Film study… week 65

American Gigolo

Richard Gere plays, Julian, a stylish male escort who is framed for the murder of one of his clients, just as he begins a relationship with a local politician’s wife (Lauren Hutton). I heard this was brilliant but I found it all a bit… meh. I guess it was exploring sexual taboos in the 80’s when it was released but now a lot of it just seems a bit old hat. The score is good though.

Don't you wish your girlfriend was hot like me!

Shame

On the more modern side of the sexual taboo rollercoaster, is current release, Shame, featuring Michael Fassbender as Brandon a successful New Yorker burying his feelings in a voracious but empty sex life. When his messed-up sister (Cary Mulligan) arrives unannounced, she unsettles his carefully managed life with devastating consequences. Fassbender is extraordinary in the role of someone so emotionally stunted that he incapable of communicating on any genuine level until it’s too late. Must-see… but expect to leave the cinema feeling battered and be warned… there is no fear of nudity in this one…

The only reason you can't see my penis in this shot is because I have my back to you

Jane Eyre

More Fassbender. This time he’s playing Mr Rochester to Mia Wasikowska’s Jane Eyre in the latest screen adaptation of the eponymous novel. While all the atmosphere of the moors is delivered and Fassbender is a satisfyingly sexy Rochester, the creeping tension and mystery that makes the novel so unputdownable, just isn’t quite there. I suspect that if you hadn’t have read the book it would have been fab but having read the book… it didn’t measure up.

What do you mean, I'm overdressed? Didn't you see my penis in Shame!

Source Code

A US soldier stationed in Iraq (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up on a train in a stranger’s body with no recollection of how he got there. When the train is destroyed he discovers that he’s part of a government mission to foil a terrorist plot but what is it that they’re not telling him? This isn’t bad at all unless you’ve seen Inception and if you haven’t seen Inception… just go and see Inception!

Where did I leave that spatula? Think, Jake! Think!

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