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,…
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…
When I first saw this film, I admired it's artistry without particularly liking it. It's an extremely cold and clinical take on the subject and it doesn't really take it's characters anywhere so much as observe them sitting in their suffering. Nobody has a character arc to speak of, so it's difficult to see what the point is. On second viewing, I liked it a lot more. Perhaps I knew what to expect, so I was less bothered by it's lack of forward momentum and more interested in what it has to say about its subject. A common feature of all addictions is the quest for self-annhilation and I liked how the film dealt with the subject ... especially how it draws the connection between Fassbender's character and Mulligan's ... how the urge to destroy the self can manifest in subtly different ways.
Micheal Fassbender stars as Brandon the young, successful, 30 something year old sex addict who keeps his life in tight control. but that control is unravelled when his sister Cissy played by Casey Mulligan rocks up out of nowhere saying she needs to stay for a few days. From then on Brandon's whole routine collapses as he begins to lose his grip with himself whilst his growing sex addiction slowly overtakes him.
Shame was a very different film when i watched it. Its astonishingly slow paced beyond belief. Some scenes feel like they last forever. I mean it when Cissy sings a song she sings the whole song! but to my surprise i actually liked the pacing. There was something…
Direction - ★★★★½
Acting - ★★★★★
Writing - ★★★★★
Cinematography - ★★★★★
Music/Score - ★★★★
Editing - ★★★★★
Sound - ★★★★★
"Brandon, es Sissy.
Necesito hablar contigo.
Por favor, contesta el maldito teléfono.
Brandon, te necesito.
No somos malas personas, solo venimos de un mal lugar...
Gracias por permitir que me quedara."
"Look: the sex is all mechanical and devoid of any human emotion! GEDDIT!?!?"
The characters are cartoons, their actions are ridiculous; I can't relate/empathize to any of this. The movie is nicely shot, I like Fassbender. That's about it.
Didn't go nearly far enough in my opinion. I was supposed to see how completely life ruining Brandon's lifestyle is, but he seemed bored more than anything.
One could argue that Steve McQueen's direction and Sean Bobbitt's cinematography are the stars of Shame, but it is truly Michael Fassbender's performance as Brandon that makes Shame such an effective portrayal of addiction. So much is said in Shame through just faces and camera angles, rather than the minimal amount of dialogue. Brandon's fixation with immediate satisfaction rather than long term emotional/intimate relationships comes in direct conflict of the film's contemplative direction creating an entirely enthralling and mesmerizing experience.
Sex isn't depicted so much so erotic in Shame, but rather as how an addictive substance is typically portrayed. Dangerous, painful, and blinding.
Superb lead performances and frank, slick direction lift yet a bloody another "addiction is bad, m-kay" script out of the doldrums. It's worth seeing for Fassbender especially and has lots of strengths but it's about as illuminating as a three-day old glowstick.
- 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
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