All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1154. 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.
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,…
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…
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…
How does something that feels so good hurt so bad?
Brandon is trapped. He's stuck in a cage; he's imprisoned by desire and denied the human right of happiness. The horror of it all is that - to the outside world - he's 'normal.' The invisible walls exist in his mind, preventing any connection to those who might free him. Sometimes he can convince himself the walls aren't there, or maybe it's just that he's never known life outside his cell. But every now and then he sees the happiness people unshackled experience, and he wants it. He gets tired of this one-lane road and wants to know what it's like to slow down, or even stop. But he can't,…
What a powerful film. McQueen addresses a serious addiction with a very serious and honest precision, discreetly encapsulating the devastating repercussions in a personal life: work relationships, acquaintances, and most importantly, family bonds.
McQueen also scatters clues and hints into what seems to be an intentionally incomplete, yet challenging and thought-provoking character study. The sexual addiction seems to be indicated by very clear and explicit hints, and some of them are left to the imagination. However, when our imagination fills the untold parts of the main character's past life, none of our speculations are pretty. The key part is when Sissy says to Brandon: "We are not bad people. We just come from a bad place." Such bad place seems…
I wanted to watch Shame again because I couldn't decide if I like it more than 12 Years a Slave.
I think both are very different films, each one with their unique power. Both have provided me amazing cinematic experiencies, both touched me and conected with me in such a strong way and I can equally say the same about Hunger. Steve McQueen keeps getting better and better, his films have the hability to stay in your mind and haunt you for days.
Michael Fassbender's acting skills are immense not just in here but in everything he does that's why he quickly became one of my favorite actors. I hope he and Steve McQueen continue to work together in the future.
It is one of those movies that will haunt you for a long time,
and in a positive sense where it will make you think about addictions in general.
Acting was absolutely brilliant and Steve McQueen has done an excellent job bringing so many different aspect of addicts daily problems on screen.
Simply brilliant and best
The musical score is outstanding
One of the best movies of past few years
Enjoyed watching Shame
Interesting if nothing else, Shame is an intriguing little caper from Steve Mcqueen, (who is disappointingly not Cool Hand Luke, but a decent director instead). Michael Fassbender plays the slimy and aloof Brandon, he's a womanising, thirty something go-getter until his slightly annoying sister turns up and everything goes pear shaped. It's a slow burning and detailed portrayal of love, loneliness and relationships and generally leaves you wanting more. I could have easily watched it in one sitting and that's a rarity. Fassbender is mildly annoying and not in a good way, there's an element of the show off about his deadpan acting. Carey Mulligan meanwhile is distinctly likeable and believable as Sissy, the quirky, jazz singing sibling and she should go on to great things. All in all it's a pleasant surprise and I'll definitely be looking up some more of Steve Mcqueen's offerings.
Everyone is miserable in a different way.
I heard a lecture a few weeks ago by a prominent art historian regarding McQueen's work (largely his video art), and the general consensus seemed to be a strong dislike of his "Hollywood" work. This film was discussed most. I still don't really get the AH hating.
A version of Play Misty for Me where empty sexual pursuits are the arch-villain.
Steve McQueen's films are characterized by average screenplays. This allows the full might of his idiosyncratic direction to come to the fore. Although difficult to watch at times, it was a marvellous experience. Great soundtrack, wonderful cinematography from Bobbitt, and a tour de force from Fassbender.
I'm probably too dumb to understand all the hype around every single McQueen's movie.
They're good, visually well made and all, but they're watchable at best.
'Shame' is way better than '12 years a slave' though.
Bleaugh. But beautiful?
I will never grow tired of this film, it's so beautiful, one of my favorites.
My favourite from McQueen so far. Michael Fassbender is superb.
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
- In the Mood for Love
- Children of the Corn
- 28 Weeks Later
- Welcome to the Dollhouse
I FUCKING LOVE COLOURING