Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Dec 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm
Wanting to get out and see a movie I attended the 9:55 showing of "Shame" last night at the Aquarius theater. What a shame that was.
The movie sounded interesting, maybe even comedic, sister visits sex addict brother, but certainly a lot of room for an interesting or revelatory takes on "Sex addiction" or family relations.
Instead this movie is just a downer, and a downer with no point or redeeming qualities. There is nothing said that is revelatory or that indicates an arc or development of the character. The movie relies on shock scenes done in a kind of cool, blase, matter of fact way to wink at the audience that says you are modern and sophisticated, you can see what is happening here .. when in fact there is really nothing happening, and what does happen is non believeable.
For example in one scene Brandon the supposed sex-addict hero supposedly gives in to his boss and invites him along to go see his sister singing in a swanky upscale club. The sister goes on and sings the most depressing downbeat version of New York, New York, one of the most God-awful performances in a movie I've ever seen, and rather ridiculous that she did not get ignored or booed off the stage. Brandon's slimy and married boss puts the make on his sister right before his eyes, and Brandon does nothing when they get home to his one-bedroom Manhattan apartment but go out running when they commandeer his bed for their clearly one-time affair. I found it unbelievable that anyone would allow this to happen to them, let alone their emotionally vulnerable sister.
The other thing is that by interpretting the the song New York, New York in New York the movie is clearly trying to be clever and making a comment of what it thinks is New York, the impersonal big city cliche, but there is nothing coherent in that aspect of the movie either. Yes, big cities can be impersonal, yes cliche, so ?????
This scene is so full of confusion that it is a perfect example of why most modern movies are so bad, and movie attendence is way down. In economic times in the past movie attendence has gone up - presumably because people want to escape. I however just wanted to escape from this movie though.
Anyway, my point is that these days directors and producers have freed themselves from having to actually make any sense in a movie, or any thought or insight into the human condition or create real characters that have 3 dimensions and that you might care about - by throwing loaded images and scenes up in front of the audience these days and letting them working it out for them in a kind of Rorshach test, and it creates buzz and controversy by all the argument it provokes.
Movies these days, at least ones like this, most of them, are pretentious and illiterate, masquerading as literature commenting on the human condition, using trolls and dupes to make their case for them in online review boards, when in fact they are just anti-literate wastes of time. They do not have to be, but clearly when they wrote and decided to produce this movie there was just nothing in mind. What is the point of this movie? Nothing. There is absolutely no reason to see it - so don't, save your money and your time. If you want to see a better and closer up version of porn just do a quick search on the Internet - don't accept this kind of slip-shod trickery masquerading as literacy or even a movie, there is nothing to see here, move along, as was said near the end of the movie itself.