Michael Shannon

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  • Pottersville

    Movie Review | Luke Whiston | 28th December 2017

    You think a Christmas movie where Michael Shannon is mistaken for Bigfoot sounds weird? You don’t know the half of it. And trust me, you don’t want to know the rest. Unless you do, in which case that’s cool, we’re all friends here. I’m being purposefully vague because, well you’ll see... Let’s just say the internet has a lot to answer for.

  • Too soon: the end of Empire

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 13th January 2014

    This year's fifth season of Boardwalk Empire will be its last. Most good shows these days have the knack of stopping just at the right time, but for me, this one could have run and run.

  • Michael Shannon: pretty much just mucking about these days

    TV Feature | Ed Williamson | 29th September 2013

    Whenever I watch Michael Shannon on Boardwalk Empire these days I get the distinct impression he's just goofing off.

  • Man Of Steel

    Movie Review | Ali | 14th June 2013

    Wow. That was my first reaction upon exiting Man Of Steel. Not necessarily 'Wow' in the sense that I had been overly impressed, but 'Wow' like I had been totally exhausted by the experience and felt so light-headed my brain couldn't quite process words with more than one syllable. Now I've had time for my synapses to cool, I can downgrade 'Wow' to 'Huh': though Man Of Steel is epic in the truest sense of the word, it pummels you so hard with its epicness that you don't have the time or the spatial awareness to notice its flaws. Maybe it's the fact I saw it cold, purposefully not having watched any trailers or promotional material beforehand, but flying blind made for an interesting experience – and dare I say, I perhaps enjoyed it more than others might due to that same lack of preconceptions.

  • Before Robocop there was... FUTURE COP!

    Movie Feature | Luke | 8th June 2013



    I stumbled upon this amazingly awkward intro for 1970s sci-fi show Future Cop, after discovering the main guy - an actor named Michael Shannon - had played 'President's Aide' in Superman II and was trying to turn that into a feature. But this is much better. By which I mean much worse.

  • Mud

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 6th May 2013

    For a pigeonholed Hollywood star, performing a dramatic volte-face and stubbornly refusing to take on the types of project for which you're famous can't be easy. Our relationship with stars is tied up too fully in the idea of recognisable archetypes to make it so. Planning on casting Ray Liotta as a romantic leading man any time soon? Nope, but we've got an opening for a crooked cop if he's interested. So what Matthew McConaughey has achieved in the last couple of years is truly remarkable: to graduate from lightweight romcom go-to-guy to one of the most magnetic screen actors around.

  • My favourite bit of Michael Shannon this week

    TV Video | Ed Williamson | 27th October 2012



    Can't get enough of the guy.

  • Today I learned: Michael Shannon is Groundhog Day's 'Wrestlemania!' guy

    Movie Feature | Ali | 30th September 2012



    Expect Man Of Steel's General Zod to be a fan of the suplex.

  • Machine Gun Preacher

    Movie Review | Rob | 2nd November 2011

    Machine Gun Preacher: with a title like that, you'd expect a Grindhouse-esque, ultra-violent B-movie about a muscle-bound preacher with ripped sleeves, standing atop a pile of bodies, brandishing a huge gun, maybe with a cigar hanging out of his mouth, topped off with a killer catchphrase. "Pray for mercy," he'd say. Or something like that.

  • Premium Rush trailer offers standard thrill (see what I did there?)

    Movie Trailer | Ali | 17th September 2011

    It's an action movie about... cycle couriers? When was this made, 1983? I sure hope no one releases a movie about rollerbladers any time soon, otherwise this is going to look really dated.