It’s the end of a long day. Three movies. Three males full-frontal. Shame, Policeman and Another Happy Day all had various moments of flash appeal. Michael Fassbender wins best actor in that category, although every body who has seen the movie will know he had the biggest part. Male sex organs are not necessarily the most reliable actors. Fassbender, who plays the sexually repressed Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method, does a 180 here to play a sexaholic named Brandon. In my neighborhood, we call that a guy who can’t keep it in his pants. Go figure. There are definite hints that Brandon’s carrying some heavy baggage, which he deals with by screwing every thing that moves, and his damaged sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) deals with by cutting herself and impersonating Marilyn Monroe.
I like Fassbender; I may even love him. Not only is he easy on the eyes but he has a magnetic intensity that can make a situation appear weightier than the script or story deserves. I’d watch him do just about any thing, but even I have to say that stops at repeated toilet & shower masturbation sessions. Am I being prudish to say that, despite his muscular butt, I’m not that into watching him pee in a way that makes it clear — as if there was any doubt — that he has one big member of the press?
Shame is a well-shot, well-acted mood piece about the “Loneliness of the Well-Hung Humper.” I guess I’m way old school to say that I found the buttoned-up Jung so much sexier, and more mysterious, than the endlessly unbuttoned Brandon.