• December 11, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    After three ballots, Brad Pitt in "Moneyball." Runner-up was George Clooney for "The Descendants." A problem: the Michael Fassbender vote was divided between "Shame," "A Dangerous Method," and "Jane Eyre." If they were combined, he would have won.

  • December 09, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    One of the trickier things about interviewing Steve McQueen is researching him on Google. You tend to get a lot of references to that other Steve McQueen. But the director of "Shame" has his own impressive resume to offer.

    He's one of the world's most celebrated artists, the winner of Britain's prestigious Turner Prize in 1999.

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  • December 01, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    I just came from a screening of David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method," in which Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein kicks and screams and laughs hysterically as she's dragged from a carriage into the Bürgholzi Mental Hospital to be treated by Michael Fassbender's Carl Jung.

    Yesterday I went to a screening of "Young Adult," directed by Jason Reitman from a script by Diablo Cody, in which Charlize Theron (an old hand at disturbed characters after her serial killer in "Monster") plays a woman who is acutely depressed, alcoholic, and self-destructively obsessed with a man she went out with over fifteen years ago.

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  • September 14, 2011
    By Peter Keough

    It’s not just Kevin we need to talk about. There are a lot of bad boys here at the Toronto International Film Festival.

    Like Brandon (Michael Fassbender), a 30ish Wall Street in “Shame,” Steve McQueen’s bleak “Last Tango” for the internet porn age. Unlike Kevin, he doesn’t kill anyone. No, that would be more the style of his 80s predecessor Patrick Bateman in Mary Harron’s 2000 adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis’s “American Psycho” (Fassbender at times bears a resemblance to Bale in that movie).

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