A Clockwork Orange

I oddly really liked this movie! I feel like I can appreciate the filmmaking and editing that went into it. Obviously the violence and rape are never easy to watch but with the right music, it can become a great scene. Not great as in what’s happening in the scene is great because its far from it but the way its shot makes it a great cinematic scene… I’m not really helping myself here, am I! Its hard to explain unless you watch this film with an open mind.

Suppose that wasn’t the best opening paragraph either… The film follows Alex and his gang of ‘droogs’ and their little tour of violence and rape. Then Alex gets caught, taken to prison and under goes a ‘rehab’ via psychological conditioning. Then he’s released upon the world, not being able to do bad and karma continues to kick him up the arse. Basically.

  • I knew about Alex’s eye make-up and ‘costume’ before I’d ever seen the film. I remember seeing it in random things but mainly Rupert Grint [Ron Weasley in Harry Potter films] dressing up as him for Halloween. The costume is very iconic and you can see why. You’ve seen costumes like it but at the same time its like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
  • The way the beginning is shot [before Alex is captured], almost shows the violence and rape as happy times thanks to the choice of music. The music is almost a happy tune so we know the gang doing it all is happy and loving it. However, we as human beings know that what they are doing is beyond terrible. The way the film is shot does not change your view on these horrible acts. In fact, I think it heightens them because it shows us how truly horrifying it is. We know its wrong even those there’s happy music. Ooooo there’s a film studies word for this… when the music is the opposite to what the feeling is on screen… oooo what is it!!! Dammit, I wish I’d now kept my film notes from A Levels! OMG no wait! I still have it! Hurrah! Its called contrapuntal sounds! There we go. I’m happy now. Anyways, this is used throughout, and even more so when Alex singing ‘Singing in the Rain’ all joyful and happy, just as he’s preparing to rape someone. It’s a very good technique that never fails to get the hairs on the back of your neck raised.
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    Network

    Its about the ups and downs of a TV network and a crazy anchorman. This is a very good movie, filled with powerful speeches and fantastic uses of lighting. If there are any film students reading this, I’d write this one down if you think you’ll have to do a paper on lighting in movies, this would be a great example/movie to analyze.

  • Strong, powerful, passionate lead female role. The woman is the perfect example of female workaholics. I loved that she could only really understand real life through television speak. Her love interest [which is so wrong but I’ll get to that later] has to explain their romantic situation through storylines, acts and episodes.
  • The romance. Its just… so forced and out of the blue and just crap. Its like they shot it all then were like “crap, we need something for the women… lets just stick them two together, yeah, that’ll work”. Well it didn’t! Its painful and crap.
  • The lighting is fantastic. Its almost like its showing how TV intertwines with their real lives, they have spotlights. Its weird to explain and I’m sure if I were still in film class I’d be able to explain it better but it is really good.
  • “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
  • This film is filled with fantastic, energetic speeches. Normally, when you think of speeches you think that it’ll be boring but the acting and liveliness makes it so fascinating. Also, the topics of the speeches and the actual words do seem a bit like hippy speech [if you know what I mean] but because of the way they’re shouted takes away the hippiness. Sorry, that’s a crap explanation but I’m not sure how else to put it lol.
  • I thought that it was very interesting and oddly good that the fact that the anchorman is insane is actually a ‘B’ story rather than an ‘A’ story. Its was just a little plot in the background. I don’t know why I liked that but I did.
  • I could tell every now and then that Peter Finch [CRAZY!anchorman] is British because you can hear it in some of his words.
  • The ending! OMG! I should of seen it coming- well, I did but I didn’t expect it to happen so fast and so vividly!!!
  • 126/212

    Kate
    xoxo

    Shampoo

    Its about a hairdresser that is a major manwhore. I, personally, don’t see why this film made it in Empire Magazine’s Top 500 as its nothing that special. Goldie Hawn is gorgeous in it [Kate Hudson is a spiting image of her mum!] and I love the clothes and hair which give it that pure 70s feel. The characters are good and stuff but… I don’t know, I just don’t see the big deal in this movie.

    113/212

    Kate
    xoxo

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