Shame puts to bed the ill-conceived notion of a glamorous side to sex addiction.
Steve McQueen’s first film since Hunger and only his second to date has all the hallmarks of a classic. He teams up once again with his muse Michael Fassbender to show the grimy trappings of an addiction to sex. Never one to muddy the water with banal dialogue McQueen begins with a montage of sorts to show how Brandon’s life is an endless roundabout of meaningless encounters and shallow games. Once his sister, played by the magnificent Carey Mulligan, turns up his whole secret life is in danger of being exposed for all the world to see.
The Guardian speaks to some self-confessed “sex addicts” to gauge their opinions on Steve McQueen’s new film starring kerryman Michael Fassbender as Brandon, a man incapable of forming human relationships.
Click here to view the original article – guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2012/jan/10/sex-addicts-talk.
Shame is released on Friday in the UK and Ireland and Paraic’s review will be posted tomorrow. Considering it’s already in our top 10 films of last year (some of us were lucky enough to see it in the company of the director and lead actor at the Toronto International Film Festival last year), you can safely assume it’s worth your time and money.
The best part of coming up with your favourite films of the year is trying to remember what the hell came out. So after spending the Christmas holidays trawling through IMDB and digging under the couch for old ticket stubs to try make a master list of “stuff wot we hav seen“, we’re finally able to remember what we liked from the last 12 months.
We both have individual lists (they’re riiiiight at the bottom of this post) but pooled them together to get this list of 25 of our favourite releases of 2011. These movies define Spooool, so be prepared to be pissed of by our choices, but be sure to comment and let us know what you think.
Last year saw new additions to the classic genres (Insidious – horror, Rango – western), fresh offerings from auteur directors (The Tree of Life, Hugo, The Skin I Live In, Midnight In Paris), stunning documentaries (Senna, Hell and Back Again), strong work from up and coming film-makers (Take Shelter, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Kill List) and exciting efforts from across the international spectrum of cinema (A Separation, Troll Hunter).
The 25 films are all featured below and an [N] denotes a blurb from Nigel, [P] means Páraic. And clicking on the film image will take you to our original Spooool review, where applicable.
So without further ado (in fairness it’s already a week late), let’s get started with #25… Read More