Karl’s review published on Letterboxd:
It's hard to believe that Shame is now 10 years old. Time goes by so fast, though not as fast since a year ago when the pandemic hit. I felt it was time to revisit Steve McQueen's brilliant and painful depiction of sex addiction.
Carey Mulligan is having a moment and I'm revisiting some of her past work. She is so sweet, tragic and heartbreaking here. She suffers the consequences of her brother's sex addiction which consumes him to the point of ignoring her emotional in her time of need. That's the irony of his plight. He's willing to be inside of someone physically but never emotionally. Michael Fassbender (the early 2010 were his moment) plays Brandon. What hellscape he went to (in his mind) to so brilliantly capture this tortured man I can only imagine. It's all in his face. At times rather than pleasure there is deep agony as he thrusts like his life depends on it.
I love the way Manhattan is portrayed here. The empty streets late at night, the glass skyscrapers and the subway. On a personal note the subway stop used in the film is the one I used to get off when going to work before the pandemic. Since Covid hit I rarely go anywhere and I've become obsessed with logging movies on Letterboxd. I wonder what a sex addict does during Covid, I presume if their addiction is deep enough it wouldn't matter. They'd take the risk or they could just act out on the internet as Brandon does. For he will do anything to feed his addiction. The final half hour showing Brandon's bottom is some harrowing CINEMA. The musical score matched to the images had me in awe. Play it LOUD!