not like stupid/dull, but as in movies that are so insanely packed with things and ideas and visuals they become…
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,…
Review In A Nutshell:
Arguably, Shame finds director Steve McQueen at its peak, a sophomore opus that blends his arthouse sensibilities with commercial accessibility, a striking balance that never favours the latter over the former, neither condescending nor insulting, bolstered by a performance by Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan that never ceases to be striking, constantly soulful in their existence and brimming with stimulation, a bond between siblings that may leave others discomforted, but for others provoked, essential to their characterisation and compelling in their subtleties. Demanding but deeply rewarding, Shame is an unforgettable piece, deliberate in its pacing and casual in its arc, it demonstrates an artistic flourish from McQueen that would seem likely to drift away as he currently finds himself in renowned fame, let us hope he remains true to his roots.
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…
Not my cup o' tea
Turns out I had this on DVD after complaining about its unavailability on Netflix and Prime. It's not the first time I've embarrassed myself. But I'm sure it will be the last. And Netflix and Prime should still be ashamed regardless.
I said to the Mrs, "See, this film, it sucked me in straight away and that's what films don't do nowadays. Usually after 10 minutes I'm disinterested. It needs to be something good. Sex addiction, hunger strikes, magic wands ... whatever ... "
She was watching a different film on another device at the time.
"...but they have 10 minutes to suck me in and they invariably blow me off instead."
I made my dissapointment sound more pleasureable than…
Not a savory tale for a general audience, I get it. But for those who have the mental capacity to look beyond social sexual mistrust, this is a good one to pick up. Our “hero” is a sex addict. It prevents him from having a typical relationship with anyone and it honestly does mirror some of my own personal demons when it comes to sex. We watch Brandon suffer from it as a disease in a sense since it consumes his entire life. How do we stir the hornet’s nest up? Add his nothing-to-lose sister moving in with him, perfect way to stir up the drama, folks.
It’s a great character study that is very well written and shot. It…
Listening to the Shame score and am suddenly filled with an overwhelming sadness. Steve McQueen has managed to perfectly execute this harrowing story of sexual obsession. Or is addiction more fitting? But the narrative is equally infused with a staggering sense of isolation and desperation. Yes, it doesn't hurt that we get to see Michael Fassbender in the nude, but this film is all about, yet simultaneously so much more, than sex. How this innate and natural impulse could destroy our lives. The terrible irony being we could sleep with hundreds of people and still feel so... alone. I love it. I love it so much.
stellar acting and cinematography. i went into this having absolutely no clue what the film was about, and it made me feel dirty, uncomfortable, and well... ashamed. it's quite an experience.
I needed a bath after watching this, and even then I still felt dirty.
If you doubt the acting ability of either Fassbender or Mulligan watching this film will prove you wrong.
Yeah, you know what? I liked it. There's a lot in this movie that doesn't need to be said at loud. Kinda lost.
Don't get me wrong, I wasn't as big of a fan of the persistent implications of incest that ran throughout the film as you'd think... I just thought it was done pretty well.
Shame is agressive as much as it is astonishing.
(Working on organizing it by similar aesthetic.)
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…