Home Video Hovel- Shame, by David Bax

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  1. Peter says:

    I’m glad I heard you guys talking about the film, because I thought I was in the minority in being mixed about the result. I really wanted to like it, but I started picking away at the logic so much that it spoiled my enjoyment of some great imagery. The fact that Brandon supposedly hits bottom when he engages in a “gay” act is also a bit homophobic to say the least, from the lurid dark corners of that club he stumbles into as a “last resort”.

    It felt like McQueen was navigating the same waters as Hunger (rituals, transcendence) but the characters were created in a manner that suggested they were wholly fictional, in a movie-of-the-week way.

  2. Scott Nye says:

    Peter – Even in Brandon did stumble into that club as a “last resort” (and there are some who would argue that his easy navigation of it suggests he’s been there before, and this is more a familiar binge than a hitting-rock-bottom kind of moment), well…if he’s just not attracted to men (and there’s nothing in the film to suggest he is), isn’t engaging in a sexual act with someone to whom you’re completely not attracted kind of a last resort?

    • Battleship Pretension says:

      For the record, I assumed it was a place he’d been before, as you mentioned.

      – David

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