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Tim Grierson on the brilliance of “Shame,” out now on DVD

Article: Tim Grierson on the brilliance of “Shame,” out now on DVD

Because so few movies receive an NC-17 rating, whenever one does it immediately gets waylaid with media attention and a certain amount of leering curiosity about why, exactly, it got such a restrictive rating. A few years ago, the sharply observed romantic drama “Blue Valentine,” starring Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams as an unraveling married…

The outstanding independent films of 2011

Article: The outstanding independent films of 2011

It is impossible to argue against the fact that 2011, though not terribly good for Hollywood, was a particularly smashing year for smaller, specialty films. “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” “Midnight in Paris” – Woody’s biggest hit to date — “Tree of Life,” “Shame,” “Melancholia,” “The Artist” and “We Need to Talk About Kevin” are just…

Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Shame” trailer with writer-director Steve McQueen

Article: Call-In Commentary: Watch the “Shame” trailer with writer-director Steve McQueen

With a stunning, uncompromised performance from Michael Fassbender, “Shame” is easily one of the most powerful films of the year. Fassbender plays a deeply conflicted sex addict hopelessly seeking anything to fill his needs. The endlessly talented Carey Mulligan plays his quirky and also troubled sister, and their broken relationship is an acute link throughout…

“Shame,” reviewed

Article: “Shame,” reviewed

Michael Fassbender has become something of a sex symbol this year. I’ve personally witnessed more than a few ladies (and at least a couple guys) swoon over his rugged good looks and smoldering eyes in movies like “Jane Eyre,” “X-Men: First Class” and “A Dangerous Method,” and for those folks, “Shame” must sound like a…

We’re not ashamed to dig the trailer for “Shame”

Article: We’re not ashamed to dig the trailer for “Shame”

The NC-17 was designed to promote adult filmmaking; adult themes, adult ideas, considered by and intended for adults. But of course all it means to the general public is porn, and at this point it’s nearly as tainted as the X rating it replaced. Most films that would get an NC-17 these days go out…

Michael Fassbender reportedly has no shame in “Shame”

Article: Michael Fassbender reportedly has no shame in “Shame”

It’s a slow news day here in the States, but across the pond in Italy it’s the end of a big weekend at the Venice Film Festival. And perhaps the, erm, biggest story we’ve been following is the reaction Michael Fassbender‘s new movie “Shame.” Directed by Steve McQueen, who also made Fassbender’s breakthrough movie “Hunger,”…

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