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…
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Steve McQueen has an excellent way of directing. When Fassbender jogs and how the camera moves and the heated argument between two characters and the placement of the camera is interesting. I think, if he had made three more films, he might potentially be my favorite director.
What is Shame about?
Shame examines the nature of need, the way we live our lives and the experiences that shape us. It is so powerful and moving and the music puts everything together to make this an excellent film. Which it is, it is an excellent film. And it gets all the praise it deserves. You are not gonna find a better film following the life of a sex addict.
Shame, the second film by artist-turned-film director Steve McQueen, is nominally about sex addiction. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a New York executive of some description – I couldn’t work out what he did for a living, who he did for a living, yes, but not what – who has an eye for the ladies. If he cannot seduce woman on the subway, he consorts with a prostitute. If prostitutes are unavailable, he logs on for an X-rated web chat. If his server is down – apologies for the innuendo – then there are pornographic magazines. Some people just earn too much money! However, when his sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan) comes to stay – she makes Sylvia Plath look like a…
Me encantan las tomas azules.
Me encanta Michael Fassbender.
Me encanta Carey Mulligan.
Me encula Michael Fassbender.
Did I mention I love Michael Fassbender?
Relentlessly desolate. One of the most powerful films I've ever seen. Deals with sex addiction in one of the most real and dark ways possible. I have never seen so many lonely characters. Fassbender is unreal.
I really didn't need to see his penis
Devastating and beautifully shot and acted. So glad I finally caught up with this one.
For such a renown director, stacked cast, and heavy subject matter I was simply left wanting more exploration. Although, if the point was to make the audience as numb and apathetic as Fassbender... it worked.
Steve McQueen's best so far. Glad I finally watched it.
Where's the line between porn and art? It's not as if this is the most explicit movie ever made but id still like to know where that line is. Shame can't be called be porn but it can't be called art either, in the opening 10 minutes we practically study Michael Fassbender's penis. When we are introduced to Carey Mulligan's character, she is naked in the shower as her brother walks in, the scene seemed completely unnecessary not to mention uncomfortable. Every naked or sex scene could have been handled better and certainly done with more taste. However I think if everyone is honest with themselves they can find something relatable in this film, as uncomfortable as that might be for some people to admit. It's not an easy or an enjoyable watch but it's certainly a interesting one.
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.