All posts by Gary Shannon

  • Movie Review: The Handmaiden

    The Handmaiden, like all of Park Chan-wook’s films, uses harsh methods to test the viewer’s fortitude, challenging their senses before rewarding their wisdom. Borrowing a...

  • Movie Review: Manchester by the Sea

    There’s a tragedy at the heart of Manchester by the Sea, but you’d never see it behind that emotionless wall separating Casey Affleck from the...

  • Movie Review: Elle

    To read previous VIFF coverage, click here. Paul Verhoeven’s ventures into irreverence and topical discussion have always been assigned to lavish psychosexual entertainment, mostly overlooked...

  • Movie Review: Miss Hokusai

    Miss Hokusai doesn’t explore the artist’s plight so much as it explores the plight that effects every living person. Ōi Hokusai, a great painter, lives in the shadow of her...

  • TV Review: Black Mirror 3×06 “Hated in the Nation”

    To catch other reviews to Black Mirror episodes, click here. Hated in the Nation places its deterministic death grip on the internet mob mentality—a “real world” issue...

  • TV Review: Black Mirror 3×05 “Men Against Fire”

    To catch other reviews to Black Mirror episodes, click here. Men Against Fire proposes one of the most unique, non-literal interpretations of warfare within the last 5...

  • TV Review: Black Mirror 3×04 “San Junipero”

    To catch other reviews to Black Mirror episodes, click here. Up until watching San Junipero I would have used words like “futuristic” and “modernistic” to describe Black Mirror, this time...