A tip of the hat to Fox Searchlight for acquiring Steve McQueen‘s NC-17 Shame. As I more or less said in my Telluride review, it’s hard to like Shame as you’re watching it (because it’s so friggin’ bleak) but it’s all but impossible to not think about it, a lot, after it’s over. It might become a modest commercial hit (maybe0, but the Academy blue-hairs are going to blow this movie off so fast your head will spin. Nonetheless, any distributor that puts cash on the barrelhead for a bona fide art film has my admiration.
Another quote from my Telluride Shame review: “This is what an art film does — it just stands its ground and refuses to do anything you might want it to do.”