Gary Shannon

Gary Shannon
Tomatometer-approved critic
Biography:
I am a 24 year-old film critic currently assigned to The Young Folks. I write periodic reviews of film and television for the site, including new releases, local Vancouver-based festival releases, and classic films of any kind. I was born in Thailand in 1994 and moved to Canada in 1997 where I saw my first English-speaking film in theatres--The Rugrats Movie. English wasn't my first language, film criticism in part helped develop my voice, and I have since channeled my desire to improve my language through film criticism and journalism. I am currently a Canadian citizen and a student enrolled at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia where I plan to graduate in 2020. Film criticism continues to play a major role in my life, both academic and personal.
Publications: The Young Folks

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
6/10 85% Genèse (2019) Too many moments in "Genesis" come off as too deterministically 'by design' to achieve the aching loneliness Lesage so obviously wants to convey. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
5/10 71% Annabelle: Creation (2017) Too fixated on the explosive and bombastic properties of shock horror to understand the kind of fear truly effective horror movies leave in their wake. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
10/10 77% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) Stands as perhaps the greatest inquiry into the myth of the "Old West." - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
4/10 87% The Student ((M)uchenik) (2017) Ironically allows antireligious pedagogics and dogmas overtake [Kirill Serebrennikov's] story, itself a cautionary tale on the dangers of pedagogical and dogmatic thinking. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
8/10 77% Bad Lieutenant (1992) The greatest New York City depiction of repentance in the deepest, darkest slums of the human soul since Scorsese's "Mean Streets." - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
6/10 94% Train to Busan (Busanhaeng) (2016) [It's] nothing we haven't seen before but Train to Busan takes a unique and surprisingly intimate spin on the high-octane zombie genre. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
7/10 67% A Scanner Darkly (2006) Using interpolated rotoscoping techniques Linklater manage[s] to capture a unique visual style for "A Scanner Darkly" just absurd enough to be comical and just human enough to be tragic. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
6/10 90% A Bigger Splash (2016) [Luca Guadagnino's] cathartic visual style seems to fluctuate too loosely between complimenting his script's character nuances and shameless superficiality. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
9/10 78% Munich (2005) "Munich" mutes Spielberg's hallmark sentimentalism to convey a more productive sense of ambiguity toward moral injustice, a crucible forged from our inability to empathize with the "other." - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
10/10 90% Barton Fink (1991) In their dark comic masterpiece "Bartin Fink," [The Coens] draw the line between artistic integrity and artistic smugness. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 7, 2019
8/10 91% Mirai (2018) Too many 2018 films are about "family," but Hosoda's "Mirai" feels like the first film to truly attempt to understand what it means to be a family in 2018. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 28, 2018
6/10 93% The Favourite (2018) The humor in The Favourite requires a level of estrangement and distance with history and the upper-class. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
8/10 95% An Elephant Sitting Still (Da xiang xi di er zuo) (2019) Hu Bo probes an abyss of endless despair, within it he finds an impenetrable beauty in our ability to withstand the unremitting brutality we inherit by simply existing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 16, 2018
7/10 100% The Wolf House (La casa lobo) (2018) The Wolf House may not pose the answers to life's harsh questions but it's invaluable in that it encourages our eyes, ears and minds to not to let that which seems trustworthy answer those questions for us. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
6/10 No Score Yet Mangoshake (2018) I am not ashamed to admit that this type of lo-fi outsider art appeals to every inch of my 20-something sense of aimlessness. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 15, 2018
7/10 98% 3 Faces (2019) It is with his infectious brand of amusement that Pahani explores this girl's strange world which, through generations of tradition, remains curiously divorced from his and Behnaz Jafari's. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 12, 2018
8/10 94% Transit (2019) Christian Petzold's romantic waltz of Hollywood dreamscape and grounded emotional reality is not so much a distracting contrivance in the case of Transit as a compelling abstraction. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
8/10 89% The Image Book (Le livre d'image) (2019) [Jean-Luc Godard's] film is hyper-aware, even overwhelmingly so, but amidst [his] kaleidoscope of images emerges a deeply personal vision. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 9, 2018
7/10 100% Fausto (2018) Familiar sights [are] enshrouded in darkness, leaving the knowledge of what's lying just before our eyes painfully out of our grasp ... Bussmann's film [thus] becomes a sublime odyssey into how we fill that darkness. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/10 80% Holiday (2018) Eklöf lacks a human touch that should've lifted her impressive formal habits from merely cold precision. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
9/10 74% Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019) For all its obvious contrivances, the ingenuity behind its strange dramatic devices makes [Asako I & II] easily as the most authentic emotional experience in cinemas this year. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 5, 2018
5/10 87% The Sisters Brothers (2018) Audiard is given the kind of material made to deepen archetypes and clichés-an admirable intent-but every attempt for Audiard to deepen his western ends up working against the genre's every natural impulse and inclination. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 28, 2018
10/10 77% Perfect Blue (1999) [Satoshi Kon's film], among the scariest in the medium, finds equally disturbing implications in its imagined threats as it does in its physical ones. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 22, 2018
