 43 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis enlisting in the Infinity War. But, they wonder if it's worth the fight. Marvel's culmination of a decade of movies, EIGHTEEN MOVIES, gets us to a showdown that has its moment but is rather beige.
Even with the best efforts of a stellar cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Mark Ruffalo. Plus, Josh Brolin as Thanos, a troubled, but unstoppable baddie with superhuman abilities.
One thing that isn't beige is the Robs' podcast chat. Mere minutes in and they're debating the necessity of including the sexual proclivities of Nazi war criminals in biopics about them. Elsewhere the debate covers Sybians (a NSFW Google search item rather than an alien race in the movie), memorable music in Marvel movies and Rob W gets to click his fingers a lot.
So, sit back, relax and enjoy. And we'll see you for episode 44, in which we'll be covering Deadpool. A Marvel movie featuring Josh Brolin as a troubled, but unstoppable baddie with superhuman abilities... Who says there's no variety to comic book movies?
Episode 42 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a special episode to tide you over until Robs Daniel & Wallis get back behind the microphone.
Originally recorded in December 2017 as part of the Justice League episode, their discussion of William Friedkin's Sorcerer was removed so episode 33 could focus purely on DC's troubled superhero outing.
It's being released here because any chance to promote Friedkin's outstanding thriller should not be passed over. Rob D hails the film a masterpiece, Rob W is a little cooler on it. The two compare it to the original 1953 version by Henri-Georges Clouzot, how the film predicted our current troubled times, the method in Friedkin's madness and more.
We'll see you again for a discussion of Avengers: Infinity War. Until then, enjoy this journey into the dark heart of Sorcerer...
In episode 41 of The Electric Shadows Podcast Robs Daniel & Wallis journey deep into a realms of pop culture and sci-fi when delivering their verdicts on Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One and Alex Garland's Annihilation. In a typically all-encompassing discussion, Rob D explains why he dug the pop-culture geek-gasm of RP1, while Rob W reveals his reservations about Spielberg's latest. Conversely, Rob W talks about why Garland's Annihilation is a masterpiece, and Rob D is the one with the criticisms. Basically, all of human interaction is here.
Other topics include why releasing movies straight to streaming services could mean the end of thought-provoking mid-range cinema. Why Netflix's insistence on squeezing end credits into a tiny-box while forcing something else on you ruins the mood. There's also a brief diversion into why Monty Python's Life of Brian contains the best joke of all time, and why snotty crying in movies has gots to go.
So, strap on your aural VR gear (i.e. your headphones) and enter a world of pure imagination, lots of film talk and a bunch of jokes. Some of which land, others just hit the ground hard.
Episode 39 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is the agony and the ecstasy.
The agony comes from Rob Daniel, who talks (at length) about his ongoing recuperation following surgery after a particularly non-heroic "sports injury".
The ecstasy comes Rob Wallis, who, being sound of body was able to see Black Panther - aka Contender for the Biggest Film of 2018, aka Contender for the Most Culturally Significant Film of 2018, aka The Film You Really Should Have Seen By Now. So Rob W lets Rob D know about all the good stuff he has been missing. Rob D bravely listens without sounding too despondent.
Our intrepid casters in pod then tackle a brace of disappointing Netflix sigh-fi efforts: Mute and The Cloverfield Paradox. Rob W remembers the time Mute director Duncan Jones praised him for his geek knowledge in a Director's Q&A, and both Robs recall how wonderful Moon is.
Amidst all this banter, there is room for a cameo appearance from Rob D's flatmate, Michael, whose severe cold means background coughing makes a fleeting appearance. He also chips in some real words.
In Episode 38 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis provide their take on the 2018 Oscar nominations.
They run through what they agree with - hello Get Out, The Shape of Water, Three Billboards, Lady Bird.
They umm and ahhh over that particular film they really don't like - we mean, seriously, how can Darkest Hour be up for Best Picture when it is not nominated in Best Director or Best Screenplay?
The Robs run through the films that seem to have been snubbed - Wonder Woman, The Disaster Artist and Michael Stuhlbarg for Call Me By Your Name.
They also have fun saying Call Me By Your Name... it'll all make sense in the podcast. Although the pair do become quite punchy running through lists of nominees. Wait to you hear their theory on how the Visual Effects in War for the Planet of the Apes were achieved...
So, thank you for listening. The Robs will also be doing an Oscar round-up podcast on Monday 5th March. Although we'll be doing episodes before then of course...
