Archive for category: by Jeff Shannon


Jeff Shannon 1961-2013

21 December, 2013 (11:15) | by Jeff Shannon, by Sean Axmaker | By: Sean Axmaker

Jeff Shannon, longtime Seattle film critic and a good friend, passed away on Friday, December 20, after a long struggle with pneumonia. Even if you didn’t know Jeff, if you’ve lived in Seattle for any length of time you surely read his reviews in the Seattle Times or, before that, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He was […]

TV Review: ‘Bates Motel’

17 March, 2013 (07:49) | by Jeff Shannon, Television | By: Jeff Shannon

“My mother just gets … impulsive. She has these ideas about things …” That’s 17-year-old Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) in the premiere episode of “Bates Motel,” explaining to his admiring new teacher, Miss Watson (Keegan Connor Tracy), why he’s been bounced around to five different high schools. His mother Norma (Vera Farmiga) has just moved […]

Frequently bloody, occasionally disgusting: A Halloween roundup from the fringes of horror

29 October, 2011 (10:39) | by Jeff Shannon, Film Reviews, Horror | By: Jeff Shannon

With the exception of “The Woman” (which is still in limited theatrical release), all of the films from “Bloody Disgusting Selects” are currently available on multiple platforms including Netflix, and most VOD providers including Comcast, DirecTV, Amazon, iTunes, CinemaNow, VuDu and Verizon FiOS. Check your VoD provider listings, or go to for more […]

The Promised Land Will Be Wheelchair-Accessible

26 October, 2011 (16:58) | by Jeff Shannon, Documentary, Essays, Television | By: Jeff Shannon

“Lives Worth Living” premieres on the PBS series “Independent Lens” on October 27th at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT). For more information, visit the film’s PBS website and filmmaker Eric Neudel’s website. To be disabled in America, in 2011, is to occupy the midpoint of a metaphorical highway, some stretches smooth and evenly paved, others rocky and […]

Pearl Jam at 20: American Masters? Yes.

16 October, 2011 (17:40) | by Jeff Shannon | By: Jeff Shannon

“Pearl Jam Twenty” is available On Demand (check your satellite or cable listings) and premieres on the PBS series “American Masters” at 9 p. m. (ET/PT), Oct. 21. It will be released on Blu-ray and DVD Oct. 25. For additional viewing, the grunge documentary “Hype!” is available on Netflix (DVD only). Here in Seattle, we […]

A Master Emerges: Conrad Hall and “The Outer Limits”

28 September, 2011 (05:27) | by Jeff Shannon | By: Jeff Shannon

Eyes Wide Open: A Single Artist’s Vision Ask anyone who’s devoted their life to the study and appreciation of movies and they can probably tell you exactly when they were “bitten by the movie bug,” that moment of personal epiphany that sparked an all-consuming passion for what is arguably the greatest, most powerful medium of […]

“How to Die in Oregon”: It’s personal

27 May, 2011 (00:49) | by Jeff Shannon, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

I’ve been encouraged to write autobiographically in this forum, so bear with me, dear reader. We’ve barely been introduced, and this time it’s personal. I’ll be sharing some thoughts about HBO’s extraordinary new documentary How to Die in Oregon, but first, allow me this indulgence: When my father died four months ago at the age […]

“How to Fold a Flag”: 12 times, for each of a soldier’s virtues

23 May, 2011 (04:00) | by Jeff Shannon, Film Reviews | By: Sean Axmaker

Shannon on Demand is a new column devoted to films available via Video on Demand in all its forms, written by Jeff Shannon for Roger Ebert and the Chicago Sun-Time online. Here is his first feature. “How to Fold a Flag” “We Are the Night” To say that Javorn Drummond, Jon Powers, Michael Goss and […]

Bob, Bing, and the Case of the Traveling Matte

3 March, 2009 (23:32) | by Jeff Shannon, Michael Powell | By: Jeff Shannon

POP QUIZ: In which Powell & Pressburger classic did Bob Hope and Bing Crosby make a cameo appearance? ANSWER: They didn’t, but The Road to Hong Kong led them (sort of) to the setting of Black Narcissus. Allow me to explain. One of the great pleasures of watching older movies is that you can frequently spot […]

Under the Radar: Brian Cox in “Red” (2008)

18 February, 2009 (01:00) | Actors, by Jeff Shannon, Horror | By: Jeff Shannon

This is the first entry in an ongoing series by Parallax View contributor Jeff Shannon, written in appreciation of lesser-known films, performances, film-related achievements or other newsworthy items that haven’t received the attention they deserve. Don’t get me wrong: Red is a not great movie, or even a very good one. But if you’re looking for a minor […]

Topical Thunder: Why I Love “The Ringer”

17 August, 2008 (16:15) | by Jeff Shannon, Commentary, Movie Controversies | By: Jeff Shannon

I was tempted to title this posting “When the f**k did we get ice cream?” to honor one of the funniest, most surprising lines of dialogue from The Ringer, the underrated, frequently hilarious Johnny Knoxville comedy from 2005. Like many of the best lines in the film (and kudos to screenwriter Ricky Blitt for providing […]

Going “The Full Retard”: How Far is Too Far?

15 August, 2008 (13:21) | by Jeff Shannon, Movie Controversies | By: Jeff Shannon

Many thanks to Roger Ebert and his website editor Jim Emerson for posting my letter to the editor regarding the protests by some disability advocates over the “retard” humor in Tropic Thunder. As stated in my letter, I think most people will see the film and understand that its target of satire is not the […]