9/10 94% Matinee (1992) [Dante's] delirium is both hilariously absurd and terrifyingly convincing. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 3, 2018
9/10 100% The Great Silence (Il grande silenzio) (1968) Corbucci's terse, elemental and rugged direction compliment a world shook by corruption and evil, and plagued by treachery so pervasive it enfolds as powerfully through its cold setting as does its even colder characters. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 16, 2018
10/10 92% The General (1927) "The General" explores man's tumultuous relationship with technology through the propulsive images and rushing emotion available only to the advents of cinema. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 5, 2018
3/10 45% The Yellow Birds (2018) Even [the soure material's] boldest and most searing examinations are somehow distilled into safe, inoffensive and palatable antiwar movie fluff. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 15, 2018
8/10 67% Golden Exits (2018) [A] decidedly unmelodious yet resoundingly affectionate Brooklyn saga. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 14, 2018
9/10 95% Call Me by Your Name (2018) [Call Me by Your Name] won't need to guilt, shame or convince to win people over. Instead this coming-of-age romance resonates something more pervasive. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 30, 2017
8/10 100% Maison du Bonheur (2017) Bohdanowicz's documentary captures-through memory, tradition and preservation-a present shaped entirely by one's past. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
3/10 No Score Yet A Yangtze Landscape (2017) [Xin] experiments with contrasts, long takes and blocking, sometimes with hypnotic and obsessive detail, but in the process only proves to be a filmmaker determined in all the wrong ways. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 24, 2017
8/10 92% Thelma (2017) [Thelma's] unexpressed feeling is bound to the spacey limbo between the scientific and the spiritual. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
8/10 99% Faces Places (Visages, villages) (2017) JR and Agnes Varda lend their real-life backgrounds and personalities to the film's otherwise winsome narrative of emotional self-discovery, providing this cinematic flight of fancy with genuine substance. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
7/10 88% Claire's Camera (La caméra de Claire) (2018) The finished result alone is an impressive feat of personal resolve, but with Hong's seemingly endless ingenuity, Claire's Camera becomes another fascinating way of looking at the world through a camera. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
7/10 98% BPM (Beats Per Minute) (120 battements par minute) (2017) Combining stark histiography and intimate autobiography Campillo channels a past ingrained in both his and the public's memory. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
6/10 96% Sami Blood (2017) With its flaws comes a wonderfully evocative atmosphere, full of instilled feeling that normally comes with the territory of remembering: nostalgia, ruefulness, yearning. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
6/10 100% Bad Genius (2017) It's undeniably captivating but [it] also unfurls the dangers of filmmaking religiously devoted to forward momentum, accelerating too fast to carry the weight of its moral and socioeconomic implications. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
6/10 96% Western (2018) The centerpiece for [Grisebach's] ideas remark on the tropes of classic western but stripped of its romanticism and replaced with a more observant, worldly perspective. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
5/10 70% Happy End (2017) As far as knocks to the blissfully inattentive bourgeoisie go, Haneke's snide commentary is about as close as the word 'pedestrian' is allowed to get to the risqué filmmaker. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
7/10 82% Tragedy Girls (2017) What better than a slasher B-flick to spell out the ugliness of social media in both the genre's and the social platform's gruesome, unforgiving terms? - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 23, 2017
5/10 93% A Fantastic Woman (Una mujer fantástica) (2018) A Fantastic Woman feels cripplingly safe, opting for a declaration of obvious moral standards, underlined in bold, over penetrative study. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 11, 2017
10/10 92% Dunkirk (2017) scaling the geography of his vast and complex battle narrative, [Nolan] weaves an exciting, contemplative and lasting image of warfare told from the quiet fringes of thebattlefield to its fiery epicenter. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2017
6/10 96% The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä mies) (2017) Imparts an understated beauty to otherwise predictable truisms. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 24, 2017
5/10 90% A Man Called Ove (En man som heter Ove) (2016) It gives us glimpses of beauty but misspends it on phoniness and mawkishness-treating human emotion like a worn-out novelty act. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
7/10 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) Farhadi, a dramatist in every respect, approaches The Salesman like a humanist-inching towards compulsion and confrontation with overwhelming cruelty and unmistakable sympathy. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 11, 2017
7/10 83% Silence (2017) The story's utter refusal to provide answers to its Catholic protagonist's noble yet hypocritical trial of faith compellingly serve Scorsese's long-standing identification with Endō's book. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 13, 2017
6/10 92% I, Daniel Blake (2017) [In] trying to create his paean to the working man, Loach has stripped him of his three-dimensional humanity and replaced it with two-dimensional platitude. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
6/10 84% Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) A thrifty footnote in the Star Wars saga. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 1, 2017
9/10 96% Manchester by the Sea (2016) "Manchester by the Sea" sees its bleak premise to the end without giving in to most movies' terrible need to resolve the unresolvable. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016
9/10 95% The Handmaiden (Ah-ga-ssi) (2016) An atypically swoon-worthy Park Chan-wook creation, he spins the script's elaborate gears to craft an alluring parable on oppressive class and gender roles. - The Young Folks EDIT
Read More | Posted Dec 12, 2016