In Episode 37 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis look at one of the best films of the year and a contender for one of the worst.
Impressing them is Martin McDonagh's Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. A dramatic, witty and compassionate tale of a mother's anger at the local police for not finding her daughter's killer, it is a powerhouse of adult storytelling, populated with some of the best characters yet from the man behind In Bruges.
At the other end of the spectrum is Darkest Hour. Joe Wright's film presents Winston Churchill as the eccentric man of the people popular history likes to portray him as. It all amounts to little more than Sunday afternoon TV fluff, until Wright and co present a scene so misjudged and tin-eared it ruins their movie. Predictably, the Robs fight this bad filmmaking on the beaches, they fight it in the air, etc.
They also look at the politics likely to be dominating this year's Academy Awards, and go back to THAT scene from Darkest Hour for one more drubbing.
Robs Daniel & Wallis take a brief look at Star Wars: The Jedi in this pint-sized podcast. Primarily because they wanted to throw their hat into the ring regarding the current fan fury over Rian Johnson's Star Wars movie. We'll do a full review when the Blu-ray comes out in 2018.
So, in a SPOILER FILLED discussion the two run through what impresses, what are legitimate complaints and why it doesn't trash the extended universe. Just because something is different, doesn't mean to say it ruins everything around it...
We've got a goooood feeling about this.
Robs Daniel and Wallis do a proper Universe crossover, running through their respective films of the year lists, scoring them and coming up with a definitive Electric Shadows and Of All The Film Sites' Top 10 Films of 2017.
It's the only Top 10 you'll need this year. Unless you're booking a hotel or wedding venue, but even then there are some nice locations contained within the movies discussed. Florida, South Korea, Dunkirk...
So, without ado'ing any further, sit back, relax and listen to our verdict on the Top 10 films of 2017.
For this special Reservoir Dogs 25th Anniversary episode, Robs Daniel & Wallis are joined once more by Ian Bird. Together they dissect Quentin Tarantino's sensational debut, discussing its strengths and controversial use of racial language.
The three intrepid podcasters place the movie in the overall picture of Tarantino's career and discuss Tarantino's cinematic legacy. Could there be a case for the Marvel Cinematic Universe being an extension of what Quentin was doing with his movies in the 90s and noughties? Or Joss Whedon taking the QT baton and running with it into fantasy realms rather than crime? These thoughts are more are given their day in court...
While making room for tangents including Doctor Who and Wayne Wang's Smoke. It'll all make sense. Okay ramblers, let's get rambling...
In episode 33 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis take a look at Justice League. And, you know what? They find stuff to like in there!
Sure, it's a mess and clearly the work of two different people. But, it's entertaining and works to right the wrongs of Batman v Superman.
Rob Wallis comes up with a perfect classroom analogy for the current output from Marvel and DC. They also get a chance to do some voice work when discussing a little shonky CGI that was required on a particular cast member.
They also still have issues with Wonder Woman sitting out World War Two, despite this film trying to retcon her absence.
So, lots to go through. Shall we begin?
In a bumper round-up, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis take a belated look at Blade Runner 2049, deduce what they think of Murder on the Orient Express and it's hammer time with Thor: Ragnarok.
There's even space for a quick review of William Friedkin's Sorcerer and George Clooney's Suburbicon.
Episode 31 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis rounding up their Top 10 highlights at the 2017 London Film Festival.
Lucky, The Shape of Water, Last Flag Flying and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri all feature highly. The two recall the bone-snapping brilliance of Brawl in Cell Block 99.
Our intrepid podders also scratch their heads as the critical acclaim that gushed over the decidedly Emperor's New Clothes You Were Never Really Here, by British director Lynne Ramsay.
So, for more on their opinions of the London Film Festival 2017, listen on...
The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches its 30th episode!
To mark this milestone occasion, Robs Daniel & Wallis run through a frightfully good collection of cinematic horror happenings.
Rob Daniel delivers his round-up of FrightFest 2017, which occurred over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Both Robs give their verdict on the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's IT. Plus, their views on clowns in general.
Rob Wallis saw The Dark Tower so you don't have to. He explains why, and we think you'll be sold on his damning verdict.
The two Robs then run through the Stephen King on Screen season running at the BFI Southbank throughout September until the 3rd October. More information on that can be found here.
Finally, Rob Daniel recounts Darren Aronofsky's mad, memorable, impressive new movie, Mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem.
Phew! A bumper edition... so stoke the fire, pour a stiff brandy, pull the curtains tightly closed and let us take you to some dark places...
