All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. 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,…
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…
Films about addictions are not my cup of tea as I prefer escapism over realism so I wasn't really expecting much from the film going in! But it didn't take long for me to realize this was not your average film about addiction!
This was something very special indeed! Of course Steve McQueen's directing skills were impeccable and above reproach but in the end it was Michael Fassbender's powerhouse performance that won my undying respect and admiration!
Film was recommended via my Movie Request Hotline list by Sir William of Letterboxd! Thanks Will for this wonderful request!
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…
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,…
2011 was a great year for Carey Mulligan lovers like myself, since she not only had a sexy romance with Ryan Gosling in ‘Drive’ that year, but also played the playful sister of The Fass in Steve McQueen’s ‘Shame’. Brandon - the character played by mister Fassbender - lives sort of a double life as he is not only a successful executive, but a sex addict as well. When his sister moves in with him, he struggles to keep this side to himself. Though this may seem like a plot that is written for drama, McQueen’s approach is nothing short of ice cold in that we don’t get to witness much nuance or sympathy. No, Brandon’s life is obviously not…
Hombre que a pesar de estar inmerso en los placeres de la sexualidad y el exceso, encarna la frustración, el vacío emocional y la incapacidad de amar o relacionarse que poco a poco lo van consumiendo.
I wonder if Steve inspects actors cocks/butts before he puts them in his movies.
Aight, got my lame joke out of the way. This Steve McQueen guy does silence extremely well. That scene in the metro at the start and the sequel to it at the end, the majority of hunger, the repeating scenes of slaves looking at the slave drivers before starting work. That's all I got. I'l let you movie nerds actually review the film.
Unsettling and upsetting but good also
It sneaks up on you. Subtly.
“We’re not bad people. We just come from a bad place.”
Anyone who’s seen 12 Years a Slave will most likely be aware of Steve McQueen’s ability to simultaneously create compelling cinema and tackle difficult subject matter with unflinching honesty. This, his second feature film and a dark drama about sex addiction and broken families, also marks his second collaboration with Michael Fassbender, with whom he previously worked in the brilliant but brutal Hunger. Fassbender plays Brandon Sullivan, an Irish-American living in New York. He has a nice apartment and a good job, but seems oddly detached from his colleagues and family – his closest friend is his boss. Brandon finds comfort in internet porn, masturbation, prostitutes and one-night stands,…
McQueen's second feature collaboration with Fassbender stands to be a heartbreakingly beautiful film that resonates inside long after the credits have rolled.
For the duration I was completely invested. My eyes seemed locked onto the screen, not much appeared to be happening but I was fascinated continually by the story's portrayal. This is one of Michael Fassbender's strongest performances, he didn't say much but his facial expression paints a bigger picture than words possibly could. McQueen's direction was wonderful, the length of the shots were perfectly timed, lingering but never unwelcome to the viewer. The score was also overwhelming, transcending background music and becoming something more parallel to the plot, the sort of sounds that leaves a lump in your…
Greatly disturbing yet extremely watchable film.
You can just tell that this film could have been stale, but Fassbender clearly prevents it from being so. Rather, it is entertaining, puzzling and questions are being asked about this the pyschological side of Fassbender's character actions at many points in this film.
The film ending is ambiguous, quite fittingly to be honest, and tells a rather disturbingly serious story about addiction - regardless of whther this might not be a seriously seen as one like alcohol or drugs are.
Shame was brilliant; a mesmerizing display by one of Hollywood's most profound actors. Fassbender alone pulls the movie through being a bleak hollow script into a riveting display of addiction. McQueen's direction is nothing but precise and to the point, leaving the audience to decide how they feel about Brandon's actions, rather than persuading them in a particular direction. That being said, it definitely was not perfect.
- 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…
- The Tree of Life
- Under the Skin
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top five.