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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,…
my parents wanted to watch a drama so they rented this and i watched it with them i thought it was weird and awkward to watch with them. i can relate to the main guy because hes handsome and he has sex every day just like me but i dont understand why hes weird and sad about it i would be so happy also i didnt need to see his dick
Very interesting if your into people watching
Museum of the Moving Image, Queens, New York, with Annie S.
Very interesting film. That tracking running shot was really cool. Really makes you understand the mental toll sex addiction can have on a person.
Poor Brandon. He's got a high paying job that requires little to no actual labor, a boss who literally eats out of his hand, a loft apartment in midtown Manhattan approximately the size of Disneyworld, a sweet wardrobe, admirable jogging skills and the uncanny ability to seduce anyone of any gender by staring them down with a creepy Bundy-esque leer until their defenses break down and leave them all aquiver like melting Jell-O molds. As if this wasn't enough, the poor fellow just can't conjure up enough willpower to stop ejaculating!
Shot like a perfume commercial and paced like Antonioni on surgical-grade narcotics, SHAME is immensely entertaining for all the wrong reasons. Its intensely humorless earnestness coupled with its absurd…
It's highly watch-able...good story..really well shot..but at the end of the day it's not real. People don't act like that...brothers and sisters don't talk to each other like that.....high powered yuppies are not shy and very self-confident at the same time. The characters are not real. Maybe that shouldn't matter..maybe it's all about the concepts - but it matters to me.
This film is about so much more than addiction. The characters are incredibly interesting –due to the fact that they are well written, I believe–, the performances are brilliant and, as an added plus, it's visually stunning. As always, McQueen rules.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I'd say this is easily one of my favorite Michael Fassbender films I have seen him do. This film shed light on a touchy and controversial addiction in an artful, Steve McQueen-esque way. I've seen a Michael Fassbender interview awhile back saying that Hunger (another McQueen/Fassbender paired film) was defined as a "filmmakers film", so I have no hesitation to say that this was yet another "filmmakers film" by McQueen. The use of the long take shots and his relentless portrayal of the "shameful" sex addiction really gives you a personal perspective. I wouldn't pick anyone else to play Brandon. Fassbender put himself in the most vulnerable of places yet and still offers you an in depth, personal and intimate representation of the side affects and emotions behind sex dependence. Totally recommend this film no matter what your theme or topic film preference.
Steve McQueen has not made a film yet that I wouldn't award the full five star rating. I dread the day I could poke a hole in his work, because to this day his output has been nothing short of perfect, though I could confidently add that a good chunk of that brilliance has to do with the persona of Michael Fassbender, whose remarkable talent brings those films to entirely new levels of excellence.
"Shame" is a very difficult film. It's difficult to watch and difficult to process, much like "Hunger" and "12 years a slave". McQueen takes the themes of addiction and hypocrisy, wraps them around complex (almost purposefully underwritten) characters and weaves a story that will bring you…
Fassbender's performance carries this movie. He barely says a word and yet I feel that it's perfectly normal. The fact that I don't know what went on between he and his sister drives me insane, which keeps me coming back. Every time I watch it I hope to catch something I'd missed previously, but it's never there... :(
- 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
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Under the Skin
- The Interrupters
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.