First ‘Shame’ Poster Is Haunting, Even Without Michael Fassbender

ALTYesterday I was lucky enough to catch a New York Film Festival screening of the Shame and can say with confidence that it is one of the best movies of the year. Provocative, elegant, moderately disturbing and always electric, the movie delivers a powerful, human performance by Michael Fassbender (Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method) as a sex addict dealing with his inability to function within the world around him. Carey Mulligan (Drive, An Education) plays his sister, a singer with a troubled past and her own handful of problems, who abruptly reenters her brother’s life.

Director Steve McQueen, who previously helmed another Fassbender tour-de-force picture, Hunger, reunites with his leading man for Shame and the results are even more engrossing then their previous collaboration. The movie won’t hit theaters until December 2 (and, likely, with an NC-17 rating due to a serious amount of nudity), but the first poster has hit the web and is ready to send shivers down your spine.



After a few years of working behind the scenes on movies and TV shows (and earning an IMDb page for bragging rights), Movies Editor Matt Patches made a hard right into the world of entertainment journalism. In 2009, Patches became the Associate Movies Editor of, departing in 2010 to go rogue as a writer-for-hire. Patches covered movies and festivals for a number of outlets, including Movieline, MTV NextMovie, CinemaBlend, and Film School Rejects, before joining as Movies Editor in 2011. He proudly names "Groundhog Day" as his favorite movie of all time.