In episode 29 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Robs Daniel & Wallis explain why Atomic Blonde ultimately fails to detonate and why you should check out the monstrously fun Shin Godzilla.
Time is also made for Rob Wallis to outline again to Rob Daniel why he really doesn't need to bother seeing Valerian and they both discuss why a gay love scene in the next James Bond would be a good thing.
Episode 28 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a special edition as Robs Daniel & Wallis dive into the small screen for a Doctor Who discussion. Chiefly about the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor Who, the first time a woman will have played the beloved character.
The two Robs give their take on why something this radical had to happen, why it is bizarre this is seen as radical at all, and the depressingly inevitable internet backlash against the decision.
Doctor Who expert Rob Wallis provides the knowledge, Rob Daniel is the companion (probably Adric or K-9).
And, we know, we're late to the party on this one. But, a time vortex pulled us in and we've only just emerged. I.e. - work and diary commitments got in the way. We'll be more punctual with our review of the Christmas episode, when we should see Whittaker's first few moments as Doctor Who...
Episode 27 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Robs Daniel & Wallis explore Christopher Nolan's extraordinary Dunkirk. What makes it the best film of the year (for one of the Robs at least), why the movie's different timelines work so well, why R&R recommend seeing it in IMAX, and a whole lot more.
Before our intrepid podcasters reach the dangerous beaches of Dunkirk, they provide a quick round-up of the barmy Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the impressive War for the Planet of the Apes and the enjoyable but disposable Baby Driver.
But, it's mainly about that Nolan movie. Proof positive you can make an intelligent epic that delivers a visual experience not seen on the blockbuster stage before. While not forgetting to include substance. And all in 106 minutes. Listen to the podcast, see Dunkirk. Rinse and repeat.
Episode 26 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a chat of two halves. First up, Robs Daniel & Wallis discuss Spider-Man: Homecoming, everyone's favourite webslinger's first full feature in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Overall, we're impressed, though there are a couple of sticky moments with the film, and we're not just talking about Spidey's web...
Next up, our intrepid ramblers in movies discuss the best films of 2017... so far. La La Land doesn't get a look in. Well, it's not like it won the Best Picture Oscar (in the end). Actually Best Picture winner Moonlight is in there, as is Bong Joon-ho's Okja and Hugh Jackman's Wolverine swansong Logan.
Six months in the making (partially due to the epic length, partially due to Rob D’s inability to get his act together and edit it), episode 25 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a special looking at Oliver Stone’s 1991 classic, JFK.
Over an epic running time almost matching the duration of the film itself, Rob Daniel, Rob Wallis and special guest Ian Bird dissect the merits and legacy of Stone’s controversial movie.
They also look at the assassination itself, plus it’s impact on popular culture, including the flawed, truth-seeking hero, that eventually led to Warner Bros. bankrolling the movie.
Our intrepid investigators also come up with a new conspiracy theory involving a beloved 1980s filmmaker and a Batman villian. While making room for such pop JFK references as the film Executive Action and that episode of Quantum Leap. They also can’t help liberally quoting the movie’s chewable dialogue.
It’s a big listen for a big film. We like to think it offers some interesting new perspectives on the film, or at least a couple of laughs. Not least at that opening stab at an American accent…
So, pop in your headphones and prepare to go back… and to the left.
In ep 24 Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis take a flying visit to the Caribbean before taking on Tom Cruise's The Mummy. The best thing they have to say is that it doesn't endorse Donald Trump's immigrant ban. Wonder Woman is the film of the podcast - and makes The Mummy look even worse by comparison. Rob Wallis gives his verdict on Transformers: The Last Knight... will this transform his low opinions of the previous films? It's a packed episode, dive in!
In Episode 23 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, the generation gap rears its head. Rob Wallis quite likes Alien: Covenant and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. Rob Daniel pines for the good old days of Alien movies and reveals he spent most of Guardians playing Shag, Marry, Kill with the movie's characters. R&R also discuss audience members who cannot control themselves over Baby Groot, and somehow get onto the films of Christopher Nolan.
Episode 22 of The Electric Shadows Podcast sees Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis revving their engines as they ironically mosey through a discussion of Fast & Furious 8, and the surprisingly robust franchise as a whole. Warren Beatty's Rules Don't Apply and an ambivalent reaction to the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer also feature.
The key's in the ignition, we've got a full canister of NOS... wanna take a ride?
