Steve’s first cinematic experience dates back to 1972, when his Aunt took him to see Dumbo at Buffalo’s historic North Park Theater. With the seed planted, his love for movies has blossomed into a full time obsession over the years, and he will happily engage in conversation about all things film related, especially the works of Richard Linklater and Quentin Tarantino. He also manages to find time to keep current on the plethora of great television shows and comic book series, and build upon his retro vinyl collection.
He lives in South Portland, Maine with his wife and a menagerie of small furry pets. When not engaged in the latest pop culture phenomenon, he spends time working on creative writing projects or updating his personal blog, popcornconfessional.com. Follow him on social media at facebook.com/popcornconfessional/ and Twitter @woosterbbb.
Don Shanahan is the creator/founder/blogger of Every Movie Has a Lesson. Don is a former elementary school teacher who is now an instructional coach and a regular credentialed member of the Chicago press pool of film critics. He is one of the co-founders and current director of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle.
With his background in education, Don writes with the goal of teaching life lessons, from the serious to the farcical, found within every film. On Feelin’ Film, he contributes “What We Learned This Week,” a weekly blog putting life lessons to current releases and movie movie trends and occasionally guests on podcasts.
Don’s movie reviews are also published in the Southland Voice, a free community newspaper based in Crete, Illinois that serves southern Cook and eastern Will County communities, and on the social platforms, Creators.co, Medium and BAG Movies. Outside of reviews on his website, Don also presents his own voice and unique take on movie trends, film commentary, and more through website and social media features, columns, and editorials ranging from film discussions, awards talk, “best of” lists, and seasonal previews. He happily resides in Forest Park, Illinois with his tremendous wife Thanh and their two children, Molly and Sam.