ACTOR - Michael Shannon


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Groundhog Day 1993,  PG)
Groundhog Day
A great Bill Murray comedy. It has one of the worst cinema posters ever though, don?t you think?
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Chain Reaction 1996,  PG-13)
Chain Reaction
Put shit in, get shit out.
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Chicago Cab (Hellcab) 1998,  R)
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Jesus' Son 1999,  R)
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The Photographer 2000,  R)
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Cecil B. Demented 2000,  R)
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Tigerland 2000,  R)
Tigerland
Over sentimental rubbish. Tries to pull at your heartstrings but is more likely to made you throw up a little in your mouth! Joel Schumacher trying to do a Dogme film?, do me a favour!
8
Pearl Harbor 2001,  PG-13)
Pearl Harbor
Horrifically misjudged, woefully offensive and fucking awful.
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New Port South 1999,  PG-13)
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Vanilla Sky 2001,  R)
Vanilla Sky
A terrible remake of Spanish film Open your eyes. Kurt Russell's performance was good but everything else in this film is awful. Cruise & Crowe are probably my least favourite director/actor partnership ever!
11
High Crimes 2002,  PG-13)
High Crimes
At its core, High Crimes has an interesting story to tell. Unfortunately it tells it badly and is full of unnecessary characters, plot twists, action, etc. A good thriller should be thrilling and High Crimes is pretty far from Thrilling. Carl Franklin experiments with different styles of editing (at least in the first 20 minutes or so) that serve no purpose at all, he adds pointless and irritating characters like Jackie (played by the pointless and irritating Amanda Peet), spends next to no time on character development (Give the bad guy a scar over his face, just so people know he's the bad guy) and in the end, you couldn't give a hoot if Jim Caviezel's character is guilty or not. Also, if you're going to advertise a film as a 'Courtroom drama' you might want to have more than 10 minutes worth of courtroom footage. Morgan Freeman is the only reason I kept watching, not because he's particularly good in it but because he's likable. I would say this film is instantly forgettable but I think it may be too bad for it not to be remembered.
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8 Mile 2002,  R)
8 Mile
8 Mile is actually quite good! I say this in surprise as I was convinced I would hate it. It is not without fault however, some of the scenes I feel should have been cut, left on the cutting room floor, pissed on, then burnt and then pissed on again. That said, Eminem was quite good and the story was solid, the script could have been better but Curtis Hanson bought it all together relatively well. The highlight for me was the ending, it was predictable that he won the battle but what I liked about it most was that he went straight back to work afterwards, sending out a positive message without descending into Hollywood slush.
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Kangaroo Jack 2003,  PG)
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Bad Boys II 2003,  R)
Bad Boys II
I hate this film. It's just 2 grown men arguing for 2 hours! - Again!
15
Grand Theft Parsons 2004,  PG-13)
Grand Theft Parsons
Really nice, true story, could be better, could be worse. It?s an easy film to watch!
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The Woodsman 2004,  R)
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Criminal 2004,  R)
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Dead Birds 2004,  R)
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Marvelous 2006,  Unrated)
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Bug 2006,  R)
Bug
Michael Shannon is frighteningly believable and is fast becoming the go to man for intense bad guy/mentally unstable/nut jobs. He's no one trick pony though as he displays a range of roles and emotions here. I wasn't interested in Bug on its release but both Shannon and Friedkin convinced me it couldn't be too bad but only after I watched Killer Joe and realised that the great director is still great. It's the best psychological thriller I've seen in years, one of the best ever in fact. The spiral of madness doesn't seem too unbelievable either, for once the reason makes sense. Overlooked, underrated and misunderstood, it's a great theatrical piece, full of great performance and originality.
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World Trade Center 2006,  PG-13)
World Trade Center
World Trade Center is way too schmaltzy with loads of mistakes in it too. That quite unforgivable really. Still, its got good acting and is well shot. The DVD extras are quite good too but it?s nothing like Oliver Stone?s usual greatness.
