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,…
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…
Great acting by Michael Fassbender in this dark tale about sex and family, with great directing by Steve McQueen.
"We're not bad people. We just come from a bad place."
Very hard to watch, but makes for perhaps the best film about addiction ever made. This was the movie where I decided for myself that Michael Fassbender is the greatest actor working today.
Saw this in the cinemas for the first time, as it was followed by a lecture held by the norwegian psychoanalysis institute. Still one of the most mesmerising portrayals of masochism, contempt for oneself and, unsurprisingly perhaps, shame. Love this film to bits.
Steve McQueen's unflinching portrait of a sex addict is heartbreakingly beautiful. Fassbender delivers a powerhouse performance, along with a superb Carey Mulligan. This deeply disturbing and tragic character study is one that will stay with me. Masterful filmmaking.
Really great film. The long takes were all incredible, and the cinematography was top notch. Also very bleak and devastating and intense but very good. Managed to make something that should be joyous and sexy very unappealing and sad.
A masterpiece, in my mind. Brilliant performances, beautiful to watch, and just a heartbreaker too. Not something to watch on a sunny Sunday afternoon, however.
“Why are we watching this porn?” she said.
“It’s not porn, it’s art. He has problems” I said.
McQueen intelligently keeps most of the film's underlying explanations off-screen, the source of Brandon's depressive nymphomania subtly obvious. This restraint translates into severely dramatic scenes that don't feel contrived as well as artfully grotesque sexual sequences that are actually substantive. Obviously the leads are incredible, Fassbender especially; the fact that he didn't receive any kind of Oscar attention is unreal. This is a depressing film, but it's also an undeniably great one, and the payoff is well worth the running-time.
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.