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'Shame' 'Two Jews On Film' Are Addicted To 'Steve McQueen's' Raw Voyage Into Sexual Addiction

  • Dec 1, 2011

A goodlooking man in his thirties sits on a New York City subway starring intensely at a married woman seated across from him.  It's obvious to the viewer that he's hitting on her and it's just as obvious, that's she's enjoying it.

The man is Brandon (Michael Fassbender) and he is a sex addict.  Thanks to Steve McQueen's brilliant direction, we get to be a voyeur into Brandon's depraved but always fascinating world.

Brandon lives in a sterile New York City apartment...Everything is neat and orderly...which is a sharp contrast to his everyday life.  

Brandon has a successful career, his co-workers like him, and he's very good friends with his boss, Dave (James Badge Dale)...There is one, slightly embarassing moment between the two guys...Dave chews out Brandon for having way too much porn on his hard drive...

Of course, Brandon doesn't only spend his time surfing the web for hot, naked girls.  He's busy masturbating at least several times a day...at home and in the bathroom at work.  

When he's not pleasuring himself, Brandon trolls the local bars, hooking up with random women.  And if that doesn't do the trick to quench his sexual urges, he picks up the phone and orders up a prostitute.

Brandon doesn't enjoy sex.  He needs sex...the way a person needs air and water.  Brandon's terrified of intimacy.

He goes out on a date with a fellow co-worker, Marianne (Nicole Beharie). They get along great, but at the end of the night instead of making love to Marianne, Brandon hooks-up with a call girl.

All that said, Brandon seems to be managing just fine, until...

His suicidal sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan) comes to visit, sending him on a downward spiral. 

Besides, making a film about an addict, McQueen, through these two psychically damaged characters, has made a movie about a very different New York.  He shows us a city filled nameless, lonely people, riding the subways, going to bars, restaurants...trying to make a connection..

...A connection that Brandon and Sissy so desperately want...But when Sissy stands in front of a microphone at a downtown nightclub, singing a very slow rendition of 'New York, New York'and tears stream down Brandon's face, we realize, that a connection...is the one thing that these two people...may never have.

  'Shame' is a must see for anyone that loves edgy, dark, and visually stunning filmmaking.  It opens in theaters, Friday, December 2, 2011 and because of the subject matter has an NC 17 rating.

The 'Two Jews On Film' were fairly close with their bagel rating...Check out our video, to see what John thought about 'Shame'. 

By Joan Alperin-Schwartz
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December 01, 2011
I heard about this but it dropped off my radar since I am a little pre-occupied these days. The NC-17 rating really got my attention. This sounds realistic and I do love movies that depict a possible reality. I am on this, Thanks, guys!
December 01, 2011
you would like this one. Even John liked it...more or less LOL.
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review by . September 17, 2011
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review by . December 03, 2011
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Star Rating:         Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is an addict. His drug is not heroin, cocaine, meth, or alcohol, but sex. Although he can function in social scenarios, he’s hindered by uncontrollable urges, and his only fix is to have an orgasm. He needs this many times a day just to get back up to normal. Several shots of his face throughout the film make it clear that the sensation has long since stopped giving him pleasure. One near the end, for example, …
Quick Tip by . December 04, 2011
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Anyone interested in a little more insight into this fantastic film should check out my interview with star, Michael Fassbender ...    http://blacksheepreviews.blogspot.com/2011/12/aint-no-shame.html    Thanks for reading!
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My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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