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Let's Go To Prison 2006,  R)
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Shotgun Stories 2007,  PG-13)
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Lucky You 2007,  PG-13)
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Before the Devil Knows You're Dead 2007,  R)
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
A heist film that is all about the people more than the heist itself. Personally, I like heist films when they are about the heists themselves, I like a clever crime thriller, if I want personal drama I usually look elsewhere but in Lumet we trust. The multi-layered juxtaposition and somewhat repetitious jump from one scene to the next was not easy viewing for me, I'm not sure it added anything to the film overall, what was good was the performances from Philip Seymour Hoffman and Albert Finney. Not so much from Ethan Hawke though sadly, it's a miss this time for the hit & miss actor I'm afraid. My favourite thing in Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is Marisa Tomei. I love that woman.
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Revolutionary Road 2008,  R)
Revolutionary Road
I loved the book, I liked the film but I've got to say I hated the direction. Sam Mendes really didn't capture the true essence of what I felt reading the book. Sure it was well paced, well acted and the 50's style well realised, I just feel he missed the point somewhat. It is a dark novel written by a bitter man and the film wasn't dark enough, there should have been more of a contrast between hope and despair. I also hated the soundtrack. Concentrating on the good aspects though, props to the props, the performances were good esp Michael Shannon's and the final scene was kept as it was in the book, although not with the same impact. I could go on for ever about what I didn't like about the film version but in the end of the day they are just a bunch of niggles as I did like it and would recommend it.
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The Missing Person 2009,  Unrated)
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The Greatest 2010,  R)
The Greatest
The Greatest starts well but soon descends into a muddle of bad acting, awkward script and messy story-line. Some scenes are great though, Shana Feste lets the camera roll a little longer to great effect and overall, the editing is quite good. Ultimately the film is let down by the awful performances but then it is quite mis-cast. I can't stand Carey Mulligan to be honest and I'm not sure what all the fuss regarding her is all about. This film is not the greatest!
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Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009,  R)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
Werner Herzog's version/reworking/adaptation/not-quite-a-remake/definitely-not-a-sequel of Bad Lieutenant is not the film I was expecting. Maybe I'm biased because I love Herzog's films but I thought it was better than Abel Ferrara's, but only from a directorial point of view. It's interesting comparing the two, the first is quite theatrical thanks to Keitel's brilliant performance and the latter is theatrical due to Herzog's exuberant directing. I have to admit though, for all the surrealism, Lizards and 'Dancing souls', and of course Nicolas Cage's brilliant performance, the original is the better of the two. Maybe they shouldn't really be compared, although, it's hard not to. Herzog's film is a lot more fun than most of his work, different, not as good but quite refreshing all the same. I'm not sure I was supposed to but I came out of the cinema with a big smile on my face.
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My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2010,  R)
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done isn't exactly what I was expecting from a collaboration of Lynch and Herzog but it's as good as I was expecting. Michael Shannon is intoxicating in the lead role and he really makes the film. Both directors show themselves here and there but keep their signatures slight and subtle - The true story is the star here as it should be and they've told it accordingly. The supporting cast also do a brilliant job and it is visually rich, far from disappointing and very haunting indeed. My kind of film!
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The Runaways 2010,  R)
The Runaways
If I had to cast a film biopic of The Runaways I probably wouldn't have thought of Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning to play Joan Jett and Cherie Currie. That's why I'm not a casting director. Both do an excellent job. Stella Maeve was also the spit of the late great Sandy West. This is a very accomplished insight into the history of the band, I wasn't there but as Joan Jett produced it, I'm guessing it's pretty accurate too. A great band that deserve more recognition. The casting of Kim Michael Shannon as Kim Fowley is probably the smartest thing in this film, not to mention a work of genius.
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13 2011,  R)
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Jonah Hex 2010,  PG-13)
Jonah Hex
When it comes to comics, I'm more a DC man (Vertigo) - until it comes to film adaptations that is. When reading my favourite comics, Transmetropolitan, The Boys, DMZ, 100 Bullets, The Invisibles...the list goes on, I think to myself 'They should totally make this into a movie' - then a film like Jonah Hex and Green Lantern come along and you think, actually some things are best left in comics. That said, I've never been much of a Jonah Hex or Green Lantern fan so I'm not that bothered. They messed up with Constantine which was pretty unforgivable, so for now I reckon comics like Scalped and Preacher are safe but Hex was expendable and worth the risk. For all it's negative reviews though, Jonah Hex isn't a terrible film, some parts were quite good and I especially liked the 'Talking to the dead' scenes. Unfortunately the entire film is just completely forgettable..what was I talking about again?
