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Screengem: Brandon’s porn collection in Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)

In Steve McQueen’s Shame, sex addict Brandon (Michael Fassbender) sees his secretive, psychologically damaging affliction eat into his outwardly successful life. A sophisticated, high flying businessman with a modish New York apartment he may be, but underneath Brandon is crippled by spiritual, emotional and existential crises, thwarting his attempts at anything resembling a functional, meaningful […]

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The Cardboard Cut Out of ‘Angelica’ from Deep End (Jerzy Skolimowski, 1970)

Jerzy Skolimowski’s Deep End evokes universal memories of the heady days of first love, as fifteen year old Michael (John Moulder-Brown) becomes ever more infatuated with his co-worker, the raven haired temptress Susan (Jane Asher). Erotic, atmospheric and off-kilter, Deep End washes over the viewer with a lightness of touch that belies the narrative’s dark […]