Shame - Steve McQueen - Michael Fassbender - Carey Mulligan
It’s fairly rare that I come across a subject that I haven’t seen in a movie. There are very few subject that have a taboo. A sex addiction is one of them. The trap here is that the focus is to much on sex, but Steve McQueen brings you inside his life. How it is to life with this kind of addiction. Something I would never think about. I must admit that when I think of someone with this addiction, I’m pretty judgmental. As I believe is almost everybody. I don’t say that every I watched the movie, I’m no longer judgmental. I just see it a little bit different. You see a side of it that is sad. Like every junkie, there’s no normal life possible even if you’d want it to.
The most interesting part is that there’s a scene somewhere in the end that was a bridge to far for most of the viewers in the cinema. All of a sudden people where talking and you could here their disapproval, but nobody left. I’ve seen a lot of bad movies where people just walk away, but never this kind of reaction. That was really interesting.
To stay in the Oscar season vibe. I feel that this one should have been nominated as well, but here it’s safe to say that Hollywood is not ready for this kind of brutal honesty.
2012 started with some strong movies. J. Edgar being one of them.
The fact that it didn’t get a single nomination for the Oscars, is one I don’t understand. The movie might not have been strong across the whole line. I still feel that when a movie becomes great through the role of one person, credits to the men. The first seconds of the movie I didn’t realize that it was DiCaprio that I was seeing. Even his voice sounded so different. He made the film and he should have been nominated for an Oscar, because it’s his best role ever and the man should get some recognition!
Some say that it’s because of the controversial story behind J. Edgar. I don’t see why a movie about 2 cowboys kissing is less controversial than the head of the FBI.
This one was in the program of Film Festival Ghent, but I missed it. So yesterday I went to see it because everybody kept reminding me to go see it. I heard a lot of opinions about movies during the Film Festival and most of the time you get really high hopes up when people tell you it’s an amazing movie. These hopes most of the time get shattered in a million pieces when you go see the movie. This time, with We need to talk about Kevin, it was the other way around. All the other movies got shattered by this one and my top 5 of The Film Festival Ghent would have been completely different. It’s the kind of movie that gets under your skin. That leaves you with an unease about human behavior and that makes you look at the subject with such a different eye. It reminded me a lot of Gus Van Sant’s Elphant, from the first minute. You have that feeling that there’s something coming beyond human understanding. This is the amazing part of this movie. You look at the ending and you keep repeating it in your head but never will you get an answer.
I don’t like to talk about the how the actors did, because I like to keep my “reviews” very subjective. But for this one I’m going to make an exception. If you can make the look in the eyes of a child look like it’s pure evil, than I feel you deserve real credit. I still feel a shiver every time the images flash before my eyes.