In episode 21 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis discuss the 2017 live action Ghost in the Shell. The two discussed what they liked, issues they had with the film, plus the whitewashing controversy over casting Scarlett Johansson as a leading character in Japanese comics and animation. Will our intrepid podcasters disagree for perhaps the first time in 21 episodes?!
The Electric Shadows Podcast reaches episode 20! In this landmark episode, Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis talk Kong: Skull Island - but do they go ape for it? R&R also go off track into some trademark tangent undergrowth, and find time to tackle Paul Verhoeven's controversial Elle, plus Trespass Against Us and The Love Witch. A bumper ep to mark us hitting 20!
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis get all X-cited about Logan, Hugh Jackman's swansong to the X-Men franchise. And spoiler alert, this Wolverine can really cut it! Listen to why it's so fantastic here... Rob & Rob also pour a tidal wave of indifference on the new Pirates of the Caribbean trailer and Rob D explains why Ghost in the Shell could be amazing.
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis pay tribute to the Hollywood legend who was the sorely missed Bill Paxton. They also turn a critical eye toward Gore Verbinski's A Cure for Wellness, lock n' load with John Wick Chapter 2 and get stuck into tasty McDonald's flavoured biopic The Founder.
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis talk Oscars 2017. The one that proved the Oscars could move along at a great clip, be funny, Jimmy Kimmel proved himself a great host, there was a ill-conceived moment when the event turned into a Celebrity Zoo... and then the wrong film was declared Best Picture. What an event, and the two Robs try to make sense of it.
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis look through films that have kicked off 2017: T2 Trainspotting, Assassin's Creed, Jackie, Moonlight, Hacksaw Ridge and Silence. And Rogue One! And there's some La La Land talk. Phew, it's a packed episode, enjoy!
In episode 15 of The Electric Shadows Podcast, Rob Daniel & Wallis do a late night review of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, having just seen the movie. Slightly tired, the two embark on a magical odyssey that covers interspecies coupling and comparing King Kong to Sonny Corelone. Ah, the magic of the movies...
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis discuss the off-the-wall The Accountant and the by-the-numbers Doctor Strange, how cookie-cutter Marvel has become, how ordinary Jack Reacher was, and how the audience they saw The Accountant with really brought something special to the experience...
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis run through highlights of the 2016 BFI London Film Festival, including discussion of A Monster Calls, Manchester By The Sea, La La Land, Una, Elle and Free Fire. Rob D, heavy with cold, also attempts to break the sound barrier when blowing his nose.
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Episode 12 of The Electric Shadows Podcast is a round-up extravaganza. Rob D recounts the highlights of FrightFest 2016, Rob W talks The Purge: Election Year, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and more. And both Robs get all excited looking at the programme for this year's London Film Festival.
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis take on the Suicide Squad, wonder if DC movies have a future, fight their disappointment, discover they've spent around 15 hours talking about DC movies this year and Rob D wonders why films now can't be like Crocodile Dundee II.
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis are joined by occasional Electric Shadows contributor Angela Postins for an epic discussion about all things Ghostbusters. Trying to keep to the 2016 reboot, they frequently fail and talk the original, that sequel, the cartoons and video games and the 80s in general. Podcasting makes us feel good!
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis take stock of 2016 so far, and from Creed to The Witch, from The Big Short to Room, from Spotlight to The Neon Demon, think we're already enjoying a bumper year for film. Check out Rob Daniel's work at www.electric-shadows.com and Rob Wallis' at http://ofallthefilmblogs.blogspot.co.uk/
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis talk all things Captain America - Civil War. One Rob thought it was good, the other thought it was great. But, which Rob is which?! They also riff on uncanny similarities between Civil War and Batman v Superman and look at what else is coming in the latest phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Find more of Rob Daniel's musings at www.electric-shadows.com and Rob Wallis' at http://ofallthefilmblogs.blogspot.co.uk.
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis embark on a leisurely journey through The Force Awakens Blu-Ray, making time to discuss how triumphantly Star Wars has returned, those pesky prequels and the promise of Rogue One.
Rob Daniel & Rob Wallis don their capes to discuss Deadpool and what we can expect from superhero movies in 2016 and beyond! With some segues to discuss David Niven, social realism films of the 1960s and Mary Poppins.
It all kinda makes sense in the end...
In this episode we discuss the UK's Winter of the Western, as The Hateful Eight, The Revenant and Bone Tomahawk are all released in the space of two months. What new do they bring to the classic genre?