http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPq1tnrH_eM (please play as you read review)
Lets get mad...
"Is this anger that housed in my shell I hide,
Normal beyond a doubt or will it subside?
A violent entity, I have always been but is this anger too much?
Everyone has their vices, why can't they see that it's my crutch?
Is it wrong for me to defend my own honor?
Without this aggression I'd be just another goner.
It kept me sane, it kept me alive.
It made me whole, it made me strive.
Take me for me, or leave me to seclusion.
Other than accepting there can be no resolution.
I am what I am, please just cope.
Because I can't be your winter, walking on a tightrope"
Coming across this poem on the internet I immediately thought of A Clockwork Orange. So dark, vicious, and misunderstood, my brothers.
Late last night after celebrating my birthday, my brothers, I watched two of my most favorite cinematic treasures; David Fincher's roaring masterpiece that is Fight Club, and Stanley Kubrick's brilliant study of the nature of violence. What better way to spend a birthday than a double feature that consists of brilliancy and dark character studies. Its been years since I've seen the masterpiece that it truly is and instantly after finishing it I was inspired to write something on it. One of the maddest, sickest, and strangely hilarious films from the 70s (and that I've ever seen), it is a film that can't be missed. Though hard to watch at times, you can't go wrong with Alex DeLarge.
"Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! It was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest spun heaven metal. Or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As i slooshied i knew such lovely pictures."
In order for a movie to be a masterpiece, you need a character twisted but likeable, one that you can't fully understand. What makes Fight Club such a great movie is the mind-puzzle from our favorite Narrator. Your watching the film and can't fully understand the character, therefore, you love that character. Alex DeLarge is a sick, disturbed teen in this film who runs a gang of misfit delinquents. The character is completely mad and even so singing such a warm song like Singing in the Rain, he becomes terrifying to watch. That's what makes Alex such a famous character though and memorable. Thanks to a memorizing performance by Malcolm McDowell, Alex will be a no forgettable character always in my mind. Without a character that you won't remember years after seeing the film, it can't truly be a masterpiece...can it? I think not, my brothers, I think not!
"I jumped, O my brothers, and I fell hard but I did not snuff it, oh no. if I had snuffed it, I would not be here to tell what I have told."
Without such a brilliant, well-crafted plot, A Clockwork Orange would just be a story of a delinquent bastard. Taking the antics of violence and turning them into a character study, A Clockwork Orange turns from a violent film of torture and darkness to a movie about life-changing occurrences and shows a message that people can change no matter how dark a path they've been down. Its amazing the way this movie presents itself from start to finish, and it helps make it one of my true favorites in heart.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9n1T6BX4s0) ---Switch the music please.
"It's funny how the colors of the real world only seem really real when you viddy them on the screen."
This and 2001 are my all-time favorite works from Stanley Kubrick. Kubrick adapted Anthony Burgress' excellently (check out the book if you haven't. Worth the read if you love the film) and has crafted perfect dialogue, incredible direction, and everything the perfect film needs. It's sad to think that Kubrick is gone from this world, but these are the classic masterpieces that keep his soul living with us movie-buffs today!
"No time for the old in-out, love, I've just come to read the meter."
It's a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad film ladies and gentlemen and it honestly doesn't get better than that. Call it what you want, but it is no more than a masterpiece, my brothers. No more than what is one of the greatest pieces of cinema of all time. If you haven't seen A Clockwork Orange yet and plan not to, we shall hopefully meet one day and I can then go mad as I sing in the rain.
My birthday was just decent until I wrapped it up with this wonderful movie...
"I was cured, all right!"
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XK7Wd1RWSL0&feature=related) One last switch to wrap up.
Thanks for the read!
-Written by Corey Wood