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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…
March Across the World Challenge Film #11 - UK
When you hear the word addiction, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Personally, I tend to focus on anything I am familiar with or have some sort of connection to in reality. While I have no issues with alcoholism, I have seen the effects of such an illness on both family and friends. I smoked a boat load of pot in high school and consumed an even bigger supply of cookies and cupcakes as a result, but the joints never served as a gateway to the more harmful and extreme substances. Still though, acquaintances who sat in neighboring desks five days a week succumbed to needles, powders and…
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
Shame is a great, disturbing, and unique film, the kind of which doesn't come around very often.
Michael Fassbender's role as Brandon Sullivan is undeniably incredible. While watching, I couldn't help but compare Brandon to Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, a great character in a film I did not care much for. However, Fassbender's contemplative gazes and subtle self-tormenting are much more effective to me than Christian Bale's ramblings about Phil Collins and Huey Lewis. Carey Mulligan is almost his match, the bright(er) light to Fassbender brooding angst. As Brandon's flirtatious, talkative sister, she is also on the precipice of breaking apart, but for different reasons. The two actors complement each other very well, and the film would not be…
It has been 95 days since I last rated a film a perfect rating. May the clock restart.
Innate emotional impediments and mental illnesses are some of the most shunned human conditions within first world civilisation. We often embrace the concept of physical injury, and it's revered within modern male culture as a sign of courage, bravery and experience. When a fellow football player flies into an opponent and emerges with a shattered bone, one may feel it, quite naturally, appropriate to applaud the sheer audacity of the individual. On the other hand, when one is initially approached by a person with a mental…
The silence and the music- you don’t need words from the characters to know what exactly is going on. Steve McQueen has yet again outdone himself. Every shot is handcrafted, delivering both the power and pain of the story. Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan never disappoints.
"We're not bad people. We just come from a bad place."
Faltered a bit at the end.
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For a movie about a sex addict, it turned out to be pretty dry. I really did have higher hopes for this movie, but the plot about your typical "struggling sex addict" seemed very apparent. Even so, of course it had it's gleaming moments of originality, twists, and turns. The attention to detail and overall cinematography of the movie was gorgeous, and the blue color scheme perfectly represented the feelings that were accompanied with the subject matter of a troubled man struggling with an addiction. We also notice, in scenes like the one where Brandon watches as Sissy sings at the restaurant, that the color scheme brightens, as it is a lighter mood. Though a seemingly obvious detail to add,…
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The Fass.. the Fassbender. There's a word I'll never see the same again. Oscar worthy performance for sure. The filmmaking here is exemplary and elevates it beyond some other movie that would try to tell the same story. The direction and the acting is exceptional. The time spent developing each individual scene stands out and the location work is also very impressive. The gentle piano score is used to good effect. I find it hard not to compare this to Drive. It doesn't have the same energy or the cool story, but the similarities are in the style and the subtlety. The way the silences are saying more than the words. Not to mention the fact both were made in…
I thought it was okay, but I'll probably only remember it as 'that movie Steve McQueen directed.'
Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan bare all, literally and figuratively, in this sex addict drama weighed down by its own self-importance. And while it is relatively brief, the problematic homophobic scene that many have pointed out very much took me out of the rest of the film.
Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
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And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.