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Take Shelter 2011,  R)
Take Shelter
Although our protagonist is frightened that he may be succumbing to paranoid schizophrenia which runs in his family, I believe the real subject matter here is about male paranoia. I believe it's the best film on the subject since Eraserhead and a brilliant statement on the complexities of what is expected in modern society without regard to how easy or hard things are becoming. It can often feel like a big storm is coming and just maybe one is. *Spoiler alert* - My suspicions of it being predominantly male paranoia are only backed up when there is actually a storm because lets face it, us guys don't like to be wrong. I thoroughly enjoyed Take Shelter, definitely one of my favourite films of last year.
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Return 2012,  Unrated)
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Broken Tower 2012,  Unrated)
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Machine Gun Preacher 2011,  R)
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Mud 2013,  PG-13)
Mud
Mud is director Jeff Nichols's love letter to Arkansas/Mississippi, the place of his birth and to stories of adventure that young boys enjoy, most notably Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. Certain elements of the story are uncertain and ultimately unimportant. Much like in the brilliant Take Shelter, Nichols's previous film, it's the mood, the spirit of the film that is important and where the film succeeds. Matthew McConaughey's return to greatness is evident in his performance and there is welcome and impressive supporting performances by the very talented Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Paulson , Ray McKinnon , Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon and Joe Don Baker. Most impressive is probably the young talent on show. Both Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland should have successful careers ahead of them. With this only being Nichols third feature film, it's hard not to see him as a future great.
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Premium Rush 2012,  PG-13)
Premium Rush
A bunch of annoying cyclists battle bent police in order to help smuggle in illegal immigrants with help from Chinese gangsters. A likable film though surprisingly considering the unpopularity of each of the four groups. Good casting helps and it never goes too over the top either which probably would have damaged the simplicity of the idea. The idea is sound too for the best part, maybe a little contrived towards the end but not to be taken too seriously. I guess it helps if you are interested in bicycles too.
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The Iceman 2013,  R)
The Iceman
The Iceman is a great biopic of Richard Kuklinski. Richard Kuklinski was a contract killer. Now this film is no Leon, in fact it's more of a gangster film by way of serial killer slasher. I think that's what I like about it, it never seems to fit. When it's serious it is serious but then you've got Chris Evans chasing after prostitutes in an ice-cream van and David Schwimmer wearing an ill fitting wig and fake mustache, it is hard to take too seriously. There is horror to the story that comes through but it is the odd, bizarre and utterly unbelievable that really entertains and carries the film above sea level. Michael Shannon was perfect in the lead role, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, Ray Liotta and David Schwimmer all give good support. I think the film has legs and will gain popularity over time, the initial reaction was unfairly short.
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Man of Steel 2013,  PG-13)
Man of Steel
The original 1978 Superman film is my favourite film of all time. It's the film that made me into the film obsessive I am today. I'm not just a fan of the film though, I am a collector of Superman comics and TV series. To look at the 1978 films and the 3 sequels in a critical and technical way is pretty tough for me to do, that old lady called nostalgia will always tell me those films are brilliant no matter how good or bad they really are. Superman Returns was awful - see my review for why I think that. It was time for a change and I welcomed a new beginning and quite looked forward to one. They took various ideas from contemporary Superman graphic novels but without using one directly which I thought was a great idea. The casting was great, Henry Cavill did well and I thought Russell Crowe and Kevin Costner were brilliant as the two fathers. I expected more from Michael Shannon if I'm being honest and I'm afraid I don't really see anything special about Amy Adams. She, I'm afraid to say, was totally wrong for the part. I also didn't like this version of Lois Lane, they got it totally wrong in every way in my opinion and I found her (and the fact she'd just pop up out of nowhere, sometimes even though she was 50 miles away in the last scene) annoying. I was also surprised by the inclusion of all the spaceships. Fights and spaceships. That, I'm afraid wasn't really Superman for me. Maybe in some of the comics but I thought it was too much on screen. Apart from those few things I found no fault with it other than it didn't quite feel like Superman. The absence of Clark Kent was probably the biggest reason why but as we saw towards the end, this will be rectified in the sequel. The blink and you'll miss it Lex Luther reference also makes me think that now that they have got the origins out the way, the real return of Superman can begin, albeit in 3 years time.
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Young Ones 2014,  Unrated)
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They Came Together 2014,  R)
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Midnight Special 2015,  Unrated)

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