Tag: Steve McQueen

The Sexual Ambivalence of Brandon Sullivan In Shame

Steve McQueen’s Shame focuses on the life of Brandon Sullivan played by Michael Fassbender. On the surface, the film deals with neurosis, dysfunction and a damaged sibling relationship. However, this film has…

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Shame [2011] – A Chilling Implosion of a Desensitized Individual

The characters in Steve McQueen’s “Shame” (99 minutes) with their little showcase of emotions are constrained inside differently shaped glass structures like fish in the aquariums. It is more about a man’s self-destruction in a controlled and compulsive environment than being a mere psychobabble on sex addiction.

Hunger (2009): A compelling, haunting and devastating first feature!

The film desperately changes from being mute to immensly loud. For the first 30 odd minutes, the film consequently moves through these disarranged claustrophobic scenes of complete silence followed by insane rage. When the snow-flakes or the filthy walls of the prison cell don’t talk, McQuen resorts to brutality; not because he wishes his audiences to walk-away or hide their faces as they cringe their way through it, but because it creates an emotionally relevant wound into their psyche even when the political status or the war of the Irish Republican Army has nothing to do with them.