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.
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
He's one of the world's most celebrated artists, the winner
prestigious Turner Prize in 1999.
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
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
(Fassbender at times bears a resemblance to Bale in that movie).