Articles Posted by John Shannon

John Shannon

John Shannon studied Creative Writing at the University of Maine where he also served as a film critic for the Maine Campus Newspaper. He currently resides in the greater Portland area of Southern Maine where he works by day and watches film by night. He can be reached via email at refocusjohn@gmail.com and followed on Twitter @JohnWShannon

  • Here’s The First Few Posters For “Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes”

    Rise of the Planet of the Apes was one of my favorite films of 2011, and the sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, is on my must see list for next year. A trailer is coming out next Wednesday, but Fox has released a few teaser posters to wet our appetites. Here’s my […]

  • Review: “Gravity” Is A Cinematic Experience Like No Other

    In the age of the mega-blockbuster, films like Pacific Rim and The Avengers get by on being big, colorful spectacles that are light on intelligence but big on explosions and a sense of fun. I enjoyed both of those films, and I’ve oohed and ahhed at the giant battles and felt the adrenaline rush like everyone else. I have […]

  • Here’s A Trailer For The “RoboCop” Remake

    If you enjoyed the original RoboCop but couldn’t handle the subversive humor, satire, and prevalent social themes, have I got good news for you! The trailer for the watered down remake is here, and boy does it sure look swell. There isn’t a single hint of that alienating intelligence here, just good ol’ fashioned explosions and gunfire!! […]

  • Marvel Has Revealed Who Will Play Rocket Raccoon In “Guardians of the Galaxy”

    Everything about Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy makes me smile. James Gunn directing? A cast that includes Chris Pratt, John C Reilly, Lee Pace, and Zoe Saldana? Thanos, Groot, and all the the beautiful, crazy, cosmic implications they carry? I am beyond stoked for this flick. Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: Winter Soldier are destined to be hits, but Guardians […]

  • BluRay Review: “Pain and Gain”

    Michael Bay is an enigma. I can’t tell if the man has disastrously bad taste or if he delights in being the cinematic equivalent of the Joker: his films revel in misogyny, racism, violence, and extremes. He shoots explosions like most men shoot women, and he shoots women like porn directors shoot penetration. Some say […]

  • Ben Affleck Will Play Batman In “Batman Vs Superman”

    The hunt for the next Batman is over. Warner Brothers officially announced today that Ben Affleck, the actor and director that just won the Best Picture Oscar for the studio last year, has signed on to star as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Batman Vs Superman. “Ben provides an interesting counterbalance to Henry’s Superman,” director […]

  • BluRay Review: “Oblivion”

    If you took every major sci-fi landmark of the last fifty years and put them in a blender, the result would look an awful lot like Joseph Kosinski’s Oblivion. That isn’t necessarily a problem, as the genre is constantly riffing on that which came before, but die hard sci-fi fans will find little new here. But […]

  • Check Out George Clooney and Matt Damon In This Fantastic “Monuments Men” Trailer

    I’ve had my eye on Monuments Men for a while, mainly because I’m a big fan of George Clooney’s directorial work, and this looks right up his alley. Toss in a cast  that includes Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, and Cate Blanchett and it looks like we’ve got a real treat in store for us this […]

  • Here’s The First Trailer For Spike Jonze’s “Her”

    Spike Jonze is finally back on the scene with a new feature, and the premise for Her is just as bizarre as Being John Malkovich or Adaptation: An introverted man slowly falls in love with his smart phone’s operating system. That man is played by Joaquin Phoenix, who seems determined to show off his acting chops after going crazy […]

  • It’s Official: “Superman Vs Batman” Will Hit Screens In 2015

    The San Diego Comic Con is happening right now, and the event has become a mecca for comic book nerds and genre fans looking to hear the latest about Marvel and DC movies. Marvel hit the ground running with previews of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World, but DC has arguably the biggest news story […]