All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
In New York City, Brandon's carefully cultivated private life which allows him to indulge his sexual addiction is disrupted when his sister Cissy arrives unannounced for an indefinite stay.
A wailing and desperate cry of anguish and pain constructed within the leering jungle of NYC, Shame isn't so much a study of sexual addiction as it is a tortuous insight into crumbling relationships of the modern world. In Steve McQueen's film (which is possibly his masterpiece), feelings aren't told or even visualized as much as they're already within the details of the frame. Genuine conversation and aching truth make up every speck of grain from the gorgeous 35mm photography, and the result is a work of unpleasant frankness and harrowing sincerity.
Michael Fassbender is the obvious highlight here, and he's just as incredible, engaging, and unrelentingly sad as you'd expect from him in a role such as this,…
This isn't a film about sex addiction. It's a film about a man torn in half by himself. The addiction is a mere vehicle for an exploration of control, humanity and self destruction.
Fassbender is amazing and easily gives one of the best performances I have seen in a couple of years. He is reprehensible, charming and unbelievably sad. His character, a man desperately running away from himself yet totally dependent on himself, is intriguing. What McQueen is able to do like no other director is to allow us to enter the mind of his characters. He is an observer and that is how he shoots his films,…
Sex addiction is often seen as a rather silly and trivial addiction, one that celebrities wheel out when their infidelities become public knowledge. Yet in Steve McQueen's second feature it is portrayed as potentially serious, debilitating and life destroying as drug or alcohol addiction. The film is as utterly empty as Brandon's own existence and whilst that may sound like a flaw it really isn't. McQueen puts you in his world and gets under the skin of Brandon's hollow life and ambiguous family backstory. It is odd coming out of a film where you feel so little, normally they aim to heighten emotions not numb them, but it is crucial in understanding the character and the world he inhabits for…
Steve McQueen's follow-up to his critically acclaimed directional debut is another powerfully compelling, unflinchingly graphic & downright disturbing example of arthouse cinema focusing on the devastating effects of addiction that presents the director in prime form, is crafted with precision care & meticulous attention to detail, and benefits greatly from another excellent performance from Michael Fassbender.
Set in New York City, Shame follows the life of Brandon; a 30-something man who's a sex addict. While his carefully cultivated private life does allow him to indulge in his unhealthy dependency without any major consequences, his whole world spirals out of control when his sister unexpectedly arrives in town to stay with him for an indefinite amount of time as Brandon struggles to keep…
Shame, Shame, what to say about Shame?
The almost extreme extent to which Steve McQueen has really bent the filmic medium to his will, creating a pretty well-defined style in only two films. Although still not a traditional narrative, and maybe not even a full character portrait (or is that the point?), Shame is still something slightly more than an experimental art piece, it is definitely cinematic. McQueen's filmmaking is more of the same as we saw from Hunger, and all at once more refined, more controlled, more restrained, more expressive. He is refusing to work within established boundaries, and instead is creating products that are very much their own thing.
The characters McQueen creates in Brandon, Cissy, and…
Bullshit from the first frame: a film that uses "sex addiction" to tell a universal story of addiction, draining any specificity in order to create an abstract world where nothing feels lived in. A sterile set of poses in supremely crafted shots that never reveal any psychology. Brandon rushes into the bathroom to jerk off at work and McQueen shoots it from a bird's eye view, but this cuts us off from his face but also his body, so what is to be read by this gesture is only felt in the camera. What's the relationship between Brandon and his boss? Does he usually let him come back to his apartment to fuck random women when they both can clearly…
Honestly, I only saw this movie because I am a big fan of Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan. This film surprised me a lot, the story is a bit predictable and the movie ends leaving some important questions, but with a great cast and a very touching relationship between the brothers, Shame is good, very good.
I originally saw Shame in the cinema, several years ago, and remember it as being well made and powerfully acted, although at times I found it quite puzzling. I've been intending to see it again for some while, and watching Fassbender's brilliant portrayal of Steve Jobs recently made me more determined.
So I aquired a DVD copy [ by chance the very next day in a charity shop! ] and would recommend that anyone thinking of seeing it this way should first view the section of the "Extras" where Michael Fassbender takes part in a Q&A session - also available on Vimeo. This gave me a far better understanding of the serious subject of sex addiction, and helped to make…
Everyone talks about Inception's open-ended ending...BUT WHAT ABOUT SHAME?! DOES HE GET UP!? DOES HE GET OFF THE TRAIN!? TELL ME!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The film is - plain and simple - about a sex addict. The addict is our main character, the addict is portrayed by Michael Fassbender and the addict's name is Brandon. Brandon is a successful, New York City executive, who lives alone in a trendy NYC apartment and who gets around with the ladies, thanks to his good looks and prowess in the sheets. Brandon isn't above paying a prostitute for sex and in fact, one might argue that he prefers it this way - as love and intimacy are not his strong suits. From the get go, it is established that Brandon has a sister - Sissy (Mulligan), whom we first meet via answering machine messages, urging her brother…
Michael Fassbender´s little mickey is the least of the film´s problems!
mc queen's cinematography nails it
- I like that Stevie Mcqueen allowed the shots to linger for a bit. I'd rather not have directors cutting too much, but letting the movie breath is an art in itself.
- Good acting. And, by that, I mean good Fassbender.
- Good directing with lots of undertones and subtext.
- There are better movies out there about sex addiction.
- Weak screenplay (not as bad as a porno, but still weak), with two characters that are simply each other's opposite.
- No after-credits scene where Fassbender checks his results for STDs.
Filme do britânico Steve McQueen, escolhe a cidade de Nova York, símbolo máximo do mundo cosmopolita do século XXI, para a realização do mesmo.
Shame é um filme que busca provocar no público uma reflexão mais ampla do que a mera discussão em torno de como o sexo é percebido moral e socialmente no nosso tempo. Justamente por isso, o filme nega-se a desvendar o passado potencialmente traumático dos dois personagens centrais e teorizar sobre seus efeitos no presente deles.
O grande destaque vai, sem sombra de dúvida, para a dupla de actores. Michael Fassbender, foi fantástico ao encarnar Brandon e a cada filme que faz prova o porquê. É um óptimo actor, mostra - se confortável num papel difícil…
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.