Oddly, there are quite a few movies I'd like to see - or at least certain performances, if not the entire movie (Meryl Streep, for example).
With our friends Tom & Sal, we went to go see Shame. Their choice, I suppose. It was definitely on my list to see, but I gave them options - but really thought they'd choose the Artist instead. I guess the promise of male full-frontal was just stronger than a silent black and white movie. Sal was worried that it would be too artsy - no pun intended, he said.
Yes, it is has been a much hyped movie since October of November. It just got to Cleveland this last weekend.
....and "hyped" would be the operative word. Overhyped, in fact.
"S-L-O-W" and "boring" would be two more words to describe it as well. So slow, that at one point 710 wondered if it would be rude to pull out Words with Friends and play a game or two. He wouldn't have missed anything had he done so.
I'm not a prude, but save Caligula, I am not sure I've seen an NC-17 movie in a theater. And back with Caligula, I don't think NC-17 technically existed. As Buddy Cole once said on Kids in the Hall, "I have enormous respect for filth". So do I, just not iffy story telling
Yeah, there is sex, some of it graphic. Yeah, there is full frontal of Mr. Fassbender and btw, mazel tov to him, but eh. Yes, he's a sex addict, but I'm still bored. There's no story, or one so buried in supposition it could be almost anything - or nothing at all.
His sister, played by
I can't say it's a spoiler, exactly, but their fucked up lives are, I'm guessing, due to a previous inappropriate relationship with each other. It's never said, barely implied, but I can't imagine how else they became so distant - from others, each other and themselves - and damaged, without that being the reason behind it all. The probable relationship is the shame, for both of them.
I've seen Mulligan in a few things and while she shows a little more range here than she did in say, Drive, she was just ok. Fassbender is seemingly up for best acting awards (we'll find out a little later this morning if the Academy Awards nominate him), but I was vastly unimpressed with most of his performance.
Having sex on camera might be operationally difficult, but is it "acting"? Honestly, the most emotional thing Fassbender's character did was what I am guessing was an unedited elevator ride by himself - no dialogue.
Even with that, I don't see the performance award worthy - in nomination, let alone a win.
Yes, Shame has been the only movie I've seen this year, but as of now, it is the worst one I've seen. Personally, I cannot recommend it.
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