I’m still afraid to watch ‘Shame.’ All I hear is how much it will make you hate sex and most things about your desires. So when news came out that the team behind it (writer/director Steve McQueen and star Michael Fassbender) are making “Twelve Years A Slave” a film about slavery, I nearly hid under my bed.
I like sex, but I HATE slavery. If they have the power to turn a good thing bad what can they do with a horrible thing?
Learning about slavery when I was young was saddening, but there was a great sense of detachment. It didn’t seem possible that people could do such a thing. I was too young for ‘Roots’ but ‘Glory’ made it seem like after it was all said and done, everyone became friends.
My mind is racing on how to even talk about this film. With the two people involved alone it is a must see, but the cast also includes the extemely talented Chiwetel Ejiofor (Redbelt), Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood), and BBC Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch.
Oh god. On IMDB’s mobile app you have to click the tab to see more of the cast to get to Ejiofor, who the movie is about. See, already this is making me uncomfortable.
White men are the worst thing in the world. I’m scared.
I saw Shame in a theater by myself and it was so fucking good. But the problem was it was soooo fucking uncomfortable. I never want to have sex to the point that I need to do it with anyone just to feel something. It was a living nightmare.
Twelve Years a Slave, is going to be the most brutal shit ever. But wont win any awards cause people don’t like their brutality to not end well. I am positive that film wont end well. And my fear of White People will only grow.
Paul Dano is the badguy I hear. Inspired.
Shame was great. Don’t be too scared of it Pete, the film-making is so detached and subtle that is isn’t an endurance test like other bummer movies (like your Requiem for a Dream, Rules of Attraction, or Dancer in the Dark which are all amazing btw).
This all makes me think of the film Goodbye Uncle Tom, which I thankfully have never seen. It is supposed to be super disturbing. It’s a movie about these filmmakers who go back in time and document slavery, but with no context, so there is just wall to wall horribleness. Maybe this will be slightly less fucked up?
At least we have Django Unchained, white people will get what is coming to them (I assume, really don’t know about much of the plot…)