Friday, December 2, 2011

Shame is out Today

The moment we've all been waiting for has arrived! Michael Fassbender's 'Shame' is being released in just a few cities today, but the big ones. Over the course of the next two weeks, other large cities will start playing Shame.

AMC Lincoln Square. New York, NY
Chelsea Cinemas, New York, NY
Sunshine Cinemas, New york, NY

The Landmark, Los Angeles, CA
Pacific Arclight, Hollywood, CA

E-Street Cinemas, Washington, DC

Century Center Cinema, Chicago, IL

Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA
Kabuki, San Francisco, CA

If you are within a safe driving distance to get to one of these theaters, I strongly encourage you to do so - take a friend with you, make a road trip out of it. Grab something to eat before or after and discuss the film. It's important that Shame does well in these key cities today and the weekend to slap silly critics who do not like it.

In addition to that, Shame is in the position to set the standard for well made, mature NC17 themed films to not be stifled when they are released. As reported by the LA Times, some theaters are flat out not going to show Shame -

While some marketing constraints have relaxed in the intervening years, and audiences (thanks to cable TV and the Internet) have been desensitized to sex and nudity, Fox Searchlight said some theater chains have so far declined to book Shame because of its adults-only rating. The studio refused to identify the chains, but Cinemark, the nation's No. 3 chain, later issued this statement in response to a query from The Times: "Cinemark exhibits a wide variety of films for diverse audiences and will continue to do so. However, Cinemark as a company, has a long standing policy against showing NC-17 rated movies. Since "Shame" is rated NC-17, Cinemark has made the decision not to play the movie in our theatres."  In addition Carmike, the nation's No. 4 chain, has so far not booked "Shame." The chain declined to comment.

You know what, when you deny adults something, it just makes them want to see it more, and get access to it the best way they can. This is the effect of NC17 snobbery.

Go see Shame today and share your views about the film, and vote in the poll!

Source: IndieWire


cinemachick said...

Having seen 'Shame' (twice!), you are so right, Simone, to encourage people to make a reasonable effort to see it. I just learned that 'Shame' is confirmed for Dec. 16 here in Montreal. So, all you Fassinators who live nearby across the border and your local theatre has shut out 'Shame', you're very welcome to come to Montreal to see it! (Plus, we're a fun city!). I can't wait to read your reviews of the best movie of 2011!

Simone said...

Yes, a reasonable effort. This is the most talked about film to be released in December, if even if a person is not a Michael fan, you can't help but be intrigued by all the talk. Go see it if you can and care.